Ends on July 7, 2019

Outline of the competition

Borealis including the Projection mapping Competition is jointly organized by Modern Enterprises LLC and Maxin10sity Ltd., henceforth collectively referred to as the Organizer.

We are inviting international artists to create at least 3-minute-long, but not more than 4-minute-long video mapped animations to the theme of “Untethered ” adapted to the façade of The Museum of History and Industry, (MOHAI), Seattle harmonizing with the architecture, and accompanied by music. The animations will be projected between 09-13 October 2019, in front of a jury and a live audience. The Art Curator of the contest is Maxin10sity.



This colorful and diverse topic offers various ways to approach the expression of the theme. We encourage you to express your unique point of view for “Untethered” and innovative execution – all designed to create awe and amazement among the audience. 

To tether something is to tie it down - to a structure, to a set of rules, to a philosophy or belief. In our contemporary society, we are constantly bombarded with systems to abide by, both physical and digital. What would it mean to break these bonds? How would creating an artistic experience at the intersection of technology, light, community, and interactivity provide a breakaway moment from the confines of our everyday rhythms?

The visual content can be conceptual or figurative, realistic or symbolic. The artist can use an abstract approach to the work or create a storyline. We would like to emphasize that the facade of MOHAI is suitable for abstract visualization rather than storytelling. 

While we believe in freedom of artistic expression, we do not condone any kind of political statement or overt social activism, and we strongly advise against any offensive content in the shows. Our objective is to build a body of work that can stand both the test of time and that a widely diverse audience can and will appreciate.


Please complete the application form on the website. We will need a short description (100 words max) of the applicant, and we request you to provide both a contact name responsible for the work and an administrative contact. We will need:

  1. Title of the artwork
  2. Short description (maximum 250 words) of the piece
  3. Visual images (maximum 3 pieces of still pictures, 1920x1080, named like: artistname_1/2/3_Borealis2019.jpg)
  4. References/links to prior works (maximum 3 youtube or vimeo links)

With your submission, you are confirming that the appropriate technique is available for producing the animation according to the requirements in the ‘Technical Information’ below.

In case of any problems, please contact us at the following email: agi@borealisfestivaloflight.com.

Deadline of submission: 7th July 2019, 23:59 PST 

(Any works sent after the deadline will be disqualified immediately.)

Six finalists will be selected from the submittals and notified by 10th July.

Technical information

  •  Resolution: 6000*920
  •  FPS: 30
  •  Codec: QuickTime HAPQ 80%
  •  Duration: min. 3 minutes maximum 4 minutes
  •  Audio: Together with Video 
  •  Filename: TeamName_Borealis.mov
  • 2D raster map is available to all contestants here.

The content of your animations will be projected onto the façade of the MOHAI Building, using 8 pieces of 20K ANSI Christie Projectors, controlled by Coolux Pandora sever. 

Technical compliance with the provided specifications is mandatory.

Selection of participants for Borealis 2019

Maxin10sity is in charge with this competition as the Art Curator and will select the final six participants. 

All entries will be confirmed by e-mail!

Selection aspects:

· Quality of the reference works submitted (70%)

· Concept, visual execution (30%)

Eligibility and entry fee

Entry is free of charge. In lieu of an honorarium, each entry will receive one round trip airfare and single accommodation for 6 nights at the festival and some financial support

Travel and accommodation

The six chosen pieces can be represented by 1 person for whom the accommodation and transportation will be arranged.


In that event you have any questions about the competition, do not hesitate to contact us at the following e-mail: agi@borealisfestivaloflight.com


As part of the festival, the six participants will be juried by a local panel of judges who are all distinguished experts and prominent representatives of Seattle’s visual arts culture (from the field of arts, visual communications, media, film, etc.) 


- Jury Award:  $5,000 USD

- Audience Award: Trophy

- The winner of Jury Award is automatically promoted to the iMapp Winners' League


The competition is open to all natural and legal persons regardless of their profession, age, sex, citizenship or residence. People can enter the competition either individually or as a team. 

Natural persons under the age of 18 must obtain prior consent of their legal guardian to enter the competition. 

When entering the competition as a team, one person should be appointed as contact person who will solely be responsible for communication with the organizers. 

One person can enter the competition either as a single individual or in one team only. 

The competition is open to both professionals and amateurs. 

Entrants can only enter the competition with their own, original work. In the event that anyone enters the competition with work other than original work of their own or that of their team, the entry will be rejected and the person or team will be disqualified immediately. Should it be discovered only after the competition, the entrant will be stripped of his/her honors and the prize will have to be returned. Upon completing the registration form, entrants declare that the work submitted by them is their own intellectual property, and warrant that it does not infringe upon the intellectual property rights of any third party.

The work submitted has to meet the requirements as set forth in the ‘Technical Information’ section.

It is strictly forbidden to embed any real or fictitious advertisements in the work either overtly or in a covert way, i.e. it is forbidden to feature any product, brand, name, logo or recognizable image, or text, etc. (with the exception of the inscription on the façade of the building), and/or any mark or symbol suggesting whose work it is. 

Entries that do not meet these requirements will be rejected automatically. 


All validated entries will remain the property of the participants. By submitting their work, participants give their consent for said work or parts of it to be used at no charge for advertising and promotional activities. Examples of promotional activities may include press releases, public relations activities for the competition, Internet-related promotion, or articles, all free of charge. The Organizer is not liable for any fees or charges arising from potential copyright infringements that result from the content of the animations submitted by the participants. Moreover, the participants will allow their work to be projected at the Borealis Festival of Light contest further editions.


By submitting an entry for this competition, each contestant agrees to all the terms specified in this brief.


· July 7th : Call closed.

· July 07th -10th : Artists selected

· July 10th : Selected artists announced

· July 11th  – October 3rd : Work on rendering the animations.

· July 29th : First preview from the artists

· August 25th : Second preview

· September 16th : Third preview

· September 27th : Final preview

· October 3rd: Final animation must be handed in

· October 09-13: Borealis 2019