Overview of The Reel Series

The Reel Series is a synchronized showcase of photo projections held between two countries. Initiated by Frame Zero – Asia’s Online and Print media on Photography – and curated by Manila-born photographer Erin Nøir, the project aims to promote cultural exchange, social awareness, and visual literacy through compelling photo essays.

Each body of work carries a distinct point of view that underscores not just the perceptions of participating photographers, but also everyday life for a particular locale. Key features of cultures and nations are exhumed, whether directly or indirectly, with the manner in which each narrative is presented. Collectively, the slideshows act as heavily nuanced gateways to each participating nation.

Currently, The Reel Series features collaborations between Asian nations, and will eventually venture out to the rest of the world. Two countries are covered at a time and photographers in the participating nations, regardless of nationality, are encouraged to send submissions.

Recap of Reel 1: Rough Cuts from the Philippines and Singapore

Held in August 2016, the first installment of The Reel Series featured 25 photo essays from the Philippines and Singapore, with the theme being “The City and Its Inhabitants.” The entries from the Philippines, as a whole, magnified the grit and urban decay found in Manila and other major cities while those from Singapore presented tales from various households and the dreariness in organization.

The event highlighted the stark differences between the two nations as well as the colorful lives of their inhabitants, as seen through the eyes of 25 photographers. Contrasting details reflect the character of each country, with Singapore’s systematic and diverse communities and the Philippines’ gritty and unpredictable reality.

Projected in both countries simultaneously, Reel 1 was done in collaboration with Shutterfux, a film photography community spearheaded by Singaporean photographer Muhammad Haiz Shamsudin. Erin, on the other hand, curated the submissions and facilitated the Philippine leg held in Vetro, a new art space in Metro Manila that highlights photography through exhibitions and events.

Both venues were well-attended and the submissions were well-received, much to the delight of the photographers. They gamely answered questions from the attendees during the Q&A portion as well as mingled with the crowd. The unexpected success of Reel 1 paved the way for succeeding events, covering other Asian nations.



Introduction of Reel 2: Indonesia and Vietnam

The second installment of The Reel Series will be a joint effort by photographers Erin Nøir (PH, founder of Frame Zero), Aji Susanto Anom (ID, founder of Flock Project), and Linh Pham (VN, founder of Matca), who were batchmates at the Angkor Photo professional workshop in Siem Reap, Cambodia last 2015.

Unlike the first, Reel 2 will be featured in four venues, two each country, and will be divided into two categories: about the self/autobiographical and open theme. Photographers from both Indonesia and Vietnam, regardless of nationality, are welcome to send submissions.

Below are the details of the event:

17 June 2017, Saturday
(exact time in the evening to be confirmed)

Indonesia – Jakarta: (venue to be confirmed) & Solo: Balai Soedjatmoko
Vietnam – Hanoi: (venue to be confirmed) & Ho Chi Minh: Heritage Republic

We are excited to see all the entries as well as present the shades that define both countries. Continue reading to find out how one can participate in this project.




Submission Guidelines

For Reel 2, we are considering new & old photo stories, digital & film photographs, and photography under all genres as long as your visual story fits either of our categories:

A. About the Self / Autobiographical
B. Open Theme

Submissions should follow the guidelines below:

1) Arrange all files into folders.

// Folder A: Video File
– Photo stories should be compiled as one slideshow in high-definition (at least 720p) MP4 format, 2 to 3 minutes run-time only, with musical accompaniment (strictly instrumental) and the following:

  • First frame – Artist Name
  • Second frame – Project Title
  • Third frame – Project Description
  • Succeeding frames – 15 to 20 photographs only
  • Last frame – Credits

Sample videos:
Aji Susanto Anom – Inside My Head
Erin Nøir – Phantasmagoria

// Folder B: Image Files
– All photographs included in the video should be attached in high resolution: 2,000px on the longer side (300dpi). No watermarks allowed.

// Folder C: Text Files
– Artist Info: artist bio and/or statement (100 words) with a link to online portfolio
– Project Info: project description (100 words) in relation to category A or B

2) Rename all files and folders.

Follow the following formats: [Artist Name – Project Title], [Artist Name – Image 01, 02, 03, …] in order of appearance in the video, [Artist Name – Info], etc.

3) Compress and send.

All three folders must be zipped as one file. Send your submissions (using WeTransfer) to submit@framezero.media with [Reel 2 Submission: City, Country – Artist Name] as the subject.

Entries are accepted from 03 February until 15 April 2017 only.

Multiple submissions by the same photographer is allowed. You will be notified via email if any of your works is chosen. Submissions should carefully follow all of the guidelines above. Otherwise, your work may be returned or disqualified.

For inquiries, send an email to info@framezero.media with [Inquiry – Reel 2] as the subject. Thank you for your cooperation.