Mayor’s Office Announces ‘Fenway’s 30-Second Cinema’ Public Art Competition

Winning works will light up Lansdowne.

Update, September 23, 9 a.m.: The deadline for “Fenway’s 30-Second Cinema” has been extended to October 5, 2014.


This graphic from the New Urban Mechanics’ website tells you how outside-the-box you’re encouraged to be for this competition. / Image by Paolo Ceric. Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

Longer than a six-second Vine, but shorter than 15 minutes of fame, “Fenway’s 30-Second Cinema” is the city’s latest big public art competition.

During the next month, local artists are encouraged to send in 30-second digital art submissions—motion graphics, short films, and so on—for a chance to have their work displayed outside Fenway Park.

Filmmakers, animators, and casual smartphone videographers may all apply, though by design, one can’t deny that this competition was made for an up-and-coming film student at Emerson or BU.


Ben Affleck and Matt Damon are also looking for filmmakers.

That said, the city’s looking for anything visual. The Mayor’s Office of New Urban Mechanics included the above mind-melting graphic as an example.

The works will be judged by MONUM and the Mayor’s Office of Arts & Culture. Up to 10 winners will be selected.

The winners’ work will be displayed on the Orange Barrel Media digital sign at the intersection of Ipswich and Lansdowne Streets, played every hour between regular advertising. Plus, the City will give you $300—that’s enough for a GoPro.


Submissions due October 5 at For more info, go to

Yiqing Shao Yiqing Shao, Digital Editor at Boston Magazine

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