OTV | Open Television is a non-profit platform for intersectional television. We incubate, distribute, and exhibit artists that commercial television networks and art institutions do not develop consistently: artists who identify with multiple identities marginalized by the market and society. OTV experiments with alternative ways to develop, produce, and exhibit art and television. Our programs center artistic expression, intersectionality, Chicago and digital networking.
Dive into films developed during the #BraveFuturesFilmRace in London, the US, Germany, and South Africa.
Borrowing elements found in traditional 48-hour film competitions from around the world, #BraveFutures reimagines the concept by challenging creatives, storytellers and filmmakers of all skill levels to create short-films exploring authentic themes that relate to their intersectional experiences and identities. Through is program, OTV believes it is imperative that artists are able to dream and build #BraveFutures that are unapologetically QUEER / TRANS / FEMME /NON-BINARY / DISABLED / FAT / WOKE / BROKE / LIVING / AND MORE.
2023: #BraveFutures Cape Town, South Africa
2022: #BraveFutures London, UK
2021: #BraveFutures Guadalajara, Mexico
Fall/Winter 2020: #BraveFutures Brooklyn, Atlanta, Oakland, US
Spring/Summer 2020: #BraveFutures Berlin, Germany
2019: #BraveFutures Johannesburg, South Africa
Freedom ticket is a short film that questions government-funded security and safety in public places, in particular in Berlin public transportation. It references real and current events of crime and brutality and highlights victims that are marginalized groups from the black and LGBTQI•+ communi...
A 24 year old has internalised the shame imposed on her about her sexuality. A 15 year old is settled in her expression of love. The moment in which they collide reveals an ascension. Where do lost souls see their reflections?
Having drifted away from her boyfriend of six months, Lotus boils it down to the fact that she's longing for something more - but does not know what exactly. Lotus shows her liberation through challenging the stereotypes and we see her 'ascend' from a space where she was once dazed and confused t...
An exploration of a visibly feminine queer boy whose existence is threatened by men, both queer and not, both closeted and open. He endures life with its tribulations and as they come but everything changes when a man, a stranger, a friend, a brother or a lover chooses to attempt to violate him b...