World – Thanks to the new ultra short film festival, Art By Chance, you no longer need to go to a theater to see cutting-edge contemporary films. You simply need to pass by one of the 20,000 public screens in over 200 cities in 20 countries that show these juried short films. Based on an annual theme—in 2011 the theme was “Change”—the videos are submitted by artists from all across the world.

A final group of around 20 shorts is then selected from the entries and shown on screens at airports, public plazas, metro stations, restaurants and bars, campuses, and shopping malls around the globe throughout the late winter and spring. Inspired by a moment of contemplation in an Istanbul metro station and organized by Anbeam, a group that creates digital content, the installation aims to balance the onslaught of commercial advertising in public spaces with art that inspires the public to reflect and create rather than buy, buy, buy. Public spaces should house “something more interesting, entertaining and inspiring for the public,” said Hatice Caglar, festival director and co-founder. “We want to create opportunities to color everyday life and inspire people to create art.”

The 2011 festival ran through June 13 with films airing simultaneously in Austria, Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, El Salvador, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Spain, The Netherlands, Turkey, the UK, and the United States. The theme of the 2012 festival is “Home” and this year’s juried selections will begin airing on screens worldwide in October.