celebrating and promoting personal voice in filmmaking
2nd Edition 16-17th December 2017
Cinema Moviemento, Kreuzberg Berlin
16-17th December, 2017 - 2nd Edition
Cinema Moviemento, Kreuzberg, Berlin
52 Films from 39 different countries participated in the 2nd edition! More than 20 film makers traveled to the Festival from Spain, Norway, Greece, USA, Tunisia and France to name a few. Special thanks to all attending film makers and to the participating organizations Experimental Film Society, Bogota Experimental Film Festival, London Experimental Film Festival and Obscura Filmfest Berlin!
TWINS by Pablo Radice, Argentina
"An uncanny account of inseparable separateness. Told with stylish panache, by way of ingenious split-screen shots, multiple manners of in-frame doubling, and cross-cutting, we’re following the remarkable life stories of the film’s twins as they end up at opposite, yet interconnected poles on the medical spectrum. One brings new life to the world, while his brother digs out forensic traces from dead bodies. Twins is a memorable film for its personal take on memories, identities, life, and death. And for its stellar command of the filmic tool box."
The Eternal Journey by Sunil Pandey, Nepal
"The film deals with death in a non-threatening and respectful way. The film’s framing and mise-en-scène in combination, display a beautiful aesthetic due to its calm and artful slowness."
Permission to Land by Leva Saudargaite Douaihi, Lebanon
"The film impresses with its special camera work and the exquisite shifts in tone between poetry and realism. This is a cinematic excavation of lost land highlighting the mercurial processes of change we often call development and progress. The film balances its nostalgia for lost landscape in its blending of reflective voice and image flow."
Best Berlin Original
Limbo Weeks by Bianca Kennedy in cooperation with Fabian Vogler, Germany
"Limbo Weeks is a veritable tour de force. The film shows a masterful and compelling use of its creative devices when depicting a voyage en route to life and gender, all with animated skill and a liberating dose of fun and mischief."
Best Non Narrative
The End of Time by Milcho Manchevski, Cuba
"The video End of time takes a single, insignificant situation out of everyday life and shows it as a sacred moment by slowing down the rhythm for sharper vision. The film’s crisp minimalism and commanding simplicity is truly moving."
2017 year’s jury consisted of Berlin videoartist Ana Baumgart and Film Scholar Jan Olsson, professor of Cinema Studies and former Head of the Film Department at Stockholm University.
1st Edition 17-18th December 2016
Cinema Moviemento, Kreuzberg Berlin
Thank you everyone who attended the Festival in different ways! Film makers who flew from UK, Finland, Sweden, Ireland, Singapore, France and more, Experimental Film organizations and of course local Berlin audience who made the 1st Edition of the Berlin Experimental Film Festival a success!
Soundprint by Monteith McCollum, United States
"How to look at sound? Here's a film that blurs the border between audio and vision, zooming into the microstructure of its textural composition. The spectator is taken on a mesmerizing journey that turns him into a scientific observer of film material itself, exploring its structure. A film that reflects the history of sound experiments in cinema and the look of its technical recording, while leaving a mystical space between two types of frequencies: the visual and the acoustic."
Jury Honorable Mentions
The Essential Cornishman by Mark Jenkin, United Kingdom
"An overdue praise of a neglected hero, delivered in a breathless flow of words and wit reminiscent of the Beatniks and 1940s British documentary tradition."
Masha Natasha by Janin Halisch, Fred Burle, Cecile Tollu-Polonowski, Marie Losier, Germany
"An appealingly composed film that gives insight into a rare, inspirational creative process that also plays with and extends the documentary format"
They are there but I am not by Ye Mimi, Taiwan
"Ye Mimi’s take on the ‘poetry film’, as the director describes it, is breathtakingly beautiful. The motif, time, is illustrated in a subtle way throughout."