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FILM FESTIVAL

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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!

 

 

GRAND PRIX

TWINS by Pablo Radice, Argentina

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Jury Motivation

"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."

 

Best Narrative

The Eternal Journey by Sunil Pandey, Nepal

 

Jury Motivation

"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."

 

Best Documentary

Permission to Land by Leva Saudargaite Douaihi, Lebanon

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Jury Motivation

"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

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Jury Motivation

"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

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Jury Motivation

"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."

 

 

Festival Jury

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!

 

 

GRAND PRIX

Soundprint by Monteith McCollum, United States

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Jury Motivation

"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

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Jury Motivation

"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

 

Jury Movitation:

"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

 

Jury Motivation:

"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."