Experimental Film Festival

A project by Jana Falkenroth, Christine Rahn, Marta Sklodowska, Hajnal Szolga, and Silke Wittig

An initiative in the context of the Robert Bosch Cultural Managers Network, in close collaboration with the curators of the series Experimentalfilm (D) and the Network Multiplace (CZ/SK)

May 2013, The Brno House of Arts and Kino ART Brno, Brno (Czech Republic)

The EXPERIMENTAL FILM FEST was dedicated to various scenes in and practices of international experimental film-making all over Europe and abroad. It took a look at different kinds of images, production, and narratives in film, at all kinds of passions behind moving images and spheres of experiencing them. With artistic productions from the last 50 years as well as current experiments in film, it revealed a wide range of relevant social issues and aesthetic styles of expression - questioning where film is now and how it got there.

In two sections - OTHER PLEASURE/JINÁ RADOST and IN THE PUBLIC SPHERE - the international experimental film-making festival was the first of its kind to take place in Brno and the Czech Republic. It was hosted at the Brno House of Arts and the local cinema Kino Art, with a curated series and tributes to specific artists presented in the selected full-length films or short movies. A special focus was placed on emerging artists from the region of Central and South Eastern Europe where the festival cooperated with film academies and young film-makers from the Czech Republic, Poland, Hungary, Slovenia, and Croatia. The festival was accompanied by mediating events like artist talks, presentations, and lecture performances with the participating artists, filmmakers, and curators.

Artists and filmmakers: Chantal Akerman, Julian Antonisz, Kurdwin Ayub, Wojciech Bąkowski, BitteBitteJaJa, Piotr Bosacki, Olga Chernysheva, Declan Clarke, Carola Dertnig, Discoteca Flaming Star, Niklas Goldbach, Nan Hoover, Paul Horn/Harald Hund, Alexander Kluge, Laida Lertxundi, Martin & The Evil Eyes of Nur, Poor Man’s Expression, Reynold Reynolds, Józef Robakowski, Wilhelm Sasnal, Corinna Schnitt, Maya Schweizer, Jean-Marie Straub & Danielle Huillet, Jakub Vrba, Emily Wardill u.v.m.

With support from: Multiplace Network, Reihe Experimentalfilm, Magistrát města Brna, TIC - Turistické informační centrum města Brna, p.o., Robert Bosch Stiftung, Ministerstvo kultury ČR, Ministerstvo kultúry SR, Goethe-Institut Praha, Filmoteka Muzeum - Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw, Video-Forum - Neuer Berliner Kunstverein n.b.k., sixpackfilm, LUX - artists' moving image, Doc & Film International, Arsenal - Institute for Film and Video Art and others.

Christine Rahn, MARIA THERESIA AND HER 16 CHILDREN from BitteBitte JaJa, shown in the frame of the serie TO BE OR NOT TO BE (curator: Brigitta Burger-Utzer, sixpackfilm Wien), Brno 2013 (above)

Christine Rahn, talk with film maker Laida Lertxundi, curator Leif M. Tangen and the owner of the cinema Miroslav Maixner, Kino ART, Brno 2013 (right above)

Grafik design poster: ANYMADE Studio (right below)