Working with analogue film: three workshops for projectionists, filmmakers and children

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66th International Short Film Festival Oberhausen, 13–18 May 2020

Analogue film is still very much alive, despite many forecasts to the contrary. It is used as an artistic medium in countless forms across the world, not only at festivals and in the cinemas. As artists are increasingly fascinated by analogue technology, it finds its way into museums and galleries more and more often. But experience with the material and its projection practice is gradually getting lost in the digitized world of cinema. The 66th International Short Film Festival Oberhausen will offer three workshops on analogue film this year, aimed at projectionists and filmmakers working with the material – and not least at children, where it can be a tool to introduce them to the haptic qualities of film.

Applications for two of the workshops are still possible until 1 March 2020 here:

Analogue Film Technology: Projection Practices / 11–15 May
The technical challenges of projecting analogue archive copies as well as setting up installations and performances that use analogue film technology are growing continuously. The workshop aims to establish quality standards and integrate them into the curatorial practice of a film festival. Experienced film technicians will share their knowledge of the material and its projection technologies as well as their practical implementation in dialogue with filmmakers and artists. Basic knowledge of analogue film technology required.
Directed by: Lena Martin (Frankfurt/Main)
Limited number of participants! Participation is free of charge.
Travel, accommodation, catering at your own expense.
Applications can be submitted until 1 March 2020.

Process Cinema: Film Farm in Oberhausen / 13–16 May
A hands-on workshop of Film Farm (Canada) for filmmakers who work or want to work with 16mm. With 16mm film as guide medium and using a process built with ecological materials such as wildflowers and seawater, it explores the technical and creative processes of working in an open context – a unique experience in collaboration with one of the most important film collectives working in independent film today. The results of the workshop will be presented during the Festival.
Directed by: Philip Hoffmann, Scott Miller Berry, Terra Jean Long,
Rob Butterworth, Deirdre Logue (Film Farm)
Limited number of participants!
Participation fee: 150 €
Travel and accommodation at your own expense, film material and catering are included.
Applications can be submitted until 1 March 2020.

The Living Image: An Alternative Experience of Time and Material / March 2020
The materiality of an analogue film strip can make many aspects of the moving image tangible and comprehensible, especially for children. In this workshop children work with film material, shooting and developing their own analogue film. The workshop will introduce environmental issues by dealing with the recycling of material or ecologically compatible photochemical development methods. The children will present their workshop results in the form of an Expanded cinema performance during the Festival. A video documentation will be produced for subsequent use in educational institutions.
Directed by: Christopher Gorski and Oliver Bassemir (Analogfilmwerke, Hamburg), Stefanie Schlüter (film agent, Berlin)
Closed event

All three workshops are supported by Kunststiftung NRW.

The Canadian participation at the festival is part of the culture program related to Canada’s Guest of Honour presentation at the Frankfurt Book Fair in 2020. We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts and the Government of Canada (represented by the Canadian Embassy, Berlin)


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