This year, our tenth, should be a showing of special note, and will be. With your hands in it.
We invite all filmmakers and video artists to submit their works for The 10th Berlin International Directors Lounge, the next edition of the annual festival for contemporary media and film alongside the 64nd Berlinale, which will take place from February 6 - 16th, 2014 at the Naherholung Sternchen in Berlin.
True to our creed, we will be screening the widest selection of films imaginable from the world over — and of any genre (video art, experimental video, animation, short movie, etc.), covering a formidable range of artistic positions in the new media. Details to be revealed over time on our website. Stay tuned for a brave new collection of cinematic explorations without boundaries.
Now we offer you the chance to submit your film for The 10th Berlin International Directors Lounge. We welcome single works, compilations, concepts, lectures, any kind of input.
Short-filmmakers at heart do we love even the most close-cropped filmlets. In short, we welcome animated gifs.
Urban Research is a special film program during the Berlin International Directors Lounge concerned with urban themes curated by Klaus W. Eisenlohr. For years the urban landscape has been under rapid change. Due to the increased economic pressure and shift towards mono-functional uses of the city, public space more and more vanishes. The newly awakened interest in old city centers, which is a rather positive development, has also created new demands in conjunction with the deregulations of national and municipal city tasks: the city has mainly become an object for real estate investment. On the other hand, new waves for urban movements towards a democratic renewal have appeared.
It may be surprising that in this field of creative expression, experimental film has found a renaissance, often in conjunction with analog methods. Also a diversity of documentary forms have arisen anew. Creative film nowadays uses a multitude of traditions mixing and recombining the white-cube gallery art, classical avant-garde, classic cinema and the tube, performance and new media, happening and radical activism. Concerning creative production and critical discussions, there seems to have been an increased interest in public space and urban themes. In addition the classical “theatre screening” seems to meet a new interest. Artists working in a diversity of fields have discovered again the “single channel” format as an easy way for presentation and discussing work on international platforms without the complications and the distribution costs of extended installations.
Urban Research 2014 will be first presented at the Berlin International Directors Lounge 6–16 February 2014. The program has also been presented internationally in screenings in London, Mannheim, Hannover, Poznan, Freiburg, Essen, Dordrecht, Senigallia, St. Petersburg and Berlin.
Special Directors Lounge screening: Andreas Müller-Pohle in Person The 8th Berlin International Directors Lounge, 2012 Friday, 17 February 2012, 19h Naherholung Sternchen, Berolinastraße 7, 10178 Berlin / Mitte