3rd Edition 15-16th December 2018
Cinema Moviemento, Kreuzberg Berlin
The jury of the 3rd Berlin Liberi Film Festival consisted of Pablo Radice, film maker from Argentina and winner of our Grand Prix 2017, and Caroline Schwarz, film maker and mixed media artis from Germany. In the end they came to the decision that for the Grand Prix they could not find common ground and therefore for this year it will be split.
For our 3rd edition 2018 here are the winners:
GRAND PRIX – People of the Wasteland by Heba Khaled AND Period by Kira Bursky All Around Artsy
Jury Motivation for "People of the Wasteland"
"Lines and territorial, conceptual and discursive borders seem to run and vanish through the audiovisual construction of Wasteland. It is a very powerful artistic, journalistic and design piece. There is intelligence in the reuse of material through a montage of the real with cutting and precise cuts that make invisible an enunciative device as strong and powerful as the camera. The question about the eye that looks and conforms every statement, and the technology that crosses us, and transforms us all the time in ourselves."
*Review of People of the Wasteland: https://bit.ly/2A1PQaP
Jury movitation for "Period"
"It's an experimental film, that excites! Like watching a youngster, female Lanthimos learn how to navigate the area of film everybody is afraid of – not really categorizable. Bold enough to tell a narrative story in the field of experimental filmmaking, it visually keeps the viewer hooked the entire film. Brave enough to use acting, which is not emotionally charged. It has it's own style, that cannot be copied out of a film-manuel."
*Review of Period: https://bit.ly/2USWQjk
Best Experimental Film – ΤΗΕ ΟΧ by Giorgos Nikopoulos
"Ox is a window to a surreal dream reality not too far away. A piece of a strong narrative structure and a sensitive and poetic impression of colors, shadows and silhouettes. Through an original soundtrack and the plasticity of its pictorial images, we can travel to another dimension and perceive certain natural rhythms of the universe. "
*Review of The Ox: https://bit.ly/2Ez7cA5
Best Fiction Film – Pink Velvet Valley by Sebastién Petretti
"Pink valley is as simple, as it is great, and we all know how hard that is to come by. The sets, scenes and camera-arrangements are all made with loving detail and make you fall for the character right away. The form of interview effortlessely supports that. It gets to the point, stays on the point - a very good and humerous film."
*Review of Pink Velvet Valley: https://bit.ly/2SYYiir
Best Documentary Film – Hattie goes Cruising by Konstantin Bock
"One would think otherwise, but sex is still not as visible of a theme in shortfilmfestivals. And when it is, it's mostly connected to problematic issues regarding politics, exklusion, violance etc. And while these are important subjects, it's brace to make a film - a documentary even - purely about sexual desire and how to manage that in life. The honesty of the film is gold, the main protagonist just so authenticly loveable and the story is told closely and direct."
*Review of Hattie Goes Cruising: https://bit.ly/2PQ8fNe
Reviews by Kirk S. Fernwood, author of the Film Critic Blog OneFilmFan
Congratulations to the winners!
Event photos by : Erika Holm Petré
Free to use if credited to Erika Holm Petré
2nd Edition 16-17th December 2017
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."
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