[artinfo] 25th Kassel Documentary Film and Video Festival - Ausschreibung 2008 / Call for entries 2008

Adele Eisenstein adele at c3.hu
Fri May 2 14:35:13 CEST 2008

25th Kassel Documentary Film and Video Festival 
November 11-16, 2008
Deadline: July 21, 2008
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For its 25th anniversary edition the Kassel Documentary Film and Video
Festival invites you from November 11 to 16, 2008 to Kassel to show the
diversity and current tendencies of documentary work. On six days the festival
presents about 230 international documentary films as well as experimental and
artistic works. Together with its further three intermedia sections, the
profile of the Kassel Documentary Film and Video Festival is unique: The
exhibition MONITORING transfers the medium film from the cinema to the context
of an exhibition in presenting contemporary media installations in addition to
the film screenings. It is complemented with an audiovisual live program in
the DokfestLounge as well as the interdisciplinary conference interfiction.
Moreover, the 25th anniversary edition of the Kassel Dokfest shall be an
occasion for looking on the past and future festival’s development as well as
documenting the facets of documentary work that has been presented in Kassel
for the past 25 years. "Most Touching" is for instance the title of an
anniversary DVD that shall be published with a collection of 25 international
films and videos out of 25 years of festival history.
We now invite all artists, filmmakers, distributors, gallery owners,
universities or institutions to submit latest works and projects to the
different sections of the anniversary festival program. Deadline for entries
is July 21, 2008.

The documentary film traditionally makes up the heart of the festival. Thus,
the festival puts its main emphasis on films and videos exploring their
subject by documentary means. But not only traditional documentary films, also
particularly short works, that break down formal approaches to documentary
filmmaking, i.e. in the combination of experimental or animated with
documentary elements, are selected. Theses hybrids expand the scale of
documentary work and contribute to a diverse screening program. There is no
restriction in terms of the running time of submitted works.

The exhibition MONITORING is devoted to contemporary space-oriented media art
in enhancing the cinematographic scope of the festival. 15 media installations
and sculptures are selected among the entries and displayed during the
festival at Kassel KulturBahnhof and Kassel Kunstverein. The exhibition is
organized in cooperation with the Kassel Kunstverein and the documenta Archive
of the City of Kassel.

The lounge of the festival presents a program of audio-visual performances and
VJ-art. This section is calling for live visuals, audiovisual performance
concepts, Live Cinema, sound performances and any kind of experiments produced
in analogue or digital media.

“RE/CYCLING INVENTION”: This year’s interfiction symposium (with lectures,
presentations and workshop-sessions) will ask for the innovative potentials of
digital and material strategies and practices of recycling in arts and
culture. Artists, video- and filmmakers, researchers, curators, writers,
activists and others interested in transdisciplinary exchange on the related
issues are invited to join the conference and to discuss their ideas and
projects. Call for proposals and further information: www.interfiction.org

A selection of the presented films and videos as well as installations will be
nominated for one of the four awards. With the “Golden Key” award the festival
seeks to support the best documentary submitted by a young director. It is
endowed with Euro 5,000 and sponsored by the City of Kassel. Furthermore, we
are pleased about our new prize sponsor for the “Golden Hercules”: The Machbar
GmbH, a corporate communications company headquartered in Kassel, awards this
prize, worth Euro 2,500, to an outstanding production from the region of
Northern Hesse. This year, the software company Micromata GmbH supports the
“Golden Cube” for the second time with Euro 2,500 in prize money. It awards
the best installation of the exhibition MONITORING. Moreover, the festival and
the Werkleitz Gesellschaft together present the production grant “A38”, worth
Euro 4,000 for allowance in kind.

Entry form and rules of participation at www.filmladen.de/dokfest
Please use, if possible, the comfortable online entry form. We are looking
forward to your entries and to an inspiring 25th anniversary edition of the
Dokfest in Kassel!

Best regards,
the Dokfest-team

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25th Kassel Documentary Film & Video Festival
November 11 - 16, 2008

Kati Michalk / Gerhard Wissner
phone:  +49.561.707 64 21
fax:    +49.561.707 64 41

dokfest at filmladen.de

c/o Filmladen Kassel e.V.
Goethestrasse 31
34119 Kassel

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