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Ever since 2006, prominent and knowledgeable figures on the film scene have convened here to discuss current issues facing the short form. The continued success of the series shows how much the festival and its guests value this opportunity to speak in depth about the moving image. From Ed Atkins and Jonathan Rosenbaum to Ulay and Akram Zaatari, this is where artists, curators and authors grapple together with aesthetic, technological, political and economic matters.
How Independent Can Filmmaking Be Today? 1 May
The familiar standards and tenets of how to finance and distribute films are increasingly being called into question. Can I produce films without television financing; do I still need film festivals or sales agencies? This discussion will examine the problems but even more the perspectives currently awaiting all those who wish to work as independently as possible.
Jakob Kirstein Høgel, advisor/producer (Århus)
Sirkka Möller, curator (Berlin)
Friday, 1 May, 10.00-12.00 h, Festival Space
How Independent Can Film Schools Be Today? 1 May
Susanne Heinrich, Students’ council (German Film and Television Academy Berlin)
Dietrich Leder, professor (Academy of Media Arts Cologne)
Gerald Sommerauer, Students’ council (German Film and Television Academy Berlin)
Lars Henrik Gass, festival director (Oberhausen)
Sirkka Möller, curator (Berlin)
Friday, 1 May, 12.30 h, Festival Space
What‘s the Use of Cinema Anymore? 2 May
While experimental and artistic films today can be seen almost exclusively at film festivals and in art galleries, new initiatives and individuals working to revive the cinema are developing ideas how to change this. The discussion will present concepts and ideas on how artistic films can be presented in the cinemas again and under new parameters.
Elisabetta Fabrizi, curator (Tyneside Cinema Gallery, Newcastle upon Tyne)
Barbara Fränzen, head of film department (Austrian Federal Chancellery, Vienna)
Brent Klinkum, curator (Transat Projects, Caen)
David Sin, Head of Cinemas Independent Cinema Office (London)
Wilbirg Brainin-Donnenberg, curator (Vienna)
Saturday, 2 May, 10.00-12.00 h, Festival Space
Artist-run Film Labs – Old Ties or New Concepts? 3 May
From mass re-production tool to limited edition format: Which properties of celluloid film are essential to curators and archivists today? What are the possibilities and implications for the artists and filmmakers who strive to keep it alive? And what are the strategies and modes of presentation of art galleries dealing with film on film? The podium gathers artists and labs and those who represent them.
Alice Koegel, curator (Staatsgalerie Stuttgart)
Andrew Lampert, curator (Anthology Film Archives, New York)
Nicolas Rey, filmmaker (L'Abominable, Paris)
Esther Urlus, filmmaker (Rotterdam)
Vassily Bourikas, curator (Athens)
Sunday, 3 May, 10.00-12.00 h, Festival Space
3D Reloaded – What Can We Expect from Stereoscopic Cinema? 4 May
Has 3D cinema exhausted its potential? Or does it still have something to offer compared to good old conventional cinema? 3D effects are still to a great extent uncharted territory, and so are our methods of reflecting on them. Will the 3D experience affect the way we see cinema? This panel is part of the THEME “The Third Image – 3D Cinema as Experiment”.
Elisa Linseisen, author (Munich)
Johann Lurf, filmmaker (Vienna)
Paul Kaiser, OpenEndedGroup
Björn Speidel, curator (Berlin)
Monday, 4 May, 10.00-12.00 h, Festival Space
The Oberhausen Seminar: Taking Stock Festival Space 5 May
For the second time, the Oberhausen Seminar brings together people who work with moving images. In an ongoing process of exchange between film and art, between the participants and the festival, and not least of all within the group, it inquires into the infrastructure and the presentation of artistic moving images. Participants talk about their experiences and present the results.
Chi-hui Yang, writer and curator (New York)
Tuesday, 5 May, 10.00-12.00 h, Festival Space