Internationale Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen

The Oberhausen Seminar 2019

65th International Short Film Festival Oberhausen, 1-6 May 2019


Applications now open for the sixth Oberhausen Seminar


Moving images in contemporary art, 1-6 May


For the sixth time, the International Short Film Festival Oberhausen, in conjunction with LUX (London) and the Robert Flaherty Film Seminar (New York), is organising the Oberhausen Seminar, an experimental course designed to explore contemporary artists’ moving image practice in the context of a renowned international film festival. Launched in 2014, the Oberhausen Seminar has quickly become renowned as a festival section offering one of the few opportunities for further education and networking in this field, examining ideas in the curation of moving images, the infrastructures that allow them to circulate and the critical frames used to analyse them. It addresses young international artists, filmmakers, curators, and researchers; in 2019, the Seminar will be led by programmers and curators Branka Bencić and Aleksandra Sekulić (Croatia).


Applications for the sixth Seminar will be accepted until 1 February 2019.




The Seminar Leaders


Aleksandra Sekulić is the programme director at the Center for Cultural Decontamination (CZKD) in Belgrade, member of the organisation Media Archaeology and the Kosmoplovci collective.


Branka Bencić is co-founder and artistic director of Apoteka – Space for Contemporary art; curator at the Artists cinema screening series at the Museum of Contemporary Art Zagreb, and founder and curator of the Cinemaniac Think Film support programme of the Pula Film Festival. She curated the Croatian Pavilion at the 2017 Biennale di Venezia.


Together they curated exhibitions and published essays on the heritage of experimental cinema, early video production and films clubs in former Yugoslavia. Exhibitions include: Video, Television, Anticipation (Museum of Contemporary Art Belgrade, Museum of Contemporary Art Zagreb, MMC Luka Pula), Slobodan Šijan: Film Leaflet (MMC Luka Pula and CZKD, Belgrade) and an archive reactivation project MAFAF, the Invisible History – A Look From Belgrade (CZKD, Belgrade).



The Seminar partners


LUX is a public arts agency based in London and Glasgow that exists to support and promote artists' moving image work.


The annual Robert Flaherty Film Seminar, founded in 1955, encourages filmmakers and other artists to explore the potential of the moving image.



Oberhausen, 6 December 2018


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