Filmmaking Symposium filmLab EU

Filmfestival Muenster 2013

Thursday, 10 October 2013 and Friday, 11 October 2013

“filmLab 2.0” was initiated in 2011 by Filmfestival Muenster / Filmwerkstatt Muenster as an exchange of experiences among film and media labs around Europe. The two-day symposium dealt with the question of how the future will look like for these labs and where their creative and artistic potential lies. In 2013

Filmfestival Muenster / Filmwerkstatt Muenster takes a step forward and invites representatives to develop concrete recommendations for a European network of these independent film collectives.

filmLab EU is about alternative filmmaking – next to already established majors, companies or art institutions. These independent European groups, organizations or institutions produce and distribute films, organize film festivals and film events or, last but not least, provide technical support and a range of training and education programs in the field of filmmaking. What unites them and inspires their efforts is film work that fosters cultural growth and supports the next generation of filmmakers. They share a critical attitude towards conformity in film culture with the ambition to realize independent / autodidactic / professional / alternative film work.

At Filmfestival Muenster 2013, filmLab EU will work out useful strategies for a European cooperation of filmmaking protagonists. How should they organize themselves to achieve a solid European network that as a political interest group also gives a voice to their cultural policy objectives? What, in practical terms, might be the best way to communicate and how should a low-threshold information exchange platform look like? How to find a mutual basis on ideas? How should decision-making processes be organized – so, how could the political intention be concentrated and be demonstrated to the outside world? The aim of this symposium is to present suggestions for working structures and recommendations for a realizable concept of a European network of independent filmmakers / collectives. Within two days, participants from all over the EU will exchange experiences of international film based networks.

The event is split into three panels and open screenings. In the first panel, ENERGY FIRST, the protagonists present themselves related to their individual concepts. The second part, MEET THE PIONEERS, deals with best practice examples of existing international networks and special interest groups. And the third panel, O DREAMLAND, will focus on approaches for shaping filmLab EU.

Participants filmLab EU, 2013

Paul Williams – Burning Bridges (?, Great Britain)
Luca Borkowsky – CINEMATCH (Berlin, Germany)
Randy Sterling Hunter – film koop wien (Vienna, Austria)
Winfried Bettmer – Filmwerkstatt Münster (Muenster, Germany)
Johanna Knott – Filmwerkstatt Münster / sweetSixteen-filmclub e.V. Dortmund (Muenster & Dortmund, Germany)
Anja Dornieden – LaborBerlin (Berlin, Germany)
Juan David Gonzalez Monroy – LaborBerlin (Berlin, Germany)
Goda Jurevičiūtė, Meno Avilys (Vilnius, Lithuania)
Johan Bunt – moderator (Netherlands)
Martin Blankemeyer, Münchner Filmwerkstatt, (Munich, Germany)
Adrienn Halasz – Palantír Film Visual Anthropological (Budapest, Hungary)
Hermann Peseckas – Studio West. Independent Film (Salzburg, Austria)
Stefan Sternad – Studio West. Independent Film (Salzburg, Austria)
Frank Bruinsma – Super8 Reversal Lab (The Hague, Netherlands)
Isidora Illic – Transimage and Svetloton (Belgrade, Serbia)



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