November 17 to 20, Bucharest’s Scala Cinema will host the 2011 edition of the Bucharest International Experimental Film Festival. BIEFF 2011 continues the endeavour of promoting young talents on the international scene, a project initiated successfully last year thanks to the fruitful collaboration with the Rotterdam International Film Festival and the Lisbon International Independent Film Festival.
This year BIEFF is graced once again with the participation of prestigious names in the industry, such as Sergio Fant, the Venice International Film Festival’s short-reel selection director, Hilke Doering, director of the Oberhausen International Short-reel Film Festival’s International Competition, or Marzena Moskal, coordinator of the Warsaw International Film Festival. Another distinguished guest is Juhani Alanen, Executive Director of the Tampere International Short-reel Film Festival. The guests and jury members will also take part in the seminar titled “The Secrets of Experimental Film and Visual Art Production and Distribution in Europe”, during which selection directors of international film festivals abroad will present before the Romanian artists the opportunities afforded by these festivals, while Romanian artists will be able to promote their films directly to foreign distributors and curators.
The first online platform dedicated exclusively to experimental film and visual art, “Instant Cinema”, a project created by EYE Film Institute Netherlands, will be presented during the second BIEFF 2011 seminar.
“Instant Cinema” is offering artists, museums and institutions “screening spaces” within which they can present their works, concepts and curatorial concepts. Thus, the portal will host iconic 20th century works alongside the latest experimental productions and will act as an important interface for the exchange of ideas. The project promises to play a crucial part at a global level in getting the wider public acquainted with experimental cinema and visual art.
The Bucharest International Experimental Film Festival is organised by the “Cultura si Imagine” (Culture and Picture) Association.