VI International Competition of Kinodot EFF
Congratulations to our prizewinners!
Our 2018 Jury first special mention goes to Destination Nowhere by Prapat Jiwarangsan (Thailand 2018) for it’s intelligent and aesthetically convincing technical-aesthetic decisions to work with monotonous and repetitive manual work and a rough sound to evoke questions of (in-)visibility and precariousness of a marginalized person in a dominant surrounding.
Our 2018 Jury second special mention goes to Optimism by Deborah Stratman (USA / Canada 2018) for it’s humorous and sensitive research into the landscape and history of a special place linking it to the allegorical and conquering quest for light and sun, gold and wealth - and evoking the film-historic genre of gold digging on many levels as an underlying metaphor.
With great unanimity we would like to give the award for best film at the 2018 Kinodot Film Festival in St. Petersburg to a film which stands out for its brilliant complexity, its multitude of narrative layers, its subjective urgency. We were thrilled and enchanted by the aesthetic and sensitive diversity of styles, how animation builds up from the structures in the photographs. We were equally intrigued by the convincing visceral quality of the soundtrack and especially the voice with it’s different acoustic levels. The grandmother's story is dealt with fragile complexity and we see and hear the work of a filmmaker/artist who manages to densely combine aesthetic and concept. So the 2018 award goes to Where is Eva Hipsey? by Orla McHardy (Ireland 2017)
Films in competition:
by áMikhail Basov2018
A plastic bottle performs a stair dance, hopping up and down, tapping off wild rhythms like a Broadway dancer. (...)
by áKaveh Nabatian2017
A hypnagogic 16mm dance hallucination that stars the enthusiastic traffic cops of Mexico City. Set to music by the filmmaker’s band Bell Orchestre. (...)
by áJasmine Ellis2017
Uncertainty of reality that permeates daily life. Is what's happening really happening? CARGO is a short, one shot dance film. (...)
by áPrapat Jiwarangsan2018
One day in Japan, a young man found out that a place he had thought his only home country rejected him. (...)
by áJohan Rijpma2017
From all directions gravity pulls on the shards of a breaking dinner plate. (...)
by áAnaïs Ibert2018
Couldn't the impossibility to communicate be compensated by the ability to feel?
Astrid Defrance "Les écritures dramatiques (post)modernes : le traducteur à l'épreuve du sens et des sens" (...)
by áSami van Ingen2018
A fractured melodrama, based on damaged frames from the last minutes of the only remaining nitrate reel of the lost feature film Silja – Fallen Asleep When Young (1937) directed by Teuvo Tulio. (...)
by áMichiel van Bakel2017
A warped stroll through a forest.
Animated still photographs reveal movement and light on the forest paths that are otherwise invisible to the human eye.
Van Bakel made a ‘scanner-camera’ that extends human vision to near-infrared light in an other-worldly way.
What’s this thing called vision? What’s the fundamental difference between what a robot discerns, what a flying insect detects or man’s observation? (...)
by áPablo-Martín Córdoba2017
Sculpted by time, video forms reveal the dialogue between humans and the architecture that channels their movement. (...)
by áShambhavi Kaul2017
Airplane space is inhabited by characters for whom ‘escape’, one of the promises of airplane technology, proves elusive. (...)
by áMichael Lyons2016
This stop-motion animation was made by photographing and
re-photographing antique kimono resist-dyeing stencils in positive and
by áPatrick Bokanowski2018
Choreography of an imaginary journey (...)
by áJonathan Vinel2017
Imagine you wake up one day, all your friends have disappeared. (...)
by áPablo Mazzolo2017
NN: Nomen nescio (Latin for "no name"), a person whose name is unknown.
The film revolves around the specter of thousands of disappeared civilians during the last military dictatorship in Argentina (1976-1982), trying to offer a reflection on human subject as anonimity.
The film reanimates frame by frame archival footage from an Argentinian newsreel. (...)
by áDeborah Stratman2018
Draw down the sun. Dig up the gold. (...)
The urge to relieve a winter valley of permanent shadow and find gold in alluvial gravel is part of a long history of desire and extraction in the far Canadian north. Cancan dancers, curlers, smelters, former city officials, and a curious cliff-side mirrored disc congregate to form a town portrait. Shot on location in Dawson City, Yukon Territory. (...)
by áJames Edmonds2017
A fragment of memory is briefly evoked. The memory of a boat journey, of traveling as a child. (...)
by áAlisa Yang2016
An experimental film essay that narrates the collective and personal memory of three generations of Asian women through the rooms of Japanese love hotels. (...)
by áMarianna Milhorat2017
Someone is missing. Plants grow, but at what cost? Technology threatens and seduces as humans attempt to solve a mystery through telepathy and mirrors. Stainless steel and broken glass strewn about an intergalactic discotheque. (...)
by áSirkka-Liisa Konttinen2017
A meditation on a lost era of coal mining and the regenerative power of the sea through the haunting photographs by Sirkka-Liisa Konttinen of England’s post-industrial northern coastline, the vivid re-enacting of the death of a young coal miner Billy by his workmate and the cathartic music of a New York based percussion group So Percussion. (...)
by áPille-Riin Jaik2017
The film deals with falling in love, being in love, trying to remain in love, falling out of love and the aftermath. The relationship pattern that somehow often repeats itself. The beautiful hypnotic aspects, mesmerizing rhythm, fractures in characters, tighter closeness, but with it also growing tension and the hardness of letting go. In a sense it’s a meditation on personality of a love, where the personal decisions that may seem to exist at the start (archive photo, hand sewing, endoscopic closeness of the lense) are rather directed by society’s constraints, learnt family’s behavior patterns, traditional stereotypes and norms (mechanical sound, industrial rhythm, abstract visuals). In this story one could recognize her/his’s possible desires to follow the classic story of romantic love, but also feel it’s rather frequent war-like destructiveness. It is still attractive in love to believe in Moirai thread 1 driven destinies. (...)
by áAnna Franceschini2017
T.U.V. is a corporation qualified in providing european certificates of suitability to goods and commodities. Its Nuremberg headquarters, where the video has been shot, is specialized in toys and infancy products examinations. (...)
by áOrla Mc Hardy2017
Where is Eva Hipsey? is an experimental animated film that blends documentary, fiction and poetry. It is based on a short story written by Justin Spooner. The film seeks to convey the power of sound to store and evoke memory. (...)
by áBill Brown2018
A pocket-sized travelogue about leaving one hometown and looking for the next one. (...)
by áRazan AlSalah2017
This doc-fiction is a (re)construction, a (re)collection of the memory of returning to Haifa. It is an imaginary memory of retuning to Haifa. Razan AlSalah is imagining her grandmother was able to return to Haifa when she was still alive, through Google Streetview, which today is the only way she could see Palestine, the only way Razan can see Palestine. (...)