Bucharest International Experimental Film Festival
2nd edition, 17-20 November 2011
Created under the patronage of the NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF DRAMA AND FILM BUCHAREST and the NATIONAL ART UNIVERSITY BUCHAREST, with the support of the ROMANIAN NATIONAL CINEMA CENTER, with strong educational purpose, BUCHAREST INTERNATIONAL EXPERIMENTAL FILM FESTIVAL (BIEFF) is the first and only showcase of experimental film in Romania, aimed at bringing in front of the audience highly innovative films, both in content and style, filmmakers with strong personal views on contemporary reality, which also daringly explore the boundaries of cinema language.
BIEFF – a cinema of total creative freedom and lack of compromise.
We believe BIEFF is a highly necessary event, particularly for Romania, whose cinema already proved its amazing strength in the last years, through outstanding voices like Cristi Puiu, Corneliu Porumboiu, Cristian Mungiu, Radu Jude, and others, yet mainly in the area of realistic narrative fiction. On this flourishing creative background, BIEFF comes as a natural complementary reaction, its main goal being to broaden perception, to open a whole new artistic territory both for the general and specialized audience, particularly for the film and visual art students and professionals.
Therefore we present films that are “lessons" of experimental cinema, emblematic pieces, eye-openers on the unlimited possibilities offered by the cinematic medium, on the ways to transcend any possible borders between fiction/documentary/visual art, on transgression of boundaries on every level, from concept, structure, rhythm to the very shot construction.
We are also dedicated to offer increased visibility to cutting edge visual artists, whose work is mainly accessible in museums and art galleries circuit and rarely on cinema screen, as we believe the border area between cinema and video art is an extremely rich, creatively nourishing one, from where unique artistic voices constantly emerged over the years like Peter Greenaway, David Lynch, Derek Jarman, Andy Warhol, Stan Brakhage and others.
After a full bloom debut last year, BIEFF presents on one side an INTERNATIONAL EXPERIMENTAL SHORT FILM COMPETITION, consisting of some of the most intriguing and innovative experimental and visual art works from the last years, titles awarded and screened in prestigious festivals, museums and galleries all over the world, like, in Romanian premiere, the winner of Palm D’Or for Short Film Cannes 2011, of the Golden Bear for Short Film at Berlinale 2011, of the Main Prize at Oberhausen 2011, of Tiger Award for Short Film Rotterdam 2011 and many others.
// Destination Finale (10’, 2009, Germany, Philip Widmann)
// How To Raise The Moon (9’, 2011, Germany/Denmark, Anja Struck)
// Night Fishing (34’, 2011, South Korea, PARKing CHANce > PARK Chan-wook & Park Chan-kyong)
// Maska (23’, 2010, Poland/UK, Quay Brothers)
We are honored to have in our International Competition Jury prestigious films professionals like: Marzena Moskal (Quinzaine des Realisateurs Cannes selection committee), Sergio Fant (Venice Orrizonti selection committee), Juhani Alanen (executive director Tampere ISFF), Roxana Călinescu (Cinema Expert, Romanian Cultural Institute, Bucharest), Hilke Doering (artistic director Oberhausen ISFF), Anna Abrahams (Project Leader Programming at EYE Film Institute Netherlands) and Miguel Valverde (director Lisbon International Independent Film Festival – Indielisboa).Read less