The 24th edition of the Kassel Documentary Film and Video Festival is going to take place from November 13 to 18, 2007. On six days the festival presents about 220 international documentary films as well as experimental and artistic works. Moreover, the media art exhibition MONITORING, the DokfestLounge with audiovisual performances and the interfiction symposium do top off the festival program. Having this profile the Kasseler Dokfest annually attracts both a regional audience as well as professionals of the film and media industry from Germany, Europe and the rest of the world.
We invite all artists, filmmakers, distributors, gallery owners, universities or institutions to submit latest works and projects to the different sections of the festival program. Deadline for entries is August 1, 2007.
The documentary film traditionally makes up the heart of the festival. Thus, the festival puts its main emphasis on films and videos exploring their subject by documentary means. The festival is also interested in experimental and artistic works expressing an individual approach. There is no restriction in terms of the running time of submitted works.
The exhibition MONITORING is devoted to contemporary space-oriented media art. 15 media installations and sculptures are selected among the entries and displayed at Kassel KulturBahnhof during the festival. The exhibition is organized in cooperation with the Kasseler Kunstverein and the documenta Archive of the City of Kassel.
The lounge of the festival presents a program of audiovisual performances and VJart. This section is calling for live visuals, audiovisual performance concepts, Live Cinema, sound performances and any kind of experiments, produced in analog or digital media.
This year’s interfiction symposium (with lectures, presentations and workshop-sessions) will focus on “PATCH_WORK: art, culture and knowledge production between commons and DRM”. Artists, video- and filmmakers, researchers, curators, writers, activists and others interested in transdisciplinary exchange on the related issues are invited to join the conference and to discuss their ideas and projects. Call for contributions and further information: www.interfiction.org.
A selection of the presented films and art works of the festival program will be nominated for one of the four awards. The festival seeks to support the best documentary submitted by a young director. Therefore, the City of Kassel endows * 5,000 for the “Golden Key” award. The newspaper HNA awards an outstanding production from the region of Northern Hesse with its “Golden Hercules”, worth * 2,500. This year, Micromata Objects GmbH, a Kassel located Software Company, supports the “Golden Cube” with * 2,500 in prize money, which is awarded to the best installation of the exhibition MONITORING. Moreover, the festival and the Werkleitz Gesellschaft present the project grant “A38”. The three-month artist-in-residence grant, worth * 4,000 and additionally * 4,000 for allowance in kind, is funded by the Austauschfonds Ost-West of the Kulturstiftung des Bundes.
The 24th Kassel Documentary Film & Video Festival presents the special program “/splice in/” curated by Elfe Brandenburger and Sandra Schäfer. Proceeding from the specific situation of film production in Afghanistan, “/splice in/” enquires into the representation of gender relations in current film productions, particularly the first films made by women, but also in historical films from the archive Afghan Film and brings them together with filmic and political methods from Iran, India, Pakistan and Europe. More information can be found at: www.mazefilm.de.
We are looking forward to your entries and to an inspiring 24th edition of the Dokfest in Kassel!