This year, the Kassel Documentary Film and Video Festival will take place from November 8th to 13th, 2005. The festival presents current documentary films and videos, the media art exhibition MONITORING, as well as the interfiction symposium. We invite all filmmakers, media people, and artists to submit their latest works and projects for the individual sections of the Festival program. Closing date for entries is August 1st, 2005.
One of the festival’s main emphasis lies on current films and videos exploring their subject matters with documentary means. The festival is also interested in experimental and artistic video works.
The exhibition MONITORING deals with the current room related positioning of media art. During the festival, it displays approximately 15 media installations and sculptures, which will be selected among the entries. The exhibition will be held in the Suedfluegel and other locations of the Kassel KulturBahnhof. The exhibition is a cooperative effort of the festival, the “Kasseler Kunstverein” and the documenta Archive of the City of Kassel.
At the festival, three awards will be presented, each endowed with EURO 2,500. The “Golden Key”, sponsored by the City of Kassel, is presented to the best documentary by a young director. The newspaper HNA recognises an outstanding production from the region of Northern Hesse with its “Golden Hercules” award. The “Golden Cube” is presented to the best installation of the exhibition MONITORING. In addition, there is also an award for the innovative use of digital production and post-production tools. Artists may apply for the project grant of the Werkleitz Gesellschaft e.V. Center for Art and Media Sachsen-Anhalt providing technical support worth up to EURO 5,000.
This year’s interfiction symposium (including lectures, presentations and a workshop) is dedicated to “Learning from…?”. Artists, video- and filmmakers, researchers, writers and others interested in transdisciplinary exchange on the related issue are invited to join the conference and to discuss their ideas and projects dealing with ideas, images, figures and strategies of translation, transmission, transfer and/or transgression. Call for contributions and further information: www.interfiction.org