The Kassel Documentary and Video Festival takes place annually since 1982 and is organised by the Filmladen Kassel e.V. The festival presents contemporary documentary films and videos, the media art exhibition MONITORING, a Festival Lounge for Live Visuals and the interfiction symposium. It attracts a regional audience, as well as producers and professionals of the film and media industry from Germany, Europe and the rest of the world by screening about 240 international films and videos that are seen by more than 6,000 guests each year. This year, the Kassel Documentary Film and Video Festival will take place from November 7 to 12, 2006. We invite all filmmakers, media people, and artists to submit their latest works and projects to the different sections of the festival program. Deadline for entries is August 1, 2006.
The documentary film traditionally makes up the heart of the festival. Thus, the festival puts its main emphasis on current films and videos exploring their subject by documentary means. The festival is also interested in experimental and artistic works.
The exhibition MONITORING is devoted to contemporary space-oriented media art. Around 15 media installations and sculptures are selected among the entries and displayed at Kassel KulturBahnhof during the festival. The exhibition is organised in cooperation with the Kasseler Kunstverein and the documenta Archive of the City of Kassel.
Part of the introduced art works of the festival’s program will be nominated for one of the four awards. The newspaper HNA recognizes an outstanding production from the region of Northern Hesse with its "Golden Hercules", worth €2,500. The festival seeks to support the best documentary submitted by a young director. Therefore, the City of Kassel sponsors for the first time Euro 5,000 for the "Golden Key" award. "Ritter Sport" supports the "Golden Cube" (€2,500) which is awarded to the best installation of the exhibition MONITORING. Additionally, the festival and the Werkleitz Gesellschaft present the grant "A38". The three-month artist-in-residence grant, worth Euro 4,000 and, additionally, Euro 4,000 for allowance in kind, is supported by the Kulturstiftung des Bundes (East-West Exchange Program).
This year’s interfiction symposium (including lectures, presentations and a workshop) is dedicated to prosumer culture – DIY-production within an arena of consumption. 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.
The lounge of the festival presents a program of audio-visual performances and VJ-art. Concepts for Live Cinema, music and experiments are welcome.