DEPLOYMENTS and THE SASHA awarded
The short film Deployments by Stéphanie Lagarde has won the Grand Prix at the Bucharest International Experimental Film Festival.
BIEFF is a renowned five-day festival that gives a stage to distinctive filmmakers who dare to explore the limits of cinematographic language. The jury wrote about Deployments: "For a film that took us by surprise and kept the confusing powers of experimental cinema alive long after the credits. For a director who masterfully analyzes the structures of power and control. For a film that reveals the poetic aspects of the most technical practices, while also bringing forward their political implications."
Deployments, an associative film about the relationship between symbolic and physical power, is a collaboration between artist Stéphanie Lagarde (former participant at Jan van Eyck academy) and Video Power. Video Power, based in Maastricht, guides filmmakers in the development, production and distribution of their work. The film was shown in renowned places such as DokLeipzig (Leipzig), Transmediale (Berlin) and WNDX (Winnipeg) and will be screened in the Mirage Competition during the Beijing International Short Film Festival in a few weeks. Earlier this year, the film won the first prize in the International Competition of the Polish Short Waves festival (Poznań).
Distributor: Video Power
The Sasha, the short film by María Molina Peiró, is proving very succesful in the international experimntal festival circuit. After receiving the Radar award at Curtocircuito, it also received a special jury mention at the Abycine Cine Independiente Film Festival in Albacete and wwon the Scientist Award at the Imagine Science Film Festival in New York. The Scientist Award is given by the jury to a film that portrays in an accurate and inventive way the life of a scientist. The goal of this award is to encourage more scientists to create films that let us into their minds, labs, and lifestyle.
The short film had its world première at the International Film Festival Rotterdam in the Ammodo Tiger Short Competition and has been selected for several festivals since, including BFI London Film Festival, IndieLisboa and Goshort International Short Film Festival Nijmegen.
The Sasha is a fictional essay about the human perspective on Earth and our constant struggle with our temporal and spatial limitations. From the exploration of space to cyberspace, from an analogue Moon in 1972 to a virtual Moon in Google Earth today. A film about parallel universes where eternity seems to be lost between frames and interfaces.
Distributor: EYE Experimental