The center piece of the Kassel Dokfest is the film program, divided into three sections:


The exhibition Monitoring shows contemporary media installations and other time-based media works by up-and-coming as well as well-known artists

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The DokfestLounge is not only the location for audiovisual performances by international artists, VJs and DJs but also the nocturnal meeting point for our guests after 10.30 pm.

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The Workshop symposium interfiction offers lectures, presentations and workshop-sessions concerning a yearly changing topic, which takes a closer look at the political, social and artistic aspects of the medium internet.

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The educational side program is aimed at school students from the 8th till the 13th grade as well as teachers. The project consists of special film programs as well as workshops about film analysis and criticism under the guidance of media educators.

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The artist talks, lectures and screenings of the DokfestForum raise questions about the interfaces between film and art.

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With the Hessian University Film Day, the presentation of a European Film College and hands-on workshops and lectures, the Kassel Dokfest offers possibilities for further education, information on education opportunities and access to professional networks for (Hessian) up-and-coming filmmakers.

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The 8th Hessian University Film Day 2017

KLEINES BALI | DO. 16.11. | 10:00 – 19:00

The 8th Hessian University Film Day

The 8th Hessian University Film Day, a non-public event for invited professionals and accredited festival guests. As part of the Hessian University Film Day (HHFT), four universities that have a film program present their best and newest feature, animation, experimental and documentary films to an audience of industry insiders and also pitch their newest ideas. The goal of the Hessian University Film Day is to build a connection between Hessian students and graduates and the film and TV industry, in order to promote future collaboration. Every year, the HHFT specifically invites journalists, producers, heads of other festivals, distribution partners and members of various institutions of education. After the screenings, the professionals make a preselection for the HESSEN TALENTS 2018, a hFMA project, which will be presented at the European Film Market within the Berlinale. To further intensify the exchange for the 8th HHFT, not only students are invited to present themselves and their projects, but the industry professionals also get a chance to give some information about their work and themselves. In addition, all visitors will have the opportunity to provide students with targeted feedback. For the 8th time running, the HHFT is supported by the Kasseler Dokfest and the hessische Film- und Medienakademie (hFMA), and organized and implemented by students of the Kunsthochschule Kassel.

For the 8th time running, the HHFT is supported by the Kassel Dokfest and the Hessische Film- und Medienakademie (hFMA), and organized and implemented by students of the Kunsthochschule Kassel.


Program 8. HHFT

10:00 Die Hochschulen stellen sich vor
10:30 Spielfilm I
11:30 Fachbesucher/innen
12:00 Spielfilm II
13:00 Mittagspause
14:00 Dokumentarfilm
15:30 Pitching
16:00 Kaffeepause
16:30 Experimentalfilm
17:15 ProfisPlaudernPraxis
17:45 Trickfilm


More info: www.hhft.info, details Dokfest catalogue Page 124

Distribution 2017

KLEINES BALI | SA 18.11. | 13:30

Promotion Abroad – Documentary Films from POLISH DOCS

Starting in 2014, the Kassel Documentary Film and Video Festival expanded its profile by the presentation of a renowned European film and media distributor, addressing both structural aspects and the substance of their activities. This year, we are glad to present Polish Docs. An initiative of Polish Film Institute and Krakow Film Foundation. The main aim of the project is the promotion of Polish documentary films abroad and the assistance to the Polish filmmakers to present their films to the wide audience.

POLISH DOCS – a project managed by the Krakow Film Foundation since 2006 – is aimed at thoroughly promoting Polish documentary cinema and Polish documentary film industry. The project takes on organizing screenings of both contemporary and classical documentary cinema (focused especially on promoting young and talented filmmakers), retrospectives of acclaimed artists – often accompanied by master classes or workshops – and thematic programs. It also coordinates preparing sets of the most recent films at the biggest documentary film markets. Other projects organized under the auspices of POLISH DOCS are promotional and networking industry events at the biggest film festivals in the world and delegations of producers and filmmakers visiting co-production forums and markets in order to facilitate presenting documentary projects they are developing or to find funding or a foreign production partner. POLISH DOCS organizes Polish stands promoting national cinematography at e.g. Sunny Side of the Doc markets in La Rochelle in France. It also prepares various promotional materials: film catalogs, folders, leaflets, film sets available online and on DVD as well as the printed magazine “Focus on Poland” which presents up-to-date topics from the world of documentary movies. POLISH DOCS has its own website –www.polishdocs.pl – where one can find the most comprehensive source of knowledge about the contemporary and classical Polish documentary cinema as well as information about any success of Polish filmmakers around the world. The project is supported by the Polish Film Institute and the Polish Ministry of Culture and National Heritage.


The Polish Docs program, which we chose for the audience of the 34th Kassel Documentary Film and Video Festival consists of six short documentary films directed by young, talented, debuting Polish filmmakers. They were all made at the Lodz Film School. ROGALIK by Paweł Ziemilski, filmed in a highly interesting way without words, is a story about people living in a house in a provincial town. The film has been shown at film festivals around the world and was nominated for the IDFA Award for Student Competition. A similar spirit of a moving story without words, can be found in Sławomir Witek’s LAST SEASON, a film produced at the Munk Studio, which shows the hardships of sea fishermen’s life. The other four movies are interesting works by women directors. They were also produced at the Munk Studio, which is an institution promoting debuting filmmakers. OBJECT by Paulina Skibinska, which received a prize at the Sundance FF, will take your breath away with its visual language. CLOSE TIES by Zofia Kowalewska – which shows a deeply moving story about an elderly married couple that against all odds are trying to save their long-term yet complicated relationship – was also shown at Sundance, awarded the Special Jury Award at IDFA and was shortlisted
for the Academy Awards. The two most recent films are: POLONAISE by Agnieszka Elbanowska, a short story about what patriotism means today, and VOLTE by Monika Kotecka and Karolina Poryzała about young girls practicing the most demanding sport – vaulting. Even though they have just begun their festival journey, these films have already won hearts of festival audiences around the world.


For more Details check Dokfest catalogue page 82

International Film Festivals in Profile 2017

KLEINES BALI | SA. 18.11. | 15:30
Presented by Mário Micaelo


International film festivals in profile –Curtas Vila do Conde International Film Festival


Since 2014, Kassel Documentary Film and Video Festival has been presenting an annual international film festival, serving, on the one hand, to extend the festival’s profile, and, on the other, to document the festival’s connection with other, similarly-orientated organisations. Central to Curtas Vila do Conde International Film Festival is the presentation of films that adopt divergent artistic and experimental approaches to their themes. By presenting works of film in the context of an exhibition, the focus of the festival serves to broaden the realm of cinema. In this way, there is an observable link with Kassel Dokfest, which has been presenting contemporary media installations and sculptures since 1989, at first as an accompanying program and, since 1995, under the title Monitoring. This interest in wide-ranging artistic work can be found in the Kassel Dokfest film program and in the DokfestForum series. A distinguishing feature of Curtas Vila do Conde International Film Festival is the production of films. Curtas Metragens CLR – also based in Vila do Conde – is closely connected with the festival and has produced short films for many years which, in most cases, are shown in an exhibition context.

Mário Micaelo has put together a program of five films for Kassel Dokfest. They were produced and premiered as part of Curtas Vila do Conde International Film Festival. Mário Micaelo describes the shared connection between the works: “As usual, there are many stories behind their making, with one in common: they all started with a very reduced budget. Another common trace is the love for Art and Cinema with which they were made, as they belong to a “no man’s land territory”, located somewhere between the art gallery and the cinema’s black room.”

Throughout these 25 years, Curtas Vila do Conde International Film Festival has been presenting an eclectic programming, screening the major tendencies of contemporary cinema, aiming, at the same time, to be a frontline festival and a home for the intersection between Cinema and other areas of Art. The Curtas Vila do Conde IFF program primary focus remains the short film competitions – Portuguese, International, Experimental, Curtinhas (films to youngsters and children), Take One! (school films) and Music Videos -, a surprising selection of recent films that emerge every year from different countries. Besides the competitive sections, on the In Focus retrospective program, the filmographies from acclaimed filmmakers are presented, screened and debated. One of the sections that best characterize the festival, the Stereo, originates from the strong programming effort focused on the intersection between cinema and music where, for instance, moving images arereinterpreted by bands and musicians in live shows. At Solar – Cinematic Art Gallery, the cinema acquires an exquisite gallery context. Thinking on the public education, Curtas Vila do Conde promotes every year a film critic workshop and a special program entitled Curtinhas, an entire section dedicated to the younger audience, with films, ateliers and workshops. The debates with directors and agents of the audio-visual market take part of the festival’s 9 days, providing space for creative sharing. Also, the Panorama sections – Portuguese and European – screen some of the best short films of most recent production. The Curtas Metragens CRL, cultural production cooperative based in Vila do Conde, Portugal, manages several projects of cultural programming linked to Cinema and becomes, as well, a film production company. The cooperative helps to develop the work of filmmakers with whom it maintains a relationship of closeness, in many cases, fomented from the mutual recognition and from the participation in Curtas Vila do Conde IFF competition programs or in exhibitions at the Solar - Cinematic Art Gallery, other important branch of activity, a very special gallery where several exhibitions are also settled along the year. From 2011 to 2013, within the scope of the Estaleiro (shipyard) project, and in 2015, within the Campus, both funded mainly by European programs, the cooperative achieved an enviable production in number and quality of films, even in a period of general recession of the Portuguese film production. Since then, it has sought to find ways of continuing this sector of its activity, to maximize the experience acquired.


Mário Micaelo

Born in the Dem. Rep. of Congo in 1965, with Portuguese nationality, he graduated from the School of Fine Arts in Porto – Painting, where also attended the Master of Multimedia Arts. He is teaching visual arts and multimedia since 1986. Film-club member since 1981, was founder of the Cineclube de Vila do Conde, in 1991, where he remained as programmer until 1996. Co-founder of the Curtas Vila do Conde International Film Festival, in 1993, and since then member of the board. Since the early years assumed responsibilities linked to the Selection Committee for competitions, programming in general, to editorial management of the catalogues and sites, the graphic image and other aspects of executive organization. Since April of 1997, date of foundation, remains co-director of Curtas Metragens CRL. Recently, he was responsible for the production of several films, including “Exodus”, by Nicolas Provost, “Undisclosed Recipients”, by Sandro Aguilar and “The Dockworker’s Dream”, by Bill Morrison, to be presented in this program. He was co-founder of Agência, the Portuguese Short Film Agency, in 1999, and remained connected to its artistic direction and executive management until today. Co-founder and artistic director of Solar – Cinematic Art Gallery, in March 2005, assuming the role of coordinator and curator of several exhibitions.


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University Portrayal 2017

KLEINES BALI | SA 18.11. | 13:30
Presented by Srđan Vuleti and Students


University Portrayal

Akademija scenskih umjetnosti Sarajevo (ASU) / Academy of Performing Arts Sarajevo

Every year, Kassel Documentary Film and Video Festival presents (independent from the selected works from the official competition) a film school from another European country. For this purpose a few of the students of the respective university are together with their professors invited to Kassel to present their latest works. Subsequently to the screenings, discussions offer the audience the possibility to talk to both the lecturer and the young talents. The audience is able to extend its knowledge about European film, teaching models at film schools in other European countries and to establish mutually important contacts. The Portrayel of the 34th edition is dedicated to the Academy of Performing Arts Sarajevo. One of its characteristics are the heavy praxis-orientated
courses. Srđan Vuleti (Vice Dean for international relations) as well as three of the students and one alumnus are invited to present a compilation of four short films consisting of the latest works of the Academy; all of them will be German festival premieres.


Academy of Performing Arts Sarajevo
The Academy of Performing Arts Sarajevo (ASU) was established in 1981 as an Academy with an acting department only, the first institution of its kind in Bosnia Herzegovina. In time the Academy expanded its scope and now operates with four departments, each of it on Bachelor and Master Level: Acting, Directing, Writing and Production. There is one sub-department for camera, editing and sound design. From its beginnings the Academy insisted to employ a teaching staff that is professionally active, in order to keep students close to actual tendencies in the art practices they are studying for. With heavy praxis-orientated courses in its core, the Academy quickly gained good reputation throughout the region of formerly Yugoslavia. Today, the Academy attracts many foreign students who make up to 40 percent of all students, a fact of its openness and high quality work. Having educated many successful artists, the Academy of Performing Arts Sarajevo is one of the most prominent institutions of its kind in south east Europe. The Academy can be proud of alumni include Oscar winning director Danis Tanovi, Golden Bear winner director Jasmila Žbani, Pjer Žalica, Aida Begi, Srđan Vuleti, as well as the renowned actors Emir Hadžihafizbegovi, Jasna Žalica, Senad Baši,
Admir Glamoak, writers Almir Imširevi, Elma Tataragi, and many others. Being truthful to its own tradition, most of abovementioned artists are members of the academic staff today.



T: +387 33 215 277
E: asu@asu.unsa.ba
Pjer Zalica (Dean)
Prof. Srđan Vuleti
(Vice Dean. Intl relations)

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Support by the German Embassy Sarajevo

Profis Plaudern Praxis / PraxisDokfest 2017



In the past two years, as part of Profis Plaudern Praxis / PraxisDokfest “DER RICHTIGE FILM AM RICHTIGEN ORT – orientation within the festival landscape,” discussion was based on the diversity of festivals and the related process of programme selection. The aim was to provide film makers with guidance for their own festivals submissions. This year, discussions will centre around concrete career-choice options for all those who work with moving images.

As a student, you can focus on ideas; afterwards it’s all about surviving – culture or advertising, employed or freelance, or perhaps it’s time to invest in that big idea? It’s easy for graduates of film, media and creative management to lose their way amongst the array of possibilities before them. The event Profis Plaudern Praxis IX / PraxisDokfest aims to confront students of the universities and colleges of Hesse, before they graduate, with important questions about their future careers and professionalization. Concrete advice and valuable experience will be presented in a consciously small setting. With the help of four reports by local graduates about their professional experience, guests will be offered insight into different career paths: regional or international, lone fighter or team player. The different examples are intended to motivate students to risk new ways and develop an individual definition of success and carrier. Once they have finished their studies, students need to have the courage and skill to retain, realize and make financially accessible their visions and ideals.


Vera Glahn: From student to founder: Exploring art + technology to create new formats of visual communication


 Founding straight out of art school, in a new niche of the creative industries, meant that Marcus Wendt and Vera Glahn most often relied on gut feeling and common sense for creative as well as business decisions. In the span of 8 years, FIELD has built an international name for innovative digital art and design projects, and carefully grew from 2 to 15 team members. From her perspective of producer and managing director, Vera Glahn will talk about bridging commercial and artistic work, how a wide bandwidth of formats allowed FIELD to achieve specialisation in concept and aesthetics, and how the studio actively steers commissions through self-initiated projects. London based studio FIELD combines art + technology to create immersive audio-visual experiences, and powerful new formats of visual communication. Working with selected brands and cultural institutions worldwide, the studio produces artworks across moving image, interactive experiences, screen-based and kinetic installations. Known for their unique aesthetics, FIELD employs the metaphors of the near future as a visual repertoire, and the physical phenomena of light, space and time connect with archetypical human experiences. The studio‘s brand commissions have included Nike, Deutsche Bank, Monotype, Diesel, Maserati, the British Library and the Museum of London. FIELD’s independent works have been exhibited at cultural institutions and galleries worldwide, including La Gaîté Lyrique, Paris; The China Museum for Digital Art, Beijing; and the Barbican, London.



Anja Czioska: Cultural HotSpot Development

Throughout the past 25 years, Anja Czioska has worked in the development of the following areas: artist, exhibition formats, institutions, city development and economy with social aspects. She sees herself as mediator and initiator of social and cultural networking. This is achieved, on the one hand, through social media and internet platforms, and, on the other, via concrete artistic intervention in urban space, such as, for example, in temporary cultural vacancy-development, which, as an experimental “in-between”, draughts art and exhibition design for the future. Czioska defines and produces temporary places where, in a limited time vacuum, artists and producers of culture can meet and exchange experiences. Through these constructed platforms a community can emerge; interests and ways of life can be communicated visually in a unified cultural format and, via media, can be outwardly transported in all directions. (“art association Familie Montez” Frankfurt / “ArtSpace RheinMain”, former hall for oil storage in the port of Offenbach)


Martin Schmidt, Dennis Stein-Schomburg: Vom Freiraum zum Raum 230

Since 2016 the Raum 230 animation studio has been developing artistic projects in the field of animation. In addition to their own projects, they also produce films of other filmmakers in creative collaboration with authors, directors and animators. For a total of 7 projects, Raum 230 has been able to win the HessenFilm und Medien GmbH as a partner, as well as co-producers such as UFAFiction. Currently there are several animated short films, a series concept, a virtual reality project and an interactive, animated pop-up book in development and production. For corporate clients and advertising agencies, Raum 230 transforms complex matter into short, exciting animation clips. The incubator – the start-up offices of the University of Kassel – eased the transition from studying to self-employment. In June 2017, Raum 230 GbR was awarded a talent grant of €135 000 by HessenFilm und Medien Ltd.


The expert speakers will provide one-on-one feedback and be available for conversations. Interested filmmakers can pre-arrange a single twenty minute consultation and will have the possibility to receive
detailed feedback, plus learn more about possible assessment strategies for their films and works.

Please preregister with Kathi Seemann no later than November 11, 2017 at seemann@kasselerdokfest.de.
Short-term attendance will only be possible, if free places are available.


A cooperation of the Hessen Film and Media Academy (hFMA) and the 34th Kassel Documentary Film and Video Festival.