PRIX DE LA CRÉATION VIDÉO
The competition offers a space for creation. It presents, through a selection of original and imaginative videos, very often produced independently.
Nearly 500 entries received from 38 countries on five continents: Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, South Korea, Croatia, Denmark, Spain, USA, Finland, France, Great Britain, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Malaysia, Mexico, Morocco, Norway, Netherlands, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Czech Republic, Serbia, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Turkey.
160 videos selected with 50 films in competition, four programs are presented in the context of the competition and represent 19 countries: Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Spain, USA, Finland, France, Great Britain, Italy, Malaysia, Netherlands, Poland, Serbia, Singapore, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey.
Every video is subtitled in French and/or in English when necessary.
Mona Bentzen, artist & curator of « Art Vidéo Exchange », Norway
Wim Lambrecht, artist & professor at St Lukas Hogeschool, Gent, Belgium
Martine Markovits, video curator at l’Ecole Nationale des Beaux Arts de Paris
La Conspiration du Cerveau /Didier Feldmann aka Videopaper/France/2010/5'45
The Conspiracy of Brain : surrealist attempt to give a response to fundamental questions that Humanity ask herself for several centuries : why do dictators wear a mustache ? Why do love stories end badly ? Why do not children love their parent ? Why do psychoanalyst wear glasses ?
White City Song/Ludivine Sibelle/France/2010/6'22
Nablus, West Bank, Palestine. Just recalling this territory is sufficient to appeal
to mass imaginary, a repertoire made up of media images of destroyed cities,
killed, and soldiers.
Bloodstream/Alessandro Amaducci /Italie/2009/7'15
The struggle between the inner and the outer.
The boy who collected skins/Joacélio Batista/Brésil/2010/13'44
In the edge of the river the boy collect empty skinss in front of the uncertainty of the almost afternoon, almost night.
Aisha in Wonderland/Zafer Topaloglu/Pays-Bas/2010/3'
Aisha in Wonderland looks at one of the most challenging ramifications of Israel-Palestine conflict: the state of individuals being exposed to emotional violence in a refugee camp, ‘Mar Elias’ in Lebanon in which various organizations, communities and groups rightfully manifest, via various ways of representations, struggle against Israel.
Let's Play Games /Marko Ubovic /Serbie/2010/5'
Every boy plays with them. But are these toys as harmless as they seem?
Les sentiments/Pascale Weber/France/2010/4'23
A woman remembers just when she falled in love.
She describes in details the moment when she got off the train, she walked along the platform and met up a man. She understood suddendly, she would throw herself into his arms.
I call myself sane/Niina Suominen/Finlande/2010/4'20
An experimental work combining poetry, music and image executed by manipulating film material.
Last Day of the Republic/Reynold Reynolds/USA/2010/8'
The Palast der Republik opened in 1976 as a meeting place for the East German people and an emblem of the future. the unique modern building made of distinctive golden-mirrored windows was home to not just the East German Parliament but also auditoriums, art galleries, five restaurants, concert halls, and even a bowling alley. Later, thousands of citizens demonstrated against the planned demolition , but alas, one day, twenty years after the fall of the Berlin wall, the Palace completely disappeared.
Dead sEEquences/Fabio Scacchioli/Italie/2009/4'10
This is a study about the vanishing of an image."Dead SEEquences" is composed of 3775 frames. Working frame by frame, we find that nothing happens inside each single image, but all pass between
the frames, in the invisible gap that separe one by others. The film is here, but there isn't anything to see, the most important remain invisible and uncertain. There is no truth to discover.
The truth is always elsewhere.
Body of war/Isabel Rocamora/Espagne/2010/21'27
Body of War reﬂects on how a man becomes a soldier through the relentless repetition of acts of violence. Set in the Normandy Landing geography, punctuated by testimonies of serving soldiers, a visceral hand-to-hand combat is gradually deconstructed – inviting the viewer to engage in the relationship between intimacy and brutality.
The Two Names of A Testimony About The Execution of A Happening and A Suitcase Full of Broken Records/Ozan Adam/Turquie/2010/15'
Visual poem about dreams.
When conflict becomes a spectacle, the lines between destruction and entertainment get blurred…
Eleven/Manon Le Roy/France/2010/14'
« Eleven » leads us to observe the slow procession of immerged bodies. This enigmatic entities ceremoniously compose, in their looks, attitudes and gestures, a space of visions, support and memory.
More cockpits/Yann Weissgerber /France/2010/4'
In more cockpits [-ship version], I took the “entertaining numeric world” where it started for me : in computer games. Screens from an 80’s ZX Spectrum have been emptied. Informations on the flight simulators’ gauges, monsters, landscapes and lifebars have disappeared. Only a monotonous slideshow of deserted interfaces remains.
Petit rêve de rivière/Aurélie Pedron/Canada/2010/4'
"A little river's dream" is part of a creative process that opens to a place, a land and the opportunity to tell itself. Like a strange little dream.
Trinkler/Marie-Catherine Theiler and Jan Peters/Allemagne/2010/9'40
A cowbell makes working places swing.
Hands/Slices of life/Bob Kohn/France/2009/2'26
The ‘slices of life’ grind up people, to life, deaf and love. A real ‘shopping of life’, through all these supermarket and small shops departments. It is daily life.
Claimed spaces/Fernando Dominguez/Colombie/2010/20'
The characters of this documentary film found clever ways to open alternative spaces in a city that increasingly has less place for its residents.
Autoportrait 5 (L'absence de maîtrise de l'homme sur son environnement)/José Man Lius/France/2010/3'
Man Lius latest series reinterpret landscape painting. This master piece is a reflection on mankind mastering absence on its environnement confronting him to imbalance two temporal dimensions.
Terrains glissants/François Vogel/France/2010/10'12
Distorted images, elastic time: "Slippery Grounds" offers us a unique and poetic vision of Man on our planet. Between travel diary and performance, the film traces the wanderings of an individual guided by strange inner voices. From New York to São Paulo, from the French countryside to the Californian desert, he slides on a tiny yet varied world.
Suspension of Belief/Wago Kreider/USA/2010/5'20
Partially completed during a media arts residency at the Experimental Television Center in Owego, New York, this flicker-video rapidly intercuts scenes from two classic Hollywood films about men and their flying machines with original imagery shot at the Intrepid Air and Space Museum in New York City.
The quest of human for meaning is hoping to become master of himself because the rest escapes. An invisible hand sometimes weighs on him taking control of his body and sometimes of his mind. Nature is so constituted that it creates to evolve, to grow and ordered destroyed to heal. The virtuous circle of life reflects the importance of the world,from which humanity is a part.
Comptez sur moi a Erevan/Hervé Nisic/France/2010/11'
Yerevan in Armenia is a permanent building site. The city turns towards modernity but forgets to preserve the old districts and houses which make its Eastern charm. The time competition is
subtlely spreading. The ancient slow rhythm does not fit the contemporary need of speed. The street is where modernity counts the most. Crossings become inflexible metronomes. How much time have
we left ?
Faces form and deform, consist and decompose to create hybrid beings, puzzles of ﬂesh, all this, in the rhythms of the music...
Don’t Bogart that joint/Harald Schleicher/Allemagne/2010/8'
This video is an audio-visual trip into the genre of drugs in the cinema. Drugs have been at home on the silver screen since the early days of cinema. The collage focuses on the aspects of use and abuse of soft and hard drugs, visual drug experience, sexuality and drugs, nightmares and metamorphoses, death and psychedelics. "Don't bogart that joint" is the third part of the experimental Found-Footage project "The addiction trilogy", which deals with the subject of addiction and its presentation in cinematic history.
Lesdites Terres/Pierre et Jean Villemin/France/2010/7.30'
A territory told as the metaphor of a paradise lost.
Versuche über die Einsamkeit/Marco Wedel/Allemagne/2010/4'
“Isn’t” it conceivable that some people do suffer from a soul-driven substance that brings about their downfall?” - these words by Honoré de Balzac built the fundament of a poetry based video art series about human isolation and loneliness called “Approaches to loneliness”. Ricarda Huch, François Viloon and Rainer Maria Rilke base the second part of the trilogy that will be shown at Videoformes 2011.
Stop motion animation.Six recordings of natural phenomena create astrange and personal diary that evokes a hinterland between dream and reality...
SILICA-ESC-emerging supercomputer/Vladimir Todorovic/Singapour/2010/7'41
SILICA-ESC is a generative movie that portrays possible computing platform for the future.
Conversations with changes/Shirin Abu Shaqra/France/2010/12'
It is a journey in an imaginary city ; a heterotopia within which one comes across fragments of events, away from History books, parts of lives too small to figure in oral History, too small even to figure in the never written History of losers.
5 Lessons and 9 questions about Chinatown/Shelly Silver/USA//9'54
You live somewhere, walk down the same street fifty, a hundred, ten thousand times, each time taking in fragments, but never fully registering the place. A building comes down, and before the next one is up you ask yourself ‘what used to be there?’
A young boy molds objects with clay that he then manipulates, combines and associates, in an obscure ritual. As the objects/representations he creates combine and develop a narrative, the fast alternation of images on the screen imbricate and shape images/apparitions that only the “lanterna magica” of cinema and the magic of editing allow. Magia means enchantment.
Ikwé/Caroline Monnet/Canada /2009/4'45
Ikwé is an experimental ﬁlm that weaves the narrative of one woman’s intimate thoughts with the teachings of her grandmother, creating a surreal narrative experience that communicates the power of thoughts and personal reﬂection.
Eventually/Gareth Hudson /UK/2009/3'30
An outlook on the struggle for ascension and the persistence of loss.
Low-rez Stories Solaris(1972-2010)/Manuel Schmalstieg/Suisse/2010/4'15
Low-Rez Stories/Solaris (1972-2010) is a video installation that confronts a scene from Andrei Tarkovski’s 1972 Science-Fiction film Solaris (a long non-narrative sequence filmed on the urban highways of Tokyo) with a “remake” of the same highway track within Google Streetview.
This opus is a part of an audiovisual suite composed by the artist. It is a part of a section : "fonction from 1 to 7". It deals with the subjective vision of the human fonction, watched through the ﬁlter of the tool and the intention.
Deep blue eyes/Pierre-Jean Giloux/France/2010/3'55
Commercial Fragmentations : like « commercial divisions » or « trade splits » bluntly recounts the tale of an act of aggression. A metaphorical vision of unexpected worlds in which some potty characters are secretely at work. This work is made up of several parts who give indices for comprehension.
Attempt to create my own portrait without a camera in case to forbid the gaze. Attempt to forbid the gaze in case to make a statement about myself. Attempt to make a statement about myself but end up.
"For the first time since I started using moving images back in the S-VHS days I aimed a camera at myself. "
Filmed with mobile phone
The Diving board/Michel Pavlou/Belgique/2010/6'
Inspired by Cortazar’s “jump into the void”, a serie of reversible movements between past and present, between the mental, the physical and the narrative spaces, between the actual and it’s recollection attempt to explore the action of diving as a moment of “mutual time”.The aquatic space accomplishes the fusion between the real and it’s mirror-image.
It is necessary to struggle. With Struggles From Hampi, Sainte Anastasie, Montbéliard, Soweto, Kuala, Lumpur, Montréal, Vaufrey, Bogota, Yellowstone, Las Vegas, Cody, Tecoh, Bangkok, Lyon, Venice, Borneo, Angangueo, Vilnius. Extracted from LE PANLOGON (work in progress video 2001 / 2010)
Greek salad/Jean-Claude Taki/France/2010/24'24
In a forthcoming society, a man performs a ritual to keep the last fragments of a failing memory.
And what if memories came alive ?
The old Romanesco realizes something is missing from his collection. He journeys through the deepest recesses of his memory to find it. The film reunites us with the melancholic figure of Cantor Dust Man, Sebastien Loghman’s prior film.
Have the intervening years endowed Romanesco with power over his memories?
La Descente/Robert Croma/UK/2010/8'21
Descent (noun) : an act of moving downwards, dropping, or falling, a downward slope, amoral, social, or psychological decline - Oxford English Dictionnary -
Les Barbares/Jean-Gabriel Périot/France/5'
The return of politics by the wild subculture under the cry “we are barbarians’
HOTEL EPISODE UN/Benjamin Nuel/France/2009/10'21
Terrorist and anti-terrorist - those archetypal figures of the current video war game - are both segregated in the bucolic and relaxing backdrop of a magnificent hotel. They are standing by, more
or less idle. They pass the time.
Perduta visione/Virginia Eleuteri Serpieri/Italie/2009/5'33
It was a summer day of fifty years ago. A girl was walking along the street bank in the company of three little girls. She was wearing a flowerly red dress; she had long blonde hair falling on her face concealing her right eye. A boy, sitting in his blue Fiat 500 car, saw her passing by. The image of that girl would have indelibly remained in his memory.
Après le feu/Jacques Perconte/France/2010/7'
A few miles from Ajaccio, Corsica, burnt land is buckling under the weight of its colors. The ground is falling apart, realeasing pictural energies that take over the sky. I'm staring at the vanishing skyline. And the train keeps on rolling...
A l’errance/Jacynthe Carrier/Québec/2010/5'
In this abandon space a "tableau vivant " take place and propose a portrait from nomadic inspiration : how the body becomes conveyor, but at the same time habitat. This short film is a wander within a suspended picture, a route within an imaginary community settled into the time of an image.