Artists & Filmmakers

Artists & Filmmakers

Explore the work of artists and filmmakers featured in this year’s festival.

Anastasia Lapsui

Prior to filmmaking Anastasia Lapsui was the first Indigenous radio broadcaster in her region. Since her first work together with Markku Lehmuskallio, in 1992, the pair have forged a collaborative “Fourth Cinema” approach to filmmaking through documentary and fiction forms.

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Angelo Madsen Minax

 

Angelo Madsen Minax is a director based between New York and Vermont. He received a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2005. His filmography spans documentary and hybrid filmmaking formats, narrative cinema, experimental and essay film. His prolific practice transgresses form, style and narrative to explore queer and trans intimacies, chosen and biological structures of kinship, cosmic, natural, and technological phenomena. His works have been screened and exhibited at Toronto International Film Festival, Sundance Film Festival, Berlinale, European Media Arts Festival (Osnabrück), Kurzfilm Festival Hamburg, Ann Arbor Film Festival, Anthology Film Archives (New York), British Film Institute (London), REDCAT (Los Angeles) and others. His third feature film, North By Current (2021), aired on season 34 of POV (PBS), was nominated for an Independent Spirit award, and won the Cinema Eye Honors Spotlight award, Best Writing award from the IDA and numerous festival jury prizes. Minax is currently an Associate Professor of Time-Based Media at the University of Vermont, a United States Artist Fellow and a Guggenheim Fellow.

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Anhar Salem

Anhar was born in Jeddah, 1993, and has a multi-ethnic background (Yemeni and Indonesian). She has studied IT at Arab Open University and at Le Fresnoy Studio in France. As an autodidact video artist, her work attempts to explore, document, and open new public and private spaces associated with themes such as everyday life, the body, and social media. Using her camera phone, and often working collaboratively with her subjects/characters, she improvises with new forms of communication that critique video as a medium and explore processes around the marginalisation of people and their images.

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Anya Tsyrlina & Sid Iandovka

Sid Iandovka and Anya Tsyrlina (both born in Novosibirsk, USSR) are an artist-duo whose practice extends across many different media, predominantly moving images. Though only selected works of theirs are co-authored in a traditional sense, as both have distinct interests and aesthetics, they have collaborated, on and off, for over twenty years – ultimately creating a joint, entirely independent, “homemade” production approach for their films. Their working methods are not products of any educational/professional institutions and their practice is not rooted in any state; it is immaterial and doesn’t benefit from any national/international funding, resources, or structures. The artists prefer for their own histories and words to remain in the background… – Herb Shellenberger

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Ariadine Zampaulo

Ariadine Zampaulo holds a bachelor’s degree in cinema and the audiovisual from Universidade Federal Fluminense. She studied and worked in Maputo, where she made, in collaboration with Mozambican actors, her first film, “Maputo Nakuzandza” (2021), shown at festivals such as the 25th Mostra de Tiradentes and 33rd FIDMarseille. She works in partnership with Mozambican artists and also collaborates with film and audiovisual producers in Brazil.

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Basim Magdy

Basim Magdy is an artist and filmmaker whose work employs elements of surrealism and humour to produce layered and colourful observations of reality that investigate collective delusions and dogmatic ideologies. His imaginative works attempt to reveal alternative realities and speculative social blueprints for a more hopeful future. His films have screened at festivals including Locarno, New York Film Festival, International Film Festival Rotterdam, and CPH:DOX. His solo exhibitions include Museum of Contemporary Art, Antwerp; MAAT, Lisbon; MCA, Chicago; and MAXXI, Rome. Groups shows include MoMA, New York; Centre Pompidou, Paris; ands Castello di Rivoli, Torino.

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Cat McClay

Cat McClay and Éiméar McClay are Irish collaborative artists currently based in Glasgow. In 2020, they graduated from Edinburgh College of Art in Intermedia Art. Their practice considers ideas of queerness, abjection and patriarchal systems of power and oppression through an interdisciplinary body of work comprising video, 3D models, installation and digital collage.

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Christopher Ulutupu

Christopher Ulutupu is an artist of Samoan/Niuean/German descent currently residing in Wellington. Through a richly pop, queer and celebratory Pacific lens he creates new narrative forms opening up conversations around collaboration, connection, and disconnection.

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Christopher, Ebba, Lara and Violet

Christopher, Ebba, Lara and Violet are Berwick Young Filmmakers (a group of local 12–14 year olds).

SCREENTIME brings together two commissioned short works made with artist Kimberley O’Neill and young filmmakers in Berwick. Through a series of online and in-person workshops, the filmmakers experimented with digital filmmaking and documentary techniques to produce films exploring the relationship between people, technology, and the local environment.

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Cláudia Varejão

Cláudia Varejão is a filmmaker and photographer born in Porto. She studied at the Creativity and Artistic Creation Program offered by the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, alongside the German Film und Fernsehakademie Berlin, and in São Paulo’s International Film Academy. She also studied photography at AR.CO, in Lisbon.. Cláudia’s films have been selected by and awarded at film festivals including Locarno, Rotterdam, Visions du Reel, Cinema du Reel, Karlovy Vary, and Art of the Real – Lincoln Center.

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Colectivo Silencio

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Deborah Stratman

Artist and filmmaker Deborah Stratman makes work that investigates issues of power, control, and belief, exploring how places, ideas, and society are intertwined. She regards sound as the ultimate multi-tool and time to be supernatural. Recent projects have addressed freedom, surveillance, public speech, sinkholes, levitation, orthoptera, raptors, comets, evolution, extinction, exodus, sisterhood and faith. She has exhibited at venues including MoMA NY, Centre Pompidou, Hammer Museum, Witte de With, Tabakalera, Austrian Film Museum, Whitney Biennial and festivals including Sundance, Berlinale, CPH/DOX, Viennale, Locarno, Yamagata, and Rotterdam. Stratman lives in Chicago where she teaches at the University of Illinois.

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Eitan Efrat

Sirah and Eitan (both °1983, Tel Aviv) live and work in Brussels, collaborating in the audiovisual field. Their practice focuses on the potentialities of image economies – moving or still – the relations between spectatorship and history; and the temporality of narratives and memory. They teach an MA in video at ERG, Brussels, and are part of the artist-run collective, Messidor. Their works have screened at film festivals including IDFA; Rotterdam Film Festival; Courtisane; and New Horizons. They have exhibited in solo exhibitions at Kunsthalle Basel and Argos, and in group exhibitions in STUK; EMAF and The Petah-Tikva Museum for Contemporary Arts. They have been presented as featured artists at the 59th Flaherty Film Seminar, and Doc’s kingdom and have participated in artists talks and presentations in institutions such as FLACC, Genk, LUCA BFA class, Brussels, L’erg BFA class, Brussels, DocNomads and SIC.

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Emily Grieve

Emily Grieve is Miss Mobile Disco – an Edinburgh based Mobile DJ service available for weddings & events across Scotland and beyond specialising in disco, funk, soul, 80’s and feel good party gems! If you’re a disco lover looking for a friendly experienced DJ to sound track your wedding or event you’ve come to the right place – she has a wealth of experience DJing in some of the best clubs in the Edinburgh, creating a ‘non-traditional’ wedding party playlist for your day and supplying full equipment, lights & DJ set up!

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Fairuz Ghammam

Fairuz Ghammam graduated as an experimental filmmaker at a time when categorisation was still fashionable. She is an editor, cinematographer and director working across genres and formats. In her practice, Fairuz mainly explores (auto)biography, dialogue, predetermination, abundance & scarcity, shared authorship and collaborative practices. She equally loves well balanced steady high-def shots and lo-fi trash – self-made or found – as long as the poetry shines through.

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Fox Maxy

Fox Maxy is a California-based artist and filmmaker of Kumeyaay and Payómkawichum ancestry. Their work deals with aspects of Native American identity and culture from a decolonial perspective. Their work has screened widely, including at MoMA, LACMA, Rotterdam, and BlackStar Film Festival. In 2020, COUSIN Collective supported Fox with their first grant, and in 2022 they were named as Sundance Institute’s Merata Mita Fellow. They are also a Vera List Center Borderlands Fellow.

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Graeme Arnfield

Graeme Arnfield is an artist, filmmaker and composer living in London. Producing sensory essay films from networked imagery, his films use methods of investigative storytelling to explore issues of technology, ecology and history. His work has been presented worldwide including at Berlinale Forum Expanded, International Film Festival Rotterdam, Courtisane Festival, Open City Documentary Festival, Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival, Sonic Acts Festival, European Media Arts Festival, Transmediale, IMPAKT Festival, Kasseler Dokfest, Plastik Festival, Internationale Kurzfilmtage Winterthur, LUX, Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA), Berlinische Gallerie, Signal Gallery, Whitechapel Gallery and on e-flux & Vdrome.

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Helena Solberg

Helena Solberg is a pioneer of political documentary and a rare feminist presence to emerge from the Cinema Novo movement in Brazil in the 1960s. Born in São Paulo, Solberg began her career in the late 60s with two short films that would become defining depictions of the era, before going on to produce a seminal body of work concerned with the interconnected social, political, and representational issues facing women and the Latin American diaspora.

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Holly Márie Parnell

Holly Márie Parnell is an Irish/Canadian artist based between Glasgow and Wexford. Working across moving image and expanded cinema, her practice explores the ways we impart meaning and value through layers of authority and language. Taking a documentary approach, the work is built from personal encounters and is motivated by the subtle yet powerful truths of embodied knowledge and lived experience. Her work has been exhibited and performed across the UK and abroad, with recent projects at Cell Project Space, Humber Gallery, B3 Biennial, Jupiter Woods and will be touring nationally and internationally with aemi’s upcoming 2023 programme Súitú. She is a recent alumnus of Film London’s FLAMIN Fellowship, and an MFA graduate of the Slade.

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Huw Lemmey

Huw Lemmey is an artist and writer. He has published the novels Unknown Language (2020), Red Tory: My Corbyn Chemsex Hell (2019) and Chubz: The Demonization of My Working Arse (2015). With Ben Miller, he hosts the highly-successful podcast, Bad Gays, ‘about evil and complicated queers in history’. Their book, Bad Gays: A Homosexual History was recently published by Verso Books. Lemmey writes on digital culture, sexuality and politics for publications including Architectural Review, Icon, Art Monthly, L’Uomo Vogue, The Guardian and The White Review, among others. Ungentle was developed directly from a walking tour by Lemmey, commissioned by Studio Voltaire in 2018 as part of the offsite project Rainbow Aphorisms.

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Jamie Crewe

Jamie Crewe is a beautiful bronze figure with a polished cocotte’s head. She makes artworks with video, text, installation, sculpture, drawing, painting, and more. These works think about constriction: the way people are formed by their cultures, environments and relationships, and the things that herniate from them as a consequence. Recent solo exhibitions include LUX, London; Humber St Gallery, Hull; and Grand Union, Birmingham. And group exhibitions include British Art Show 9; Museum Abteiberg, Mönchengladbach; and ICA London.

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Jenny Brady

Jenny Brady is an artist filmmaker based in Dublin, exploring ideas around speech, translation and communication. Her films have been presented with LUX, The New York Film Festival, This Long Century, Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival, MUBI, International Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen, McEvoy Foundation for the Arts, TENT Rotterdam, EMAF, Videonale, Camden International Film Festival, London Film Festival, Images Festival, November Film Festival, the Irish Film Institute, EVA International, The Irish Museum of Modern Art, The Whitechapel gallery and Tate Liverpool. She is a studio artist at Temple Bar Gallery + Studios and her works are distributed by LUX.

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Johannes Lehmuskallio

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Jon Moritsugu

Writer/director Jon Moritsugu has been creating a miasma of protopunk deconstructions of popular genres and formats with scabrous and pointedly garish results since 1985. He collaborates with his wife and creative partner, Amy Davis, beginning by directing her in his first feature, My Degeneration, which played at Sundance and was hailed by Rolling Stone as “One of the top 25 greatest punk rock movies of all time.” Since then, the two have evolved into equal and unified filmmaking partners. Their films have scorched eyeballs worldwide from MoMA to Cannes to the Guggenheim to Berlin to the Whitney.

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Kamal Aljafari

Kamal Aljafari is a Palestinian filmmaker. He attended the Academy of Media Arts in Cologne and now lives in Berlin, Germany. He has taught filmmaking at The New School in New York and the Deutsche Film- und Fernsehakademie, Berlin. He was also a Film Study Center Radcliffe Fellow at Harvard University. In 2021 Olhar de Cinema – Curitiba International Film Festival in Brazil devoted its Focus Section to his work. Most recent work, Paradiso, XXXI, 108, premiered at Corti d’Autore, in Locarno Film Festival 2022. He is currently completing “A Fidai Film”, and preparing a fiction film to be shot in Jaffa.

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Kathryn Elkin

Kathryn Elkin (born in Belfast, 1983) is a graduate of Glasgow School of Art (2005) and Goldsmiths College (2012) and former LUX Associate Artist (2013). She is currently based in Berwick Upon Tweed. Elkin’s performance and video works concern role-playing and improvising, alongside experiments with the outtake and clowning on set. She has an ongoing interest in shared cultural memory (as produced by popular music, television and cinema) and the melding of this information to biographical memory. She was a participant in the BBC project Artists in the Archive in 2014, and completed a solo exhibition at CCA Glasgow titled ‘Television’ in 2016. She has shown work throughout the UK, including ICA, Tate Modern, Collective Gallery, Transmission, S1 and CCA Derry. She has screened works at festivals including London Film Festival and Union Docs, New York.

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Kimberley O'Neill

Kimberley O’Neill is an artist and filmmaker based in Glasgow. O’Neill was shortlisted for the Margaret Tait Award 2019/20. Recent activities include; Enigma Body Tech, solo exhibition, Satellites Programme, Collective Gallery, Edinburgh, 2019; Ways to Speculate, Screening, Site Gallery, Sheffeild, 2019 and she was co-Programmer of AMIF 2019 with Ima-Abasi Okon & Emmie McCluskey at Tramway, Glasgow.

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Lucrecia Martel

Lucrecia Martel’s rich and concise body of work has gained worldwide recognition and acclaim since her debut feature, La Ciénaga, in 2001. Born in Salta, in Northwest Argentina, Martel studied film in Buenos Aires and began her career making intimate, elliptical dramas that broke from the aesthetic and ideological tendencies of the prevailing “New Argentine Cinema”. A singular artist, Martel combines a formal mastery—particularly through her attention to sound design—with a sensibility entirely her own, defined by atmosphere, mystery, and caustic humour alongside provocative critiques of class, gender and patriarchy in Argentine society.

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Luis Arnías

Luis Arnías (b.1982) is a filmmaker from Venezuela who currently lives and works in Boston, MA. In 2009, he completed the diploma program at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and in 2020 he received his Masters in Film/Video from Milton Avery Graduate School at Bard College. He has screened at New York Film Festival, Punto de Vista, Berlin Critics’ Week (Woche Der Kritik) and BlackStar Film Festival. He is currently a Fellow at The Film Study Center at Harvard University and was a nominee for Herb Alpert Award Film/Video in 2021.

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Luke Fowler

Scottish artist, filmmaker and musician Luke Fowler (1978) has developed a practice that is at the same time singular and collaborative, poetic and political, structural and documentary, archival and deeply human. With an emphasis on communities of people, outward thinkers and the history of the left, his 16mm films tell the stories of alternative movements in Britain, from psychiatry to photography to music to education. Whilst some of his early films dealt with music and musicians as subjects, in later works sound itself becomes a key concern. (Maria Palacios Cruz)

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Manuel Muñoz Rivas

Manuel Muñoz Rivas is a filmmaker based in Spain. He is a graduate of EICTV, International Film and Television School of San Antonio de los Baños (Cuba) and the Faculty of Communication Sciences of the University of Seville. He alternates between his personal film projects and co-writing and editing films for colleagues. He also teaches workshops on Film Narrative and Editing at various film schools internationally.

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Markku Lehmuskallio

Prior to filmmaking, Markku Lehmuskallio was a forester, while Anastasia Lapsui was the first Indigenous radio broadcaster in her region. Since their first work together in 1992, they have forged a collaborative “Fourth Cinema” approach to filmmaking through documentary and fiction forms.

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Marwa Arsanios

Marwa Arsanios is an artist, filmmaker, and researcher who reconsiders mid-twentieth-century politics from a contemporary perspective. Her collaborative, interdisciplinary research practice often focuses on gender relations, collectivism, urbanism and industrialization. In recent years, Arsanios has been attempting to think with a feminist, new materialist and a historical materialist lens – looking at questions of property, law, economy and ecology from specific plots of land; to the extent that the main protagonists of the work become the lands themselves and the people who work them.

Her films have screeded widely, including at Cinéma du Réel, Rotterdam Film Festival, Film Fest Hamburg, and Berlin International Film Festival. Solo exhibitions have included: Skuc Gallery Ljubljana, Beirut Art Center, Hammer Museum Los Angeles, and Witte de With Rotterdam. Group exhibitions have included: Documenta 15, 11th Berlin Biennale, Gwangju Biennial, Lülea Biennial, and SF Moma, San Francisco.

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Maryam Tafakory

Maryam Tafakory is an Iranian artist filmmaker whose textual and filmic collages interweave poetry, documentary, archival, and found material. Her work has been exhibited internationally including at MoMA Doc Fortnight; IFFR Rotterdam; ICA London; True/False; Pergamon Museum; M HKA; and Anthology Film Archives. She has received several awards including the Ammodo Tiger Short at 51st IFFR, Gold Hugo Award at 58th Chicago International Film Festival, Barbara Hammer Feminist Film Award at 60th Ann Arbor Film Festival, Best Experimental Short Film at 70th Melbourne International Film Festival, the Jury Prize at Documenta Madrid, and the Best Short Film at Festival de Cine Lima Independiente. She was awarded the Flaherty/Colgate Distinguished Global Filmmaker in Residence (NY) in 2019, and she received a MacDowell Fellowship in 2022.

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Meriem Bennani

Meriem Bennani  (b. 1988 in Rabat, Morocco) lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. Juxtaposing and mixing the language of reality TV, documentaries, phone footage, animation, and high production aesthetics, she explores the potential of storytelling while amplifying reality through a strategy of magical realism and humour. She has been developing a shape-shifting practice of films, sculptures and immersive installations – each composed with a subtle agility to critique contemporary society; its fractured identities, gender issues and ubiquitous dominance of digital technologies. Bennani’s work has been shown at the Whitney Biennale, MoMA PS1, Art Dubai, The Vuitton Foundation in Paris, Public Art Fund, CLEARING and The Kitchen in New York.

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Onyeka Igwe

Onyeka Igwe lives and works in London. Her work has been presented in solo exhibitions and screenings including at The High Line, New York; LUX, London; Mercer Union, Toronto; and Jerwood Arts, London. Her video works have been screened at institutions and festivals including KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin; London Film Festival; Rotterdam International Film Festival; CC Matienzo, Buenos Aires; Smithsonian African American Film Festival; ICA, London; and Edinburgh Artist Moving Image. She has been featured in major international presentations including the Dhaka Art Summit and Berlin Biennale. She was recently nominated for the 2022 Jarman Award; the MaxMara Artist Prize for Women 22-24; and awarded the 2020 Arts Foundation Futures Award for Experimental Short Film and the 2019 Berwick New Cinema Award.

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Rea Tajiri

Rea Tajiri is an interdisciplinary artist and educator who creates installation, documentary and experimental films. Her work situates itself in poetic, non-traditional storytelling forms, encouraging dialog and reflection around buried histories. Tajiri earned her BFA and MFA degree from the California Institute of the Arts where she studied post-studio art. Film honours include: the Distinguished Achievement Award from San Francisco International Film Festival; Best Experimental Video from Atlanta Film and Video Festival; and the Grand Prix at Fukuoka Asian Film Festival. Wisdom Gone Wild had its world premiere at the Blackstar Film Festival and has won five awards to date.

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Sirah Brutmann

Sirah and Eitan (both °1983, Tel Aviv) live and work in Brussels, collaborating in the audiovisual field. Their practice focuses on the potentialities of image economies – moving or still – the relations between spectatorship and history; and the temporality of narratives and memory. They teach an MA in video at ERG, Brussels, and are part of the artist-run collective, Messidor. Their works have screened at film festivals including IDFA; Rotterdam Film Festival; Courtisane; and New Horizons. They have exhibited in solo exhibitions at Kunsthalle Basel and Argos, and in group exhibitions in STUK; EMAF and The Petah-Tikva Museum for Contemporary Arts. They have been presented as featured artists at the 59th Flaherty Film Seminar, and Doc’s kingdom and have participated in artists talks and presentations in institutions such as FLACC, Genk, LUCA BFA class, Brussels, L’erg BFA class, Brussels, DocNomads and SIC.

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Sirah Foighel Brutmann

Sirah and Eitan (both °1983, Tel Aviv) live and work in Brussels, collaborating in the audiovisual field. Their practice focuses on the potentialities of image economies – moving or still – the relations between spectatorship and history; and the temporality of narratives and memory. They teach an MA in video at ERG, Brussels, and are part of the artist-run collective, Messidor. Their works have screened at film festivals including IDFA; Rotterdam Film Festival; Courtisane; and New Horizons. They have exhibited in solo exhibitions at Kunsthalle Basel and Argos, and in group exhibitions in STUK; EMAF and The Petah-Tikva Museum for Contemporary Arts. They have been presented as featured artists at the 59th Flaherty Film Seminar, and Doc’s kingdom and have participated in artists talks and presentations in institutions such as FLACC, Genk, LUCA BFA class, Brussels, L’erg BFA class, Brussels, DocNomads and SIC.

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Soda Jerk

Soda Jerk is an artist duo who make sample-based experimental films with a rogue documentary impulse. They are fundamentally interested in the politics of images; how they circulate, whom they benefit and how they can be undone. Formed in Sydney in 2002, they’ve been in based in New York since 2012. Soda Jerk’s new feature Hello Dankness follows their controversial political revenge fable TERROR NULLIUS (2018) which was disowned and called “UnAustralian” by its commissioning body. The Guardian named the “dizzyingly ambitious satirical work” one of the best Australian films of the decade.

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Sophio Medoidze

​Sophio Medoidze is a London-based artist, writer and filmmaker born in the USSR and brought up in the Republic of Georgia. She works across film, photography, writing and sculpture. For a time she worked anonymously as Clara Emigrand Collective, examining political conflict through a feminist lens and disseminating her work outside the gallery circuit. Her work is marked by precarity and explores the poetic potential of uncertainty. A desire for community (both actual and imaginary) drives her mythopoetic narratives and processes of subverting traditional ethnographic forms through imagination, relatedness and humour. Her work has been shown at Tate Modern, LUX Waterlow park, CAC Bretigny Centre d’art Contemporain, Serpentine Cinema (Peckhamplex), Kunstmuseum Luzern and others. She was a recipient of Projections Commissions at Tyneside cinema, her latest film ‘Let us flow!’ won development and Subti awards at Feature Expanded, Florence.

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Sorayos Prapapan

Sorayos Prapapan is an independent filmmaker. He has directed several short films which have won awards in his home country of Thailand and have been screened at many international film festivals including Venice, Locarno, International Film Festival Rotterdam and Clermont-Ferrand. His first feature film Arnold Is A Model Student was selected for the 2022 Locarno Film Festival.

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Walter Saxer

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Yu Araki

Yu Araki (b.1985, Yamagata City) received his BFA in Sculpture from Washington University, St. Louis, in 2007, and completed his MA Film and New Media Studies from Tokyo University of the Arts in 2010. In 2013, he was selected to participate in the Tacita Dean Workshop hosted by Fundación Botín in Santander, Spain. Recent exhibitions include Pola Museum of Art, Shiseido Gallery, the National Museum of Art Osaka, MUJIN-TO Production, Fundació Joan Miró Barcelona, Dallas Contemporary, and Okayama Art Summit. His films have screened at festivals including BFI London Film Festival, International Short Film Festival Oberhausen, Kassel Documentary Film and Video Festival, Rencontres Internationales Paris/Berlin, and International Film Festival Rotterdam, where he won the Ammodo Tiger Short Film Award in 2018.

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Éiméar McClay

Cat McClay and Éiméar McClay are Irish collaborative artists currently based in Glasgow. In 2020, they graduated from Edinburgh College of Art in Intermedia Art. Their practice considers ideas of queerness, abjection and patriarchal systems of power and oppression through an interdisciplinary body of work comprising video, 3D models, installation and digital collage.

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