Kinodot Competition 2017

UPDATE! Decision by our international jury: The prize for the best film and $1000 go to Stillness by Marc Pelletier, Canada! Congratulations to Marc and big thank you to all filmmakers, who took part in Kinodot competition!

Also there have been two publications in the local film press about the program, please, check them out if you want to practice some Russian:
http://www.glukk.com/kinodot-2017/
http://kinoart.ru/blogs/kinodot-2017-chistota-poryadka-vlast-voobrazheniya

The screenings of Kinodot competition will take place on 27-28.05 in Rodina cinema and Wordorder in St. Petersburg. Please, check the schedule in the News page.

Below is the competition program of the V Kinodot Experimental Film Festival, which consists of 17 selected films. Please, click on the stills to read the films' synopsises.

A Farewell To All That
by David Muñoz
2016

An old man searches for an ancient music on the mountains with his video camera. A filmmaker is making a film about it. Some critics talk about the film. The audience attends to the screening. (...)

Bad mama, who cares.
by Brigid McCaffrey
2016

Geologist Ren Lallatin has moved into a small housing complex located between a rail yard and the interstate. Desert vistas are replaced with an arsenal of tactile pursuits, while the situation of the house becomes unstable. Free falling from a fixed point, the perimeter is ornamented for security. Desert winds animate aluminum mobiles and seismic vibrations serenade the home. (...)

Carcasse
by Clémentine Roy, Gústav Geir Bollason
2017

A group of people and animals live together on a deserted island, where they work with the relics of a lost world in order to build a new one. Somewhere between ethnography and sci-fi, Carcasse invites us to inhabit and invent this special landscape along. (...)

Ciudad Maya
by Andrés Padilla Domene
2016

In the city of Merida, Mexico, a group of young urban Maya, operate mysterious technological instruments to do some sort of archaeological survey of a ruined site. However, the monuments they are scanning are not ancient, but modern replicas. The film walks on the limits between science fiction and documentary to deconstruct the imaginary around Maya culture and their identity today. (...)

Green Screen Gringo
by Douwe Dijkstra
2016

Behind a green screen, a foreigner finds his way in an enchanting - and yet turbulent - Brazil. Where the streets are a stage for politics, art and affection, a gringo can only watch. The result is a mixtape-portrait on modern day Brazil seen through the eyes of the visitor. (...)

Illegal_its Impact on the Body
by Jorge Lozano
2016

A compilation from histories of illegal immigrants in Canada, nomadic friends who quickly disappeared into new identities or were forcibly deported. There are around approx. 200.000 illegal immigrants in Canada. This video is just a spark of their constant re-invention of freedom, endurance, and resistance. The last amnesty was in the 1980’s, and the only pathway to legal status is under a Humanitarian & Compassionate application with an estimated 5% success rate.. (...)

Out of Autofocus
by Mikhail Basov
2016

In the video work “Out of autofocus” a common glitch in the autofocus function becomes an artistic technique. Gulls soaring over the sea cross the space of a static shot, entering and exiting it, while the camera struggles to find the focus point – and succeeds only for a few short moments. Finally, one of the gulls is caught in the focus. From this moment on, it is caged in a magic trap and has to find its way out. (...)

Poses
by Boyd Ruamcharoen, Christine Dickerson
2016

Poses animates two found photographs by way of imitating them. As it progresses, the film becomes less about fidelity to the photographs and more about our mimetic labor that adds to them a new layer of value. Our infidelity reveals a strange tenderness beyond the frame, palpable only when intimated. (...)

Rolls and Shutters
by Stina Wirfelt
2016

Taking as its starting point the photographic archives of the Thistle Foundation and Craigmillar Festival Society, rather than examining the known facts and details of the photographs held in the archives, the narrator uses them to recall her own memories of making photographs as a teenager. (...)

Sad Song of the Hard-Edge Transition Wipe Markers
by Mika Taanila
2017

Early 1950s newsreel laboratory marker films used for indicating effects like wipes, dissolves and fade-outs in the work print, now freed from their utilitarian practice into a fantasy realm. (...)

Stillness
by Marc Pelletier
2016
Stuff As Dreams
by Guli Silberstein
2016

Panicked news reports from scenes of terror that may or may not have happened, and family and travelling images that might have been a dream or maybe not, are intertwined in a painterly collage breaking-up and collapsing onto itself, exploring both personal and public perceptions of an increasingly fractured world.
''Melted into air, into thin air...we are such stuff As dreams are made on.'' The Tempest, Shakespeare. (...)

The Hollow Coin
by Frank Heath
2016

The Hollow Coin explores roles of authority in public space and the intersection of personal and historical narratives. The video combines documentary footage of New York City’s rapidly disappearing network of payphones with audio of a covertly recorded telephone exchange between an actor and an unknowing bystander. (...)

Turtles are Always Home
by Rawane Nassif
2016

This is a short film essay about the meaning of home, memories and the failure to keep an identity in a transient environment. It is a personal journey inwards with an intimate camera that observes, searches, and takes its time to look at the buildings and the surroundings. (...)

Vortex Temporum
by Yann Chapotel
2016

VORTEX TEMPORUM sinks into the temporality of an image, the one from an American university campus filmed by a webcam. These images from the University of Oregon were collected between August 2009 and June 2010. (...)

We Make Couples
by Mike Hoolboom
2016

This Marxist love story asks: could the couple also be a form of resistance? Essay notes on marriage, microcinema, and the art of projection. With guest appearances by Occupy, a runaway goat, two poodles, an army of street marchers, Mos Def, Frankenstein and cinema’s first kiss. (...)

Well Go to Neuilly InchAllah
by Mehdi Ahoudig, Anna Salzberg
2015

The story of a strike of young workers from Velib’, the parisian rental bike company, who learn the struggle and try to organize. The story of a spar between image and sound. (...)