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Dear friends

Due to the interest awaken by the Transfera program 33 dedicated to the FocFest Retrospective, the TV screening will have two addicional broadcasts – insteed of only one settle for past Wedenesday – as usual from Madrid, this Friday 15 and Wednesday 20 of May at 21:00 PM:

FOCFEST RETROSPECTIVE:

1. NEIL HOWE (AUSTRALIA) – “GENESIS” (2006: 10′ 34)
2. JOSSIE MALIS (PERU) – “BENDITO MACHINE I” (2006: 4′ 45)
3. RICARDO NASCIMENTO (BRAZIL) “AUTRMX” (2008: 5′ 24)
4. EMRE ÖZKAPI & ASLI BÜYÜKKÖKSAL (TURKEY) “UZUM INCE BIR YOL/A LONG AND THIN ROAD” (2006: 6’)
5. JEAN-JULIAN POUS (FRANCE) “SEEKING YOU: A LOVE LETTER TO HONG KONG” (2008: 3′ 14)

You can access to all the information at here

http://www.transfera.es
http://www.focfest.wordpress.com/

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Dear Video Artists and Video Art Lovers,

In spite of the crisis, of the lack of sponsors and other well known obstacles, we want to communicate you that Transfera TV have not left to emit weekly the better current video art creations.

Transfer TV is audio-visual art, not spectacle or industry. By this reason, Transfera TV propose you for next Friday 8 and Wednesday 13 of May at 21:00 the following program:

FOCFEST RETROSPECTIVE with works of
1. NEIL HOWE (AUSTRALIA) – “GENESIS” (2006: 10′ 34)
2. JOSSIE MALIS (PERU) – “BENDITO MACHINE I” (2006: 4′ 45)
3. RICARDO NASCIMENTO (BRAZIL) “AUTRMX” (2008: 5′ 24)
4. EMRE ÖZKAPI & ASLI BÜYÜKKÖKSAL (TURKEY) “UZUM INCE BIR YOL / A LONG AND THIN ROAD” (2006: 6’)
5. JEAN-JULIAN POUS (FRANCE) “SEEKING YOU: A LOVE LETTER TO HONG KONG” (2008: 3′ 14)

Note that the Transfera TV its a specialized video-art program belonged to the Canal Autor that broadcast through the cable tv system in Madrid and through Orange Braodcast TV countries.

You can access to all the information at : http://www.transfera.es/programa33.html

All the best and congratulations to all!

FocFest and Transfera Staff

http://www.transfera.es
https://focfest.wordpress.com/

We are pleased to inform you all that the exquisite specialized Spanish video art channel  (located in Madrid) Transfera TV will broadcast a special program dedicated to the 1st edition of our Festival.

The director Iury Lech and his staff selected five works that represent the best of what was exhibited in the FocFest in last Decenber during the three international screenings of the event (Portugal, Armenia and Turkey).

The Artists and works selected for this TV presentation are:

Jossie Malis (Peru) – “Bendito Machine I” (2006: 4’45)

Neil Howe (Australia) – “Genesis” (2006: 10′34)

Ricardo Nascimento (Brazil) “Autrmx” (2008: 5′24)

Jean-Julian Pous (France) “Seeking You: a Love Letter to Hong Kong” (2008: 3′14)

Emre Özkapi (Turkey) and Asli Buyukkoksal (Turkey) – “Uzun İnce Bir Yol /A Long and Thin Way” (2006: 6’00).

Transfera is exclusively dedicated to promote video art in all its modalities (any processes of image-sound interaction, without exclusion of avant-garde experimental cinema), with the aim to disclose to the great public a view of the consolidated video artists and offer a platform for all those emergent video artists with a future projection who contribute with renewing proposals, avoid conventional visual language and does not find their place in other mass media spaces.

The FocFest Special Program will be broadcast next month: 8th of May (precise schedule time will be post here soon).

The Freedom of Choice Video and Film International Peace Festival reached its goal and close the curtain on its first and experimental edition.

The festival presented a blend of artistic quality and original films divided into three days of selected programs in Lisbon (Portugal), Istanbul (Turkey) and Yerevan (Armenia).

Sara Servati The Bloody World of Mine at the FocFest

Sara Servati form Iran with the bloody world of mine was one of the nice young revelations of the focfest

We accomplished one of the most daring and important aims: be, most probably, the first video and film festival to run simultaneously in Europe.

As one first experience of organizing such an event like this, without any institutional and finance support, we faced some difficulties that only can give us more strength to continue in the future with the help of all. Most of those difficulties were due to management and technical problems that only can be related to the hurry we had to face to get the best environment in very few months (two) to bring the festival to public.

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The portuguese Freitas Cruz with barca borneo was one of the artists for peace present in the event

Yerevan did not have this kind of problem once the local promoter was a big institutional ground but Lisbon and Istanbul had to make there choice between what was available in the moment: independent alternative art facilities that turn to be very hard to manage due, most of the time, to lack of technical structures. However those problems were out of the hand of the curators organization and of full responsibility of the places management board that did had some difficulties to fulfil the agreements settled before with us. An important fact to register and to avoid in the next edition.

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Ricardo Nascimento from Brazil with autrmx was one of the great moments of the festival

Doing it in a low budget and total autonomy from any kind of intitutional background, for a start, is already a great achievement and proves that solidarity and self-commitment to this kind of issues – freedom, peace and human rights – between artists still works and is very alive.

But doing it with such quality of works (11 awarded and multi-awarded all over the world) involving 40 fine artists from more than 20 countries is without any question a great stimulation towards the new edition to come next year.

Remenbring our goals:

  • Screening a multi-view of the world peace and freedom of choice subject through video-art by a creative and critic perspective way;
  • Promoting the ideals of peace, freedom, open society, tolerance, political and social pluralism in a global context;
  • Exposing the violation of freedom and peace commitment;
  • Involving the audience into an open debate about this two great human aims, freedom and peace.

We think – beside of some places more effective than others (most of all concerning the open debate with audience) – we ended to accomplish those important goals that the event perspective to do.

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Most important, we accomplish also another important mission: to make a stand – a new committed position – among video and film artists! Not only among the ones associated to the Artists for Peace Group but also a brand vast universe inside the art world. We remember that most of the artists involved are not associated to the Artists for Peace Group.

Finally we want to give a big thank to everyone that make possible the event: curators, artists, place institutions and managers and most of all the brave audience of the three events!

To you all – Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

A group of curators and artists promotes the achievement of a new international audiovisual festival focused on civic intervention based on a broader view of the humanistic principles of freedom of choice, peace and human rights.

Besides not being a competitive contest, the programme of the FocFest – Freedom of Choice International Film and Video Peace Festival is although the result of a selection process that came from an international public announcement of which resulted the inclusion of a wide array of works (53 movies) from visual artists and directors from the most diverse geographical and cultural backgrounds. The exhibition is divided into three main categories: the fictional and experimental film and video art (from installation to narrative fiction), the documentary (experimental and traditional) and animation (cartoons, multimedia and muppets).

The event aims to be, in a short term, a new audiovisual and thematic expertise festival benchmark (of film and video art) in all world. The festival has an important feature already once being a production shared in this 1st edition by three European countries, with shows taking place simultaneously in:

Lisbon (Portugal) at the Fábrica do Braço de Prata: 04, 05 and 06th December of 2008 (Curators- Alberto Guerreiro | Milton Dias);

Yerevan (Armenia) at the NPAK / ACCEA – Armenian Center of Contemporary Art: 04, 05 and 06th December of 2008 (Curator – David Kareyan);

Istanbul (Turkey) at the Ciplak Ayaklar Studio: 06 and 07th December of 2008 (Curator – Sahin Ozbay).

The simultaneous aspect of the event is a great achievmen and makes of the FocFest, if not the most unique, at least, one of the most daring and exquisite audiovisual festivals in the world.

All this information and much more can be followed in the FocFest links:

Ning Network: http://focfest.ning.com/

Contact by E-mail: focfest@gmail.com

We are happy to announce the screening list of the movies to be presented at I FocFest – The Freedom of Choice International Video and Film Peace Festival!

1 – Neil Howe (Australia), artist for peace; – “Genesis” (2006: 10’34) – A semi abstract visual and aural journey from the Big Bang to Armageddon.
Production: Australia.
Category: experimental/poetical.
Screenings: Naples Magmart Vídeo Festival (Italy: 2008); Brisbane Techno Art (Australia: 2007); Melbourne Fringe Arts Festival (Australia: 2006); New York Rooftop Film Festival (USA: 2006).

2 – Joas Sebastien Nebe (Germany) artist for peace; – “The Place of Safety” (2002-2008: 3’54) – consists of a text part and a cinematographic part. Both parts produce synergy in evoking association in viewers mind. The text part is about famous and unfamous, fictious and non-fictious characters who are involved in questions of security. Hereby the issue security is shown as a general problem existing in all kinds of worlds and affecting all kinds of inhabitants. The cinematographic part shows a couple of blossom branches in a foggy landscape. Blossoms are metaphor for harmony and peace, which is denied by that experience people have, described in the pretitle text.
Production: Germany.
Category: experimental/poetical.
Screenings: Festival premiere.

3 – Clemens Kogler (Austria) – “Herr Barr” (2007: 3’10) – Music video for the track “Herr Bar” from UK-musician Clark (Warp Records). The film solely consists of photos of human body parts, which are arranged to form landscapes, animals, plants.
Production: Austria.
Category: animation/poetical.
Awards:
• II Audience Award at the Vienna Kaiserstrasse Film Festival (Austria: 2008)
• International Winner of the New York Diesel New Art Award (USA: 2007).

4 – Jean-Julian Pous (France) – “Seeking You: a love letter to Hong Kong” (2008: 3’14) – A man lost his love. He decides to go out and find her in the night of Hong Kong, only to realize that it’s not with her he’s in love, but with the city itself.
Production: Hong-Kong (China).
Category: animation/poetical.
Screenings: Vancouver Film School (Canada: 2008)

5 – Jean-Julian Pous (France) w/ Pierre Prinzbach (France) – “Switch” (2007: 5’57) – A metaphysical thought on time through a man running. Facing what choices he could have made and will be able to make in life, he sees them materialized as doubles of himself, going through majors steps of life.
Production: France.
Category: animation/social.
Awards:
• Jury grand prize of the Folie-Ô-Skop, Québec (Canada: 2008).

6 – Kevin Logan (UK) – “Recitation” (2007: 4’29) – an audiovisual piece examining oral traditions and their relationship with text based information and belief systems, in particular religious texts. Inspired and utilizing a poem by Jarmain Patrick which was performed during a development week which brought together visual, spoken word, and audio artists. This development week led to a number of short films commissioned by B3.Media, Brixton for the identities TV project. It incorporates computer animated text/hand-made graphics and footage captured by a mobile phone camera.
Production: UK.
Category: mobile phone/poetical.
Screenings: Transmediale 2008 in Berlin (Germany: 2008); Media Forum Moscow International Film Festival (Russia: 2008); ICA London (UK: 2007); Amsterdam Film Experience Festival (Netherlands: 2007).

7 – Jean-Gabriel Périot (France) – “Ni Juman No Borei: 2000 000 phantoms” (2007: 10’00) – The Atomic-Bomb Dome, a massive form that stands in silence. The film presents almost 600 photographs from 1914 to 2006 showing the continuing existence of the dome before and after the war to the accompaniment of poetic laments. Here is Hiroshima seen via the French director’s eyes over decades.
Production: France/Japan.
Category: experimental/social – archive footage.
Awards:
• Grand Prix / Japan media art festival Tokyo(Japan : )
Grand Prix / KIVF Kansk (Russia:
1st prize and audience prize / Videologia Volgograd (Russia :
Dick Arnall award / Aurora Norwich (England :
Animate Award / Encounters Bristol (England :
Best internatioan film / Ann Arbor international film festival
Best documentary / L’alternativa Barcelona (Spain :
Best experimental / Montecatini international short film festival (Italy :
Youth prize / Vendôme festival (France :
Youth prize and audience prize / Limoges short film festival (France :
Prix coup de coeur / Courts devant Paris (France :
Prix Image et son / Les écrans documentaires Arcueil (France :
Press prize / short film festival Nice (France :

8 – Jean-Gabriel Périot (France) – “Even If She Had Been a Criminal – Eut-Elle Ete Criminale” (2006: 10’00) – France, the summer of 1944, at the time of the Liberation. The public punishment of women accused of having affairs with Germans during the war… Abruptly the celebration turns to a cruel spectacle as we witness the public humiliation and punishment of women accused of having affairs with German soldiers during the war. Their heads are shaved, they are beaten and forced to paint swastikas on their faces. As the camera pans through the crowd the film shows the shocking breadth of emotion present: from the shame of the victims to the hatred and joy in the eyes of the perpetrators, it is evident that the atrocities of the war lived on long after Hitler’s army was defeated.
Production: France.
Category: experimental/political – archive footage.
Awards:
• Grand Prix / Tampere international film festival (Finland:
Best International Short / Cork film festival (Ireland:
Grand Prix / International Odensee film festival (Denmark:
Grand Prix parallel competition / Pris de courts Paris (France:
Best movie / betting on short London (England:
Special Prize of the Jury / off-courts Trouville (France:
Special Prize of the Jury / Chronograph International Documentary Festival Chisinau (Moldovia:
Best short / flEXiff Auburn (Australia:
Jury’s prize and festival’s prize / Videofestival, Bochum (Germany:
Best international short / Prends ça court ! Montreal (Canada:
• Prix Artfilm Documentary / Artfilm international film festival, Trencin (Slovenia:
Best short Documentary / International documentary film festival Punto de vista, Pamplona (Spain:
Best short Documentary / International Human Rights documentary film festival One World, Prague (Chec Republic:
Best short documentary / Aarhus festival of independent arts (Denmark:
Jacek Kuron Award for best short documentary / Watch Doc, Human rights in film Warsaw (Poland:
Best short / Les écrans documentaires Arcueil (France:
Best Documentary / Sapporo short festival (Japan:
Best Documentary / Kratkofilm international short film festival Banja Luka (Bosnia:
Best Documentary / MFA international film festival (USA:
Best Documentary / Euroshorts Warsaw (Poland:
Best Documentary / Limoges short film festival (France:
Best original film / EEAF Argus (France:
Innovation prize / Chicago international documentary festival (USA:
Best Director, Best Editing, Best Sound / Festival Internacional de Curtas de Belo Horizonte (Brazil:

9 – Wilfried Agricola de Cologne (Germany) – “One Day on Mars” (2007: 8’00) – A human being is obliged to spend at least one day in his lifetime on Mars. Mars the red desert planet, Mars the god of war. Mars can be anywhere, any place which is identified with the inhuman, violence, hate, rage, revenge and despair.
Production: Germany.
Category: experimental/political.
Awards:
• Special Jury Award in the category best experimental film 1st Cyprus International Shortfilm Festival (Cyprus: 2008)

10 – Wilfried Agricola de Cologne (Germany) – “Message from Behind a Wall” (2005: 10’00) – featuring Faten Nasdas, one of the initiators of the wall paintings, is transporting different messages, but the main message represents the action of children’s innocence. The moving picture is a unique document of the day of 17 February 2005. Meanwhile, the construction of the wall in Bethlehem is completed.
Production: Germany.
Category: documentary/political.
Screening: Premiere in the Israeli Digital Art Lab Holon (Israel: 2005)

11 – José Freitas Cruz (Portugal) artist for peace; – “Barca Borneo” (2008:10’00) – In April 2005, after four years of persistent work and subtle diplomacy, fourteen artists residing in Sultanate of Brunei got together to work on a common project. The theme that won over consensus of all parties involved – breaking the ice after years of hesitation and attracting the participants of 9 Brunei artists – was a boat.
Production: Portugal/Brunei.
Category: documentary/social.
Screenings: I International Biennale of Montijo (Portugal: 2008)

12 – David Kareyan (Armenia) artist for peace; – “No Return” (2002: 11’00) – … Man, trying to reach accommodation and harmony with himself, may have destructive desires, and return to the roots by merging with nature… Often he seeks refuge in religion. Sometimes he even resigns from all human attributes, but still is unable to find what he is looking for. Figures dressed in religious robes accompany their ritualistic movements with primitive and rough rhythms, as if calling their ancestors… These are the rhythms, which awaken animal instincts…
Production: Armenia.
Category: experimental/political.
Screening: 50th Venice Bienale (Italy: 2003); Gyumri International Biennale (Armenia: 2002)

13 – Sonia Balassanian (Armenia) – “Anush” (2003: 5:00) – In this year’s project Sonia Balassanian appears to the Armenian audience by a less known side of her work; by drawings and video-art made independent of performing/multi-media projects. This is an analysis on video-art section of the project.
Production: Armenia/USA.
Category: performance-doc/poetry.
Screenings: Yerevan Armenian Center of Contemporary Art (Armenia: 2003)

14 – Hannah Perry (UK) – “Untitled” (2008: 1’56) – … .
Production: UK.
Category: mobile phone/poetical.
(Festival premiere)

15 – Ob-Art Group-Fatima Torconal (Spain) – “Rara Avis – Through the Other” (2007: 3’55) – Since distant time motherhood has been glorified and full of taboos. Questioning it stirs our human ambivalence towards love, an ambivalence of which is hardly spoken of, and which grows in a woman’s case when she is a daughter and a mother.
Production: Spain.
Category: experimental/poetical.
Screenings: Festival premiere.

16 – Bruno Larini (Italy) – “Innesto Lirico” (2008: 6’00) – A sort of spiritual, visceral and prophetic travel of the author. Settled between video-art and performance this work represents the involment of life in a continuous metamorphosis, one ancestral feeling of the image in symbiosis with the intimate, artistic and anti-conformism id the author.
Production: Italy.
Category: experimental/social.
Screenings: Ravenna Bizarro Film Festival (Italy: 2008).

17 – Gruppo Sinestetico – Matteo Albertin, Antonio Sassu, Massimo Perseghin and Gianluca Scordo (Italy) – “Anche le parole ucci domo/Words can kill” (2005: 1’00) – faces the problem of the use of words. Through the visual poetry introduces a message that has two interpretations: war and death. The “decisional” word in this perspective has prerogative of death as much as a Kalashnikov can have.
Production: Italy.
Category: performance/loop.
Screenings: London Biennale (UK: 2006).

18 – Monochrom (Austria) – “Kiki and Bubu and the Shift” (2008: 4’00) – Bubu wants to know why his dad is working all the time. And Kiki explains him why…because of the neoliberal shift.
Production: Austria.
Category: animation-puppets/political.
Screenings: Festival premiere.

19 – Sara Servati (Iran) – “The Bloody World of Mine” (2008: 1’40) – A show how people, who are fulfill by peace, have been disconnected in this Bloody World. Based on part of Persian poem by Ahmad Shamloo.
Production: UK.
Category: experimental/poetical.
Screenings: Woloo Online Biennale – What’s art? Berlin (Germany: 2008); Group Show at the Rose Theater, Kingston Upon Thames (England: 2008).

20 – Renata Padovan (Brazil) – “Habeas Corpus” (2008: 7’20) – is the union of sound and image recorded separately. In a first moment a voice recorder was given to F.S., a transsexual in the process of becoming a woman. F.S. speaks freely of her feelings, of her childhood while growing up in a small countryside Brazilian town. In a second moment a 5-year-old boy was asked to make a drawing, whatever he wished; the result was very surprising. In the video the young boy neatly makes his drawing using colored pencils as F.S. talks about herself and her childhood memories. Voice and image together build up a statement, the fear of being ridiculed.
Production: Brazil.
Category: documentary/social.
Screenings: Festival premiere.

21 – Renata Padovan (Brazil) – “White Reflections” (2006: 1’54) – White waves slowly cover a red breakwater. As the water retreats the concrete structure is unveiled, just to be hidden again, on and off, the screen becomes all white. In the sound track we hear news about the war in Iraq and other international issues roughly broadcast on a radio. The quality of the broadcasting makes it hard to discern the spoken words. At a certain moment the sound of playing children is overheard, just to be suddenly broken by the sound of a firing machinegun. The piece is meant as a break for reflection.
Production: Brazil.
Category: experimental/political.
Screenings: Narratives #2 at the Centre d’art Plastiques et Visuels de Lille (France : 2008); XXeme Instants Vidéo in Marseille (France: 2007).

22 – Guli Siberstein (Israel) – “Schizophrenic State” (2003: 6’00) – Two images on my TV screen: An Israeli soldier being lynched in Rammallah. A Palestinian child and his father being fired at in Gaza. How can horror be constructed in words? It’s a schizophrenic situation – two sides trapped in a cycle of violence. And I`m in a schizophrenic state of my own, watching this in New York – not here nor there. Are these images real?
Production: USA/Israel
Category: experimental/political.
Screenings: Traverse Video, Toulouse (France: 2006); LA Freewaves 10th festival – Too Much Freedom? Los Angeles (USA: 2006); Signes des Nuits, Paris (France: 2005); Transmediale 04 – International Media Art Festival, Berlin (Germany: 2004); Jerusalem Film Festival (Israel: 2004);

23 – Guli Siberstein (Israel) – “Beach” (2006: 4’55) – A personal account in the form of an out of tune TV broadcast; an accelerating stream of images, depicting a family on the beach in Tel Aviv, is juxtaposed with a video of a girl running frantically on a bombed beach in Gaza, only about 100 kilometres away. It’s a reality where tranquillity turns into horror in an instant, and where possibilities of the Real are repressed, raising perceptual, existential and moral questions.
Production: Israel
Category: experimental/ political.
Screenings: V Naoussa International Short Film (Greece: 2008); Transmediale 2008 in Berlin (Germany: 2008); Solo Exhibition at Artists House in Tel-Aviv (Israel: 2007); International Digital Film Festival in Bucharest (Romania: 2007); XXIV Kassel Documentary Film Festival (Germany: 2007); VideoBrazil in Sao Paulo (Brazil: 2007); XXIX Festival du Cinema Méditérraéen in Montpellier (France: 2007); Media Arts in Freisland (Netherlands: 2007); Weimar Backup Festival (Germany: 2007).

24 – Victor Vidal (Peru) artist for peace; – “A Social Realistic Story” (2007: 10’00) – This film is a humoristic and critical view of the manner how parents in the so-called rich societies treat their children. They prefer materials goods and wellbeing rather than the creative and social development of the youth.
Production: Denmark.
Category: experimental/poetic.
Screenings: Festival premiere.

25 – Victor Vidal (Peru), artist for peace; – “The Jail” (2007: 3’40) – This short video dramatizes the horrible situation of innocent people being in jail in many places in the World, both in the rich and poor countries.
Production: Denmark.
Category: experimental/political.
Screenings: Festival premiere.

26 – Jossie Malis (Peru) – “Bendito Machine I” (2006: 4’45) – A primitive tale about power, corruption, religion and machines… as usual.
Production: Spain
Category: animation/political.
Awards:
• Best Film at Animation Film Festival Nontzeflash in Bilbao (Spain: 2006)
• Best Film at Fernando Quiñonez Film Festival Cádiz (Spain: 2006)
• Best Film at Torino Flash Festival (Italy: 2006)
• Best Film Animaizon Film Festival in Zaragoza (Spain: 2006)
• Best Film Animatu International Animation Film Festival (Portugal: 2006)
• Best Film Shortfilm Festival Hospitalet in Catalunya (Spain: 2006)
• Best Animated Film, Audience Choice Award, Fantastik Film Festival (Sweden 2006)
• Best Design Channel Frederator Animation Awards (USA: 2006)
• Best Film Audience Choice Award, Sestao Fantastico Short film Festival (Spain: 2006)
• Best Film Aniboom Online Festival, 2007
• Best Internet Animation at SICAF (South Korea: 2007)
• Best Animated Film 24fps Festival, Texas, (USA: 2007
• Best Sound Design 24fps Festival, Texas (USA: 2007
• Grand Prix Animation Film Festival of Tindirindis (Lithuania: 2007)
• Special Jury Prize at Anifest in Trebon (Checz Republic: 2007)
• Special Mention Comarca de la Sidra Film Festival (Spain: 2006)
• Special Mention at Fantosfreak de Cerdanyola del Valles in Barcelona (Spain: 2006)
• Special Mention Caostica Shortfilm Festival in Bilbao (Spain: 2006)
• Best Visual Solution, Multivision Film Festival in St. Petersburg (Russia: 2006).

27 – Jossie Malis (Peru) – “Bendito Machine II” (2007: 5’53) – A primitive tale about the spark of life. The 2nd moment of Bendito Machine move series.
Production: Spain.
Category: animation/political.
Awards:
• First Place at Intermon Oxfam Actúa Film Festival (Spain: 2008).
• Best Catalan Film at Mass Sorrer in Catalunya (Spain: 2008).

28 – Fabio Dolso (Italy), artist for peace; – “The Olympic Torch Light War Weapon/Mutations” (2008: 8’00) – The time for see: there are some people who persist in wanting to obscure the eternal shinning of the Olympics torchlight thus transforming it into a scheming war weapon. There is time for answer: could we do something to make it shine brightly again? The time to think…
Production: Italy.
Category: animation/political.
Screenings: Festival premiere.

29 – Blerta Zeqiri (Kosovo) – “Ok” (2007: 11’00) – This is a story of two trafficked girls in a room. The room is dark with nightclub music coming from the outside. The pimp comes and takes the girls one by one to serve them to the clients. During moments of solitude, while one of the girls is not in the room, we witness the deranged state of mind in which one of the girls is in.
Production: Kosovo.
Category: narrative/social.
Awards:
• Best National Movie Prize – Dockufest International Documentary and Short Film Festival.

30 – Alberto Guerreiro (Portugal) – “Hunter” (2008: 3’26) – First tiger story. An ode to peace. Trees dance with the wind and someone faces his nature moments before a dramatic event occur in the woods.
Production: Portugal
Category: experimental/narrative.
Screenings: Streaming Festival, The Hague (The Netherlands: 2008).

31 – Richard Jochum (Austria) – “The Rosary – Sibha as a Communal Sculpture” (2007-2008: 5’00) – The short movie documents the making of a public art project called “The
Rosary / Sibha (Arabic for Rosary) as a communal sculpture“which was built in a communal effort together with students, faculty and the public in March 2007 on the top of the roof of the American University in Cairo. The installation that was originated by visiting professor of AUC Richard Jochum is still on public display.
Production: USA/Egypt
Category: performance-doc/social.
Screenings: American University in Cairo (Egypt: 2007).

32 – Bruno Bresani (Brazil) – “Soy” (2007: 3’20) – I am myself, I am myself, not anyone who wants, these are voices of self-determination, regardless of race or language, I am my mother, my daughter, my sister, my girl, are all one, I am myself, and I am not mine for whoever.
Production: Austria.
Category: experimental/poetical.
Screenings: Click & Rec (Spain: 2008); “Otras Dulcineas” at the Museo Cervantino, Toledo (Spain: 2008); “Fast Curt” in Barcelona (Spain: 2008); “BAC” – Barcelona Arte Contemporáneo (Spain: 2008); “Samples” of the Universidad de Las Ameritas in Puebla (México: 2008); 15FIAV of CasaBlanca (Morocco: 2008); Kunstler House – Lades Atelier of Salzburg (Austria: 2007).

33 – Bruno Bresani (Brazil) – “Stones” (2007: 7’29) – A film dedicated to ten men who died while trying to reach a dream, this migration that has divided the citizens first with the second, in the world of inequalities.
Production: Austria.
Category: experimental/political.
Screenings: “Dança em foco”of Rio de Janeiro-Sao Paulo (Brazil: 2008); 15FIAV of Casablanca (Morocco: 2008); KunstlerHouse – Lades Atelier of Salzburg (Austria: 2007).

34 – Hannah Smitmans (Germany) – “From Alicia” (2003: 3’00) – in a letter a friend writes about her experiences with the Argentinian military regime. Letter from Alicia Dupoy.
Production: Germany.
Category: documentary/political.
Screenings: Tubingen No Budget Festival (Germany: 2003); Albuquerque Experiments in Cinema (USA: 2004); Reutlingen Stiftung für Konkrete Kunst (Germany: 2004).

35 – Hannah Smitmans (Germany) – “Two Women on War” (2002: 12’00) – a refugee from Iraq and a German peace-activist talk about war.
Production: Germany.
Category: documentary/political.
Screenings: Festival premiere.

36 – Hannah Smitmans (Germany) -”Who is Your Enemy” (2002: 6’45) – In January 2002, three months after the September 11, people in the streets in Manhattan answer to the questions “Who is your enemy”? “Who is your friend”?
Production: Germany/USA.
Category: documentary/political.
Screenings: Berlin Transmediale (Germany: 2006); Lausanne Underground Film Festival (Switzerland: 2005); NGBK Berlin (Germany: 2004); Zurich Shedhalle (Switzerland: 2004); Tubingen No Budget Festival (Germany: 2003).

37 – Vesna Milicevic (Serbia) – “Zero Tolerence” (2007: 5’48) – A hate speech between an Albanian and Serb from Kosovo, found on the Internet. Is this situation of high tension, typical or unique only to Kosovo, or is it universal? Within the larger scheme, is this lack of tolerance a global threat?
Production: Serbia.
Category: documentary/political – loop.
Screenings: Festival of Strech Media, Belgrade (Serbia: 2008); Crime and Punishment at the 198 Contemporary Arts and Learnings in London (England: 2008). April Meetings at SKC Gallery in Belgrade (Serbia: 2007).

38 – Susanne Babila (Germany) – “Im Schatten des Bosen – Der Krieg Gegen die Frauen Im Kongo” / The Shadow of Evil – The War against Women in Congo” (2007: 59’00) – The cruelty that women in Congo have to cope with on a daily basis.
Production: Germany.
Category: documentary/social
Screenings SWV Channel and ARTE Channel.

39 – Kika Nicolela (Brazil) – “Face to Face” (2006: 15’00) – Various men and women answer to five questions concerning love. These people were left alone with a camera, facing their own image on the video monitor. The questions, written over a paper, approached different aspects of love and provoked the participants to reflect and expose themselves.-
Production: Brazil.
Category: documentary/social.
Awards:
• Best Video (Prix de la Création Vidéo)in Videoformes 22e Manifestation Internationale Art Vidéo et Nouveaux Médias (France: 2007).

40 – Kika Nicolela (Brazil) – “Tropic of Capricorn” (2005: 30’00) – Four transsexuals are brought in to a hotel room on the same night. Each trans woman is asked to lay on a bed in an empty room and reveal herself to a camera mounted on the ceiling. As the film progresses, their stories blend, separate and overlap in a beautifully-constructed collage of multi-coloured images. They share with the camera their fantasies, hopes, questionings and experiences in the streets of Sao Paulo.
Production: Brazil.
Category: documentary/social.
Awards:
• Best Documentary in Sopot Independent Film Festival (Poland: 2006).

41 – Kika Nicolela (Brazil) – “Passenger” (2007: 05’00) – One path. One landscape. One passage. These images were recorded from inside a bus, between the Beauvais airport and Paris. But the trip taken by the passenger is a different one. Original soundtrack by Thierry Gauthier, with the collaboration of Delphine Measroch.
Production: France/Brazil.
Category: experimental/poetic.
Screenings: LIVRE – Experimental Vídeo Exhibition at Usina do Gasometro in Porto Alegre (Brazil: 2008).

42 – Ricardo Nascimento (Brazil) – “Autrmx” (2008: 5’24) – This project came out from the previous work called “Authority” where the author filmed a policeman (actually an actor playing a policeman) in different moods while talking a nonsense text with someone. During the movie he changes his mood between very calm and indifferent to angry and nervous. This film and also the previous installation is a metaphor of Foucault’s power theory in modern societies witch has the characteristic of not be fixed but is always moving.
Production: Germany.
Category: experimental/political.
Screenings: Bangkok Experimental Film Festival (Singapore: 2008).

43 – Arthur Tuoto (Brazil) – “Life is Coming” (2007: 1’13) – One urban reflection about a day in the city of São Paulo.
Production: Brazil
Category: experimental/narrative.
Awards:
• First Place in the Experimental Category at the 1º Festival Cuco – Short Film Online (Brazil: 2007);
• Second Place in the Experimental/Arte Category at IV PUTZ Curitiba University Festival (Brazil: 2007).

44 – Arthur Tuoto (Brazil) – “I See You” (2008: 1’54) – I see you, when you don’t know I’m looking.
Production: Brazil.
Category: experimental/narrative.
Screenings: Time is Love Exhibition at the Galerie Octobre in Paris (Françe: 2008); Indie 2008: Mostra de Cinema Mundial da Bahia (Brazil: 2008).

45 – Arthur Tuoto (Brazil) – “Disforme” (2008: 2’28) – A shadow questions itself about it shapes.
Production: Brazil.
Category: experimental/narrative.
Screenings: Portobello Film Festival of London (England: 2008).

46 – Arthur Tuoto (Brazil) – “Tainah” (2008: 1’00) – A video poetry using the digital media and the low resolution for an intense and short love declaration, like a digital haiku.
Production: Brazil.
Category: mobile phone/poetical.
Awards:
• Prize Foraster@s – Best Foreign Movie – Film Fest 2008 of Barcelona (Spain: 2008);

47 – Gonçalo Brito (Portugal) – “Bianca” (2006: 3’00) – Bianca cleans the room.
Production: Portugal.
Category: animation/social.
Screenings: Festival premiere.

48 – Sahin Ozbay (Turkey) artist for peace; – “Dogrular – Straights” (2006: 2’29) – PHRASES go straight live an honest life after being a criminal. Keep a straight face keep a blank or serious facial expression when trying not to laugh. The straight and narrow the honest and morally acceptable way of living. Straight away immediately. A straight fight Brit. a contest between just two opponents. straight from the shoulder 1 dated (of a blow) swift and well delivered. 2 (of words) frank or direct. Straight off (or out) informal without hesitation or deliberation. straight up informal 1 Brit. honestly. 2 chiefly N. Amer. undiluted or unadulterated.
Production: Turkey.
Category: animation/social.
Screenings: The First International Art Tech Media Congress Tenerife (Spain: 2008); Online Competition for the European Year of Intercultural Dialogue – Spanish Ministry of Culture (Spain: 2008). Lodz IV International Animated Film Festival ReAnimacja-Panorama (Poland: 2007); Los Angeles Venturous Vanguard Video Festival (USA: 2007).

49 – Emre Özkapi (Turkey) and Asli Buyukkoksal (Turkey) – “Uzun İnce Bir Yol /A Long and Thin Way” (2006: 6’00) – Unusual shootings on the “unusual” time, with uninterested with permission and the powers and the practisers of the authority. Do it yourself what you want to do.
Production: Turkey.
Category: documentary/political.
Awards:
• Jury Special Award in Ankara Film Festival (Turkey: 2006).

50 – Liuyi Wang (China) – “Echo from Tiananmen” (2006: 4’42) – As an artist and Witness of Tiananmen Square, Liuyi Wand use the bush to represent his experience of Beijing Tiananmen Square in the 3rd and 4th June of 1989. Then he uses them as reference to shot a movie.
Production: Canada.
Category: documentary/political.
Screenings: Festival premiere.

51 – Lemeh 42 – Lorenza Paoloni and Michele Santini (Italy) – “Per fare un tavolo/How to make a table” (2008: 2’30) – Taking inspiration from the famous italian song from the 80’s, this animation analyzes ironically the terms of industrial production using a famous brand known for its ambiental care.
Production: Italy.
Category: animation/social.
Screenings: Videoholica 08 – Art Biennale of Varna (Bulgaria: 2008).

52 – Adam Buczek (Poland) – “Home is Hope” (2007: 0’10) – States for the hope that everyone experienced when lost shelter, migrated or were moved by force out of the place that one called home. Hope is in a place that we make home, hope is immanent element of home as a wish that would result in fulfilment. Hence these terms are used as a reflection of each other, because there is a hope in every home as well as home in every hope.
Production: UK.
Category: loop
Screenings: Museum of Contemporary Art in Yekaterinburg (Russia: 2008); Valencia Java Museum (Spain: 2008); California State University (USA: 2008); London Photo-Month (UK: 2007); XI Media Art Festival Friesland (Netherlands: 2007); London Octoply Royal Arsenal (UK: 2007); Istanbul Museum of Contemporary Art Web Biennale 07 (Turkey: 2007); Mascalls Kent Gallery (UK: 2007).

53 – Layla Eve Glantz (UK) – “Behind the Veil” (2008: 3’58) – deals with the odd body, and the objectifying gaze of the viewer. Placed in an undefined space, a hallway, a right of passage, which is viewed through a doorway, symbolizes virtual meeting places. In virtual space we can hide our “imperfections” as we have a natural veil between the other and us, and are therefore free to choose how and when we reveal ourselves, an advantage not available in our tangible reality of everyday life.
Production: UK.
Category: loop.
Screenings: Balancing Acts 7th Disability Arts Festival in Calgary (Canada: 2008).

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The Freedom of Choice International Video and Film Peace Festival call is now closed!

To all artists and filmakers that submit there work to the Freedom of Choice International Video and Film Peace Festival we want to really thank you!

The FocFest received 53 submissions of more than 20 countries (of artists and production).

The festival also opened a special network where each artist listed will be invited to build there own page and upload there video submited to the festival. That way we hope to be able to start a short online FocFest.

Visit the Focfest ning network
(please wait for the invitation for start upload and update profile).

Very soon we will announce the FocFest screening list!

Themes: Freedom of Choice, Peace and Human Rights.
Call: Open to everyone.
Type: No competition. More than one movie by artist is acceptable.
Registration fee: no fee.
Registration method: application form.
Origin: Worldwide.
Genres accepted: All genres.
Screening formats: DVD.
Maximum running time: shouldn’t exceed 10 minutes.
Production: movies completed after 1st January, 2001.
Call deadline: 29th August, 2008.

Please email first the submission form to focfest@gmail.com .

Afterwards the screening copy of the movie (DVD) and the original submission and permission form (sign) should be send until the end of August to the post address below (All deliveries from international participants must be marked – NO COMMERCIAL VALUE, CULTURAL PURPOSES ONLY).

Focfest.
Att: Alberto Guerreiro / Milton Dias
Apartado – P.O. Box 519
2461-901 Alcobaça
Portugal.

Online Submission by ftp is also avaiable at http://www.artistsnpeace.org/focfest.htm

In that case please don’t forget to download the submission form and send it to focfest@gmail.com with

subject “Online Submission”. – Submission Form: PDF DOC.