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BEFF 5

The 5th Bangkok Experimental Film Festival

The More Things Change …
25-30 March, 2008

http://www.myspace.com/beff5


SCREENING PROGRAM HERE** downloadable PDF file

schedule Esplanade Cineplex

schedule_Alliance Francaise


BEFF 5 – PROGRAM OUTLINE

BEFF 5 will showcase new experimental film and video work from Thailand and around the world. Our open call for submissions attracted over 380 submissions, ranging in length from a couple of minutes to a couple of hours. We were thrilled that over 140 works were submitted by Thai artists and filmmakers.

Although we will screen both Thai and international work, BEFF 5’s core program responds directly to Thailand’s cultural and political reality. This work offers a refreshing, innovative and critical reflection on contemporary Thai society.

BEFF 5 is not a hard-core ‘experimental film’ program, but rather a platform for a wide range of alternative screen culture, including artists’ films, video art and animation, independent short films and experimental documentaries.

The program is divided into 7 sub-programs, as follows. N.B. this draft schedule is subject to change – please stay tuned to this website for updates!


1. The More Things Change (BEFF 5 core program)

Nitipong Thinthupthai นิติพงศ์ ถิ่นทัพไทย,
Krasob กระสอบ,
Thailand 2007

The central theme of BEFF 5 (The More Things Change …) reflects two strong themes in recent Thai screen culture: the imagery of everyday life; and the political turmoil that has gripped the country since the fall of the Thaksin administration in late 2006. These two themes come together in the core BEFF 5 program.

Governments come and go, but the spiritual, biological and seasonal cycles of daily life go on. The Thai people seem to take political upheaval in their stride. Yet the uncertainty affects everyone, subtly changing the rhythms of work and play, in the city and the countryside. What is the relationship between the cycles of everyday life and the repeating patterns of politics?

1 LEARNED BEHAVIOUR
Venue:
Esplanade Cineplex
Short and experimental films exploring the poetics of reproduction, and the unconscious forces that shape the patterns of social and political life. How are things passed from one generation to the next? Can we unlearn what we have learned?
1.2TRACK CHANGES
Venue:
Esplanade Cineplex
This program reflects the role of the media and translation in the making – and the forgetting – of political history. This program responds to the political flux in Thailand since 2006, and includes three films made on the night of the September 19 coup d’état.
1.3 DAILY ROUNDS
Venue:
Esplanade Cineplex
A collection of new Thai works devoted to the cycles of everyday life. Experimental films that reveal what is extraordinary about the ordinary, what is timeless about the everyday.

2. Fluid Dynamics

George Barber, CAR PAINTING, UK, 2006

This section explores the role of liquids as the spiritual and metaphysical media of life. This showcase of media art, animation and abstract video work, shows how new media are re-shaping contemporary life, and shaking up the histories of art, film and television. These programs will screen as part of BEFF 5’s opening night event, on and beside the Chao Phraya River, and for the duration of the festival at Gallery VER, Klong San.

2.1 Walee Ra-Ruen / Waterworks
Venue:
Gallery VER
A poetic program of films exploring the metaphor of water as medium – a medium of life, of health, but also of contagion; a channel for the exchange of goods and people, of new ideas, of hopes, fears and blessings.
2.2 Animation / Data-painting
Venue:
Esplanade Cineplex
Bold, playful and abstract, this showcase of animation and video art features new work from Thailand and abroad. From the history of art, to the liquid realities of the digital age, this program lets us see the world around us with new eyes.
2.3 Test Patterns: Beat The Noise
Venue:
Gallery VER
Hijacking the mass media, from iPods to Big Brother, from catwalk to thaumatrope to TV soap, media artists jam and remix the beats of everyday life.

3. BEFF 5 International Harvest:
experimental film & video from around the world

Inge Blackman, LEGACY, UK, 2006

A showcase of new experimental film and video work harvested from around the world. This will include Special Programs by visiting curators. The International Harvest program also includes artists’ films made available by Argos Centre for Art & Media, Belgium, and Lux, a non-profit film and video agency in the UK.

3.1 International Harvest I: Memory Machine
Venue:
Esplanade Cineplex
Five films dealing with memory as an active ingredient in the recipes of art, politics and history. This program features several experimental documentaries, where history is brought back to life in creative and performative ways.
3.2 International Harvest II: Paranoid Dance
Venue:
Esplanade Cineplex
A challenging program of experimental shorts that provoke the imagination. Unsettling flirtations with genre, paranoia and strange choreography! These artists’ films explore the psychological programming of modern life. Are we all just actors? Designed to keep you guessing!
3.3 International Harvest III: Variety Theatre
Venue:
Esplanade Cineplex
Four artists’ films exploring the limits of meaningful action, followed by Tan Pin Pin’s acclaimed documentary about the off-beat histories of Singapore song and dance.
3.4 Video Ground: recent work from Australia and Aotearoa/New Zealand
Venue:
Alliance Francaise
A Multimedia Art Asia Pacific (MAAP) touring program, curated by Rachel O’Reilly. Practicing on uncertain ground and negotiating multi-cultural traditions, artists from Australia and Aotearoa/New Zealand work outside of stable cinematic genres to rethink histories of place. These experimental works dramatize their social and political contexts, through symbolism, performance, re-enactment and audio-visual effects. Followed by an informal Q&A session with the curator
3.5 Goethe Institute I
 Venue:
Esplanade Cineplex
A selection of new experimental film and video work from Berlin, curated by Mario Pfeifer
With an introduction by the curator.
3.6 Goethe institute Reel II
Venue:
Goethe Institute
A selection of new experimental film and video work from Berlin, curated by Mario Pfeifer
With an introduction by the curator.

4. Doco-Loco

Terry Berkowwitz & Varsha Nair & Karla Sachse, Barriers and beyond, Thailand / International, 2007

Documentary film has been challenged by the changing media landscape. In the era of digital mobile phones, webcams and reality TV, the documentary has strayed from its traditional role of recording truth, and has been reborn with a new sense of adventure, flirting with fiction and ambiguity. This program spans conventional documentary work and newer, experimental forms.

4.1 Membranes
Venue:
Alliance Francaise
Six films about the secret lives of walls. At the arbitrary borders between states and communities, friend and foe blur, chance and history intersect and collide, and what is kept apart may end up getting bound together.
4.2 Seasonal Menu
Venue:
Alliance Francaise
An ethnographic program giving a taste of the diverse food traditions of Southeast Asia. More than just a celebration of nature’s cycles, food can also inspire the maintenance and revival of ancient knowledge.
4.3 Local Loop: emerging histories from the Philippines
Venue:
Alliance Francaise
Two documentaries examining the 20th Century history of the Philippines, from the Spanish-American War to the corruption and decline of the Marcos years. Colonial pressures, independence, populism and dictatorship, all recycled by globalization. These films offer new details, new insights and new perspectives on this little-discussed history, as well as comparisons and contrasts with Thailand’s own past.

5. ThaiIndie Buffet

Nontawat Numbenchapol นนทวัฒน์ นำเบญจพล, The Valley of Rainforest ฝนโปรยไพร, Thailand 2008

A special feast of independent and experimental films by Thai filmmakers, curated by Thunska Pansittivorakul for ThaiIndie. This sub-program will bring the work of emerging artists into focus. This program includes a premiere screening of new work by Thai illustrator and animator Lolay (Thaweesak Srithongdee), and a collection of experimental music videos.

5.1 ThaiIndie Showcase
Venue: Esplanade Cineplex
The best of new and recent indie films from ThaiIndie’s network of emerging filmmakers.
5.2 Thunska + Sompot
Venue:
Esplanade Cineplex
New works by Thunska Pansittivorakul and Sompot Chidgasornpong
5.3 LOLAY
Venue:
Esplanade Cineplex
A collection of recent animations made by acclaimed illustrator and artist Lolay (Thaweesak Srithongdee) and his collaborator, Giam Eee. The work in this feature-length program has never before been shown in Thailand.
5.4 REMAINS
Venue:
Esplanade Cineplex
A special program of short and experimental films produced as a memorial for SEA Write award-winning author, Kanokpong Songsompan.
5.5 Experimental Music Videos
Venue:
Esplanade Cineplex
A collection of new and recent experimental music videos by Thai filmmakers, including works by Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Sathit Sattarasart, Duck Unit and Thunska Pansittivorakul.

6. Mobile Ciné

Pratchaya Phinthong, Ephemeral Cinema, 2004 –

A roaming program of guerrilla screenings will take place in public space, leaking alternative dreams into the concrete jungle. Under the direction of conceptual artist and cinéphile Pratchaya Phinthong, the mobile ciné will take experimental film where it has never been before. Works will be drawn from the BEFF program, and supplemented with Pratchaya’s own selections.


The 5th Bangkok Experimental Film Festival
25-30 March, 2008
Organised by Kick the Machine, Project 304 and the Thai Film Foundation
Main Venue: Esplanade Cineplex
Project Partners: ThaiIndie, Goethe Institute, Alliance Francaise, Bangkok, Gallery VER, William Warren Library (Jim Thompson House)
Project Sponsors: Piphitmaya, MAAP-Multimedia Art Asia Pacific
For more info, see: http://www.project304.org/beff5/ http://www.myspace.com/beff5/
Tel: + 66 (0)86 311 6062   |  Email: beff.five@gmail.com


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