ALTERNATIVE FILM/VIDEO 2021 will take place from 8-12 December at Students’ City Cultural Center in Belgrade, as a hybrid edition. A majority of the program will be showcased online, and in case of a more favorable situation some of the programs will be shown live.
ALTERNATIVE FILM/VIDEO 2021 invites artists from around the world, including the region and Serbia, to submit their film and video works for the competition section of ALTERNATIVE FILM/VIDEO on the theme Non-Aligned. The selection committee, according to the Festival regulations, will choose the films and videos for the competition. The festival jury will decide on the List of Significant Achievements, no more than five works, which include the opportunity for a residency in the following year at Academic Film Center at Students’ City Cultural Center in Belgrade.
DEADLINE: 10 August 2021.
ONLINE SUBMISSION: Guidelines for submissions can be found at the end of this text.
The Non-Aligned Movement was formed at the meeting of Third World leaders in Bandung (Indonesia) in 1955, and the first conference was held in 1961 in Belgrade (Yugoslavia). In the world of division between the capitalist and socialist blocs in the northern hemisphere, the Non-Aligned Movement consisted mainly of African and Asian states that tried to build a collective identity in the fight against imperialism, colonialism, neocolonialism, apartheid, racism. The Non-Aligned movement focused on national struggles for independence, poverty eradication and economic development. Non-aligned countries represented 55% of the world’s population, most of the world’s governments and almost two-thirds of the United Nations. The idea of non-alignment and the policy of coexistence became one of the most valuable achievements after the Second World War. The Non-Aligned Movement created space for significant transnational exchange in the fields of science, art and culture, architecture and industry, challenging the hegemonic order and establishing new meanings of the relationship between the center and the periphery.
Although there has never been a Non-Aligned Film under that name, the Third Cinema bore the denominator of the change of aesthetics and politics in the moving images regime. It had a significant place in the process of decolonization. It was a weapon and a tool for producing knowledge. Film pioneers of the newly liberated countries of Africa, Asia and Latin America, created specific liberating languages drawn from paramodern phenomena such as folk religion or ritual magic. The dominant European post-war film realism based on individuality is deconstructed by the antimimetic logic of folk tales and collective film speech.
The pandemic stopped humanity for a moment, it made us try to understand it and adapt to the new reality. Block divisions are long gone, but there are others. Pre-pandemic “normality” was already divided – filled with cracks in gender, class, nationality, religion, separation, migration and exile. As we emerge from the pandemic, we are witnessing the intensification of political conflicts, the deepening of economic inequality and poverty, and continuous colonial and environmental violence.
Is film a tool in the new struggles around us, a means of understanding social, cultural and political changes, or is it just an apparatus that indifferently records the traces of time from the end of the second decade of the 21st century? What is the status of the image that thinks the future? Does it rely on previous audio-visual and production codes, or does it dare to think outside the language, constructing new knowledge and shifting horizons?
Innovative experimental, exploratory, avant-garde, personal and political works can be submitted to the competition. Single-channel videos and films up to 20 minutes are welcomed. All works in a language other than English should have English subtitles.
SCREENING FORMAT: digital file, blu-ray, DVD
ALTERNATIVE FILM/VIDEO EXTENDED
By participating in the Festival, works become part of the ALTERNATIVE FILM ARCHIVE and are accessible for research in the Archive and for presentations of the Festival in different venues both in Serbia and internationally (with artist consent). Films and videos which are selected for the List of Significant Achievements will be screened at non-commercial screenings in Serbia and abroad as festival promotion.
ALTERNATIVE FILM/VIDEO is an international Festival established in 1982. As a meeting place for artists, theorists, critics and audiences, the Festival’s goal is to record and theoretically define movements, promote constructive values and support new creative possibilities in visual media. The idea of “Alternative” is about work that does not fall into easy categorizations, and that operates counter to dominant commercial and aesthetic trends. The Festival provides a glimpse of the current state of new film and video tendencies in the region and the world. The founder and organizer of the festival is Academic Film Center at Students’ City Cultural Center in Belgrade.
GUIDELINES FOR SUBMISSIONS TO THE INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION :
ONLY FILMS AND VIDEOS UP TO 20 MINUTES WILL BE CONSIDERED.
ALL FILMS IN A LANGUAGE OTHER THAN ENGLISH MUST BE SUBTITLED IN ENGLISH
DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION: 1 August 2021
ONLINE PREVIEWS ARE MANDATORY
Please note that it is essential to submit an online preview of your work (on a platform such as
Vimeo). We do not accept any physical media.
Please fill out the fields as fully as possible.
Those marked with an asterisk (*) are obligatory.
Attach an image of your film in a .jpeg format and send it together with this submission form to the following email: email@example.com
Incomplete submissions will not be taken into consideration.
YEAR OF PRODUCTION* :
LENGTH* : _____HH_____MM_____SS
SCREENING FORMAT* (mark): DVD, Blu-ray, digital files
ORIGINAL LANGUAGE* :
OTHER DISTRIBUTOR :
PREVIEW LINK* :
PASSWORD (IF NECESSARY):
I agree to my film being shown online in open access for a worldwide audience in the event the festival is held virtually due to the pandemic.