"BEYOND CINEMA. Austrian Underground Film from the 1960s"

Titled BEYOND CINEMA. Austrian Underground Film from the 1960s Alternative Film & Videofestival Belgrade will present between 12.-16.Dezember 2018 a filmprogram curated by Gerald Weber along the festival focus on COLLECTIVism.
Including works by VALIE EXPORT, Kurt Kren, Hans Scheugl, Peter Weibel, Ernst Schmidt jr a.o.
Program details & schedule

OUSTANDING ARTIST AWARD 2018 for Katrina Daschner

This year´s OUTSTANDING ARTIST AWARD für Experimentalfilm by the Art Section of the Austrian Federal Chancellery goes to Katrina Daschner!
Congratulations to Katrina and all award winners!
Foto: Daniel Hoesl, Katrina Daschner, Verena Dengler

Awards ! Awards ! Awards !

Several of sixpackfilm-distributed shorts collected a number of awards within the last week:
La sombra de un Dios by Bernhard Hetzenauer received another major award at a mexican festival: Best Short Documentary at International Filmfestival in San Luís Potosí,
Gouvernment House by Herwig Weiser was given the Grand Prix Riga Short by the jury of Riga Film Festival,
Lukas Marxt gained further recognition for his Imperial Valley with Jury Main Awards at Gijón International Film Festival and at Cologne Shortfilmfest.
Last not least Animistica by Nikki Schuster and WHERE DO WE GO by Siegfried Fruhauf received Best Sound plus Audience Award and Best Experimental Animation at the Vienna Two Days Animation Festival.
Cordial congratulations to all of the artists !

Friedl Kubelka Vom Gröller: "Paris Épisodes" at Centre Pompidou

Book release presentation, filmprogram and talk: on dec 5th 2018 “Friedl vom Gröller” will show her “Paris Movies” at the Centre Pompidou, accompanied by a talk with Dietmar Schwärzler from sixpackfilm to present the latest INDEX-DVD publication One is not enough about photographer and filmmaker “Friedl Kubelka vom Gröller”.

the program at Centre Pompidou

"A ★ over Spain"

After a sensational first festival year, Johann Lurf´s extraordinary compilation film is recently touring spanish festivals and cinematheques – often accompanied by a selection of Lurf´s experimental shorts. After Gijón Festival the program makes stop at the Filmoteca de Galicia in A Coruña, at Filmoteca de València, during the Muestra de Cine on Lanzarote and last not least earyl next year at Cineteca de Madrid.

KURT KREN retrospectives in Italy and Czech Republic

Titled “Sorry, it had to be done”, Milano´s Filmmaker Festival presents a complete retrospective of Kurt Kren´s Ouevre from november 17th in the recently restaured digital version while PAF – Festival of Film Animation and Contemporary Art in Olomouc will show the fims from their original 16mm copies. Two fantastic occasions to see and experience the beauty of Kren´s specific shooting and editing techniques and his unique aesthetics.

Retrospective Björn Kämmerer in Moscow

Organized by Moscow Experimental Film Festival Mediaartist Björn Kämmerer shows his films on December 6th at Moscow´s NIKFI (Cine-Photo Research and Development Institute)

sixpackfilm @ VIENNALE 2018

We are very happy to announce the Austrian premiere of the following films at upcoming Viennale 2018:
Nils Olger – AN IRON BOX
Christiana Perschon – SHE IS THE OTHER GAZE
Norbert Pfaffenbichler – Invest in Failure
Nikki Schuster – animistica
Josef Dabernig – Gertrud & Tiederich
Lotte Schreiber – Sabaudia
Friedl vom Gröller – Paris Episodes
Albert Sackl – stiffness 1-3 / 7
Siegfried A. Fruhauf – Water and Clearing
Virgil Widrich – Light Matter
Gudrun Krebitz – The Magical Dimension

Alle Details zu den Spielzeiten entnehmen Sie bitte der VIENNALE 2018-Seite

exact screenings dates best to find at VIENNALE 2018-site

THE MOST BEAUTIFUL COUTRY IN THE WORLD by Zelimir Zilnik celebrates it's WORLD PREMIERE at DocLisboa !

Zelimir Zilnik, major protagonist of yugoslavian “Black Wave”, has shot his last movie in Austria. THE MOST BEAUTIFUL COUTRY IN THE WORLD will celebrate it’s WORLD PREMIERE at DocLisboa and then travel right on to various international film festivals. Early december it will be shown at the Austrian Filmmuseum (details coming)

Ruth Beckermann: retrospective at DOK-Leipzig

DOK-Leipzig (oct 29 – nov 4, 2018) dignifies the Austrian film director Ruth Beckermann with a retrospective of selected films. Ruth will be member of the award-jury and has contributed this year’s festival-trailer.

PHYSIS - A sixpackfilm program to the festival´s topic "It's a fight" at B16 Shortfilmfestival in Brno

As member of their international jury Gerald Weber has been invited to curate a program to this year´s festival focus IT’s A FIGHT at the 59th edition of Brno-Shortfilmfestivals B16. Program title: PHYSIS

FIRST STEPS AWARD to Magdalena Chmielewska for IN HEAVEN´s MEADOW

Congratulationen to Magdalena Chmielewska and her team for the First Steps Award 2018 in the category medium length fiction!

Rainer Kohlberger @ Anthology Film Archives in New York

Berlin based Austrian media artist Rainer Kohlberger is guest of Anthology Film Archives´ Show & Tell-series on october 24th.
program & schedule

US Cinema Release of ★ and "Show & Tell" with Johann Lurf at "Anthology Film Archives" NY

Starting sept 8, Johann Lurf´s fantastic AvantGarde-Hit ★ can be seen in New York´s Anthology Film Archives in presence of the artist, accompanied by an additional Show & Tell with selected shorts by Lurf on sept 9.
Program details and schedule

ARENA by Björn Kämmerer invited to TIFF 2018

Austro-German artist Björn Kämmerer seems to be a frequenter at Toronto International Film Festival ! His latest film ARENA has just been selected into the Wavenlength-Section, the festival’s line for experimental filmmaking. ARENA will be presented in its original 70mm shooting format.
Watch out for it: friday, sept 7, 9pm TIFF Bell Lightbox Cinema 1

Kurt Kren: Lord of Frames - Program touring Japan

Tokyo´s Image Forum organizes a tour of films by Austrian AvantGarde filmmaker and master of structural film Kurt Kren through several japanese cities.
The films have recently been restaured and digitized by the Austrian Filmmuseum. Brigitta Burger-Utzer, manger of sixpackfilm and curator of this program will give a lecture in Kyoto.
8–12 august Spiral Hall, Tokyo
4–12 august Theater Image Forum, Tokyo
21-24 august Kyoto Art Center
25-26 august Lumen gallery, Kyoto
september Yokohama Museum of Art
26–30 september Aichi Arts Center Art Space, Nagoya

Warmest thanks for the support by the Austrian Cultural Forum in Tokyo

Sarajevo Film Festival 2018: Grand Entrance of the Young

A new generation makes its strong appearance @ Sarajevo Film Festival!
Leni Gruber, Samira Ghahremani and Michaela Taschek have been selected with their films Snowman, Voltage und Doppelgaenger into the short sections of renowned Sarajewo Film Festivals 2018. Congratulations !

HOMO LUDENS - Arkipel Festival in Jakarta shows program of sixpackfilms

Gerald Weber from sixpackfilm has been invited to contribute with a curated program for the festival focus on Homo Ludens at this year´s Arkipel – Jakarta Documentary and Experimental Film Festival. Including works by Anna Vasof, Robert Cambrinus, Mara Mattuschka, Lukas Marxt a.o.
Program in Detail

Brigitta Burger-Utzer honored with Austrian Art Award!

The co-founder and long-time head of sixpackfilm – Brigitta Burger-Utzer – is awarded with the Austrian Art Award for Film 2017 by the Federal Chancellery on July 12th.
The jury stated as reason for the distinction her extraordinary merits for the international mediation and publicity of the Austrian art films.

We are thrilled about this tribute and would like to congratulate Brigitta for her outstandig and well deserved success!

sixpackfilm @ Karlovy Vary

… again good news from the Festivalworld: Karlovy Vary International Film Festival selected again a couple of “sixpack-films” into the programs of it´s 53rd edition this year: Next to Johann Lurf´s successful Starfilm , Gouvernment House by Herwig Weiser, Phantom Ride Phantom by Siegfried Fruhauf and Imperial Valley- cultivated run-off by Lukas Marxt have been choosen to run in the IMAGINA section. We are very proud !
here for program notes and schedules

sixpackfilm in Tromsø, Norwegen

Brigitta Burger-Utzer was invited to present personally the program She´s Gotta Have It with films by Katrina Daschner, Joerg Burger, Gudrun Krebitz, Maria Lassnig, Kurdwin Ayub und Nana Swiczinsky in the cinema series of the art gallery KURANT. in Tromsø, Norway. This program gathers works in which women insist on the self-determination of identity and how they or their concerns are represented.

VIS Vienna Shorts opens on May 29th 2018

Austria´s most important international short film festival opens these days. The 15th edition of the festival will offer again a broad spectrum of Austrian and international shorts film productions within a number of competition and special programs. Amongst several premiers and re-dicoveries. the festival line-up

'Friedl vom Gröller: Close Up' in A Coruña

Friedl vom Gröller: Close-Up is the title of the filmseries dedicated to the artist at the famous film festival Mostra de Cinema Periférico devoted exclusively to experimental film art. The life and time observed in close-up. Not only or not necessarily as a reference to this way of framing, but to the closeness with the observed subject and the nature of the portrait that comes out of it.
Programs: Dietmar Schwärzler, sixpackfilm.

For more information please visit the official website of Mostra de Cinema Periférico

The festival also offers the program Kurt Kren Punk Maths preceded by a lecture of Nicky Hamlyn
more here

Crossing Europe Local Artists Awards

Three films frmo sixpackfilm´s distribution received prizes in the Local Artists secion of this year´s crossing europe filmfestival in Linz. We like to congratulate Fiona Rukschcio (Common Places 2), Leni Gruber (The Snowman) as well as Bernhard Hetzenauer (A God´s Shadow) very much to their awards. Please find more here

EMAF-Award for IMPERIAL VALLEY by Lukas Marxt

we are happy about the news, that Lukas Marxt received the EMAF Media Art Award of the German Film Critics for his latest short Imperial Valley at Osnabrueck´s European Media Award Festival. Congratulations !
from the jury statement: Lukas Marxt used a recording technology, originally developed for military surveillance flights, to shed light on these dramatic circumstances. He makes us flabbergasted by the concrete form of industrial food production, which is systematically destroying our natural resources. He succeeds in doing something that is a high goal for many who work with visual media: to make the invisible visible.

Retrospective Ruth Beckermann at Arsenal in Berlin

From April 19-30 Berlin´s Kino Arsenal will show a larger retrospective of Austrian documentary filmmaker Ruth Beckermann who has recently been awarded for her latest film The Waldhaim Waltz at Berlinale. Already end of March a smaller selection of Beckermann´s movies could be seen at the long established Martovski Shorts and Doc Film Festival in Belgrade. Schedules for Belgrade and Berlin

GUSTAV DEUTSCH - retrospective and cinema release of HOW WE LIVE at MetroKinoKulturhaus Wien

On the occasion of the release of his last film how we live – messages to the family the Austrian Filmarchive is dedicating from April 5 -15, 2018 a larger retrospective to the grand artist Gustav Deutsch at the Metro KinoKulturhaus in Vienna. A rare occasion to revisited some of his masterpieces in presence of the artist. Not to be missed!
Schedule and details here

Awards @ Ann Arbor

We are proud and happy and congratulate Sandra Wollner and Anna Vasof to their awards at reknown Ann Arbor Filmfestival: The Impossible Picture received the Lawrence Kasdan Award for Best Narrative Film, When Time Moves Faster the Peter Wilde Award for Most Technically Innovative Film

List of all prize winners.

"Diagonale-Prize for Innovative Cinema 2018" goes to ★ by Johann Lurf

We are very happy and congratulate Johann Lurf wholeheartedly, award winner of the PRIZE FOR INNOVATIVE CINEMA at the Diagonale 2018 – Festival of Austrian Film in Graz for his outstanding masterpiece !! Read the Jury-statment

Tricky Women & Diagonale 2018

We are looking forward exited to the upcoming film events in Austria: While Tricky Women will give stage to the international Animation Film, Austrian film festival Diagonale invites to the annual display of austrian filmmaking in all it’s broad facets.

Congratulationen to Ruth Beckermann for the award at Berlinale for THE WALDHEIM WALTZ

With its withering exposé of a politically—and, greater still, morally—crippling guilt remarkably, tragically, and deftly managed by a seasoned professional on his rise to the highest of powers, The Waldheim Waltz is, obviously, brutally relevant not only for its native Austria, whose new 31-year-old Chancellor has raised alarm bells of conservative extremity, but also for all world leaders who have the ghastly ability to somehow survive the fiercest and most upright scrutiny. Daniel Kasman – Mubi
Congratulations to Ruth and her team for the Glashütte Original – Documentary Award at BERLINALE FORUM for The Waldheim Waltz

Lukas Marxt at BERLINALE SHORTS 2018

After 2017 – when his collaborative Fishing is not done on Tuesdays (with Marcel Odenbach) played there – Lukas Marxt again will be part of Berlinale Shorts Competition ! Imperial Valley – cultivated run-off will celebrate it’s World Premiere there shortly! We are more than happy! Berlinale Line-Up

RELATIVELY INDEPENDENT and LA SOMBRA DE UN DIOS at Max Ophühls Award in Saarbruecken

Encouraging news from Germany: Max Ophühls Award has selected Christin Veith´s entertaining debut documentary RELATIVELY INDEPENDENT about two schools in Graz to celebrate it’s international premiere at Saarbruecken. Bernhard Hetzenauer´s irritating La Sombra de un Dios will be running in the shorts section.

sixpackfilm @ Rotterdam Film Festival 2018

We are more than happy to announce again a strong presence of sixpackfilm during the upcoming Rotterdam International Film Festivals: on one hand we are looking forward to the european premiere of Johann Lurf´s – being selected at Sundance as well. On the other hand the new films by Rainer Kohlberger more than everything and Manuel Knapp Momentum 142310 have been selected into the Tiger Shorts Competition. Furtheron also Leninopad by Anna Jermolaeva as well as Unearthing. In conversation by Belinda Kazeema will celebrate their first international appearance. Last not least we will present Kurt Kren´s ever irritating Guenter Brus-Film 10/65 Selfmutilation within the Dinamo-screenings. Watch out for it ! – festival line-up