A Farewell and a Restart

Dear colleagues, dear friends,

It is with great regret we must yield to Brigitta Burger-Utzer's wish to retire from her longtime position as managing director of sixpackfilm where she has been profoundly valued by her team, her colleagues and filmmakers alike. Although Brigitta's retirement is so richly deserved, it is fortunate for us that she will continue to contribute as a member of the board, while dedicating herself to special projects and free-lance work.

Brigitta Burger-Utzer co-founded sixpackfilm in 1990, together with its first board members. She proceeded to play an instrumental role in transforming the small operation into an internationally renowned film sales and distribution company that consistently contributes to the global reputation of innovative film produced in Austria. Brigitta led her engaged team with passion, guided by a deep conviction that proceeding democratically only enriches the making of important decisions and is well worth the time invested.

Brigitta has been highly respected for her curatorial and film brokering experience as well as her enterprising business savvy. Her fierce nature and unshakeable belief in the value of film art for aesthetic experience and socio-political insight gives her the necessary staying power to passionately fight the good fight for the cause of innovative film.

That said, we are very happy to have found an exceptionally qualified successor in Dietmar Schwärzler who is likewise deeply dedicated to promoting the art of film. Dietmar will take over management as of January 2021.

He too has been working for more than two decades for sixpackfilm. The know-how Dietmar brings to the job includes his profound knowledge of our catalogue of films, an education in cultural management, and social skills required by the highly team-based work structure at sixpackfilm. In addition to his longtime festival and distribution work, Dietmar has spearheaded a number of special programs in cinemas and exhibition spaces, recently including the In Person: Nazli Dinçel at mumok program and the current TALKING SCREEN at Künstlerhaus. Since its very beginnings, Dietmar has also worked as supervisor and co-editor of the INDEX Edition (DVD + VOD), a collection currently encompassing 50 releases.

Within the scope of his free-lance cultural work, Dietmar Schwärzler is responsible for the financing, conception and organization of numerous projects, whether in the public event arena or publishing. (Please find a comprehensive resume and list of Dietmar's projects here).

We know that with Dietmar Schwärzler our mission rests in good hands. He will help us meet ever-growing challenges, sustaining and further developing the international success of sixpackfilm as a world distributor as well as a vital advocate for filmmakers, artists and film culture worldwide.

With Warmest Best Wishes,
Peter Tscherkassky (Chairman) and Christine Dollhofer (Deputy Chairman)

A Farewell and a Restart

Mara Mattuschka mit der "Gloriette 2020" ausgezeichnet

Wir gratulieren allen Preisträgerinnen der diesjährigen FC Gloria Filmpreise, allen voran Mara Mattuschka, die mit der "Gloriette" in der Kategorie "Innovativer Film" für ihr bisheriges filmisches Werk ausgezeichnet wurde.

Die FC Gloria Filmpreise wurden ins Leben gerufen, um die Arbeit von Frauen* im Filmbereich sichtbar zu machen und ihre Bedeutung zu würdigen. Da bewegte Bilder nicht nur die Realität abbilden, sondern sie auch formen, sei es wichtig, dass Frauen* diese Bilder in gleichem Ausmaß wie Männer* entwickeln und gestalten.

Die weiteren Auszeichungen gingen an Christine A. Maier ("Gloria"), Kim Jerrett ("Gloriosa"), Nora Czamler ("Louise Fleck Preis")
Details und Jurys

Foto: Elsa Okazaki / FC Gloria

Mara Mattuschka mit der "Gloriette 2020" ausgezeichnet

Bilbao Zinebi 2020: Grand Award for IMPERIAL IRRIGATION by Lukas Marxt

“A film that provides a glimpse of a new film language, an exploration of the potential of the digital image to its desiccation, where the work in the body of the image and the sound are a perfect fit for the theme in question, by toxically deconstructing images that provide a geological, political, social and historical picture of a place.”

The jury-statement at Bilbao's Zinebi Documentary & Shortfilmfestival for Lukas Marxt's "Imperial Irrigation" receiving the ZINEBI GRAND AWARD. Congratulations !

Bilbao Zinebi 2020: Grand Award for IMPERIAL IRRIGATION by Lukas Marxt

Dietmar Brehm erhält "Großen Landespreis für Kunst" / Alfred Kubin Preis

Dietmar Brehm, geb. 1947 in Linz, erhielt den mit 11.000 Euro dotierten Alfred Kubin- Preis“ für sein bisheriges Lebenswerk, das sich über mehrere Dekaden hinweg erstreckt – vor allem im Bereich des Mediums Film, aber auch darüber hinaus mit Malerei, Zeichnung, Druckgrafik. Weiters wurde Sebastian Brameshuber mit dem Landespreis für Film 2020 ausgezeichnet. Wir gratulieren herzlichst!

Dietmar Brehm erhält "Großen Landespreis für Kunst" / Alfred Kubin Preis

DOK-Leipzig: Silver Dove for ERWIN by Jan Soldat

Congratulations to Jan Soldat for winning the "Silver Dove" for the best shortfilm in the German Competition of this year's DOK-Leipzig Film Festivals for his film ERWIN.

DOK-Leipzig: Silver Dove for ERWIN by Jan Soldat

RECYCLED CINEMA & 30 years of sixpackfilm

This year's Viennale-Filmmuseum retrospective celebrates both the global nature and character of the found footage tradition and its strong home base in Viennese arts practice and film culture. And we will celebrate sixpackfilm, born thirty years ago from a film series on precisely this same subject: found footage cinema. :-)

A program by Viennale and Austrian Filmmuseum in collaboration with sixpackfilm
curated by Brigitta Burger-Utzer, Michael Loebenstein, Jurij Meden
Detailled program can be found on the website of the Austrian Filmmuseum.

RECYCLED CINEMA & 30 years of sixpackfilm

Norbert Pfaffenbichler erhält den ÖSTERREICHISCHEN KUNSTPREIS für FILM 2020 !

Herzliche Gratulationen !

Der Film- und Medienkünstler und Kurator und bereits langjährige Wegbegleiter von sixpackfilm Norbert Pfaffenbichler erhält den diesjährigen ÖSTERREICHISCHEN KUNSTPREIS in der Kategorie FILM. Wir freuen uns sehr und gratulieren von ganzen Herzen! Herzlichen Glückwunsch auch an alle weiteren Preisträger*innen, speziel an Anna Jermolaeva für Bildende Kunst und Hofstetter Kurt für Medienkunst, beide sind mit ausgewählten Film- und Videoarbeiten auch im Katalog von sixpackfilm vertreten. Zu allen ausgezeichneten Künstler*innen

Norbert Pfaffenbichler erhält den ÖSTERREICHISCHEN KUNSTPREIS für FILM 2020 !

Peter Tscherkassky - various retrospectives upcoming

In the upcoming weeks several venues will dedicate programs to famous film-avantgardist Peter Tscherkassky: Starting with IMAGE FORUM TOKYO to a Masterclass at UNDERDOX in Munich (accompanied by one of Eve Heller as well) to a focus on his worldwide renown found-footage-films as part of RECYCLED CINEMA at Vienna Filmmuseum within the upcoming VIENNALE 2020.

Peter Tscherkassky - various retrospectives upcoming

Crossing Europe -- Tribute 2020: VALIE EXPORT -> @ Ars Electronica

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the 17th edition of Crossing Europe Film Festival Linz had to be cancelled. The film program "Tribute VALIE EXPORT" will be screened as part of "Crossing Europe 2020 - EXTRACTS" in fall 2020 at the Ars Electronica Festival in Moviemento Cinema in Linz/AT.

This year, CROSSING EUROPE will dedicate its Tribute section to one of the most important representatives of international media, film, and performance art: VALIE EXPORT. She was born in Linz in 1940, where she also grew up. On the occasion of her 80th birthday, and on the initiative of the VALIE EXPORT Centre Linz in cooperation with CROSSING EUROPE and sixpackfilm, a comprehensive program of VALIE EXPORT’s films and videos will be shown for the first time in her place of birth at this year’s edition of CROSSING EUROPE.
The tribute presents a selection of short and feature-length films from over forty years of being active as an artist. This includes experimental studies, world-famous performance works, feminist media critiques, and Expanded Cinema actions, ranging from 8mm film to large scale image formats, the first video systems to medical image investigations: conceptualized for the cinema hall, the exhibition space, or the television.
Program, Q & A and catalogue: Brigitta Burger-Utzer
Program schedule

photo: VALIE EXPORT © Violetta Walkobinger

Crossing Europe -- Tribute 2020: VALIE EXPORT -> @ Ars Electronica

LIFE ON THE HORN by Mo Harawe in Locarno 2020

We are very happy to announce that LIFE ON THE HORN by
Mo Harawe will celebrate its world premiere at the International Film Festival Locarno!

For the entire duration of Locarno 2020 – For the Future of Films (August 5-15), the international Pardi di domani competition will be available online. 
Detailed information on www.locarnofestival.ch

LIFE ON THE HORN by Mo Harawe in Locarno 2020