European Media Art Festival 2020
⟼ This Is Not a Festival
⟼EN Like countless other cultural events in recent weeks, we too have been faced with the question of whether and how under present conditions EMAF can be translated into a format that is not only publicly visible but also does justice to the selected contributions. As a media art festival that offers a dense programme of exhibitions, talks, performances and workshops in addition to film screenings, EMAF is dependent on specific spatial and technical conditions as well as opportunities for direct interaction. This wide range of different forms of presentation, networked venues and diverse audiences has distinguished EMAF for many years. It quickly became clear that a significant part of this range – notably the site-specific installations, performances and talks developed especially for the festival – could not be presented this year.
It is therefore all the more important to us to present those parts of the festival programme that can be transferred to other media platforms. On this website we will therefore make the nine film programmes of the International Competition – with the exception of a few films – available as streams for the original duration of the festival (22-26 April 2020). We wish to extend our heartfelt thanks to the participating artists for their great willingness to make their works available to us for this purpose – even though they were conceived for other spaces, situations and with other forms of communication in mind. We are therefore more than happy to be able to provide an insight into extraordinary cinematic works of the last three years.
Further thanks are due to the juries, who have agreed to award all the prizes that have been announced, even under these changed conditions. The winning films will be announced on 26 April 2020 and will be screened at the next edition of the festival, in April 2021.
We are very pleased that further programmes will be shown elsewhere: Herb Shellenberger's programme for EMAF‘s thematic focus First Person Plural will be co-presented with Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival (UK). This premiere collaboration between the two festivals will be re-scheduled for Autumn 2020. The series The New Death curated by Jaakko Pallasvuo and Steve Reinke will also be offered later, as part of EMAF 2021.
This is not a festival. We have therefore intentionally refrained from showing the programmes on a fixed timetable and instead are making them available for the entire five days. We hope you enjoy the viewing! And if you’d like a small impression of EMAF as it could have been, you can find the entire festival programme and our catalogue as a PDF ⟼ here.
Warmest greetings, and stay healthy!
Your EMAF Team
Filmauswahl und Programm / Film Selection and Programming
Juan David González Monroy
Jury Internationaler Wettbewerb /
Jury International Competition
Greg de Cuir Jr
Jury des Verbands der deutschen Filmkritik /
Jury of the Association of German Filmcritics