CRAFT FILM FESTIVAL WILL BE BACK IN 2020 FOR ITS FOURTH EDITION!
We’re back. Another year. Autumn 2020. October 2nd, 3rd and 4th, specifically. Put it in your diary. A special date with the best films with little external support and/or self-produced. And this year we have news. To the four sections of the CFF – Craft Opera Prima, Craft Woman, Craft LGBTIQ+ and Craft Consciousness – we’re adding one more: CRAFT MOBILE SHORT.
Craft Mobile Short
The fourth edition comes with this new section within the Craft Film Festival in which short films shot on a mobile device lasting 1 to 5 minutes – credits excluded – . The 5 best shorts will be rewarded by being distributed on a wide-reaching online platform.
The short films presented in this section will focus on passionate young filmmakers that combine skills, talent, enthusiasm and few resources, inspired by the Kino movement. Having this as the golden section of this year’s festival will question the limits against which we collide: the (IM)POSSIBLE. That which may originate in the absence of information, the restrictions imposed by the norms or expectations on how things should be with how we want them to be, a clash between the public and the intimacy of being, an (IM)POSSIBLE that imposes the cessation of all decisive action.
In the first edition with this section we’ll present the concept of (IM)POSSIBLE by questioning it. We’ll examine it to blur the limits of ourselves and others, to confront the restrictions that our needs produce, to blur the limits of the intimate desire that generates hierarchies and, therefore, disarm them. In short, we propose to go through these social and cultural constraints, these dividing lines between what we ‘cannot do’ and what, ultimately, we ‘allow ourselves to do’.
The future of filmmaking is changing, as shown by Malvina Wodzicka’s movie ‘She Rose’, shot on an iPhone SE.
Craft Opera Prima
Craft Film Festival is the need within the cinematographic arts to give voice and vision to those difficult-to-distribute films. To those self-produced features, which remain at an underground level: masterpieces that, due to their low budget, are difficult to distribute and show in theatres. In this way, Craft is an ephemeral space where young directors who were unable to get their films distributed are able to do so and reach the public.
In this fourth edition we want to keep building up this ephemeral space and for three days, show you the best feature films of the moment and bring young talents and audiences together around the best audiovisual works, ones such as ‘Agata’s Friends’ or ‘Consolation’ by Pawel Podlesjski, winner of the jury prize of the 2018 edition.
Because the voice, the vision, the perspective of every individual is important. Because tearing down walls, even today, makes us move forward as a society. The feminine artistic vision in the film industry is vital. Vital to giving access to positions of responsibility and recognition within this industry. From Craft, we continue to promote this space to give voice, vision and perspective to female artists.
Women and filmmakers who, with their visions, their perspectives, their voices and their audiovisual works, build a different awareness, a contribution to the film industry necessary to confront the dominance of male filmmakers. It’s cinema as a subversive weapon, as a tool to improve diverse situations, such as ‘Thriller – A Cruel Picture’. Bo Arne Vibenius’ film of the exploitation genre which reflects the second wave of feminism in the 1970s.
At Craft, we’re continuing to offer space to necessary voices to make our social realities a little more fair. So, the LGBTIQ + community are fundamental visions to transform facts, history – present and future – and our closest and farthest reality. The cinematographic creation is a good tool to carry out this purpose, a purpose that proclaims subversion as the main characteristic to transgress established norms that are not always fair and respectful of the variety of people who live in society.
To subvert these social and cultural norms, Craft Film Festival looks for bold films which dare to put various issues on the table to create a dialogue, one that deepens the daily lives of different genders, of different ways of experiencing sexualities , and to even break these norms to formulate new ones.
A good example of this is the 2017 film written and directed by Bertrand Mandico, ‘The Wild Boys’, or ‘Transmilitary’, a documentary made in 2018 by Gabriel Silverman and Fiona Dawson that portrays the life of US transsexual soldiers.
We want to dedicate the last section to the problems that affect the whole of society. As a cultural event, we believe that cinema is a cultural and social manifestation capable of generating, stirring, modifying and exposing problems that concern us all. Climate change, social inequality, access to water and food, migration caused by war, and animal overproduction, among others.
You, our public, have a high awareness of the cultural and social causes that affect our environment and our world. Proof of this is that two of the most successful films of the second edition would fit perfectly into this category: Horse Riders and The Albino’s Trees. Craft’s mission is to maintain our commitment to social injustices, which both the team and the public consider necessary to demonstrate in order to generate awareness.
Films like ‘Die Tomorrow’ by Nawapol Thamoringrattanarit or ‘Rust and Bone’ by Jacques Audiard are masterpieces that illustrate our philosophy for this section.
CALL FOR ENTRIES
Filmmakers, if your work could fit into one of these sections, please submit it through Filmfreeway to take part in the fourth edition of the Craft Film Festival. We’re looking forward to receiving it!