Concept

 

Created under the patronage of the NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF DRAMA AND FILM BUCHAREST and the NATIONAL ART UNIVERSITY BUCHAREST, with the support of  the ROMANIAN NATIONAL CINEMA CENTER, with strong educational purpose, BUCHAREST INTERNATIONAL EXPERIMENTAL FILM FESTIVAL BIEFF has as its main focus the courage to experiment in cinematic language, being the first showcase of avant-garde cinema and visual art in Romania, a noncommercial event aimed at bringing in front of the audience highly innovative films, both in content and style, filmmakers with strong personal views on contemporary reality, which also daringly explore the boundaries of cinema language. A cinema of total creative freedom and lack of compromise. 

 

We believe BIEFF is a highly necessary event, particularly for Romania, whose cinema already proved its amazing strength in the last years, through outstanding voices like Cristi Puiu, Corneliu Porumboiu, Cristian Mungiu, Radu Jude, and others, yet mainly in the area of realistic narrative fiction. On this flourishing creative background, BIEFF comes as a natural complementary reaction, its main goal being to broaden perception, to open a whole new artistic territory both for the general and specialized audience, particularly for the film and visual art students and professionals. 

 

Therefore we present films that are “lessons" of cinema, emblematic pieces, eye-openers on the unlimited possibilities offered by the cinematic medium, on the ways to transcend any possible borders between fiction/documentary/visual art, on transgression of boundaries on every level, from concept, structure, rhythm to the very shot construction.

 

BIEFF is also the first event in Romania dedicated to promoting the border area between cinema and visual art, offering increased visibility to cutting edge visual artists, whose work is mainly accessible in museums and art galleries circuit and rarely on cinema screen. We do this as we believe this border area is an extremely rich, creatively nourishing territory, from where unique artistic voices constantly emerged over the years like Peter Greenaway, David Lynch, Derek Jarman, Andy Warhol, Stan Brakhage and others.

 

BIEFF presents on one side an INTERNATIONAL EXPERIMENTAL SHORT FILM COMPETITION, consisting of some of the most intriguing and innovative visual experiments from the last years, titles awarded and screened in prestigious festivals, museums and galleries all over the world, like Cannes, Berlin, Venice, Rotterdam, Oberhausen, Centre Pompidou etc.

 

As well, for this year BIEFF has the honor to be collaborate with some of the most important international film festivals and institutions in the area of avant-garde cinema and visual art, recognized worldwide for their consistent creative support of innovative radical filmmaking and visual art: QUINZAINE DES REALISATEURS - Cannes Film Festival, OBERHAUSEN International Short Film Festival, IDFA International Documentary Festival Amsterdam, Centre POMPIDOU Paris, Le FRESNOY - Studio National des Arts Contemporaines, EYE Film Institute Netherlands, SIXPACKFILM Austria, each of them bringing to Bucharest a selection of highly innovative multi-awarded films from their last years selections. Also, we started this year a long term partnership with the MNAC National Museum of Contemporary Art Bucharest.

 

As well, we are honored to have in our International Competition Jury prestigious film professionals like: Christophe Leparc (Managing Director - Quinzaine des Realisateurs, Cannes Film Festival),  Jonathan Pouthier (curator cinema - Centre Pompidou Paris), Francois Bonenfant (Head of Studies - Le Fresnoy Studio National des Arts Contemporaines France), Anna Abrahams (director of the Experimental Film Department of the Eye Film Institute Netherlands) and Brigitta Burger-Utzer (director of Sixpackfilm Austria).

 

As well, BIEFF started in 2010 a wonderful collaboration with one of the most important experimental filmmaker of our times, PETER GREENAWAY. He opened our festival in 2010 with an impressive Masterclass addressed especially to our main audience, Romanian cinema and visual art students and professionals, and in 2011 with his groundbreaking LIVE CINEMA VJ PERFORMANCE LUPERCYCLOPEDIA, a highly innovative audio-visual experiment intended to challenge the borders of film language and offer the audience a totally new cinematic experience, performance which was immensely successful all over the world, traveling in only 4 years to 14 countries: Australia, Belgium, Brasil, France, Germany, Italy, Mexico, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Spain, Switzerland and the UK.

 

Starting with 2012, PETER GREENAWAY becomes the HONORIFIC PRESIDENT of Bucharest International Experimental Film Festival BIEFF, generously joining us in our educational initiative. PETER GREENAWAY is one of the key voices of avant-guard contemporary cinema, one of the most ambitious and controversial experimental filmmakers of our times. Trained as a painter and heavily influenced by theories of structural linguistics, ethnography, and philosophy, PETER GREENAWAY's films traversed often unexplored territories, rejecting conventional narrative structures in favor of awe-striking imagery, constantly testing the limits of the cinematic medium. Regularly nominated in prestigious film festivals like Cannes, Venice and Berlin, he has an impressive body of work, consisting of 12 feature films and 50 short-films and documentaries, exhibitions, visual installations, VJ performances, paintings, books, opera librettos.

 

Following its 2010 and 2011 success, BIEFF will dedicate again its 2012 Opening and Closing Ceremony to the most recent works of some major names in contemporary cinema. In 2010, BIEFF presented for the first time in Romania, the latest film of the master of experimental cinema Jan Svankmajer, right after its premiere in Venice. As well, in 2011, BIEFF screened the Romanian premiere of the most recent work of Alexander Sokurov, his impressive FAUST, winner of the Golden Lion in Venice  2011.

 

Copel Moscu, Festival Director

Adina Pintilie, Curator of the International Program