Welcome the second edition of Arctic Moving Image & Film Festival (AMIFF) in Harstad, an Arctic town of Northern Norway, 19 – 22 October 2017. Last year we had over 2000 visits, guests from around the world and national press interest. We hope this year will be even better!
The festival combines conventional film and 'the moving image'; video art, experimental film and time-based installations and sculptures. We celebrate film - through past, present and future - and we explore society, both in the Arctic and the rest of the world, through film and the moving image. The relatively short history of film is now starting to measure up to a considerable size, and our identity is intertwined by film.
See film and moving images from the Arctic as well as the rest of the world, and experience interesting talks, workshops and discussion panels. We hope this festival will be an inspiration for both the general public, and professionals and students within film and visual art. Bring your kids and young adults, as there will be activities and films for them too. See you there?
We welcome single-channel film and video works from within the fields of essay and experimental film, artists' moving image and media art; made for the gallery, cinema or other sites of display; as well as documentary, ethnographic and narrative films that push the boundaries, either through content or form.
Submissions will close on the 1st of August 2017.
Please meet Helene Eggen, who will be assisting festival director Helene Hokland, both in programming and production. Eggen is a media and film specialist, with a special interest in the cross-over between film and visual art. She also makes documentaries and short films, and studies culture management. Eggen is perfect for AMIFF!
We are proud to present Marcus Romer as guest at AMIFF 2016. Marcus ia a director, filmmaker and writer, currently Creative Director of ArtsBeacon UK, delivering Live to Digital projects.
Georgia Munnik, the South African artist and writer, currently based in Tromsø, Norway, will present an outdoor art work especially commisioned for AMIFF 2016, supported by the Norwegian Arts Council.
The experienced workshop leader, filmmaker and writer, Ed Webb-Ingall will hold a three-day morning seminar at Arctic Moving Image & Film Festival. The seminar will respond to and actively engage with the 'moving image' programme of the festival.
Scott MacKenzie will be a guest at Arctic Moving Image & Film Festival 2016. He is a film and media scholar at Queens University (Canada), and one of his research fields is Actic cinema and media. Scott will present some of the films from the Arctic screened at the festival, and participate in the two panel discussions.
Knut Åsdam is a Norwegian filmmaker, installation artist, sculptor and photographer, exhibited internationally. Åsdam will be a guest at AMIFF 2016, and a retrospective programme of his films will be shown. The programme is a part of a curatorial project at the festival, led by curator Hanne Hammer Stien, focusing on urban life in the Arctic, and asking questions of how architecture in the Arctic relates to language and power. There will be a panel discussion on this theme during the festival.
Hanne Hammer Stien is an art historian who works as a freelance curator and writer in Tromsø, Northern Norway. Stien will curate a programme at AMIFF 2016 that includes a retrospective programme of films by Norwegian artist Knut Åsdam and a site specific outdoor installation by Georgia Munnik, a young artist living in Northern Norway. The curatorial project focuses on urban life in the Arctic, and it asks questions of how architecture in the Arctic relates to language and power. There will be a panel discussion on this theme during the festival.
Artist Britt Hatzius will visit AMIFF with her exciting and thoughtprovoking interactive project "Blind Cinema". Britt works in photography, video, film and performance. Her work refers to or often takes the format of the moving image, both in its technical and conceptual form, exploring ideas around language, interpretation and the potential for discrepancies, ruptures, deviations and (mis-) communication.
Norwegian art critic, curator and writer, Marit Paasche, will visit AMIFF 2016. Paashce will hold a lecture in connection with the screening of "Hiroshima mon Amour" (1959, Alain Resnais). The lecture is based on a chapter from Paasches own book Another Canvas. Four stories about film and art (Feil forlag, 2013). Please note that the lecture will be in Norwegian, and the film will have English subtitles.