Frankfurt am Main | 12 – 20 October 2024

B3 Conference

Multi-layered, forward-looking, high-caliber and diverse

The program of the B3 Conference takes up current topics and trends in the creative and media industries. International differences and commonalities are highlighted and analyzed.In keynotes, master classes, panel discussions or workshops, personalities from media, art, politics and science discuss and present their insights and opinions on socio-political, artistic, legal, higher-level as well as practice-oriented topics. The B3 audience is always welcome to join the discussion. Please note that participation in specially designated events is exclusively open to accredited professionals.

All talks will be shown at the ASTOR Film Lounge MyZeil in the heart of Frankfurt.

Day 1saturday, 14.10.2023

  • 09:30 AM – 11:00 AM
    HessenLab

    B3 HessenLab Pitch

    With: Joshua Gundlach (Artist and Game Developer, Germany)

    Only for participants and mentors of the HessenLab.


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    Joshua Gundlach Artist and Game Developer, Germany

    Joshua Gundlach is a story teller. A 2021 graduate from Kunsthochschule Kassel, he centers his art around Judaism, queerness and disability. He primarily works with making games, illustrations and textile art.
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    Host

    Johannes Grenzfurthner

    Johannes Grenzfurthner is an award-winning artist, filmmaker, author, and performer. With his art he manipulates people to positively respond to his lies and made-up realities. He is the founder and artistic director of monochrom, an internationally acting art-technology-philosophy group. His …
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  • 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

    Get started! Daily Networking Warm-up with Croissants and Coffee at the Astor Film Lounge Café

    Daily Networking Warm-up with Croissants and Coffee at the Astor Film Lounge Café.


  • 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM
    Panel Discussion

    B3 Conference Opening | From Hollywood to Netflix & Co. - Is Content still King?

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    With: Christian Franckenstein (CEO, Bavaria Studios, Germany) Adrian Wootton (CEO of Film London and British Film Commission, UK) Alice Troughton · Judy Tossel ·

    The film and moving image industries are in a constant state of change. With the increasing spread of streaming services and the steadily growing importance of social media, viewing habits have changed dramatically, and at the same time the demand for high-quality content has risen significantly. Where does this content come from and which topics are currently in particular demand by the audience or should be set?

    How can a filmmaker, producer or agency be successful in this volatile environment and what trends can be expected in the future?
    The storytelling of a film or series is more and more being influenced by the way films and moving image content are created and which distribution platforms they are produced for.
    This raises further questions such as what technologies and platforms will industries use in the future, and what new opportunities and risks might result from them?

    The panelists will discuss these topics from different perspectives and take a look behind the scenes of the film and moving image industry.

    This discussion is a great opportunity to gain valuable insights from experienced expert:s and get a glimpse into the future trends and challenges of the industry.

    Speaker

    Christian Franckenstein CEO, Bavaria Studios, Germany

    Dr. Christian Franckenstein (Jahrgang 1963) ist seit 6. Oktober 2014 Vorsitzender der Geschäftsführung der Bavaria Film GmbH. Er kam von der MME Moviement AG, wo er seit 2004 dem Vorstand der MME Moviement AG angehörte und seit 2010 als dessen Sprecher bzw. Vorsitzender. 1999 hatte Christian …
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    Adrian Wootton CEO of Film London and British Film Commission, UK

    Adrian is a Programme Advisor to the BFI London Film Festival; Venice Film Festival and Noir in Fest, Milan; Founding Director of Shots in the Dark Festival, Nottingham and Curator of the annual Cinema Made In Italy programme, London. Adrian is a recognised authority in various film/TV and …
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    Alice Troughton

    Alice Troughton is an internationally-acclaimed director working between the UK and the US. Having lead directed and exec-produced Baghdad Central (2020) and The Midwich Cuckoos, she is also known for her work on the award-winning shows The Living and The Dead, Cucumber and Dr Who. The Lesson, her …
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    Judy Tossel

    Born in Wiltshire/England in  1966, Judy Tossell studied Classics at Oxford University, before moving to Berlin, Germany, in  1989. After learning the ropes at REGINA ZIEGLER FILMPRODUKTION, Judy founded her own independent company in  1996 as a production platform for a group of talented young …
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    Aaron Hillis

    Aaron Hillis has lived, breathed and bled independent cinema for over 20 years, and was praised by  Brooklyn Magazine as one of "The 100 Most Influential People in Brooklyn Culture" alongside Lena Dunham and Spike Lee. For the past 18 months, he has been the Director of Programming for Cineverse, …
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  • 01:00 PM – 02:00 PM
    Presentation

    UpStream, an Initiative by Film London. For all those who want to launch internationally with their idea.

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    With: Helena Mackenzie (Head of Inward Investment & Business Development, Film London, UK)

    UPstream is an innovative event focused on new IP which could, with vision, be adapted to TV, Film and/or Games.

    UPstream finds new content creators and provides a platform for the IP to be pitched to development executives and creative producers at production companies in the UK. Maybe you have a podcast, or an animated character, or an amazing true story or an, as yet, unpublished novel? If so, we want hear from you.

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    Helena Mackenzie Head of Inward Investment & Business Development, Film London, UK

    Helena Mackenzie is the Head of Inward Investment & Business Development at Film London. She delivers key industry events such as the London Screenings and the Production Finance Market, helping producers to raise finances for their feature film productions. She originates in & outbound …
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    Jordan McGarry

    Head of Talent Development and Production, Film London, UK
  • 02:00 PM – 03:00 PM
    Keynote

    One of the most influential directors of our time and B3 Honorary Lifetime Achievement Laureate 2023, Sir Stephen Frears, in conversation with Adrian Wootton (OBE), CEO of Film London and British Film Council.

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    With: Adrian Wootton (CEO of Film London and British Film Commission, UK) Stephen Frears (Director, UK)


    Speaker

    Adrian Wootton CEO of Film London and British Film Commission, UK

    Adrian is a Programme Advisor to the BFI London Film Festival; Venice Film Festival and Noir in Fest, Milan; Founding Director of Shots in the Dark Festival, Nottingham and Curator of the annual Cinema Made In Italy programme, London. Adrian is a recognised authority in various film/TV and …
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    Stephen Frears Director, UK

    Unanimously regarded as one of Britain's finest directors, Stephen Frears has always embraced a wide variety of styles, themes and genres. He worked almost exclusively for the small screen in the first 15 years of his career, with programs such as One Fine Day by Alan Bennett and Three Men In A …
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  • 03:15 PM – 04:45 PM
    Workshop

    Workshop: Artificial Intelligence in the Creative and Pre-Production Phase of Film and Television

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    With: Oliver Schütte (Screenwriter, Author, Producer, Consultant and Founding Member of the German Film Academy, Germany)

    This workshop focuses on the use of AI technologies in the creative and pre-production phases of film and television projects.

    Participants will get an overview of AI tools and platforms that can be used in different areas of the film and television industry to increase efficiency while exploring new opportunities.

    Topics include ideation and prototyping, scene selection, prop and costume planning, time and resource planning, cast and crew, storytelling and script development, script analysis, casting and character analysis, music and sound design, sound editing and analysis, voiceover, as well as collaboration tools for crew and production.

    Speaker

    Oliver Schütte Screenwriter, Author, Producer, Consultant and Founding Member of the German Film Academy, Germany

    Oliver Schütte studied film and theater in Berlin. He has been a screenwriter for film and television since 1986. He won the German Film Prize in 1988 for his first screenplay, "Koan". Since 1990, he has been working as a Script Consultant. From 1995 until 2008 he was the director of the Master …
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  • 06:00 PM – 07:00 PM
    Panel Discussion

    Funding Systems in Hesse and Europe

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    In line with this year's motto of B3, Hessen Film & Medien also aims to expand its horizons. As part of the festival, the funding institution wants to introduce itself to the international professional audience and the participants of the Hessen Lab.

    Marion Wagner, head of the funding department of Hessen Film & Medien, explains the funding opportunities for international co-productions. Afterwards, Marjorie Bendeck (Head of Connecting Cottbus & Project Manager for Locarno Open Doors Co-Production Hub) will expand the thematic framework and provide insights into the multi-layered funding system in Europe.

    At a get-together at the bar following the event, there will be the opportunity to further discuss the topics of funding and co-production in Hessen, Germany and Europe and to make contacts.

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    Marion Wagner

    Head of the Funding Department at Hessen Film & Medien, Germany

    Marjorie Bendeck

    Head of Connecting Cottbus & Project Manager for Locarno Open Doors Co-Production Hub, Germany
  • 06:45 PM – 07:45 PM
    Performance

    Canadian multidisciplinary visual artist Evond Blake also known as MEDIAH performing live on stage

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    With: Evond (MEDIAH) Blake ·

    'Azurite Fielding' is a trans-dimensional, audio-visual journey performed in real-time that explores metaphysical realms that lie outside of our temporal reality.

    The powerful imagery combines dynamic movement, interweaving sculptural forms and explosive colours. The artwork depicts landscapes that range from luminous nebulae built from magnetic fields and cosmic dust to mechanical territories where multiple structural components collide, assemble, and deconstruct. The project’s theme explores the thin veil between our dimension and the ever after. An ambisonic soundscape has been custom-engineered for this project by New York electronic producer/engineer Noah B.

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    Evond (MEDIAH) Blake

    Evond Blake (aka MEDIAH) is a Canadian multidisciplinary artist who weaves contemporary graffiti/street art forms with painterly techniques and digital media to create large-scale, immersive cinematic environments. Heavily inspired by avionics, mechanical engineering and schematics, MEDIAH’s …
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  • 07:30 PM – 08:30 PM
    Presentation

    Adrian Wootton Presents Stephen Spielberg - A Film History

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    With: Adrian Wootton (CEO of Film London and British Film Commission, UK)

    Adrian Wootton, Film London CEO and film historian gives this militia media illustrated talk.

    Looking at the incredible life and career of this legendary influential and prolific director who is also the most commercially successful and popular filmmaker in movie history, Adrian traces his meteoric rise as a movie “brat” and reveals the behind the scenes stories of the making of classic films such as Jaws, Indiana Jones , Schindlers List and Jurassic Park, lavishly illustrated with film clips and slides. Coming right up date Adrian also explores Steven Spielberg’s latest award-winning and most autobiographical drama The Fablemans.

    Speaker

    Adrian Wootton CEO of Film London and British Film Commission, UK

    Adrian is a Programme Advisor to the BFI London Film Festival; Venice Film Festival and Noir in Fest, Milan; Founding Director of Shots in the Dark Festival, Nottingham and Curator of the annual Cinema Made In Italy programme, London. Adrian is a recognised authority in various film/TV and …
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Day 2sunday, 15.10.2023

  • 09:00 AM – 10:00 AM

    Get started! Daily Networking Warm-up with Croissants and Coffee at the Astor Film Lounge Café

    Get started! Daily Networking Warm-up with Croissants and Coffee at the Astor Film Lounge Café.


  • 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
    Panel Discussion

    Absolutely Necessary and Polarizing. Diversity and Identity Politics In Art, Culture, and Media

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    With: Cameron Kostopoulos (Artist and VR Producer, USA) Joshua Gundlach (Artist and Game Developer, Germany) Abid Khan · Tobi Onabolu ·

    B3 Conference / Special Format Featuring Individual Conversations Followed by a Panel Discussion

    Migration, LGBTQ+, Post-Colonial Discourse, Black Live Matters, Antisemitism, LGBTQ+, Cultural Appropriation, Cancel Culture, Tokenism - these terms and buzzwords have been making their way into the cultural and political sphere for years, even reaching the mainstream. We all encounter one or another aspect of these issues daily and find ourselves challenged to take a stance.

    Diversity and identity politics play a crucial role in film, the arts and culture sector, as they can reflect society's variety and contribute to breaking down discrimination, promoting equal opportunities, and fostering participation. This array of people, ideas, and perspectives is also mirrored in artistic works and cultural events at B3.

    To begin with, in brief individual conversations with artists and media professionals presenting their works at B3, space is created for critical exchange and constructive debates about their personal experiences, art, culture, and politics. In the ensuing panel discussion, they collectively deliberate on solutions and strategies for an inclusive and diverse art and cultural landscape.

    Speaker

    Cameron Kostopoulos Artist and VR Producer, USA

    Cameron Kostopoulos is an award-winning director, filmmaker, and XR pioneer. The overlap between his alternative writing & directing and technical VFX skills frees him to create dreamt worlds, fading memories, and deeply intimate experiences. ​In May 2022, he graduated Summa Cum Laude from …
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    Joshua Gundlach Artist and Game Developer, Germany

    Joshua Gundlach is a story teller. A 2021 graduate from Kunsthochschule Kassel, he centers his art around Judaism, queerness and disability. He primarily works with making games, illustrations and textile art.
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    Abid Khan

    Abid Khan is a self-taught writer-director who worked in a cinema and directed award-winning shorts on weekends. His debut feature film GRANADA NIGHTS was shot in Spain and released in UK and Spain cinemas. Abid Khan has won numerous festival breakthrough awards, including a prestigious Premios …
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    Tobi Onabolu

    Born in London, Tobi Onabolu is an artist and writer who lives nomadically with a base in Grand Popo, Benin Republic. He works in an interdisciplinary and collaborative style predominantly across moving-image, poetry, and performance. Interrogating the process of inner child reconnection, Tobi uses …
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  • 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
    Master Class

    Spanish Artist and B3 Honorary Laureate 2023 in the Category of Art, Daniel Canogar, in Conversation with the Director of the Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt, Dr. Sebastian Baden

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    With: Daniel Canogar (Artist, Spain, B3 Honorary Laureate, Category ART 2023)

    Daniel Canogar is a pioneer of interactive art. He creates artworks that blend traditional media with modern technology. His installations explore the connection between humans, nature, and technology in fascinating ways. In his Master Class, he offers insights into his work and creative process, and engages in a conversation with Dr. Sebastian Baden about art, the impact of societal trends and cutting-edge technologies on his artistic practice, art in general, and what this signifies for artistic creation in the future.

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    Daniel Canogar Artist, Spain, B3 Honorary Laureate, Category ART 2023

    Born in Madrid (1964) to a Spanish father and an American mother, Daniel Canogar’s life and career have bridged between Spain and the U.S. Photography was his earliest medium of choice, receiving a M.A. from NYU at the International Center of photography in 1990, but he soon became interested in …
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    Sebastian Baden

    Sebastian Baden, born in 1980, is the director of SCHIRN Kunsthalle in Frankfurt, Germany. Before that he has been a curator for contemporary art, sculpture and new media at Kunsthalle Mannheim. From 2010 to 2016 he was teaching art and media theories at Karlsruhe University of Arts and Design. He …
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  • 12:30 PM – 02:00 PM
    Workshop

    Beyond the Page: Does the New Age of Screenwriting Need the Screenwriter More Than Ever?

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    With: Laura Turner (Screenwriter and Playwright, UK)

    Traditional screenwriting remains an essential skill for aspiring screenwriters. It also forms the basis for most film and television productions and serves as a guide for directors and actors to develop a common vision of the eventual film.

    This workshop will focus on the art of classic screenwriting in the film and television industry. It will also look at possible future trends in screenwriting and discuss how to prepare for changes in the industry through further proliferation of streaming services or the use of the latest AI tools: Will there be more interactive content soon? What role will artificial intelligence play in the scriptwriting process in the future?

    Current AI tools can already help screenwriters in early stages of their creative process to generate ideas, visualize them from the beginning and share them with others in their creative team. Screenplay analysis can also be simplified, improved and accelerated by AI: What changes in the role, task and self-image of the screenwriter will result from these recent developments?

    The workshop offers a great opportunity to expand one's own writing skills and to prepare for the new age of screenwriting in partnership with AI.

    Speaker

    Laura Turner Screenwriter and Playwright, UK

    Laura is a screenwriter and playwright whose first feature film LAPWING was released in cinemas in 2021 (Bulldog Distribution). The film, featuring Hannah Douglas, Emmett J Scanlan and Sebastian de Souza, was selected for the BIFA To Watch List November 2021 and received critical acclaim. …
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  • 01:30 PM – 03:00 PM
    Panel Discussion

    AI, Euphoria and Fear. To What Extent is The Use of AI in Film and Moving Image Acceptable? An overview of the most important current discussion topics. Part 1

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    With: Daniel Chávez Heras (Lecturer in Digital Culture and Creative Computing, Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London, UK) Evond (MEDIAH) Blake · Jeppe Lange · Hidéo Snes (Artist and Researcher, Finland)

    We recommend you attend the follow-up event on this topic on Monday, October 16, 2023, at 10 a.m. at the Astor Film Lounge.

    For some time now, numerous voices have been raised in public, including those of experts in the field of artificial intelligence (AI), who are calling for a temporary halt to the development of the most advanced AI systems or for a comprehensive worldwide AI regulation on the part of official authorities.

    But even as some experts compare AI's destructive potential to that of a nuclear bomb, and even if AI can design 40,000 potentially lethal chemical agents in 6 hours - apart from the apocalyptic scenarios that could be invoked by AI, the question arises as to what else AI can do and how it can be put to good use. What could this mean for the use of AI in film and moving image?

    The role of AI in these fields has evolved dramatically in recent years. Today, AI-powered tools and technologies are integral to film production and post-production. Through these tools, everything from scriptwriting to color correction and sound design can be automated. But while it is possible that these advances might increase efficiency, they also raise important ethical questions.

    These questions and concerns center on the threat to jobs, creative integrity, originality, and authorship posed by AI. In addition, there are issues related to privacy and security, as well as the need for transparency in AI algorithms and their political and legal regulation.

    The potential for AI to perpetuate harmful stereotypes and biases from its training data, potentially generating often unnoticed discriminatory content, will also be a topic of this panel. If a film that has been made using AI crosses legal or ethical boundaries - for example, by spreading hate speech or creating misleading deepfakes - who will be held responsible? Is it the developer of the AI? The filmmaker who made use of the AI? Or the AI itself? Panelists will examine and discuss these and related questions from different perspectives.

    Speaker

    Daniel Chávez Heras Lecturer in Digital Culture and Creative Computing, Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London, UK

    Daniel specialises in the computational production and analysis of visual culture. His research combines critical frameworks in the history and theories of cinema, television, and photography, with advanced technical practice in creative and scientific computing, including applied machine learning …
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    Evond (MEDIAH) Blake

    Evond Blake (aka MEDIAH) is a Canadian multidisciplinary artist who weaves contemporary graffiti/street art forms with painterly techniques and digital media to create large-scale, immersive cinematic environments. Heavily inspired by avionics, mechanical engineering and schematics, MEDIAH’s …
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    Jeppe Lange

    Jeppe Lange is an experimental filmmaker and writer. Since 2019 he has been working with AI, utilizing it both as a filmmaking tool and as a subject of examination. He has written articles on AI for Danish newspapers and is currently writing a novel about photography and the end of the world.
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    Hidéo Snes Artist and Researcher, Finland

    It is said Hidéo Snes is otherworldly, different. A creature, so deranged, strange, and twisted, its presence remains in constant flux. A tentacled elder-god, a multi-breasted space-vixen, a many-faced, utterly fiendish beast. Hidéo Snes is not one, but many. Not one thought that echoes through the …
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    Eric Drass

    Artist, UK

    Host

    Johannes Grenzfurthner

    Johannes Grenzfurthner is an award-winning artist, filmmaker, author, and performer. With his art he manipulates people to positively respond to his lies and made-up realities. He is the founder and artistic director of monochrom, an internationally acting art-technology-philosophy group. His …
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  • 03:30 PM – 04:30 PM
    Panel Discussion

    Creative Storytelling at a Turning Point. Is AI a Tool or Antagonist of Storytelling?

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    With: Oliver Schütte (Screenwriter, Author, Producer, Consultant and Founding Member of the German Film Academy, Germany) Jonny-Bix Bongers ·

    Artificial intelligence (AI) has the potential to fundamentally change the way stories are told and produced in moving images. One of the main arguments for using AI technologies in moving image production is the time and money it saves. By automatically generating ideas up to entire videos and artworks, creating storyboards or transcribing, dubbing and translating videos, workflows can be optimized and resources can be used more efficiently. AI is also already finding its way into script analysis.

    At the same time, AI-assisted processes are generating numerous new ethical, legal, political, and aesthetic concerns, most of which revolve around the protection of copyrights and the handling of sensitive creative data.

    The extent to which the use of AI interferes with the process of human creativity as a whole also raises questions: should the creative control of human creators be allowed to be transferred to AI systems, and do the AI-generated results then still meet human standards or even have the potential to surpass human creativity and intuition, or do they merely complement them?

    Examples such as The Next Rembrandt, a project in which AI generated an artwork in the style of Rembrandt, or NVIDIA GameGAN, which uses AI technology to create new game worlds and scenes, raise fundamental aesthetic and philosophical questions regarding the limits of artistic creation, human authorship, authenticity, and originality.

    The workshop will critically examine and illustrate with hands-on examples the consequences for creative storytelling.

    Speaker

    Oliver Schütte Screenwriter, Author, Producer, Consultant and Founding Member of the German Film Academy, Germany

    Oliver Schütte studied film and theater in Berlin. He has been a screenwriter for film and television since 1986. He won the German Film Prize in 1988 for his first screenplay, "Koan". Since 1990, he has been working as a Script Consultant. From 1995 until 2008 he was the director of the Master …
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    Jonny-Bix Bongers

    Jonny-Bix Bongers studied scenic arts at the University of Hildesheim and theater directing at the ZHdK in Zurich. He has worked as a director at various cultural institutions, including the Münchner Kammerspiele and the Goethe Institut. Since 2020, he has been participating in the first year of …
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    Host

    Johannes Grenzfurthner

    Johannes Grenzfurthner is an award-winning artist, filmmaker, author, and performer. With his art he manipulates people to positively respond to his lies and made-up realities. He is the founder and artistic director of monochrom, an internationally acting art-technology-philosophy group. His …
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  • 05:00 PM – 06:00 PM
    Keynote

    AI-Generated Influencers and Avatars, and Their Impact on Film, Moving Images, Storytelling, and Society

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    With: Wolfgang M. Schmitt (Film Critic and Author, Germany)

    AI technologies are not only being used increasingly in the field of influencer marketing to automatically generate influential personas and content so that content, stories, and human-like avatars can be created quickly and cost-effectively, regardless of working hour regulations. AI avatars that can deceptively mimic human appearance, personality, and behaviors are also emerging in the metaverse and other artistic immersive mixed realities.

    The new possibilities arising from AI-generated influencers and avatars are also being met by critical voices: On the one hand, the question arises as to how authentic AI-generated influencers really appear and whether they are actually relevant for users. On the other hand, the use of AI-generated influencers can stir up ethical conflicts, as the question of whether they can be used in a manipulative way will inevitably come up.

    The newly created personalities are generated by algorithms, thereby changing or even completely replacing human creativity and the ability of authentic communication.

    What consequences does this have, for example, for film, marketing, for storytelling, and for the psychological authenticity and credibility of culturally significant figures and role models? How biased, one-sided, and infused with ideology are these AI influencers or avatars? What "psychology" or "personality models" do their actions follow, or do they increasingly detach themselves from those and become autonomous?

    The keynote and the subsequent panel aim to not only provide a societal context of influencers but also raise awareness about the magnitude of consequences related to the latest AI-based transformative capabilities.

    Speaker

    Wolfgang M. Schmitt Film Critic and Author, Germany

    Wolfgang M. Schmitt is a film critic and author. He runs the ideology-critical YouTube channel "Die Filmanalyse", and also co-hosts the zeitgeist podcast "Die Neuen Zwanziger" ("The New Twenties)" and the economics podcast "Wohlstand für Alle" ("Prosperity for All"). In spring 2021, together with …
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    Host

    Johannes Grenzfurthner

    Johannes Grenzfurthner is an award-winning artist, filmmaker, author, and performer. With his art he manipulates people to positively respond to his lies and made-up realities. He is the founder and artistic director of monochrom, an internationally acting art-technology-philosophy group. His …
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  • 07:30 PM – 08:30 PM
    Presentation

    Kurosawa and Shakespeare, Adaptation and Reinvention - An Illustrated Lecture by Adrian Wootton

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    With: Adrian Wootton (CEO of Film London and British Film Commission, UK)

    Adrian Wootton CEO of Film London and film historian will explore the career of legendary Japanese filmmaker Akira Kurosawa (1910-1988).

    Focusing particularly on a remarkable trilogy of films, Throne Of Blood (1957) , The Bad Sleep Well (1960) and Ran (1985), adapted from the classic Shakespeare plays Macbeth, Hamlet and King Lear, Kurosawa translated them into unique highly influential cinema that also drew deeply on Japanese history and artistic traditions of painting and theatre. Lavishly illustrated with clips and slides Adrian will go behind the scenes and reveal the stories of the making of these extraordinary films and set them in the context of Kurosawa’s incredible canon of movies made over a 50 year period.

    Speaker

    Adrian Wootton CEO of Film London and British Film Commission, UK

    Adrian is a Programme Advisor to the BFI London Film Festival; Venice Film Festival and Noir in Fest, Milan; Founding Director of Shots in the Dark Festival, Nottingham and Curator of the annual Cinema Made In Italy programme, London. Adrian is a recognised authority in various film/TV and …
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Day 3monday, 16.10.2023

  • 09:00 AM – 10:00 AM

    Get started! Daily Networking Warm-up with Croissants and Coffee at the Astor Film Lounge Café

    Daily Networking Warm-up with Croissants and Coffee at the Astor Film Lounge Café.


  • 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
    Panel Discussion

    AI and the Future of Film and Media. Are We on Our Way Into a New Media Age? Part 2

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    With: Daniel Chávez Heras (Lecturer in Digital Culture and Creative Computing, Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London, UK) Eric Drass ·

    After short keynotes, the panelists examine the rapid advancement of artificial intelligence and its profound impacts on the film and media industry. On the one hand, the use of AI in creation, production, and marketing offers the promise of enormous savings in time, cost, and effectiveness. This is also the case when AI-powered tools and technologies enable individuals and smaller production companies to create high-quality content without having to rely on expensive professional equipment or large teams.

    On the other hand, AI not only replaces routine jobs, but also requires new skills and abilities from employees in dealing with it. Classic professions such as directors, screenwriters, cinematographers, film editors and visual effects artists will be the ones most affected by this development. But also the area of financing as well as many team coordination and service areas of production will have to make adjustments.

    The panelists discuss which fields of activity may possibly be replaced by or strongly influenced by AI in the future and which skills and knowledge will be particularly important in these professions in order to be successful and to use technological progress together with AI and whether suitable educational offers already exist for this.

    Speaker

    Daniel Chávez Heras Lecturer in Digital Culture and Creative Computing, Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London, UK

    Daniel specialises in the computational production and analysis of visual culture. His research combines critical frameworks in the history and theories of cinema, television, and photography, with advanced technical practice in creative and scientific computing, including applied machine learning …
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    Eric Drass

    Eric Drass is an artist making work in a range of media, from painting, to music, to machine-learning AI art. Some of his favourite themes are identity, consciousness, the philosophical ramifications of artificial intelligence, big data and the relationship between humans and machines. Sometimes …
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    Host

    Johannes Grenzfurthner

    Johannes Grenzfurthner is an award-winning artist, filmmaker, author, and performer. With his art he manipulates people to positively respond to his lies and made-up realities. He is the founder and artistic director of monochrom, an internationally acting art-technology-philosophy group. His …
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  • 12:00 PM – 01:00 PM
    Keynote

    High Culture in Portrait Mode: What Platforms Like Tiktok and Instagram Can Teach us for the Storytelling of the Future.

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    With: Jonas Wuttke · Lara Leipholz · Philipp Stadelmaier ·

    The enormous success of short video platforms and formats like TikTok or Insta-Reels has permanently changed the viewing habits of the younger generation. The type of content that is being consumed has a direct impact on storytelling.

    Due to the brevity of the videos on TikTok, storytelling is often simplified and presented in an abbreviated, pointed manner. Could this also be an opportunity for storytelling in the future? The author of the book "Meme - Muster digitaler Kommunikation" (Memes - Patterns of Digital Communication) will explain the basics of the transformation of digital storytelling patterns - and, building on this, outline the possibilities for learning from them: What do these developments mean for the storytelling of the future? How must stories be told in order to generate and maintain an audience? Which platforms are best suited for distribution? Following the keynote speech, Dirk von Gehlen will discuss these and other related questions with a well-known influencer/youtuber. The audience will then have the opportunity to actively participate in the discussion and contribute their own ideas and questions.

    Speaker

    Jonas Wuttke

    Jonas Wuttke is not only recognized as a Content Creator for his TikToks titled "Social Media is Embarrassing," where he humorously mocks influencers and the world of social media. He is also a producer, actor, and director and has successfully launched one of the most successful influencer series …
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    Lara Leipholz

    Lara Leipholz, founder of the artist management firm OHEY, represents strong-minded personalities and content creators like Alicia Joe, Theo Carow, and Jonas Wuttke, among others. The trained lawyer began her professional career in product and brand development, specifically in the area of food …
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    Philipp Stadelmaier

    Philipp Stadelmaier, born in 1984, studied Romance Languages and Comparative Literature in Frankfurt and has been a film critic for the Süddeutsche Zeitung since 2012. Since then, he has earned doctorates in Frankfurt and Paris on Jean-Luc Godard and the French film critic Serge Daney, written two …
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    Host

    Johannes Grenzfurthner

    Johannes Grenzfurthner is an award-winning artist, filmmaker, author, and performer. With his art he manipulates people to positively respond to his lies and made-up realities. He is the founder and artistic director of monochrom, an internationally acting art-technology-philosophy group. His …
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  • 01:30 PM – 03:00 PM
    Panel Discussion

    Established and Innovative Financing Models for Film and Moving Image projects: Searching for New Ways - A Discussion on the Future Development of the Industry

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    With: Christoph Brunmayr · Sebastian Brauneis · Aaron Hillis · Christoph Thoke ·

    Crowdfunding and streaming services have considerably expanded the spectrum of financing options for film projects, although traditional sources of funding such as public grants, studios and investors continue to play a significant role. How does this expansion of financing options affect film productions?

    Does this contribute to the process of internationalizing productions or does it even change storytelling formats? The panel discussion brings together experts from Europe and the U.S. to examine current developments in the industry as well as the future of financing film and moving image projects from different perspectives.

    Participants will explore the impact of digitization on traditional financing models and identify potential future opportunities. They will also address the challenges associated with these new models and identify strategies to find suitable financing for each project - for example, through global funding sources and co-productions.

    This panel offers professionals a perfect opportunity to gain valuable insights into current trends and developments in the market and to make informed decisions for their projects.

    Speaker

    Christoph Brunmayr

    As the founder of one of Austria's first DigitalExperience agencies, Christoph Brunmayr looks back on two decades of helping clients from a variety of disciplines identify the disruptive potential of technology-driven business models and develop exceptional customer experiences and fuel …
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    Sebastian Brauneis

    Sebastian Brauneis was born in 1978 in Vienna, Austria. He grew up as the eldest of 6 siblings. He spent his early childhood - due to his father's work as a war correspondent - partly in former Warsaw Pact countries and in the then so-called »Middle East«. After leaving school with a high school …
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    Aaron Hillis

    Aaron Hillis has lived, breathed and bled independent cinema for over 20 years, and was praised by  Brooklyn Magazine as one of "The 100 Most Influential People in Brooklyn Culture" alongside Lena Dunham and Spike Lee. For the past 18 months, he has been the Director of Programming for Cineverse, …
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    Christoph Thoke

    First steps with cinema productions and international license trading for Taunusfilm Group Wiesbaden. Coordination of the Los Angeles branch. Since 2003 independent producer, worldwide on the road with international cinema co-productions. The resulting films have won numerous prizes and awards, …
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    Host

    Johannes Grenzfurthner

    Johannes Grenzfurthner is an award-winning artist, filmmaker, author, and performer. With his art he manipulates people to positively respond to his lies and made-up realities. He is the founder and artistic director of monochrom, an internationally acting art-technology-philosophy group. His …
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  • 02:30 PM – 04:00 PM
    Workshop

    Social Media Marketing in 2023 Post AI World

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    With: Birgit Karus ·

    A lot has changed in social media marketing thanks to AI development and changes in Meta algorithms and tools. This workshop will give every filmmaker, artist or creative project manager insight into what works today in social media, what kind of targeting and insights it is possible to get from social media, how Meta and Tiktok influence each other and last but not least how to use AI tools in your marketing tasks.

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    Birgit Karus

    Birgit Karus is the founder of the digital marketing agency NOH Production and an expert at building clever technical solutions and strategies to make digital marketing more efficient and measurable.


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  • 03:00 PM – 04:30 PM
    Panel Discussion

    Telling Stories in Immersive Worlds - A Redesigning of Storytelling

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    With: Cameron Kostopoulos (Artist and VR Producer, USA) Dennis Lisk · Chloe Rochereuil · Elise Morin ·

    The world of Storytelling has changed tremendously in the past years since the implementation of XR-technologies, which include Augmented Reality (AR), Virtual Reality (VR) and Mixed reality (MR). With their ability to directly include the user into the narrative and create a connection between the real and virtual world, these technologies present a major turning point in the history of storytelling.

    The mix of analogue and digital elements and the possibility to personally shape the events and stories as they are happening, offers a new, fluid perception of multiple identities. Usability, interactivity and flexibility are essential for a wothwhile XR experience. Another great potential is in the democratisation of access to art, regardless of the user's geographical or financial limits.

    The use of XR-technologies in moving images creates new ethical, legal and societal challenges: where do we draw the line between reality and fiction, and how do we ensure data safety in a world where boundaries between digital and physical spaces become more and more blurred? How should society handle XR-experienced people's changing viewing habits, expectations for interaction and attention spans?

    Among all of these challenges and uncertainties lies a unique opportunity: to actively help shape and create the future of XR storytelling and discover new ways of narration that will transform our understanding of reality and fiction.

    An expert panel of XR producers will give a quick insight into what is already possible with this technology. Their short presentations are then followed by a discussion about the status quo of current developments and address the aforementioned questions.

    Speaker

    Cameron Kostopoulos Artist and VR Producer, USA

    Cameron Kostopoulos is an award-winning director, filmmaker, and XR pioneer. The overlap between his alternative writing & directing and technical VFX skills frees him to create dreamt worlds, fading memories, and deeply intimate experiences. ​In May 2022, he graduated Summa Cum Laude from …
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    Dennis Lisk

    Dennis Lisk, also known as Denyo, is a gold/platinum award-winning musician, DJ, and entrepreneur. He started his career in 1991 as a founder of the German hip-hop band "Beginner" (formerly known as “Absolute Beginner”). Dennis has played a significant role in evolving hip-hop music with German …
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    Chloe Rochereuil

    Chloé Rochereuil is an Emmy-nominated director and the co-founder of TARGO, an award-winning virtual reality studio specializing in documentaries and non-fiction experiences. Rochereuil directed high-profile VR documentaries such as “When We Stayed Home,” “Rebuilding Notre Dame,” “Surviving 9/11,” …
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    Elise Morin

    Elise Morin, born in 1978, lives and works in Paris. Elise Morin develops an interdisciplinary practice rooted in ecological thinking that questions our relationship to the visible and the different types of coexistence. The design and production processes generate col- laborations with scientists, …
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    Agata Di Tommaso

    Diversion Cinema, Frankreich

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    Johannes Grenzfurthner

    Johannes Grenzfurthner is an award-winning artist, filmmaker, author, and performer. With his art he manipulates people to positively respond to his lies and made-up realities. He is the founder and artistic director of monochrom, an internationally acting art-technology-philosophy group. His …
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  • 04:45 PM – 06:15 PM
    Workshop

    Workshop: Creating Sounds for Moving Images

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    With: Stephan Busch (Sound Engineer, Recording Studio Owner and Operator, Germany)

    „Everything you hear on a film is a lie.“ Why? Sound engineer Stephan Busch explains this in this workshop. Apart from the dialogue, natural sounds are often dull and unoriginal, and the recordings of environmental and action sounds on the film set rarely live up to expectations. Fortunately, there are so-called "sound effect artists" such as Jack Donovan Foley. Even Star Wars producer George Lucas once said: "Sound makes up 50% of the entire film". In this workshop, Stephan Busch takes us into the world of real-sounding yet unreal noises and introduces us to one of the most dangerous sounds in the world...

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    Stephan Busch Sound Engineer, Recording Studio Owner and Operator, Germany

    Stephan Busch is a sound engineer, recording studio owner and operator. In 1993 he completed his training as a sound engineer at SAE Frankfurt and has been working for film and sound production studios in Frankfurt since 1995. Specializing in voice recordings and dialogue editing, music and film …
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Day 4tuesday, 17.10.2023

  • 09:00 AM – 10:00 AM

    Get started! Daily Networking Warm-up with Croissants and Coffee at the Astor Film Lounge Café



  • 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
    Panel Discussion

    Personal Experiences and Stories as the Foundation for Creating Moving Images and as a Catalyst for Change. A Conversation About the Positive and Negative Impacts of Art of All Kinds

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    With: Katarzyna Perlak (Artist, UK) Webb-Ellis · Karen Russo ·

    Filmmakers are not just storytellers; they also mirror their own experiences. In this panel, we illuminate how these experiences find their way into their works and shape social and political developments in our contemporary world. Personal experiences have the potential to infuse films with emotional depth, allowing for the interpretation of universal themes in a personal manner.

    Concurrently, they serve as a catalyst for significant discussions on current societal issues. Our guests, seasoned filmmakers and artists, share their insights on how incorporating personal narratives not only enriches the artistic quality of their works but also holds the potential for a transformative impact on society, and more importantly, why this is the case.The discussion will provide deeper insights into the creative process and the practice of filmmaking. Gain firsthand knowledge of how personal stories can serve as powerful instruments to initiate, among other things, social and political movements and changes. Filmmaking, thus, is not solely an art form but also a driving force for positive societal transformations.

    Speaker

    Katarzyna Perlak Artist, UK

    Katarzyna Perlak is a Polish-born artist, based in London who employs video, performance, textiles, sculpture, and installation in her works. Perlak studied Philosophy in Poland and Fine Art Media in the UK. She was part of the Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2017 and shows in the UK and …
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    Webb-Ellis

    Webb-Ellis are British/Canadian artist filmmakers. Using film, dance, music and installation, they create work which aims to offer ways of imaginatively accessing the political through the lens of the subconscious and the body. They have ongoing collaborations with artists, philosophers, …
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    Karen Russo

    Karen Russo is an artist and filmmaker based in London. Her work is interested in the dividing line between what is accepted as the legitimate expression of culture and civilized existence, and what falls outside of it. She has exhibited widely including Barbican Centre; Hayward Gallery Project …
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    Host

    Julia Finkernagel

    After a successful management career and a sabbatical she was offered her own TV travel show and now works as a host, writer, director, curator and coach. Julia has directed some award-winning films (fiction/non-fiction) and has been on stages since her childhood. She has hosted several film …
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  • 12:00 PM – 01:00 PM
    Lecture

    Respect Your Bot. Less Anxiety, More Confidence

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    With: Tommy Schmidt ·

    It's common to treat bots, etc. like they were slave-like machines: we order them to do this or that and if we*re not satisfied we kill them deleting or uninstalling them.
    What if new species of bots of a higher evolutionary level become self-conscious beings? With the ability to feel joy and pain? What if they claim rights and demand respect? Wouldn't we fear their rebellion one day when they're no longer willing to bear repressions?

    The thesis of this speech is that we should create a new culture of how to approach our bots, etc. We treat them with respect, ask them to do us favors, thank them when they succeed, ask them for advice in order to learn from them and raise their self-esteem. We create challenging problems to give them opportunities to grow, and we praise them for their solutions to show our appreciation.

    In this way, we pursue partnerships and strive for mutually fruitful relationships. And we overcome our fears: Grateful partners won't be the ones we fear.

    The thesis is the result of thoughts based on the novel FEMI UND DIE FISCHE written by the lecturer: A novel about an orphaned girl from Nigeria who is sponsored by a German couple. But later it turns out that the girl is actually a bot.

    Speaker

    Tommy Schmidt

    I grew up in Hannover, Northern Germany and started artistic career with experimental music. Later engaged spoken word performance and performed at the Benno Ohnesorg Theater at the Volksbühne Berlin for example. At the beginning of the 21st century I became a performance-, happening-, and media …
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  • 03:30 PM – 04:30 PM
    Panel Discussion

    Fantasy, Horror and Suspense Movies in the Context of Today's World and the Role of Female Directors

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    The fantasy, horror, and suspense genre in film and other moving image media have consistently served as a reflection of society, responding to current events, fears, and cultural dynamics. In today's era, where our society confronts complex issues such as digitalization, climate change, and social tensions, genre films or, for instance, games offer a means to metaphorically process these anxieties.

    Despite the deep-rooted presence of the genre in society, it's notable that the development and direction of genre films or games remain predominantly male-dominated. This raises the question: what new narrative perspectives could be introduced with greater diversity?

    Female perspectives could bring new nuances and depth to the fantasy, suspense, and horror genres. Due to societal conditioning, women experience the world differently and can thus contribute alternative narratives and interpretations of fear and terror. This not only enriches the genre but also adds layers of complexity.

    There is no inherent gender to fantasy, horror, and suspense. While some might argue that the genre has been traditionally male-dominated, representing a kind of "status quo", it shouldn't be viewed as a fixed standard or ideal. More and more women are engaging in this sector of the moving image industries, for instance in content development and direction. The reasons why they do this and why they feel comfortable in this genre will be discussed, alongside other topics, by the panelists present.

    Speaker


    Clare Cooney

    director, actress, and screenwriter, USA

    Rhianna Pratchett

    dialogue and video game scriptwriter, UK

    Host

    Johannes Grenzfurthner

    Johannes Grenzfurthner is an award-winning artist, filmmaker, author, and performer. With his art he manipulates people to positively respond to his lies and made-up realities. He is the founder and artistic director of monochrom, an internationally acting art-technology-philosophy group. His …
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  • 05:00 PM – 07:00 PM
    Presentation

    Art, Morality and Film: Towards an Ethics of Film, Art, and Media. Can and Should Everything be Shown, and at Any Cost?

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    With: Jasmin Hagendorfer · Aaron Hillis · Jörg Buttgereit ·

    At the beginning of the event Jörg Buttgereit will give a book presentation

    Ethics of film and the moving image: Can and should everything be shown?Since the beginnings of cinema, movies have possessed a special ability to reflect, manipulate, and reinvent reality. The moving images projected onto the screen are more than just entertainment. They are powerful tools that can be used to generate empathy, highlight social injustices, or convey a political message. But along with this power comes great responsibility. The question of what can be shown and what should be shown will always be of key importance to the entire film and moving image industry.

    The technological possibilities make it possible to visualize almost anything, from explicit scenes of violence to depictions of the deepest human emotions. But just because you can show something doesn't mean that you should. In an increasingly globalized world where moving images can reach a wide international audience, it is crucial that filmmakers and artists be aware of the cultural contexts in which their works are seen: Do they bear a specific ethical responsibility for what social or political messages they convey through what means and media? Should film and the moving image be used even more to highlight social injustice and to encourage people to make changes? Or should they focus on pure entertainment and avoid political or moral issues? A panel of filmmakers, moving image artists and ethics experts will address these questions on stage.

    Speaker

    Jasmin Hagendorfer

    Based in Vienna, Jasmin Hagendorfer is an acclaimed contemporary artist, filmmaker, and curator. Through diverse mediums, she delves into socio-political themes and gender identity, showcasing her works internationally. As co-founder and director of the Porn Film Festival Vienna, she intertwines …
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    Aaron Hillis

    Aaron Hillis has lived, breathed and bled independent cinema for over 20 years, and was praised by  Brooklyn Magazine as one of "The 100 Most Influential People in Brooklyn Culture" alongside Lena Dunham and Spike Lee. For the past 18 months, he has been the Director of Programming for Cineverse, …
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    Jörg Buttgereit

    Jörg Buttgereit, born in 1963 in Berlin, has been hailed as a Living Legend and Underground Icon by the international media. Celebrated by critics as a trash poet and punk surrealist, Jörg Buttgereit is the director and writer of numerous feature films and documentaries. From unforgettable early …
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    Host

    Johannes Grenzfurthner

    Johannes Grenzfurthner is an award-winning artist, filmmaker, author, and performer. With his art he manipulates people to positively respond to his lies and made-up realities. He is the founder and artistic director of monochrom, an internationally acting art-technology-philosophy group. His …
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