BLURRED LINES - A QUESTION OF ETHICS

Festivalblog Day 5

PANEL: BLURRED LINES – THE ETHICAL APPROACH TO WORKING WITH PROTAGONISTS AND NON-PROFESSIONAL ACTORS AT 4:30 PM CET

After a keynote by festival director Heleen Gerritsen "Why I do not want to talk about DAU" Brigid O'Shea (DOK Leipzig, Documentary Association of Europe) dives into the conversation with filmmakers Petr Václav (SKOKAN), Ivana Mladenović (IVANA THE TERRIBLE), IDFA-programmer Sarah Dawson and German producer Erik Winker. What responsibility do filmmakers have for their own protagonists? This question is especially relevant for documentary films and hybrid forms of filmmaking that work with laypersons. 

The DAU project by Russian director Ilya Khrzhanovskiy, who had a part of his cast spend two years on set as in a reality show, represents an extreme case here. 

Under such circumstances, one can no longer speak of normal working conditions. In IVANA THE TERRIBLE, Ivana Mladenović cast family members and friends, who all play themselves. Petr Václav involves Roma performers from all over Europe in his film SKOKAN; his lead actor had just been released from prison. Between collaboration, coercion and manipulation: the subject of ethics is relevant for all filmmakers. 

// Panel Blurred Lines, 09.05., 4:30 PM CET live via Zoom

FOCUSSING ON SERIES PRODUCTION IN THE EAST-WEST TALENT LAB

This year our East-West Talent Lab is focussing part of its programme on the possibilities of producing series in Central and Eastern Europe. 

Working together with ADAMI Media Prize an interactive online presentation of three Eastern European series productions will take place. Host Philomena Grassl will be talking to directors of the projects 40M2 (Egor Efimov, Belarus), T.A.F.U. (Otar Shamatava, Georgia) und PAPER DREAM (Ofelya Tovmasyan, Armenia). 

The ADAMI Media Prize was created in 2015 to encourage filmmakers, journalists and audio-visual media professionals in the EU Eastern Partnership countries (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Ukraine) to promote topics of migration, tolerance and cultural diversity.

VIRTUAL ENCOUNTERS AT THE OPEN FRAME AWARD

No cinemas, no gueasts, no festival atmosphere? This does not describe goEast. The Caligari VR and our other virtual event locations like the VRrOOm Lounge or the goEast VRooftop Lounge are not only venues for the Virtual Reality and 360° projects of the Open Frame Award as well as the exhibition of the Russian artist collective vreditel_li. 

They are also a very special meeting place. You can take a seat in the virtual Caligari or have all kinds of fun the using the avatars, which are exclusively designed for goEast. Who is able to claim that they have jumped off the upper tier of Caligari cinema or that they have thrown a giant bottle of Russian Standard Vodka across the floor ? 

We have collected some impression for you right here. If you don' have a VR headset or a PC to participate yourself, you can enjoy the daily guided tours of the Open Frame Award. 

// Open Frame Award – guided tours, daily until 11th of May, 7 - 9 pm CET

OPEN FRAME AWARD-JURY

The Open Frame Award is taking place in a virtual environment created especially for goEast. Among the eight participating projects a prize, endowed with 5,000 euros by BHF-BANK Foundation, will be handed out by a three-person expert jury.

One of its members is Mária Rakušanová, who works in the fields of platform partnership and content acquisition at HTC Vive in Europe and has curated the „Raindance Immersive" in London three times already. 

 

She is joined by Averie Timm, a producer at Facebook AR/VR who specializes in interactive spatial storytelling experiances. She has produced VR content with partners from around the world. 

The jury is completed by Akmyrat Tuyliyev, who works as a producer in the interactive department of the PBS documentary series POV: the POV Spark. Here, he produces interactive independent non-fictional projects.

ANARCHO SHORTS: HEROES JUST LIKE US

#StayHome #StaySafe with the ANARCHO SHORTS – If you follow these mottos, you are deemed a small hero these days. Though systemically relevant jobs are demanding a lot more from oneseld. And that of course, is not always easy! 

THE RAIN shows beautifully and in a humorous as well as fitting way, how certain superheroes might feel doing their jobs sometimes. So: So not jump off a scyscraper for fun! 

#StayHome and #WatchgoEastonDemand – so the systemically relevant heroes may be able to relax sometime within the near future, too.