Adelaide Film Festival launches moving image development lab and expands visual arts program

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Building on the tradition of the HIVE Lab, Adelaide Film Festival has launched a new initiative that aims to connect visual and media artists with film and XR practitioners to create new moving image works.

Separately, the festival also announced that it is expanding its visual arts programming starting this year. In addition to what was previously announced Hello Dankness from Soda Jerk, the 2022 festival will also launch Gerry Wedd and Mark Patterson Vague and that of Richard Bell Embassy.

The AFF EXPAND lab will see two projects selected for development and then one commissioned to be shown at the Samstag Museum of Art as part of the 2024 Adelaide Film Festival.

The lab is a collaboration between the festival and Samstag with Illuminate Adelaide and the Art Gallery of South Australia (AGSA), and is supported by Arts SA and The Balnaves Foundation. Up to 30 people will be selected to participate – there are 20 places for South Australians and 10 for practitioners based elsewhere in Australia.

Past development labs conducted by the Adelaide Film Festival include HIVE, which aimed to connect visual artists and filmmakers and resulted in films like Spear and sleeping girland Film Lab New Voices, which saw emerging practitioners develop a script for a low-budget feature film – with Monolith recently entered production.

AFF CEO and Creative Director Mat Kesting said the AFF EXPAND Lab will bring together practitioners from diverse backgrounds to test and try out ideas and concepts.

“We are thrilled to have world-renowned visionary artists mentoring the lab to bring inspiration, craftsmanship and thought-provoking thinking to our participants.

“We are also proud to present an expanded visual arts program that each takes screen form in surprising and exciting new directions.”

Vague will be an immersive 360-degree installation in the Elder Wing of the AGSA, and will feature the ceramics and drawings of South African artist Gerry Wedd brought to life with an evocative soundscape composed by Gabriella Smart. Wedd and Mark Patterson, with digital production by Jumpgate VR.

by Richard Bell Embassy will be presented by Tarnanthi, the AGSA’s ongoing celebration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art. The artwork is inspired by the Aboriginal Tent Embassy, ​​the protest camp set up 50 years ago on the lawns of Parliament in Canberra. The installation will be on display in the forecourt of the AGSA and will include film screenings and lectures providing a platform to challenge preconceptions and stereotypes about Indigenous peoples, art and culture.

The previously announced Hello Dankness is the 11th co-commission between the Adelaide Film Festival and the Samstag Museum of Art. Soda Jerk’s third feature film, it’s set in the American suburbs and described as “a twisted suburban musical that bears witness to the mind-altering cultural spectacle of the period 2016-2021”.

Expressions of Interest for the AFF EXPAND lab now open and close at midnight on Monday, August 22.

The Adelaide Film Festival runs from October 19-30.

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