Back to the Future Festival SPECTRAL Day 1

Festival - Sat 30 September 2023
WORM Rotterdam
WORM Central Station
Start → 15:00
End → 22:30

Back to the Future #3 is a 2-day festival that is all about analogue moving images and optical sound; a celebration of the ‘real’ film medium with an international programme of audio-visual performances, films, lectures, installations and radio programmes.

This year we celebrate the 100th anniversary of the 16mm (celluloid) film format. In 1923 Eastman Kodak launched the 16mm as a cheaper alternative to the industrial 35mm format, and, in the following decades, it was taken up as the film format of choice for experimental artistic film.

Within our Back to the Future festival, we want to share the rich history of 16mm as an experimental artistic (DIY) medium. With this medium, artists and filmmakers worldwide have written an inspiring parallel film history that continues nowadays. Also the (mostly) young makers at the Filmwerkplaats find the tactility, creative possibilities and beauty of 16mm film a relief from the current digital age, following the path of its avant-garde tradition, usually referred to as ‘experimental film’ for lack of a better name. In fact, ‘real’ film has never been lost.

The third edition of Back to the Future festival will take place during the weekend of September 29-30 / 1 October with an international programme of audio-visual performances, films, lectures, radio podcasts and installations.

Programme – DAY ONE
360° 16mm Motion Picture Panorama (for SPECTRAL Residency), Richard Tuohy & Dianna Barrie (AU)
Artists’ Research in Optics lectures, Mariska de Groot (NL), Nan Wang (CN/NL), Jan Kulka (CZ)
Rotten Film, Cinzia Nistico (NL/IT)
Horror Film, Malcolm LeGrice (UK)
Film Programme #1 shorts:
Oscillation in Sight #1, Nan Wang, NL, 2023, 6’, 16mm + live sound
Els van Riel, Fugue, A Light’s Travelogue, BE, 2017, 27’, 16mm, sound
Tired, Stale Eyes…, Lucas Haynes, AU, 2023, 8’, 16mm, sound
II, Alexandre Larose, CA, 2022, 15’, S8→35mm, silent
Film Programme #4 shorts:
Today is a Very Special Day, 2003, Matt Whitman, US, 2023, 8’, 16mm, silent
Surfacing, Barbara Sternberg, CA, 2004, 11’, 16mm, sound
Abstract film en couleurs, Cécile Fontaine, FR, 1991, 3’, S8→16mm, silent
Eating Grass, Alia Syed, UK, 2003, 23’, 16mm, sound
Cyclone Tracery + One Hand, Richard Tuohy & Dianna Barrie (AU)
Lunch time Radio WORM filmmaker interviews & DNA based media archiving
Late night Radio WORM / goodnight ASMR with the 16mm film apparatus

Cineville valid but only at the door!

Find Timetable and full overview HERE