Filmwerkplaats is WORM’s artist-run film lab, dedicated to DIY analogue practice, new experiments and debates around filmic creation. At Filmwerkplaats, film is created and promoted as an expressive, physical medium. Filmwerkplaats is part of a larger network of artist-run labs in Europe such as Mire (Nantes, FR) and LaborBerlin (Berlin, DE).
Filmwerkplaats is part of a network of spaces in WORM’s Open City; a wider ecosystem for new, deviant, vital culture: test environments for alternative art production and non-academic knowledge development.
Homebrew emulsion workshop at WORM Filmwerkplaats. Subject: Film toning. Guided by Esther Urlus. →
Homebrew emulsion workshop at WORM Filmwerkplaats. Subject: Airbrush & brush coating. Guided by Esther Urlus. →
WORM's most successful community film project - community films in workshops with first-time filmmakers →
Can you develop your own films and make tests and experiments? To become a Filmwerkplaats member, you need to attend an introduction course on hand-processing film. Contact: filmwerkplaats [at] worm [dot] org
Facilities and Expertise
Filmwerkplaats has a well-equipped working space for (do-it-yourself) 16mm film making. Filmwerkplaats can draw on considerable resources and know-how regarding material, image developing and (chemical) manipulation, shooting, editing and printing techniques. There are several dark rooms, (Russian) Lomo developing tanks, two 16mm J-K optical printers, a B&H continuous contact printer, development tanks, an optical sound negative machine, a number of 16mm projectors, plenty of editing tables, Bolex cameras and much more. The lab is structured as an association.
A regular screening programme encompasses a wide range of subject matter, showing works by members and guest-filmmakers throughout the year. We believe in promoting the full potential of the medium, and always look to explore the possibilities of film as a performative, tactile material. This approach allows a wide range of possible multidisciplinary collaborations.