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Arianne van der Veen on Wed, 23 Mar 2005 10:38:27 +0100 (CET)


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[Nettime-nl] DUTCH OPEN


Dutch Open
International Festival for Dutch Film and Video Art
14-17 April 2005
De Balie, Amsterdam (The Netherlands)


Dutch Open is a new phenomenon in The Netherlands. For four days Dutch Open will offer the unique possibility of experiencing a program packed with the latest Dutch films and videos. It is unique because it provides a complete overview of the film and video art that is pushing back the boundaries, this time not hidden away on side programs in out-of-the-way theatres, but in the full glare of the spotlights!


Dutch film and video art has undergone important developments in recent years. A new generation of film and video makers who are extremely productive have come of age. The walls between film, video and new media are being demolished by a number of initiatives that put the work of these artists on the map and seek to bring it to a wide public. The Netherlands Media Art Institute, Montevideo/Time Based Arts, the Filmbank and the of the Dutch Film Fund have therefore made plans to cooperate more closely with one another. The first result of this is the Dutch Open.

Following open submissions by Dutch film and video makers, and foreign makers whose work was produced in The Netherlands, works were selected to be shown in the various auditoriums in De Balie. Along with these program selections, however, all the submissions will be freely available in a mediatheque. Thus no one has to miss out on anything.

But there is more.... Filmstad, from The Hague, is presenting the premieres of Filmblikken 2005, and Utrecht's Impakt festival is presenting a stunning highlights program. And alongside the Dutch harvest, foreign distributors will also be presenting programs: the latest short films and videos from Britain (programmed by Lux, London), France (Light Cone, Paris), Belgium (Argos, Brussels), Austria (Sixpackfilm, Vienna) and Poland (WRO centre for media art, Wroclaw).

Seminar and expert meetings
Supplementing the festival with its screenings and open mediatheque, there will be a seminar (14 April) and expert meetings (15 and 16 April) dealing with new techniques and their potential for the distribution of video art. In the seminar prominent speakers will illuminate the present state of affairs, and on the basis of case studies Dutch and international artists, researchers and cultural institutions will present their activities to the public. This material will be examined more deeply during the expert meetings. Among other subjects to be addressed are distribution practice (traditional and cutting edge), new initiatives and new techniques, and the use of open source, creative commons and copyright. Information/registration seminar/expert meetings: www.montevideo.nl.

Application for film professionals
All applicants who wish to be accreditated for the screenings have to send a written request to Arianne van der Veen, arianne {AT} montevideo.nl. 
Deadline: 5 April 2005.

More information
info {AT} dutchopen.org, www.info {AT} dutchopen.org



Dutch Open is being made possible by financial support from the Amsterdam Fund for the Arts, Dutch Film Fund and Holland Film.
Dutch Open is organized by the Netherlands Media Art Institute, Montevideo/Time Based Arts and the Filmbank in collaboration with the committee O&O of the Dutch Film Fund and De Balie.

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