Festival: 21-25 April 2010
Exhibition: 21 April - 24 May 2010

The online accreditation is available on or website www.emaf.de until 12th of April. Here you will find all details und further guest information.

Around 170 short and long films, music videos and special programmes will be screened in the Cinema domain. In the process, we see a trend towards documentary and essayist films that explore socially critical, political and historical, as well as topical themes and interrelations.
Often the settings, e.g. colonial history, are placed in the context of the current political situation, as in the film "Silent Elections" by Sarah Vanagt, which poignantly explores the mental and social scars left behind by the genocide in Rwanda and the Congo. Historical travelogues or literary fragments serve as the point of departure of the cinematic search for another (global) identity. In a double projection, Carl Brown's "Memory Fade" shows the significance the well-known images of disasters occupy in the collective memory, without being able to remember ad hoc the original source – a very special kind of MASH UP.
This year, the international programme focuses more on mid-length and long films. We would particularly like to highlight "Mark" by Mike Hoolboom – a biographical homage to a deceased friend – and "Jewish Revenge" by Amit Epstein – an entertaining musically staged burlesque with a bitter historical background – the Holocaust. We are particularly delighted that an Iranian film, entitled "All Restrictions End", has made it to Osnabrück. Reza Haeri explores the dress code prevailing in Islam in an analytical and informative manner. Of course there's also space for a few laughs: the two MASH UP programmes contain ironic and satirical commentaries and all kinds of side blows to the film history (stories) of Hollywood.
As an introduction to the topic, we'll screen "RIP: A Remix Manifesto," a tour de force through the jungle of copyright and copyleft, accompanied by the remix sounds of Girl Talk, which diligently samples music history. The Canadian filmmaker Brett Gaylor throws himself into the copyright battle for Girl Talk. Future versus past...but their opponents are powerful...

This year's retrospective is dedicated to the counter-culture activist Aldo Tambellini, who conquered the "public space" in the 1960s with his films, performances and readings of his texts and poems.  We present his "Black Film Series", a series of black-and-white films he shot between 1965 and 1969. As a sensitive exploration of the medium, the spectrum ranges from total abstraction to the material on the assassination of Bobby Kennedy, the Vietnam War and black youths on Coney Island. Aggressive, provocative and turbulent, Tambellini reacted back then like a visual firework to the early stages of the information age.
"Black Gate Cologne" was the first ever video produced by artists for public broadcast on TV. It was screened by the WDR in Cologne as an innovative experiment.
"A Light Play" was created on 30 August 1968 together with the artist Otto Piene. Tambellini's part, which followed from Otto Piene's tape, was intended to enable people to experience television as a medium and to establish a direct relationship between the audience and the characteristic elements of television, using all sense organs. In the 1970s, Tambellini started working at the Center für Advanced Visual Studies, MIT, where he continued collaborating with Otto Piene.

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Hermann Noering, Alfred Rotert, Ralf Sausmikat.


nordmedia - Die Mediengesellschaft Niedersachsen/Bremen mbH
Stadt Osnabrück
Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung
Auswärtiges Amt
Embassy of Canada
EU Funding EFRE
Cybob communication GmbH
as well as donations from further sponsors.

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Ruhr 2010

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