Cinema Total is a programme for film professionals hosted by the Collegium Hungaricum Berlin (.chb) during the Berlinale. Since 2008 the cultural institute has invited film professionals from Central and Eastern Europe to gather in its premises during the Berlin Film Festival. Located in the heart of the city not far from the festival grounds, Cinema Total’s variety of events, including workshops, panel discussions, networking events and parties, encourage cooperation and reflect the many aspects of the filmmaking process: from development to production. Stimulating collaborations and co-productions in the region is one of Cinema Total’s main goals.
Cinema Total’s focus in 2014 is the intersection of film and video art. We are interested in what we feel is an increasing cross-over of filmmakers who make films for cinema, but also create gallery-based work, such as Apichatpong Weerasethakul and Benedek Fliegauf. The first edition of Cinema Total in 2008 was in fact an exhibition of the works of Hungarian filmmakers and video artists, including Benedek Fliegauf’s film MILKYWAY, which was shown both in cinemas and galleries. So in a sense, this 7th edition of Cinema Total returns back to its origins. This intersection will be explored through a panel discussion with artists, filmmakers and curators, as well as a selection of video art by filmmakers and an installation of global collaborative art, created through an open call to filmmakers, artists and any other interested users of handheld recording devices.
Alongside other regular, returning events such as Pitch Stop and Film Talks, the Film-Political Roundtable also returns, concentrating this year on women in the Central and Eastern European film industry.
8-12 February 2014
Collegium Hungaricum Berlin
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777 - videodome
The special focus on the intersection of video art and film has generated a panel discussion and curated selection of video art to be shown during Cinema Total. It will also birth Cinema Total’s first global collaborative video art installation. Tentatively called 777 - Videodome, it invites artists, filmmakers, anyone who makes short video pieces to join the creation by submitting short - 7 second - videos to be included in the installation to be unveiled at the opening of Cinema Total.