OVNI

OVNI

The Unidentified Frame Observatory (OVNI, “Observatori de Vídeo No Identificat” in Catalan) has been a resident research project at the Center of Contemporary Culture of Barcelona (CCCB) for almost three decades. OVNI’s activities are structured thematically and aim at encouraging and enabling a critique of contemporary culture and society, using strategies based on the expansive and heterodox use of video as a medium. OVNI has always chosen to avoid prefabricated models and formats, approaching research as a daring quest for knowledge in the contemporary world. In the era of serialized images, OVNI speaks of things as yet “unidentified”, of the unforeseen, and of that which ventures into the unknown.

The OVNI archives record and document three decades spanning from analogue video to digital video in the era of “social” media. The archives are the result of the various thematic research projects carried out over the years: a constellation of works that differ from one another but share a commitment to freedom of expression and reflect on our individual and collective fears and pleasures. OVNI has achieved its purposes also thanks to its publicly accessible archives, to its touring thematic programmes, and to the many workshops and educational activities and screenings. The complete archive (currently 2,158 titles) is permanently available for public viewing at the CCCB. An online version of the archive (currently 1,281 titles) has been available since 2003. In 2004, the archives won the prestigious National Cultural Heritage Prize awarded by the Generalitat de Catalunya.

The Observatory has preferred to steer away from one-off events. Instead, it has focused on developing close ties with filmmakers and artists, and on building a stable knowledge infrastructure in Barcelona through various projects, also in collaboration with MACBA (Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art). Special emphasis has been put on gender equality, promoting works and research by women. In particular, the collaboration with Drac Magic and The Festival de les Dones has allowed to develop even further the issues of gender equality and women in cinema.

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Streamthings

Streamthings is a startup created in April 2020 to push forward the boundaries of the cinematic and audiovisual content available online. Streamthings manages streeen.org, a streaming service offering a wide selection of arthouse and independent movies curated in partnership with the no profit association Streeen-Lab. The Streamthings staff handles the entire online distribution process, from acquisition to publication and promotion.

In the last year, Streamthings has hosted several events and festivals that decided to migrate online due to the pandemic. This allowed the Italian and international audience to have access to programs that normally have limited space in the regular Italian theaters and that often focus on marginalised communities. The promotion of socially and artistically significant movies by female directors, as well as of productions working towards an attentive representation of the LGTBQ+ community, is a major goal of Streamthings’ editorial strategy.

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Rosa Kadın Derneği

Rosa Kadın Derneği

Rosa Kadın Derneği is a no profit association active in the city of Diyarbakır (South East Turkey) since 2018. The association carries out activities related and promoting gender equality as well as women’s empowerment through a number of collaborations with other institutions, such as local government institutions, trade unions, cultural institutions, lawyers’ associations, etc. Rosa Kadın Derneği works in collaboration with the Diyarbakır Network for combating violence against women: BARO Women’s Rights Center, BARO LGBTI+ Commission, TTB (Turkish Medical Association), KESK Components, TMMOB Women’s Commission, İHD –Human Rights Association, Amed Women’s Commission, BARO Child Rights Center, DAKP (Dicle Amed Women’s Platform), Women Are Strong Together, THRESHOLD (Women’s Platform for Equality).

Several of Rosa Kadın Derneği’s activities focus on Women’s Cinema. The association promotes the activities of female filmmakers, producers and scriptwriters on a yearly basis and organises workshops, seminars and courses on cinema for young women. In 2020 Rosa Kadın Derneği has also co-organised the Filmmoor Women’s Festival (http://filmmor.org/en/).

http://www.rosakadindernegi.com

Ro Caminal

Barcelona, 1966

With an educational background in the fields of Fine Arts and Anthropology, she develops her artistic practice exploring the world of re-presentation, hybridizing the two fields.

She has been resident in different art centres such as Can Xalant, Sant Andreu Contemporani, Waaw, Villa Abdelllatif, BLITZ, or Townhouse.

She participated in numerous collective exhibitions; Post-it City, Casual Cities (CCCB), Mulier, Mulieris 7-9 (MUA), Biennial de Valls 2103 (Valls), Extralocal (AVic), What can we do? (Can Felipa), Inverted Time (Can Felipa), A Dilemma (Arts Santa Monica), Gran Angular (Fabra and Coats), Translocations (Arts Santa Monica), Puebla International Biennial of Video (Mexico), Play off (Málaga), TIVA 16 International Video Art Exhibition Of the National Museum of Taiwan (Taiwan), Women are the ones watching (Buenos Aires), Anti-Spain. ABM (Madrid), The Art of Getting Lost in the City, Gudran (Alexandria), 1st International Biennial of Lagos (Nigeria), Transformer (Malta), Salam London (London).

Her films screened in various film festivals such as Ethnocineca (Vienna), Festival of Migrant Film (Slovenia), Migrant Cinema (Barcelona), Chouftouhonna (Tunisia); Bangalore Short film Fest (India), Intermediaciones (Colombia) or the Sharjah Film Platform (United Arab Emirates).

Winner of the 2015 Ciudad de Valls Award. (Guasch-Corantny Biennial), Second prize Julio Antonio Biennial 2019 and the Girona Biennial 2019 Award.

Her work is represented in the collections of the Valls Museum, the Art Fund of the Generalitat of Catalonia, the Civit Collection, the Diputación de Tarragona, A.A.R.C. from Algeria and the Cal Cego Collection.

Filmography

Miratges – 2021

Promeses – 2021

Dystopian concrete – 2021

Els ocells cantaven malgrat feia fred – 2019

Estos lodos – 2019

In limbus – 2019

Si je te vol la mer – 2018

Everfolding – 2017

Unfolding Penelope – 2017

Ship of fools – 2016

Hook a boat – 2016

Moi, un noir, reloaded – 2015

Interferencias (series) – 2013

Hearts of rice (series) – 2011

TMB L-64 – 2009

Domingos de azul y amarillo – 2008

Pilar Monsell

Córdoba, 1979 

Pilar Monsell is a filmmaker, artist, editor, and researcher. She studied Creative Documentary Film at the Pompeu Fabra University of Barcelona (2007) and is currently based in Madrid, where she  carries out artistic and audiovisual projects for both television and cinema using some registers,  from film-essay to documentary through cinema experimental or memory and archive film. 

Pilar Monsell’s first film Distancias (Distances, 28 min) was premiered in 2008 at the 49th Festival dei Popoli in Florence, where it won the Audience Award. It then toured to numerous international festivals. In 2009, Pilar joined the Laboratory of Documentary Creation run by the Play Doc – International Documentary Festival in Tui, where she is directing a portrait that has being filmed between 2009-2013.

In 2012, she completed the short film Pan, Trabajo y Libertad (Bread, Work and Freedom, 26 min) premièred at Doc Lisboa 2012 International Film Festival and she participates also in the french collective cinema project 100jours, directing the short film + 46 (6 min). In 2013, she got Manuel Cintra Ferreira Fellow from the Doc’s Kingdom International Documentary Cinema Seminar, directing the short film Vulcão (11 min).

In 2014, her first feature film África 815 premièred at Doc Lisboa with which she toured then to others festivals where she won: Distribution Award Premio Festival Márgenes 2014, Best Feature Documentary Zinegoak 2014, Nomination to ASECAN 2014 as First Film and Best Documentary Film, Panorama Award at L’Alternativa Festival de Cine Independiente de Barcelona 2015 Special Jury Mention at CEMEDOC 2015 (Mexico). She is currently in the postproduction stage of her next short film Dos sueños después and in the developing stage of her next feature film Nisaiyat.

She has a BA in Audiovisual Communication (UMA), a Diploma in Artistic Photography (San Telmo, Málaga) and a Masters in Creative Documentary (UPF, Barcelona). She works as a filmmaker and collaborates usually in the working process of several other as editor, producer and developer. In 2014, she co-founded Laboratorio Reversible (Barcelona), a collective project related to analog cinema creation and experimentation. From 2016, she works as a documentary film mentor in Madrid School of Cinema ECAM.

Filmography

Una revuelta sin imágenes – 2020

Dos sueños después – 2017

África 815 – 2014

Pan, trabajo y libertad – 2012

Distancias – 2008

Raquel Marques

Porto, 1979 

She graduated in Communication Sciences and cinema (FCSH, Universidade Nova de Lisboa) and received a Master in Documentary of Creation (Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona). She has been based in Barcelona since 2001.

Her last film, Tiempos de Deseo (2020), had its premiere at L’Alternativa Festival de Cinema Independent de Barcelona and at Doclisboa International Film Festival. Her first film, A Casa Que Eu Quero (2010, co-directed with Joana Frazão), a production of Terratreme Filmes (Lisbon) was selected to represent Portugal in DocEuropa II and screened at États Généraux du Film Documentaire, Lussas – France; Panorama – Muestra de Documental Portugués; and Retrospectiva de Cinema Portugués, Warsaw – Poland, among others. In 2016 she directed the documentary Arreta (co-directed with María Zafra), which premiered at the Mostra Internacional de Films de Dones de Barcelona and was selected for the Festival de Cine Documental Alcances, l’Alternativa – Festival de Cine Independiente de Barcelona, Festival Márgenes, Festival Zinegoak (Premio Lesbianismo y Género), Festival Cinespaña Toulouse, etc. 

She made several short films, such as O Peso do Horizonte (made at the Research Residency Filmar a Paisagem, Azores, 2011), F(r)icciones entre el trabajo y la vida (a production Soy Cámara-CCCB, 2017) and Vecines (a production Laboratorio Reversible). 

Founding member of the Association of film experimentation in Analog Cinema, Laboratorio Reversible (Barcelona, 2014), she is part of the content team of the Audiovisual Media Promoter Cooperativa, Drac Màgic (Barcelona) and she has specialized in film education and audiovisual culture with a feminist perspective.

Filmography 

Tiempos de deseo – 2021

Utopia – 2020

Mai abans – 2020

Miedo – 2020

Devenir – 2019

Vecines – 2017

F(r)icciones entre el trabajo y la vida – 2017

25 anys de sororitat – 2017

Esa cosa incontrolable que es el tiempo – 2016

Arreta – 2016

Todos os dias da nossa vida – 2015

De pequeña quiero ser – 2014

La ducha – 2013

O peso do horizonte – 2011

A casa que eu quero – 2010

Barrigas – 2005


Giulia Cosentino

Catania, 1990.

Film Director and film researcher, Giulia Cosentino graduated in cinema and visual arts in Rome. After that, she gets an international master in Audio-visual and Cinema Studies at La Sorbonne Nouvelle in Paris and the Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona, with a specialization in archive research. Currently, she is based in Rome, working as assistant director, screenwriter, archive reasercher and collaborating with the Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia – Sede Sicilia.

Filmography:

Le Storie che Saremo (ep: Perché scappi?) – 2020

Lui e io – 2019

Wilma Labate

Director and screenwriter. After some experiences in the field of documentaries and after having been assistant director with several Italian authors, in 1990 she realized Ciro il piccolo, a work included in the project “Notti d’Europa” by RaiSat composed by thirteen episodes dedicated to as many European cities. Since then, she has always measured herself against documentary narrative: Lavorare stanca (1997), presented at Locarno; Genova. Per noi (2001); Lettere dalla Palestina (2003), presented at the Berlin Forum; Maledetta Mia (2003) presented at the Venice Film Festival. For the cinema she realizes: Ambrogio (1992), La mia generazione (1996) with which she obtains many recognitions and the nomination to represent Italy at the Oscar, Domenica (2001), Signorina Effe (2007), presented in Turin. As a screenwriter she writes La pecora nera (2010) with Ascanio Celestini.

Filmography

Ciro il piccolo – 1991

Ambrogio – 1992

La mia generazione – 1996

Genova. Per noi – 2001

Un altro mondo è possibile – 2001

Domenica – 2001

Lettere dalla Palestina – 2003

Maledetta mia – 2003

Signorina Effe – 2006

Qualcosa di noi – 2014

Raccontare Venezia – 2017

Arrivederci Saigon – 2018

Irene Dionisio

Turin, 1986.

She lives in Turin and works between Turin and Rome as director, scriptwriter and visual artist. She received her BFA in 2011 in Philosophy of Art and History from Turin University, and her MFA in 2013 in Cinema and Philosophy from UPJV, Amiens University.

She completed her formation with directors Marco Bellocchio, Daniele Segre (Fare Cinema – Bobbio), Alina Marazzi (IED – Milan), as part of the collective of public art curators a.titolo, which produced her documentaries and video installation.

Her artistic production includes video installations and documentaries. Sponde – Nel sicuro sole del nord (2015) and La fabbrica à piena. Tragicommedia in otto atti ( 2011) were presented in many international festivals, such as Torino Film Festival, Visions du Réel, Festival dei Popoli, Open Roads – Lincoln Center, ecc and awarded, among others, with the Scam Prize (Fr), the Solinas Prize (It) and the Jury Prize of Cine Verité in Iran (Ir). She is represented as author and flmmaker by the agency Sosia e Pistoia, Rome.

Her video installations exhibited at CACG – Genève, Palazzo Grassi – Venice, Rivoli Museum, Pac – Milan, Berardo Museum – Lisbon, National Museum of Cinema and MamBo – Bologna, and also in many other international galleries. She is represented by Moitre Gallery, Turin.

Her first feature flm, Le ultime cose (2016) premiered at Venice International Film Critics Week and was awarded with Silver Ribbon for Best Screenplay and fnalist for the David di Donatello and Globo d’Oro Award – Best Debut Film

She was for three years artistic director of the LGBTQI flm festival “Da Sodoma a Hollywood”, now known as “Lovers”, organized by the National Museum of Cinema in Turin.

She taught courses at Teatro Stabile in Turin, Scuola Civica in Milan, Head in Ginevra, Cinelabs, Aiace, IAAD and at Museum of Rivoli. This year she won the Bertolucci Prize and the American Dream Fellowship for Artist.

Filmography:

A.B.O. Transitando – 2021
Camera Chiara – 2020
Le Storie che Saremo (ep: Mondo nuovo) – 2020
Le Ultime Cose – 2016
Sponde. Nel Sicuro Sole del Nord – 2015
Il Canto delle Sirene – 2013
Ufficio Nuovi Diritti – 2013
La Fabbrica e’ Piena – Tragicommedia in Otto Atti (The Factory Is Full: A Tragicomedy in eight Acts) – 2011
Sur les Traces de Lygia Clark, Souvenirs et Evocations des ses Années Parisiennes – 2011
Fières d’être Pute – 2010

Claudia Tosi

Modena, 1970.

She studied at the University of Bologna, as a Philosophy major. She has worked as a creative documentary filmmaker since 2003. In 2004 she founded Movimenta, production company based in Carpi (Modena) specialized in international co-production of social documentaries.In 2011 she has attended EAVE as a writer, Eurodoc in 2012, in 2014 IDFA Academy, in 2015 Berlinale Talents – Doc Station and EWA’s MRSTP (Multiple Revenue Stream Training Program).

She realized several award-winning documentaries for cinema ant TV.

Her film I Had a Dream (2018) after winning international prizes such as Golden Dove, FIPRESCI Award and Interreligious Jury Award at DokLeipzig 2018 was in competition for the Oscar, category Documentary.

Filmography

I Had a Dream – 2018

The Perfect Circle – 2015

Mostar United – 2009

Building the winter games – 2006

Private Fragments of Bosnia – 2004