Gegenkino #4 on 6th to 16th April 2017 / Call for SUBMISSIONS

After a long silence from our side, we are happy to announce that GEGENkino will continue in 2017! The fourth edition of our festival will take place from 6th to 16th April 2017.

As in the first two years of the festival, we will do another video art exhibition in 2017, and we are looking for your submissions! The works in the exhibition should revolve around the topics of speculative fiction, fake realities and the boundaries between fact and fiction. Detailed can be found below.


We are looking forward to your submissions.

Yours truly,

the GEGENkino crew.

Dear filmmakers and artists working with moving pictures,

in April 2017, we are hosting GEGENkino film festival in Leipzig for the fourth time. After having realised video art exhibitions in 2014 and 2015—working together with curators Clara Wieck, Katharina Wittmann, Clemens von Wedemeyer and his Expanded Cinema-class at the Academy of Visual Arts Leipzig—we would like to revive this line of project in 2017.

We are looking for works located along the boundaries of or in between reality and imagination. Something smoothly shifting back and forth between aesthetic fiction and documentary facticity, or conceptionally referring to tactical manouvering with ideological disinformation, to conspiracies, fakes, denunciations or plain lying. Desires, anxieties or subjective perceptions, data, statistics or expertise: what are the components constructing social realities?

At it, we are interested with regards to two things: [1] A content examination of disinformation strategies. Which contemporary or historic narratives and manipulations can be identified? Which claims of truth do they enunciate? To what extent is misinformation capable of producing fomenting meaning and, in doing so, of acting upon social configurations? [2] A wide formal spectrum of cinematic reflection: from documentaries, pseudo-documentary practices (like re-enactment) or alternative historical narratives to works that themselves take action manipulating—mockumentaries, fictional models of utopia and/or
dystopia, parodies, persiflage or other forms of appropriation. The lowest common denominator of submitted work should be the moving image. There are no specifications concerning length.

Submission deadline is February 20th 2017.

Questions cocnerning submissions, formalities and anything else to Stephan Langer and Sebastian Gebeler:

We are curious about your entries!

Touchy @ Reich&Schoen Festival

…and here’s another hot hot hot announcement:

the artist formerly known as Touchy Mob and nowadays as simply Touchy will come to our cool’n’cozy cinema at this year’s Reich&Schoen Festival to do a half-improvised, half-scripted live score for one not-to-be revealed-beforehand experimental film. So, you’re in (not only for one) but for two surprises!

What sort of sounds and feels will Touchy create this time? And: what movie will it be that he will score? Hint: It’s a film with a lot of water in it. (Just the right thing maybe for these sunny days.)

Touchy will be the closing act of our official cinema programme and make for the transition into Friday night’s party programme.

10 July, 7pm: Reich&Schoen Festival

More information about the festival can be found over at: or

Lichtvögel @ Reich&Schoen Festival 2016

As promised, here comes a first announcement for our programme at Reich&Schoen Festival 2016.

We will screen films at the festival from Thu, July 9, 6pm until Fri, July 10, 9pm. [Check out the several other workshops that will be held at the festival, too, though!] After that it’s time to dance and party. But if you don’t feel like doing so, we will still be there for you and hold some screenings in secret.

In one section of our programme we want to show films that address gender, trans* and feminist issues. We are really happy therefore to have Katja Zeitler coming to the festival on Fri, July 10, 2pm to show her documentary film »Lichtvögel«, in which she portays her way from being Armin Zeitler to becoming Katja Zeitler and especially the trouble she had to face during the process—in society, in her family and with herself. Katja Zeitler will be available after the screening for a talk with the audience.

9 July, 2pm – Reich&Schoen Festival

Reich&Schön: 9th–11th July 2016

Hello, lovely GEGENkino followers, here’s some breaking news:

Summer, too, is a good time to spend indoors watching movies! Not only does it reduce the risk of getting a sunstroke or sunburn drastically, but also will it make you become a cooler, more clever, more critical person than you already are—at best.

Hence, we took the opportunity and will provide you with some premium cinematic (and cinematically extended) content at this year’s Reich&Schoen Festival!

The festival’s gonna take place from 9th–11th July 2016, somewhere close to the border to Czech Republic.

Get more information about the festival over at: or

Our programme for the festival’s cinema section will be revealed later on.

Stay tuned!

GEGENkino 2016 is over, out and done!

Thanks a lot to all those who supported our festival in whatever way and a  huge thank you, of course, to all of you, for attending our events! We were glad to see so many people coming to the screenings—far more people than we expected. Your interest and appreciation really fueled us to continue our small festival. Thanks thanks thanks for keeping alternative cinema alive!

Now, let’s all enjoy the summer.

Check back every once in a while here for updates about GEGENkino. Let’s see what the future will bring. We hope to see you all again!


your GEGENkino crew!