Call is closed!

Thanks a lot for all the submissions and for your interest in our festival. We will contact all those who submitted again after we are done with curating the programme. (Expected date: End of March)

OPEN CALL – Vaginale – GEGENkino 2015

Dear filmmakers at art schools and wherever beyond,

in April 2015 we are hosting GEGENkino for the second time. After having curated a video exhibition together with filmmaker Clemens von Wedemeyer [Academy of Visual Arts Leipzig, Expanded Media Class] as part of GEGENkino 2014, we would like to continue working on this strand next year.

Therefore, we need your films, Clips, loops! The context: within Vaginale, one of our sections of the programme, we inquire after the social effects of a subversive, (post-)feminist film, its aesthetic qualities and the interdependency of medial content and social reality.

Within the contemporary art world an within a broadly operating porn-affirmative movement in the realm of film, the casual dealing with obscenities triggers off the discussion about the depiction of female desire anew and offers a colourful range of different stances.

Current productions about female sexuality suggest they succeed in depicting feminine desire adequately or establishing a feminine pornography as an appropriate subversive practice. Critical thoughts are levelled by a general euphoria, which enables to get away unquestioned concerning the suitability of the make of the movies and their ideological function. Content-related, we are interested in two different things: (1) Female narration, the authorship of women. Women assume the definatory power over “the feminine” and take a stance. Thereby, the female body receives a new presence. We want to bring together and bundle forms that articulate this new presence – be it film art, video art, or experimental flicks. (2) Pornography as radical action. In general: can pornography produce political significance, that is influence social conventions and thereby transcend its primary function to generate sexual arousal?

Concerning form, we are looking for works that are of cinematic nature in the broadest sense, the lowest common denominator is the moving image. There are no guidelines regarding length. Concerning content, your contributions should decidedly look for forms and images that trace feminine desire, feminine passion and/or feminine sexuality. Depictions can be explicit, but they do not necessarily have to be. The following criteria should be met: (a) A woman has to be involved as director, producer or performer. (b) The work should discuss female passion authentically. © It is supposed to broaden boundaries of female sexuality’s stereotypical depiction.

The chosen works will be part of GEGENkino 2015 and will be exhibited inside the historical ballroom of Schaubühne Lindenfels at Leipzig. You can find information regarding the festival here:

Curator and project coordinator Stephan Langer willingly answers further requests concerning contributions, formalities and everything else:

CLOSING DATE is the 15th of MARCH 2015.

We are delighted and are curious about your contributions!