SWEDENBORG FILM FESTIVAL 2018

November (dates tbc) | Swedenborg House

SWEDENBORG FILM FESTIVAL 2018

November (dates tbc) | Swedenborg House

Featuring new films of 20 minutes or less and co-curated by Gareth Evans (Whitechapel Gallery) and Nora Foster (Frieze), the Swedenborg Film Festival invites entries from the latest emerging and established talent of experimental and artist film, exploring the theme of 'correspondences'. 

Selected films will be screened in November 2018 at Swedenborg Hall, ‘one of London’s most atmospheric venues’ (The Guardian). 

Artists including Bridget Smith, Andrew Kötting, Jeremy Millar and Lech Majewski have shown work at SFF.

Filmmakers are invited to explore the concept of 'correspondences' – a theme encountered in the work of scientist, philosopher, theologian and visionary, Emanuel Swedenborg (1688-1772), as well as those he influenced, from William Blake to Jorge Luis Borges. A foundation of the Romantic, Symbolist and Surrealist artistic traditions, Swedenborg was a seminal influence on generations of radical thinkers.

Inspired by the work of a single philosopher, the SFF has received a huge response from thousands of filmmakers around the world since its launch in 2010. The annual festival was re-launched in July 2015 with an expanded framework, a new competition and a fresh commitment to showing the work of international filmmakers who are engaging with themes similar to those that energized Swedenborg. 

The 2017 programme explored the theme of 'dreams', with a season of iconic features and visionary shorts chosen by the writer Ali Smith, who was guest judge of the competition, selecting Fenglin Chen as the 2017 winner for her film Delicatessen.

Filmmakers worldwide are invited to submit films of 20 minutes or less, which have been made between 1 July 2017 and 31 July 2018.

THE SWEDENBORG SHORT FILM FESTIVAL is curated by Gareth Evans (Whitechapel Gallery) and Nora Foster (Frieze). Inspired by the work of a single philosopher, the SFF has received a huge response from thousands of filmmakers around the world since its launch in 2010. For the 2017 edition, filmmakers were invited to explore the concept of 'dreams' – a theme encountered in the work of scientist, philosopher, theologian and visionary Emanuel Swedenborg (1688-1772), as well as those he influenced, from William Blake to Jorge Luis Borges. Artists including Ali Smith, Bridget Smith, Andrew Kötting, Jeremy Millar and Lech Majewski have shown work at or judged the SFF.