PAF published the authorial book Special Circumstances.The authors Jan Šrámek and Jana Kořínková aimed to raise awareness of the gradual vanishing of post-war sculptures from the public space. The book launch took place on Wednesday March 29th 2017 in PRAHA / Forum for Architecture and Media in Brno.
The winner of this year’s Other Visions CZ competition is Lucie Rosenfeldová with her work Polymind. The Main Award was granted by the international jury consisting of Cordelia Dvorák (DE), Alexander Campaz (US) and Olga Bobrowska (PL). The Audience Award went to Martin Zvěřina and his Pillars.
This year there will be quite a lot of workshops at PAF: you can observe sound with Gurun Gurun, try a workshop of one-second videos, and see the film-archeological ‘Prejection Apparatus’ and computer games with Golem. For children there are workshops of animation and a trip to a time before the construction of the cinematograph.
The programme section Why Look at Animals? will include lectures by Stanislav Komárek, Pavel Ryška and Andrea Průchová, and a presentation by Michaël Dudok de Wit, who won an Oscar. Puppet films created by Ladislav Starevich, which are over 100 years old and feature an insect, will also be screened.” The biggest cinema in Olomouc will host performances of electronic music and live moving images by two of the most significant world producers on the contemporary music scene, Bill Kouligas and M.E.S.H., in cooperation with Harm van den Dorpel and Michael Guidetti. The premiere of Jan Kulka’s Prejection Apparatus, which enables him not only to screen films, but also to shoot them on classic materials such as paper and lace, will take place in Konvikt. More details can be found in the programme #paf2016.
The opening of the jubilee year of PAF will take place during the vernissage of Other Visions CZ, which was curatorially prepared by the art theorist and philosopher Karel Císař. The Spanish film artists Luis Macías and Adriana Vila Guevara, accompanied by the experimental musician Alfredo Costa Monteiro, will perform as part of the Film Labor programme in the Baroque chapel. The world premiere of Moravia, Beautiful Land II, made by Petr Šprincl, who will be in attendance, will also take place. Inga Copeland, aka Lolina, has prepared a special programme for the attic premises of the theatre hall with the American producer John T. Gast and Estonian visual artist Edith Karlson. More details can be found in the programme #paf2016.
The final day of PAF will open with the animated children’s series Míša Kulička, followed by a sound workshop about an insect from the planet Gurun. There will be a story about Punťa, who is a Czech creation, however, he is somewhat based on Hollywood models. There will also be the following screenings; the experimental film Distruktur from the Berlin film-lab, Dominik Gajarský and Roman Štětina’s Animals and Machines, Jiří Havlíček’s Film Week with live accompaniment by Jan Kratochvíl, the little deer Bambi, and 90-year old John Berger’s looking at animals. Pioneers, robots, Ryška and Kolouch will give a collective performance and we will see the first concert by Dizzcock performing from the Night Rider album. The show will be concluded by OTK in Vertigo. #paf2016
The third day of PAF will feature more than thirty programme blocks, such as Matěj Smetana’s presentation, which is accompanied by a screening block of animated films with the theme of animals. The discussion round table with outstanding guests, deals with the topic of Krátký film (Short Film) and will be led by Pavel Ryška and Jiří Havlíček. During the afternoon, the newly developed computer game Golem and the interactive application Aniscience will be presented. Stan Brakhage’s film, which is composed of moths’ wings and other material will also be screened. Three film performances by the French lab from Grenoble will take place in the theatre hall. The second round table, led by Matěj Strnad, will discuss the possibilities of distribution. The return and the end of the dinosaurs will be presented by the author František Týmal. There will also be concerts; Nesbitts, Ravelin 7, Gurun Gurn, Music For Your Plants and Tempelhof.
Lenka Střeláková, the curator of Other Visions 2015, represented PAF at Anilogue, the Hungarian festival of animated film. She attended the round table concerned with new progressive directions being taken by festivals of film animation. She introduced her selection Cosmological Anthropology.