The competition "Other Visons" aims at the mapping of the events within the field of moving images and video in the Czech Republic. The choice of ach annual is unique thanks to the diversity of the curator board that nominates 10 audiovisuals. The main criteria of the competition is condition that the audiovisual must be suitable for a screening in a cinema and shouldn't be older than 18 months. The pieces of both professionals and amateurs can participate in the competition, the fi nal choice depends on the festival dramaturgy (represented by Martin Mazanec) and especially on the verdict of the invited curator – this year's curator is Martin Fišr.
Although the competiton is realized within the Animated Film Festival, its range outreaches the interpretations of animation cathegories more than audience would expect. Any classic animation is accepted, as well as some computer game cinematics or feature fi lm sequences. The concept of the competition may perhaps resemble a choice of experimental fi lms and videos.
The partner of the competition is a Japanese company WACOM that spacializes on the production and the developement of tablet devices. The company exists since 1983 and provides the market with one of the most sophisticated products of its kind – the main prize the company donated he compatition with:
Wacom Cintiq 12WX (12,1barevný LCD tablet WXGA 1280x800 + pero Grip Pen, 5080dpi, USB)
THE TEN NOMINATED WORKS
Daniela Baráčková: KUNG FU PANDA | 2008 | 2:43 mins
...No, you just have to believe! Promise me, Shifu, just promise you'll believe. I'll try.... Perhaps it is the central dialogue of this year's animation hit called Kung fu Panda that will certainly remain in the hearts of the audience. Some may even spread about the teachings of the master Oogway..sebe...
Josef Bolf: THE DINING ROOM | 2008 | 10:07 mins
The painter Josef Bolf supplies the world with the paintings full of pain and loneliness. If we fi nd a group of characters in his painting, it it sure that they are present only to stress the sorrow and loneliness. In the video called The Dining Room these pictures become alive and attack with an unusual intensity. Something from Trnka: Untreated wounds don't heal, treated wounds change us.
Lukáš Hájek: GULLIVER IN THE WORLD OF PYGMEYS | 2008 | 6:40 mins
"A fairy tale form slide fi lm (1957) converted into pixilation animation". Human and computer. Sometimes amongst pygmey, but usually amongst giants. Screensaver is another brainwashing device.
Pash*: MOONWALK | 2008 | 2:20 mins
A meditative variations of the graphic background of internet interface and the context of pop-music. "Youtube recently changed its design and added one button to the playbar, which actually screwed it all."
Pavla Sceranková: UMZUG – STOLIČKA, STOLOVANIE, STOL | 2007 | 1:00 mins
Bauhaus /Ikea/ Houdini. Functional furniture. Just have a sit, it may even pack itself and leave. If you need it again, it will come back. Soul hygiene. You don't have to live in a small fl at to feel the gentle touch of video.
Patrick Sedlaczek: DER STAND DER STURM (State of Storm) | 2008 | 14:22 mins
Some photographs are blessed. They have the ability to narrate. Video – image – photograph, the recording of endurance, the building of discomposure, in fact a form of suspended picture. The nightwatch.
Ivan Svoboda: FLAT NO. 20 | 2008 | 10:08 mins
The story of the telescreen transformation in a German fl at. Ivan Svoboda systematically cultivates his subtitles and photographs, which progressively substitutes the staging and sound of his shots.
Roman Štětina: MORSE CODE | 2008 | 0:59 mins
The recording of a sound composition – supposedly a tune, the very short video of unfulfi led expectations. Seemingly a wasted minute.
Pavel Švec: IN A NUTSHELL| 2008 | 11:30 mins
The sequel of the loose Space trilogy created by Pavel Švec is an intergalactic odyssey. This time, there's also a scientist, a space shuttle, planets and a tragedy.
Viktor Takáč: ... ARE YOU TELLING ME THAT FUTURE CONTINUES IN THE PAST? | 2008 | 1:40 mins
The fascination with geometric construction of space with the use of video is present in the whole Viktor Takač's production. Now he uses a realistic
image retrieved by the circular movement and a structure of the enchanted triangle drawn inside it.
MARTIN FIŠR an artist and curator, he is the leader of Šternberk Gallery which belongs among the most distinct places with a quality exhibitions of contemporary art.
ALENA BOIKA (BLR) an art critic and curator who lives in Prague and Moscow, she is an editor of the Russian version of the Umělec (Artist) magazine.
MARTIN BLAŽÍČEK (CZ) a fi lm maker and dramaturgist who occupies himself with forms of "live cinema", his theoretical specialization is the Expanded cinema era. Presently, he studies the graduant programme at FAMU in Prague.
DERMOT CORRIGAN (IR) an Irish writer and journalist, he contributes to the following periodicals: Filmmaker Magazine (USA), an internet daily Sunday Business Post (IR), When Saturday Comes (VB) and Backpacker (IR).