Short films forged under the constraints of small budgets but without the restrictions of conventions.
ATTN: Fans of radical experimental filmmaking from New Zealand and overseas. The three-day Wellington Underground Film Festival will be playing a collection of short films characterised by a lack of resources and "an attitude and ethos you can’t find in the dominant narrative form."
The programme includes the likes of Sestina for a Cashier - where the highly structured sestina poem format is used to convert a cashier's monotonous inner monologue into something, well, poetic. Another great watch is Akvarium by Jorgen Johansen from Norway. The film is accompanied by a mysterious blurb: "To look at an aquarium is equivalent to look at a photograph, it is a representation of reality we see. In todays cyber-world there has never existed more images and the images are distributed by many. The information is mirrored through each individual that sees the image and when redistributed the image adds constructions. The history of the image changes. What implications does this have in today’s society?"
The festival's criteria for films shown is that the filmmakers had a " lack of money, equipment, resources and sometimes even technical skills"as well as expressing through their films "an attitude and ethos you can’t find in the dominant narrative form."
30% of the films screened are from New Zealand.
Arts & Entertainment
Saturday, December 18 - Monday, April 25
Te Papa Museum