Cinema Perpetuum Mobile Short Film Festival
Cinema Perpetuum Mobile is a cinema festival like no other in Eastern Europe. Founded in 2011 solely by volunteers, soon it turned into an international creative forum that unites independent filmmakers and artists from all over the world. With our hearts and souls belonging to Belarus, the country where international relations are only in their developing stage, we set off to invite participants from everywhere representing their unique cultures at this one-of-a-kind event called the Second International Short Film Festival Cinema Perpetuum Mobile that will take place on January 12-20, 2013.
The Cinema Perpetuum Mobile Festival is a brainchild of Kinaklub.org, an independent film community of cinephiles and dreamers who share their passion for cinema and art. This non-profit organization is guided by the principles of open culture, decentralization and cooperation above all.
Early in 2012 the Belarusian underground was blown away by the 1st Cinema Perpetuum Mobile festival that attracted 197 filmmakers from 35 countries. The Festival films were screened at 8 venues in front of a multi-thousand audience, while our budget was still… zero. The Festival has become a cornerstone of the contemporary Belarusian culture, but behind all this there is an idea that has made such breakthrough possible.
The idea is to change the world we are living in through cinema, the most universal communicative medium that inspires people to act. Taking up this cinema festival as one of the possible ways to generate solutions for the 21st century problems, we make them visible to the general public, inviting to discuss the modern society’s maladies at this international celebration of art through cooperation.
Alongside we set out to reach the following goals:
- to promote independent filmmaking around the world;
- to encourage cultural diversity in cinema;
- to search for new forms and solutions in the contemporary filmmaking;
- to develop and strengthen connections between international film communities.
As a wholly independent and non-profit event, the Festival has seen its rises and falls, but our team of dedicated volunteers didn’t give up, and we succeeded! We succeeded to prove that, when united, like-minded people can really make their dreams come true. Our dream is to create a space for international communication that knows no borders. And we believe this is possible. With your help.
International Dialog Through Art… More Art
This time Cinema Perpetuum Mobile is not only about films. We employ all possible media to establish international dialog through art – music, visual arts and theatre. In January 2013 the Festival is to showcase the creative powers which are guiding the world these days. Making Cinema Perpetuum Mobile a travelling festival, we are aimed to bring it to the remotest regions, both in Belarus and internationally. This year the Festival program is not limited to the single “perpetual motion” theme (as its title suggests), but is expanded to include ecological and experimental films, as well as films for children.
As our ambitions grow, so do our opportunities. Hundreds of filmmakers and spectators together with an eminent jury of cinema professionals and critics have made it possible. But there is one thing we lack – the Festival participants as our guests here, in Belarus. During the 1st Cinema Perpetuum Mobile Festival they were communicating virtually, and we just had no financial means to invite them.
Almost a year later we dedicate our efforts to bring them here, in Belarus, where their films will be shown to the audience eager to learn and share. We need them here to communicate, to find new friends, to feel each other and cooperate for the sake of creating a better place of our world.
And your money goes to…
Cinema Perpetuum Mobile needs funding to pay for the participants’ travel expenses. We realize that there are no complete film festival without the participating filmmakers and their staff present. To make the Festival a full-scale event, we are going to invite this year’s participants, accommodate them in our houses and show our culture at the greatest extent possible. It is not just about remarkable memories; it is about learning the world together as well.
Funding our participants’ visits is the tiniest part of the total expenses related to the Festival arrangements, but this is the only one we’re asking you to contribute to. This is the most important for us to see independent filmmakers, who have already believed in our idea, to join us here. Together we will be able to create a powerfully creative community for finding answers to the most acute problems we face nowadays.
Cinema Perpetuum Mobile has been groundbreaking from its very start, and it continues its signal history now as one of the few Kickstarter projects to be launched fully from Belarus.
You can make it another Belarusian project funded successfully too. We’re asking for little, since we are still ready to bear the largest part of expenses ourselves. We resort to Kickstarter not just as to some fashionable trend but as to the strong community of people ready to give. This is the concept behind Cinema Perpetuum Mobile, and we invite you to join.
THE FESTIVAL IS OPEN FOR FILM SUBMISSIONS TILL NOVEMBER 30. DO IT NOW.
And now a few notes about our Rewards. ALL backers will get a thank-you email and will be mentioned on our website.
The Festival yearbook - a skillful compilation of the Festival program summary, critics' reviews, participants' feedback and the Festival team's comments. LOTS of pictures and TONS of articles you just couldn't resist to read.
The Festival soundtrack - a complete album of contemporary Belarusian music we're really proud of. Young and talented Belarusian musicians has agreed to contribute to our Festival for free with the original songs which vary from indie rock to reggae. The physical copy of the soundtrack will be packed with original artwork by the Belarusian artists.
Hand-made souvenirs of Belarusian clay - our Belarusian craftswoman Yulia Pukhliakova has made these unique souvenirs of eco-friendly clay specially for the Festival.
Pierre-Luc Vaillancourt's and Cory McAbee's signed film posters - Pierre-Luc Vaillancourt and Cory McAbee, the world's leading avantgarde film directors and members of the Cinema Perpetuum Mobile Jury, will sign 100 posters of their films to reward our backers.
Hand-painted t-shirts - we hand-paint EACH t-shirt individually to keep it unique. You'll be able to choose your color and size. The logo is by Alexandra Davydenko.
The DVD collection of the Belarusian films - Kinaklub.org has been collecting Belarusian indie short films for a few years to present you with the best-of-the best collection. With your help it'll be out to see the world!
Invitation to the Festival - we'll assist you with obtaining a Belarusian visa, provide FREE accommodation and all-areas pass to the Festival events. Transportation expenses are NOT included.
You are free to ask us a question in FAQ. Want to reach our Festival team directly? No probs, our contacts are found here: http://filmfest.by/2013/contacts