Ben Russell Shortlisted at International Film Festival Rotterdam!


Ben Russell Shortlisted at International Film Festival Rotterdam!

US-based media artist Ben Russell has been shortlisted for a key prize at the International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) for a work commissioned by Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival in partnership with Northern Film & Media.

Russell’s film, ‘Greetings to the Ancestors’, is a cinema edit of his immersive film installation ‘The Twilight State’, which premiered at our 10th edition last September.

Following support from Arts Council England and an international call for proposals which attracted hundreds of entries from over 30 different countries, Russell was awarded £5,000 to make the film.

‘Greetings to the Ancestors’ is one of an eclectic field of 20 films from around the world shortlisted for the 10th edition of Rotterdam’s Canon Tiger Awards Competition for Short Films. Three winning films will be selected by a jury of experts and one nominated to compete in the short film category of the annual European Film Awards (EFA). The awards ceremony will take place on Jan 25 as part of the 44th edition of the International Film Festival Rotterdam.

Having had solo exhibitions and screenings all over the world – from the Museum of Modern Art in New York to the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris – Russell came to the North East of England in September 2014 to present ‘The Twilight State’, on which ‘Greetings to the Ancestors’ is based. The film is set between Swaziland and South Africa and uses the unusual landscape of the borderless Kruger National Park to explore themes of culture, nature, society and existence. Focusing on the abrupt meeting of the natural world and urban modernity in a society still grappling with the after-effects of apartheid, ‘The Twilight State’ documents the lives of the territory’s inhabitants as borders dematerialise, evolve and dissolve.

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