About the Festival
Harkat is back with the second edition of the 16mm film festival.
As we zoom past Instagram filters, automated editing apps on our phones and countless banal videos on our timeline, we want to reconnect with film as a medium. It seems almost utopian now, a time where film making was about ‘making’, meticulous and reserved for the select few patient enough to spend hours and hours on formulating a piece of art.
We want to relive the magic of churning a film through a projector onto a speckless cloth, evoking the tangible quality of the medium. We also want to keep a community of artists and makers, who have always been working with film, together and slowly rebuild, through community efforts, a lost infrastructure.
The 16mm Film Festival, conceived with a view of re-connecting with the cinematic medium through it’s celluloid history, drew an amazing response last year. We screened some very impressive works done on film and had workshops and contests facilitating the production of new work, all around and with 16mm film.
With very generous support from Kodak, the festival has worked its way through supporting infrastructure for filmmakers and artists who want to work on film since the past year. This year, the festival has gathered much more support from Kodak, industry professionals and most importantly, LaborBerlin, who Harkat is collaborating with to bring an experience to the city.
This year we open with a big night of a screening and follow through with workshops and screenings of other unseen works sprawling over three days at a selection of venues across the city.
The Harkat 16mm Film Festival is organised by Harkat, an alternative arts space and a film production company based in Mumbai and Berlin.