Alternative Film & Video Festival Belgrade
Alternative Film & Video Festival was established in 1982 in Belgrade, Serbia (Yugoslavia). As a meeting place for artists, theorists, critics and the audience, the festival's mission has been to record and theorise movements, promote constructive values and support new creative possibilities in visual media. The festival provides a glimpse of the current state of new film and video tendencies in the region and the world. The founder and the organizer of the festival is Academic Film Center Belgrade of Students’ City Cultural Center.
The festival was held for the first time in 1982 under the title Alternative Film Festival with the proclaimed intention to explore works which do not fit into established categories and which do not align with dominant commercial and aesthetic trends. The selection included various modes of alternative, experimental, art, personal and radical films. Since 1985 the festival changed its name to Alternative Film/Video and became one of the first film festivals in Europe to show films and videos equally in its competition selection. In that way, the festival established and further explored the relation of alternative film and video production to commercial and classical cinema, but also the relation between film and video aesthetics and production. Discontinued in 1990, the festival was reestablished in 2003, first as a regional (ex-Yugoslav) festival, and since 2006 as an international festival.
The festival programme usually consists of two multimedia exhibitions, an opening performance, a workshop and various public programmes. Accompanying programmes aim to form a referent frame for contextualizing the contemporary alternative and experimental cinema. The Alternative Film/Video Research Forum (since 2012) and the two open panel discussions: one about the festival theme and another one with jury members on the festival's selection and awarded works. These discussions are transcribed and published annually since 2003.
The festival's specificity since the beginning is that it doesn't award films hierarchically - instead, the jury selects works for the List of the Significant Achievements of the festival.
- Alternative Film/Video 1982-1990 editions did not have thematic framework
- Alternative Film/Video was in hiatus 1991-2003
- Alternative Film/Video 2003: Between Squares
- Alternative Film/Video 2004: State of Things
- Alternative Film/Video 2005: Networks
- Alternative Film/Video 2006: Laboratory
- Alternative Film/Video 2007: Associations
- Alternative Film/Video 2008: Memory
- Alternative Film/Video 2009: Found Footage
- Alternative Film/Video 2010: The Cine-Club Era
- Alternative Film/Video 2011: Archives, Digitalization, Distribution of Alternative Films
- Alternative Film/Video 2012: Film After Film
- Alternative Film/Video 2013: Structural Film
- Alternative Film/Video 2014: Experimental Film and Video Art
- Alternative Film/Video 2015: Alternative Cinema in the Age of the Internet
- Alternative Film/Video 2016: Art Movements
- Alternative Film/Video 2017: Subversion
- Alternative Film/Video 2018: Collectivism
From 2003 to 2017 the festival printed its catalogues in the following year because in that way publications could include transcripts of the round-table discussions held during the festival. These catalogues document the programme of the festival, but also the state of the art and thought within the experimental/alternative/avant-garde film community.
Selected catalogues are presented below.