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Starting From Scratch: Analogue Film

A study trip to Filmverkstaden in Vaasa

On June 8th and 9th, Academy of Moving People & Images co-organized a study trip to Vaasa to visit our new collaborators at Filmverkstaden where AMPI participants learned about the process of working with analogue. Lasse Krister Vairio and Britt Al-Busultan shared with the participants their knowledge of workflow, possibilities, equipment and basic 16mm filmmaking followed by a film screening ‘Landscape at Large’ with films by Nazli Dincel, Alexandre Larose, Inger Lise Hansen, Emmanuel Lefrant, Malena Szlam.

Founded in 2010, Filmverkstaden has established itself as a knowledge center for experimental audiovisual art. It offers working facilities, guidance, and knowledge through hands-on workshops. Filmverkstaden is also an art residency for Nordic and Baltic artists, and functions as a platform for Finnish and international artists alike, in both Finland and abroad. Filmverkstaden has a unique darkroom with all the basic needs for analogue film and photo processing where it is possible to work with the physicality of the medium, through chemical manipulation, printing, and re-printing, in-camera effects, or direct manipulation of the film material.

Filmverkstaden’s vision is to preserve, maintain and innovate analogue film for future generations by providing facilities and knowledge exchange and to educate within the field of experimental audiovisual art; equally available to all, unbiased by gender, age, background or nationality.

The trip was kindly supported by Filmverkstaden and our amazing collaborator, Goethe-Institut Finnland.