Open Call for Filmmakers: Dokuarts Festival 2023

Mar. 31, 2023

After three years, Dokuarts festival returns to Berlin, taking place from October 4th to 15th, 2023. This year, the programming will focus on the theme “Visual Alterity.” Dokuarts will move its program to three new venues: Kino in der Kulturbrauerei, BrotfabrikKino and Klick Kino. A fourth venue will be the Haus für Poesie.

Dokuarts screens documentaries on the arts and by artists. Films of a minimum length of 60-minutes may be submitted for selection. Every year Dokuarts shows around 25 films from 15 countries, of which almost all are German premieres. The festival neither awards prizes nor includes a competition. Dokuarts invites a number of filmmakers to Berlin to discuss their films.

The project Dokuarts Visual Alterity presents and examines the filmic look at the Other. How is the self, understood here as “identity in flux,” shaped through the encounter with the Other?

Since the beginnings of philosophy, philosophers, particularly in the field of ethics, have engaged in the thinking about the Other/ the Stranger. Among them, Emmanuel Levinas is known for his lifelong preoccupation with the Other, and the alterity of the Other, which forms the center-piece of his ethics. Today, his work is experiencing a renaissance not only in the realm of identity politics and universalistic thought but also notably in the field of film studies. Even though Levinas himself rarely references the arts, his ethical concept of the “Face-to-Face relation” provides countless possibilities for re-evaluating the complex relationship between ethics and aesthetics.

Dokuarts Visual Alterity addresses this relationship with a focus on the expressiveness, diversity and reflexivity of the documentary film. The selection of films focusses on artistic work processes, unusual biographies and essay films that testify to the transformational potential of identities.

Application Info
Film submission:
Deadline: May 31, 2023

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