June 2, 2013
Congratulations to our LOLLY AWARD WINNERS!!!
Last night we presented the Lolly Awards at Sudblock for our Special EPIC After XPOSED Party
The Audience Choice Lolly Award went to FLAMING EARS by A. Hans Scheirl, Dietmar Schipek & Ursula Puerrer
The Lolly Award for the Best International Short Film went to GINGERS by Antonio da Silva
For blurring the boundaries between fetish and discrimination, this short film provides insightful, yet beautifully filmed portraits of young men by unfolding an unpredictable narrative, sharing unique experiences of its protagonists and opening up bold discussions about resentments and desires.
The Lolly Award for the Best German Short Film went to IT'S CONSUMING ME by Kai Staenicke
At once humorous and touching, this short film portrays authentic desire and jealousy in a protagonist with refreshingly relatable insights on the aches of unrequited love and lust. We were impressed by its bold approach to issues of identity and desire, its riveting narration and editing, and its ability to surprise the viewer with each new image.
The Lolly Award for the Best XPOSED Short Film went to ES HAT MICH SEHR GEFREUT by Mara Mattuschka
In both its politics and its aesthetics, this film is truly ahead of its time. In every sense brief and to-the-point, this film makes a powerful impact with its radical, blunt portrayal of female sexuality, and conscious, creative appropriation of patriarchal language and history. Though it was made more than 25 years ago, this contribution to feminist cinema has lost none of its currency.
A Special Lolly Award was also announced, hand picked by the XPOSED TEAM as their Favourite Short, we were please to present this award to Kerstin Cmelka for her short MIT MIR
June 1, 2013
Great to see so many of you at the screenings yesterday! We had more full houses for both the German and international shorts programs, and the hot tip of the night was the late screening of Hans Fädler's hilarious punk extravaganza WEINER BRUT, which had people in hysterics.
Today at Moviemento you should look out for the 4pm screening of Avery Willard's sexy, playful short films – this will be the first time they are screened in Germany, so don't miss out, especially if you saw the fascinating documentary IN SEARCH OF AVERY WILLARD yesterday.
Another highlight today is the cyberdyke fantasy feature film FLAMING EARS by Ursula Pürrer, A. Hans Scheirl, and Dietmar Schipek, screening at 10pm at Moviemento. The directors will be present for a Q&A session afterwards, and then what better way to round off the festival than to join us at Südblock for the Lolly Awards closing party, with a fantastic line up of Ena Lind, Pop:sch, and aMinus. See you there!
May 31, 2013
What a great turnout for opening night! With a full house at Moviemento and a humming after party at Mind Pirates, we had a wonderful night and hope you did too.
We've got another exciting line-up today, including the German shorts program at 7pm, with films by Diane Busuttil, Jan Soldat, Kai Staenicke and others. Many of the directors will be there at the screening, so come and check it out!
Tonight there's also a special late feature screening of Hans Faedler's crazy farce WIENER BRUT at 11pm. The lead actor Artur Singer will be in attendance for a Q&A with Wieland Speck after the film. An event not to be missed!
May 30, 2013
XPOSED starts tonight and the tickets for Opening Night are selling fast! Be sure to pre purchase your tickets for tonight at Moviemento or online via www.moviemento.de
Remember with your Opening Night Ticket you get free entry to the Special Screening and Party later at Mind Pirates!
Looking forward to seeing you all there! Tonight 7pm! It all Begins!!!
May 2, 2013
April 30, 2013
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April 15, 2013
Official poster designed by Marion Habringer.
April 8, 2013
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It's about eXposure and eXposing. It's about fun, it's about Berlin and the rest of the Queer World!
The XPOSED international queer short film festival Berlin was created to screen award winning Australian Queer short films to an international audience, however as the festival grew so did it's outlook, not only did we want to create International exposure for Australian Queer Film, but also to Queer Films from other regions as well.
The best way to shine a light on Queer life in another land is to mark it with a giant X and open peoples eyes to it, therefore, the festival grew into it's new focus. Every year we would dedicate to a specific region around the world and bring queer stories from these lands to an International audience in Berlin. Not only have we XPOSED Queer Australian short films, but also short films from Canada, Korea, Turkey, Germany, Spain & The Middle East!
X marks the spot, and that spot this year is AUSTRIA
Welcome to the 8th XPOSED International Queer Film Festival Berlin!
This year we have a rare and special treat for you. After last year's focus on contemporary films from the Middle East, we decided to take a completely different direction with our program in 2013. This year be ready to explore the exciting Austrian avant-garde film scene of the past forty years with us!
Two short film programs and three feature length fiction films will push the term queer out of it's "umbrella term comfort zone", and turn our common view on Queer Cinema upside down. These transgressive works question aesthetic and narrative conventions, reject moral duality, and prove how politically infiltrating form and aesthetics can be on content.
On Friday May 31st, we kick off with our traditional German and International Shorts program. Fast paced music videos and animated works, intimate portraits as well as grotesque comedy stories will light up the screens of Moviemento that night. Be prepared for a fun visual rollercoaster ride!
On Saturday June 1st, we are proud to present to you the first time ever Berlin screening of the short films of Avery Willard, the almost forgotten film artist and pornographer from New York from then 1960s.
In its 3rd year since it?s birth, The Lolly Award is presented by a special Jury in the following categories:
Best XPOSED Short Film
Best German Short Film
Best International Short Film
The Audience LOLLY AWARD for the Best Feature Film.
Born in 1964 in Berlin Neuk?lln, she curates and organises the PornFilmFestival Berlin and since 2012 has been the Director of Special Media SDL in Berlin.
Born in Istanbul 1984, he is currently based in Berlin, where he works as an artist and a curator. He writes regularly on film and other arts for the Armenian & Turkish weekly newspaper Agos.
Since 2006 Ena Lind is a fixture of the Berlin Scene. She DJs in cities like New York, Copenhagen, Tel Aviv, London, Paris, Z?rich, Br?ssel, Istanbul, Rom and many more. She also serves as the publisher of the "Bend Over Magazines".
The 2012 Lolly Awards were presented at the Eiszeit Kino on Friday the 22 June, 2012
We were very happy to award the following films in the following categories:
Chen Shumowitz, Israel, 12', 2011
The jury had a hard time deciding which film should win this prize. In the end it was given to a film that had strong characters portraying a very real, yet harrowing Rcoming out? experience. Each character presented a new perspective from which to view the protagonists stand point and served a purpose in the meaning of the overall story. It shows that the roles of family members are so deeply imbedded in the psyche and that those tiescannot be shaken. The most striking moment of this film is the loaded ending that finished with a complicated scene told through the simplicity of silence.
Jan Soldat, Germany, 9', 2012
The Best German Film was chosen for by the jury for its candid and honest look at age and sexuality from an intimate yet observational perspective. The audience were invited into a comfortable world created between the Director and his protagonists; this atmosphere gave the film its special shine. The audience were therefore privvi to a playful romp in the home of two high spirited men who had the courage and humour to simply be themselves.
Jonathan Pope Evans, US, 13', 2012
The jury members all warmed towards a film that chose a macabre aesthetic to present a serious theme that held it's moral ambiguity. From the very beginning, the film draws the viewer into its atmospheric world of haunting imagery. His strong lead character was completely convincing in a world that contained only a slight glimmer of innocence amongst the terror of his reality.
Fadi Hindash, Belgien, 70', 2009,
Fadi Hindash confronts the contemporary generation of 'westernized' Arabs in Dubai with a taboo. What happens when you reveal your sexual orientation to those 'modern' Arabs? Not quite the Taliban is a documentary about one man's frustration with his generation of young "modern" Arabs who appear Western, but are more conservative than the traditional Arabs. While there are many films about hypocrisy in the Middle East made by Western filmmakers, Not Quite the Taliban is the first to be made by an Arab who has put himself on the line by speaking up about the taboos.
All film programs
7 €, reduced price 6 €.
Special offer: purchase 5 tickets for 5 € each!
Tickets can be purchased at Moviemento Berlin or Online at www.moviemento.de
Opening Night Party & Screening at Mindpirates
(Free entry for ticket holders to the XPOSED Opening Night Program)
Lolly Awards Closing Party & Screening at Südblock:
(3 € for ticket holders from all Saturday screenings) Remember, present your Ticket from an XPOSED Program to the team at Südblock and receive a free coffee at the XPOSED Südblock daily hangout.
The XPOSED Tombola extravaganza, that we love to offer through out the duration of the festival, is to be drawn at the Lolly Awards on the 1st of June.
Be in it to win it! All you need to do is purchase a ticket for 1 € and you go straight into the draw to win a basket load full of extraordinary ticks and treats! The tombola is overflowing with loads of candy, DVDs, mugs, t-shirts and much much more!
Opening Night Open Air Screening and Party
Schlesische Strasse 38, 3HH 10997 Berlin
Kottbusser Damm 22 ubhf - Schönleinstr. U8
Closing Night Open Air Screening, Lolly Awards and Closing Party
XPOSED TEAM 2013
Michael Stuetz - Festival Director
Bartholomew Sammut - Festival Director/ Founder
Anna Wenzel - Production Manager
Toby Ashraf - Text Editor
Paolo Giannini - Jury Coordinator
Sam Burt - Marketing & Press Coordinator
Marion Habringer - Artistic Designer
Ric Pettit - Web Designer
Aaron Sammut - Graphic Designer
Sasha Matteucci - Lolly Award Designer
Christoph Scheermann - Festival Photographer
Adam Zwi - Festival Assistant
Andreea Mihaila - Festival Assistant
Sara Niedorf - Festival Assistant
Georg Locher, Maria Simma, Nicole Stecker, Barbara Reumüller at Identities, Isabelle Piechaczyk, Brigitta Burger-Utzer, Mabel Aschenneller, Wieland Speck, Nora Molitor at Arsenal, Amanda Hammett & Cary Kehayan at Isoaw Film, Melissa van der Schoor at International Film Festival Rotterdam, Iris Praefke, Frances Hill & the Team at Moviemento, Nora Colie & the Team at Mindpirates, Tülin Duman, Dennis Kuhlow & the Team at Südblock. Jürgen Paster Marketing, Paz Lazaro, Manuela Kugler-Knape, Jan Noll, Andreas Scholz, Martin Koschnick, Alexander Mello at the div.a festival, Joachim Post, Katja Briesemeister, Joey Hansom, Valentin Plessy, Ena Lind, Rosebutt, Pop:sch, Camp-Fire and of course all of the Filmmakers!!!