Lava Avant-garde Film Festival is a presentation of the achievements of the most outstanding creators of experimental cinema and artists creating contemporary avant-garde works and is not limited to the medium of film. The event combines the promotion of ambitious cinema with interdisciplinary work between experienced and novice creators alike.
Now in its second year, this year’s edition of the festival is inspired by Kenneth Anger - an American director whose role in shaping avant-garde film cannot be overstated. The event programme will be in two blocks: in the main block there will be eight of Anger's films, accompanied with live music by composers in different genres - they are both distinguished at national and international level, as well as debuting in this field.
In the second block, films submitted to the competition will be displayed. We will show ten (or more) of the best short experimental pieces submitted both nationally and internationally. An overall winner shall then be selected by a soon-to-be announced jury, with the finalists then being invited to an open discussion on experimental film amongst themselves and the audience.
Film screenings will be augmented with discussions, plenaries with experts and a rich program of accompanying events. We will bring the audience closer to the subject of American and Polish counter-culture and the phenomenon of avant-garde, not only in film, but also in scientific and publishing circles. The audience will also have the opportunity to meet with invited artists and participate with them in discussions about the condition and the development of Polish experimental film.
To close the festival, Szum will prepare a special evening of music, whilst on Friday we will also have music, dancing and much more at the Krakow Art House.
Lava Avant-garde Film Festival is organized by the Lava Experimental Film Foundation. The artistic director of the festival and the president of the Maja Chiara Faber foundation are responsible for the coordination and organization of all activities included in the program.