Symposium: Artists and Film – Autonomy & Industry

Over the last few years there has been a marked increase in the number of artists who have moved from a contemporary art gallery practice to mainstream global cinema as well as filmmakers shifting in the other direction to gallery practice and presentation. This event explores the barriers and synergies, similarities and differences between the two contexts. Contributors include artists, curators and representatives of the British Film community.

  • John Akomfrah, Smoking Dogs Films, 2014 BAFTA nominee and founding member of the Black Audio Film Collective
  • Andrea Luka Zimmerman, Artist/ Filmmaker
  • Gary Thomas, Associate Director, Animate Projects and Programme Manager, Film, British Council
  • Rose Cupit, Director, Senior FLAMIN Manager ( Film London Artists’ Moving Image Network), Film London
  • Steven Bode, Director, Film & Video Umbrella
  • Elena Hill, Creative Director, Soda Film & Art
  • Mark Cosgrove, Programmer, Watershed
  • Eddie Berg, BFI Partnerships
  • Lucy Reynolds, Curator & Artist

Symposium chaired by artist filmmakers Dr. Anya Lewin & Kayla Parker

Programme for the day is as follows:

  • Welcome and Introduction
  • Session One: The politics of making
  • Break
  • Panel Discussion and Q&A
  • Session Two: Models & platforms for commissioning &producing artists film
  • Panel Discussion and Q&A
  • Lunch
  • Session Three: Distribution, programming & Networks
  • Panel Discussions and Q&A

Plymouth Arts Centre’s project Sweet FA: a journey through artist’s film has been incorporated into this event.

This is a partnership event between River Tamar Project, Visual Arts South West, Plymouth University (Moving Image Arts Research) and BFI Film Hubs (SW & West Midlands).