Animation + Experimental + Avant-Garde Session

A selection of international experimental, avant-garde and animated films curated by filmmaker David King.

Australian Classification Board Rating: R 18+

Session opens on 13 November at 7:00 PM Australian Eastern Daylight Time

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*- Australian Premiere

#- World Premiere


* Introduction by Program Curator David King

* Persistence of Vision (Norway)

Genre: Animation & Experimental

An animated short film made with just one image exploring the dancing potential of the still
sculptures at Nidaros Cathedral in Trondheim, Norway.

Directed by Ismael Sanz-Pena

* I, Dreaming (Venezuela/USA)

Genre: Avant-garde

A young man finds himself lost in the empty streets on the other side of sleep.

Directed by Martin Del Carpio


Anatomy of Waters (France)

Genre: Animation & Experimental

“Hardness and strength are death’s companions. Pliancy and weakness are expressions of the freshness of being.” Stalker’s Prayer quotes from the Tao Te Ching.

Directed by Roland Quelven


# Imaginarium of the Unknown Traveller (Australia)

Genre: Experimental

A journey into imagination.

Directed by David King


* Bearing (Canada)

Genre: Experimental

A machine-like art video composing sampled Google 360° sphere photographs with recorded data from military drone attacks in Yemen between 2002 - 2018.

Directed by Greg Marshall


* Field of Infinity (UK)

Genre: Experimental

Inspired by both Italian Renaissance paintings and contemporary news broadcasts, the work aims to open up an array of reflections.

Directed by Guli Silberstein


* Metamorphosis (Australia/Spain)

Genre: Avant-garde

Inspired by a wood-cut print by M.C Escher, Metamorphosis imagines a man fascinated by life’s multiple and varying repetitions of shapes and spaces, movement and time.

Directed by Marie Craven & Eduardo Yagüe


* øjeRum's Waves Diary (Romania/ Italy)

Genre: Experimental

Choral visual narration in poetry, vocal, music, collage art and moving images.

Directed by Camelia Mirescu


Luminare (USA)

Genre: Animation & Live Action
Abstract video art created for Expo ‘86 in Vancouver, BC.

Directed by John Sanborn & Dean Winkler


* These Days (Australia)

Genre: Experimental
“These are the days that were the days that would be the days.” On the road, the long way home, with chrome and flashing lights and the danger of landscapes passing all too quickly.

Directed by Ian Gibbins


* The Angry Sleeper  (UK)

Genre: Animation & Experimental
Dirk Bouts’s 1470 painting of demons carrying sinners off to hell is the starting point for this not-quite-serious animated nightmare.

Directed by Stuart Pound & Rosemary Norman


* Dada Time (USA)

Genre: Experimental
Time travel film. A séance. A non-film. An anti-film. A dada film, not a dada film. Hypnosis. Not art; a clock. Nine minutes in Dadascopic time. Or not.

Directed by Gwendolyn Audrey Foster


* The Waiting Room (Australia)

Genre: Animation & Live Action
A short-animated film about the overwhelming internal struggle people with anxiety live with every day.

Directed by Jakob Inturrisi

* Alphonso’s Jaw (Beauty and the Silver Mask) (Scotland)

Genre: Experimental
A short experimental film-poem by Scottish duo Avant Kinema. A disfigured French gunner from the Siege of Antwerp 1832 trapped in eternal convalescence, soothed by dreams of his battlefield Muse.

Directed by Avant Kinema (Sarahjane Swan & Roger Simian)

* The Medusa Boat (USA)

Genre: Animation & Live Action
“I woke up in a small boat on choppy waters, not remembering how I got there.” A live action/animated video performance about depression.

Directed by Sylvia Toy


* I Am Lost to the World (USA)

Genre: Experimental
In memory of Taylor Mead with a track by Gustav Mahler

Directed by Wheeler Winston Dixon


* Finding Uranus (Hong Kong)

Genre: Animation
A coming-of-age sci-fi film about lost and found.

Directed by Ivan Li