Greenaway Highlights VideoFest

Peter Greenaway’s “TV Dante” highlights the fourth annual VideoFest, which will feature a comprehensive program of screenings and symposiums at the Akademie Der Kunste (East).

VideoFest will include 12 programs of vid art from around the world. It runs concurrently with the Berlin Film Festival and is loosely connected to it through the Forum.

Besides latenight gigs, retrospectives and discussions on the state of the art and the business, a series of symposiums on videos and short films for tv, entitled “TVideo,” is scheduled.

In cooperation with the Intl. Festival For Short Films in Oberhausen, VideoFest will promote an initiative to produce independent videos on a regular basis for tv networks. To this effect, reps from Channel 4 and BBC-2 (U.K.), Canal Plus and La-Sept (France), Danish net TV2, RTBF (Belgium), and Deep Dish TV and The ’90s (U.S.) will attend. Each will present its own models for producing indie videos for mainstream viewing, and it is hoped this will start a new initiative to increase video productions, possibly as international co-productions. Editors from all German tv stations will also be present.

Jon Alpert from the U.S. is this year’s artist-in-residence.

Funded by the city of Berlin, VideoFest this year had 111/2% slashed from its budget of 100,000 marks ($67,000). The fest also gets coin from private sponsors.

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