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2020 September 17, 2020

Filmform symposium at Index Festival: Leaking Container

Leaking Container – Poster

This year, Filmform (est. 1950) celebrates the organization’s 70th anniversary with a symposium on the distribution of artists’ moving images. Filmform has invited representatives from AV-arkki, LIMA and Video Data Bank (VDB) which together with Filmform represent members of the DINAMO network (Distribution Network of Artists’ Moving Image Organizations) – an international coalition for distribution organizations supporting and promoting artist’s moving images. The network meets regularly to share new experiences and to discuss challenges with distribution, such as the growing threats faced by the cultural policies of the far-right, preservation issues, protection of immaterial rights and artists’ right to economic compensation.

Although part of the same network, these three organizations’ focus and work methods vary. By inviting these three sister organizations to participate in a joint symposium, Filmform wants to shed light on common grounds and at the same time, highlight AV-arkki, LIMA and VDB as particularly interesting examples of how distribution can be handled through different working methods. The talks will be centered around the distribution of artists’ moving images in general: a field where art and film overlap. Where different traditions clash or merge, with all the complications and possibilities that come out of this intersection.

14:00 Anna-Karin Larsson, director of Filmform

14.15 Hanna Maria Anttila, director of AV-arkki and Tytti Rantanen, programme coordinator, AV-arkki

14.45 Gaby Wijers, director of LIMA

15.15 Intermission

15.30 Rachel Somers Miles, researcher at LIMA

16.00 Lauren Pirritano, media producer at VDB

16.30 General discussion

The symposium is arranged in collaboration with Index – The Swedish Contemporary Art Foundation and IASPIS, The Swedish Arts Grants Committee´s International Programme for Visual and Applied Artists. Filmform is supported by the Ministry of Culture through the Arts Grants Committee and the Swedish Arts Council.

For Leaking Container, Filmform have also made it possible to delve into the Index Film Archive, which will be reinstated in Index Lounge as part of the festival program during 17–19 September in Index Lounge. Guests will be able to browse the archive, select films to watch and immerse themselves in the revived historical situation of Index Lounge – a previous format which originally existed at galleri Index at S:t Paulsgatan.

Each of the three days has two sessions, 14:00-17:00 and 17:00-21:00. To join, it is necessary to RSVP by emailing and stating which day(s) and which session(s) you would like to join. To ensure that we can maintain distancing there are a limited number of spaces each session.

For more information about the festival please visit Index’s festival website here.