INTERNATIONAL ECOPERFORMANCE FILM FESTIVAL
International film festival
2023 June, São Paulo, Brasil
Faced with the eco-political challenges of the 21st century, the 3rd Ecoperformance International Film Festival continues its transcultural mission of bringing together interdisciplinary artists who work in natural, urban, and virtual landscapes to investigate in an ecopoet[h]ic and cinematographic way the tensions of composition and conflict between environment, body, and ancestry.
Conceived and directed by Brazilian choreographer Maura Baiocchi and organized by Taanteatro Companhia (São Paulo/Brazil), the festival received 216 submissions and selected 57 films (50% from Brazil) – of which 13 premieres – with a duration limit of 25 minutes, performed between 2020 and 2023, by artists from 28 countries: Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Colombia, Congo, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, India, Iran, Italy, Mexico, Mongolia, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Peru, Russia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Turkey, United States, and Venezuela.
In addition to the ecopoet[h]ic films, the festival’s program includes four works (out of competition) with didactic and documentary features exclusively shown online.
Held annually since 2021, the festival will intensify its partnership with Cine Satyros Bijou (São Paulo, Brazil) and expand its online broadcast on the International Ecoperformance Festival YouTube Channel.
Continuing its editorial project started in 2022 with the e-book Ecoperformance Volume 1, the festival cooperates in 2023 with the online magazine Arte da Cena (Stage Arts) of the Department of Performing Arts of the Federal University of Goiás (UFG). The magazine’s Thematic Dossier: Ecoperformance and Ecopolitics of the Scene, organized by Wolfgang Pannek and Alexandre Nunes, with an international editorial board, will later be published as an e-book entitled Ecoperformance Vol.2
The editorial board is formed by Antje Budde (University of Toronto, Center for Drama, Theater and Performance Studies – Canada), Anton Bonnici (Paris Institute of Critical Thinking – France), Julie Dind (Brown University – USA), Marcelo Comandu ( Universidad Nacional de Córdoba – Argentina), Rolf Gerstlauer (Oslo School of Architecture and Design – Norway), Tanatchaporn Kittikong (Khoen Kaen University, Faculty of Fine and Applied Arts – Thailand) and Wojciech Olchowski (Lodz Film School – Poland)
ARTISTIC DIRECTOR COMMENT
According to the creator, curator, and director of the festival, Maura Baiocchi, “The third edition received an even greater number of submissions. This quantitative growth, compared to 2021 and 2022, is accompanied by a thematic deepening and audiovisual improvement. We also registered a significant increase in geographic, ethnic, gender, and cultural diversity as well as a substantial increase in female and ecofeminist performers and filmmakers. Hopefully, the considerable presence of Brazilian films will contribute to its international visibility. In all, the new edition features 57 works – including 13 premieres – from the Americas, Africa, Asia, Australia, and Europe. In this way, the very up-to-date artistic thinking around Ecoperformance, which originated in Brazil, enters into dialogue with related global trends of performative and ecological engagement.”
Partnership: Taanteatro & Cine Satyros Bijou
For production director Wolfgang Pannek, “The festival’s films provide in their composition an audiovisual journey through the most diverse geographical and cultural landscapes of the planet. The online transmission of the program guarantees the intercontinental reach of the festival and approximates in a creative critical and collaborative manner people from all over the world engaged in vital issues for all humanity. However, this global projection is based on local action. The partnership with Cine Satyros Bijou, which started in 2022, not only consolidated the International Ecoperformance Festival in the cultural calendar of São Paulo but adds to the festival a dimension absent from streaming: the shared cinema experience, valued by the public and the participating artists.”
THE ECOPERFORMANCE FILM FESTIVAL TEAM:
Idea and direction: Maura Baiocchi.
Curator team: Maura Baiocchi, Mônica Cristina Bernardes, Jorge Ndlozy.Production: Wolfgang Pannek, Mônica Cristina Bernardes
Press office: Arte Plural – M. Fernanda Teixeira.