July 20 to 23
Moscow International Experimental Film Festival (MIEFF)
Theatre Yard and Small Stage


The MIE Film Festival will offer the work of filmmakers and video artists who work in the gray areas separating various artistic practices. The program will feature 30 films in competition, classic avant-garde films, the work of Vladimir Kobrin, a selection of shorts by the classic avant-garde filmmaker Toshio Matsumoto, a live performance by Esther Urlus from the Netherlands, and special showings of films by Louis Klahr, a professor of experimental film and animation at the California Institute of the Arts. The festival will open with a joint project of director Dmitry Volkostrelov and MIEFF.


German director and composer Christian von Borries will be a special guest of the festival. He brings his film Desert of the Real, a documentary essay about the devastating effect of civilization on our planet.


July 23. Events
Small Stage


Competition programme № 6, 12.15 p.m.

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Toshio Matsumoto: A Retrospective, 2.30 p.m.

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Competition programme № 7, 2.30 p.m.

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Special screening + Q&A: Desert of the real, 7 p.m.

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Award winners MIEFF 2017, 10.50 p.m.

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Theatre Yard


Closing night, 9.20 p.m.

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July 22. Events
Small Stage


Competition programme № 4, 12.35 p.m.

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Special screening: Sixty six, 2.30 p.m.

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Competition programme № 5, 4.35 p.m.

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EXPRMNTL, 8 p.m.

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Special screening: Medea, 10.50 p.m.

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Theatre Yard


Vladimir Kobrin: A Retrospective (Part 1), 8.50 p.m.

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July 21. Events
Small Stage


Competition programme № 1, 12.30 p.m.

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Competition programme № 2, 3 p.m.

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EXPANDED CINEMA: School Friedl Kubelka + DianaPlaysPerception, 5.40 p.m.

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Competition programme № 3, 7.10 p.m.

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A lecture-performance : Chronic Film, 9.50 p.m.

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Theatre Yard


Vladimir Kobrin: A Retrospective (Part 1), 8.50 p.m.

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July 20. Events
Opening night

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Vladimir Kobrin Retrospective


The program will include a retrospective of the works of Soviet director Vladimir Kobrin, an experimenter and avant-gardist in the field of popular science cinema.


A graduate of the Department of Cinematography at VGIK, Kobrin worked at Moscow’s Tsentrnauchfilm studio, which is well known in Western European schools. He created a total of 35 films, many of which were devoted to scientific subjects such as biology, physics and chemistry. After 1988, he used scientific subjects as an “excuse” to address fundamental philosophical questions. His films reflected the eternal themes of life and death, human nature and rational thinking. The geometrical graphics of his images, his active use of music, his unique methods of shooting and his early experiments with computer image processing made up the unique "Kobrinian language."


The Self-organization of Biological Systems (1989), The Last Dream of Anatoly Vasilyevich (1990), 1991 is HERE (1991), Group Portrait in Nature Morte (1993), Future Continuous (1993), Absolutely from Nothing (1997).


Toshio Matsumoto Retrospective


A retrospective selection of short films by Toshio Matsumoto, the classic Japanese avant-garde director, video artist and film theoretician.


Matsumoto began as a television documentary filmmaker, but, confronted with the political and cultural contradictions of post-war Japanese society, he appropriated and reinterpreted television forms and images, revealing their manipulative structure. Since the 1970s he increasingly experimented with video, employing devices that transform images and colors. He studied the process of image processing, used an electric image synthesizer and created psychedelic color effects. In his theoretical essays and experimental films Matsumoto developed his own genre of "neo-documentalism," an expressive type of documentary film that depicts the wide range of a person’s mental states and explores subjectivity.


The Weavers of Nishijin (1961), The Song of Stone (1963), Atman (1975), Phantom (1975), For the Damaged Right Eye (1968), Engram (1987).


Christian von Borries’s Desert of the Real


The festival’s special guest will be German director and composer Christian von Borries, who for the first time in Russia will present his new 2017 film, Desert of the Real, a documentary film essay, a “western” of postmodernism, as the author himself put it, about the pernicious impact of civilization on our planet. The film combines a variety of media with excerpts from various news program reports.


Lewis Klahr’s Sixty-Six


Twelve animated films composed in collage technique present a series of stories, the characters of which originate in Greek mythology and the pulp fiction of the ’sixties depicted on advertising posters of the 20th century. Lewis Klahr worked 13 years on his world of collage, composed of comic strip-heroes, prints borrowed from Roy Lichtenstein, motifs of film noir and carefully thought-out soundscapes.


Friedl Kubelka School for Independent Film


The program consists of 20 works by young artists created during a year’s time at the Kubelka School, and specially merged into a single film that will be shown simultaneously from two 16mm projectors. The musical accompaniment will be presented by the DianaPlaysPerception Ensemble of Experimental Music. The ensemble’s repertoire is comprised of alternative contemporary music by American mavericks (Christian Wolff, Alvin Lucier), British experimenters (Laurence Crane, James Saunders), European composers not involved in the institutional industry for the production of new music, composers of the Wandelweiser group, and others.


Foyer, Small stage, Theatre Yard