“Thinking Images”: Video Essays and Videographic Works
This new section of the Festival is intended to serve as a platform for the presentation of prominent and innovative examples of video essays and videographic works, and encourage dialogue among the fields of film and media production, criticism and scholarship.
Video – or audiovisual – essays have become a highly popular form of online media criticism in the 21st century and have in recent years been increasingly incorporated into academic circles. Audiovisual essays allow expression of thoughts and engagement in media using audiovisual means, rather than through the written language alone, as in traditional essays and critical writings. These works thus provide expression in accessible, audiovisual form, to cinephilic, critical and scholarly impulses.
The section aims to highlight diverse videographic forms, showcasing works that are distinctive and that employ innovative rhetoric and stylistic approaches in expressing their ideas. The audiovisual essays curated for this program were created by students, teachers, scholars and filmmakers alike and were selected from dozens of submissions from all over the world.