VIDEO IDIOM at Four Cultures Festival in Łódź

Wieża Babel, 42m36s, a collaborative film by: Alek Sarna, Anna Łuczak, Asia Krawczyk, Erika Roux, Joanna Glinkowska, Kamila Karska, Łukasz Tokarczyk, Marta Hryniuk, Maja Szewczykowska, Michał Szufla, Nick Thomas, Sophie Bates, 2019


Video Idiom, a summer school led by WET FILM at the Four Cultures Festival in Łódź, September 5-9th 2019. 


Polish version here

Over the last century, the idea of a universal ‘language of cinema’ has dominated the discourse around film-making. At the experimental fringes, however, countless dialects, slangs, idioms and vernaculars have been fostered as challenges to the mainstream.

In this summer school, participants spent five days with the WET film collective, watching and discussing inspiring experimental works, and producing their own collaborative piece, which was be screened for the public on Friday 13th September, in the Łódź Film School Cinema.

Using the Wieża Babel housing block as a base, participants learned low-budget and alternative video techniques and strategies. The workshops drew on the experiences of the WET film collective, and of participants, with the aim being to share skills while practising a non-hierarchical, collaborative form of production. Together, we were thinking about how filmic languages can express or embody different politics, social attitudes and subjectivities, and considering how ways of working together can manifest themselves in a film’s aesthetics.

All of the morning screenings were be open to the public.

Language: the summer school was be taught mostly in English, although we have Polish speakers in the group. Participants with all levels of English are welcome.


Image credits: stills from the film / photos from the final screening by Erika Roux