Supporting artistic and scientific research by continuing early cinema photo-chemical experiments, in order to create unique film material and approach new pictorial possibilities for artists through the making of their own emulsion.

Today, more than a hundred years after its invention, the potential for innovation in the medium of motion picture film is immeasurable. Through practical experiments and research on early photographic techniques, film artists are beginning to produce their own film stock and make considerable progress in the field.

Re-Exploring Unexplored Paths
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In Re-Exploring Unexplored Paths we focus on the scientific and artistic research of the forgotten, abandoned and unexplored areas of photochemical processes used to create colour film material. By researching early publications and documentation on the subject, contemporary filmmakers are able to discover a wide range of techniques, which were perhaps abandoned in their early stages of development, waiting for further exploration. Through practical experimentation, artists can discover new textures, colours and a wide variety of images
26 June | Symposium
27 June - 1 July | Seminar
2-3 July | Workshop
Back to the Future: Project!
Analogue Film and Sound Festival

November 4th - 5th 2017
@ WORM Boomgaardsstraat 71, Rotterdam
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Almost Back to the Future is a 2-day festival that is all about analogue moving images and optical sound; a celebration of the ‘real’ film medium with a programme of audio-visual performances, films, presentations and installations. Almost Back to the Future focuses on the future of the film medium, with a focus on contemporary artistic developments embedded in a historical context.

A series of lectures & research workshops, filmic try-outs and presentations hosted by Filmwerkplaats, Rotterdam.

The Photographic Garden project sees Filmwerkplaats researching (and developing) photochemical processes that do not unduly burden the environment. This involves developing processes based on plants and home-garden-kitchen ingredients with low toxicity. An alternative chemistry that will yield a different, new film aesthetic. One in which the (chemical) components and their origin come to the fore and the physical processing of the (film) emulsion during the DIY process is emphasised.