Strong showing: 43,000 visitors attended B3 2017

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On Sunday, December 3, 2017, the “B3 Biennale des bewegten Bildes” successfully closed in Frankfurt/Main. The third edition of Europe’s most important creative moving images festival attracted so first estimates suggest, about 43,000 visitors (incl. the outdoor projection and the Parcours).

A special highlight of this year’s B3 was the world premiere of “The Great Farce” by Federico Solmi with a 110-meter-wide video panorama on the façade of the Frankfurt theater and opera house; it was very well received by both the media and the general public.

“The B3 more than met our high expectations and with its guiding theme “On Desire” perfectly captured the zeitgeist. Over the last few days, Frankfurt has been an international center for artistic and socio-political debates. In other words, the B3 now has a very firm place in Europe’s cultural/political diary. The moving image is the driving cultural force of the 21st century,” said Prof. Bernd Kracke, B3 Festival Director and Artistic Director of B3.

B3 BEN Awards for Jonas Mekas and Ingvild Goetz

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The B3 came to a marvelous conclusion with the bestowal of the B3 BEN Awards on December 3 in Schauspiel Frankfurt. The honorary distinction for an artist’s life’s work was awarded twice. One award went to Lithuanian-American film pioneer Jonas Mekas for his trailblazing influence on the development of US indie film. Moreover, B3 also honored art collector Ingvild Goetz with a BEN. The jury thus highlighted Goetz’s decades of passionate commitment to contemporary art and her support for young artists. Goetz donated her prize money of EUR 10,000 spontaneously to Jonas Mekas’ Anthology Film Archives in New York.

The prize for best feature-length movie went to “Suck it up” by director Jordan Canning (CAN). In the short-film contest, the awards went to Britain’s Barney Cokeliss for his film “Night Dancing” and to Japan’s Junichi Kanai for Cycle Cycle. The competition for virtual/ augmented reality productions, held for the first time, were won by Dust”, a piece by Czech Andrej Boleslavsky and by “Proxima” by Mathieu Pradat. Israeli artist Ann Oren won the B3 BEN for the best project in time based and Immersive arts for her production “The World Is Mine. Prize-winner in the Emerging Talents category was Germany’s Claudia Malecka with her short film “Escapism.

From November 29 to December 3, over 250 regional, national and international artists and media creatives from 20 different countries discussed the significance of the moving image in the categories of art, film games and virtual reality. The five-day program featured countless outstanding premieres and more than lived up to its reputation as a hotspot of contemporary media art.

The central exhibition of the guiding theme “ON DESIRE” takes pride of place at the B3 2017. In it, 70 artists from 20 different countries reflected in their video installations, short films and feature films, as well as in Games and Virtual and Augmented Reality projects on topics such as eroticism, solitude, sexuality, home, fleeing, and identity. The figure of no less than 16 world, European and German premieres, emphasizes the artistic importance of B3. As part of the B3 guiding exhibition, B3 Special will run until December 20, 2017 presenting exclusively selected films from Sammlung Goetz, including pieces by William Kentridge and Rosemarie Trockel.