Harkat 16mm Film Festival Harkat 16mm Film Festival

About the Festival

As we zoom past Instagram filters, automated editing apps on our phones and countless banal videos on our timeline, we want to reconnect with film as a medium. It seems almost utopian now, a time where film making was about ‘making’, meticulous and reserved for the select few patient enough to spend hours and hours on formulating a piece of art.

We want to relive the magic of churning a film through a projector onto a speckless cloth, evoking the tangible quality of the medium. We also want to keep a community of artists and makers, who have always been working with film, together and slowly rebuild, through community efforts, a lost infrastructure.

The 16mm Film Festival, conceived with a view of re-connecting with the cinematic medium through it’s celluloid history, continues to draw an amazing response from the industry and audiences alike. Since 2017, we have screened a number of works made on film and facilitated diverse workshops around using film as a medium.

With very generous and continued support from Kodak, LaborBerlin, Goethe-Institut – Mumbai and the Serendipity Arts Festival, the festival has worked its way through supporting and re-building infrastructure for filmmakers and artists who want to work on film – always ensuring that the know-how keeps getting transferred over to young makers.

Last year the festival took place as per usual in Mumbai and travelled to Goa as a special project for the Serendipity Arts Festival in Goa called ‘India on film’. This year, we have established ourselves into a lab and a space for discourse and making on celluloid.

The Harkat 16mm Film Festival is organised by Harkat, an alternative arts space and a film production company based in Mumbai and Berlin.


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