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Welcome to 16mm 2020


The 2020 edition of the 16mm Film Festival was made possible through the sheer perseverance and dedication of the team, Despite the pandemic making life stagnant, we were set on bringing fellow celluloid enthusiast something to look forward to during these hard times. 

The festival’s 3-day programme explored what most of us have been missing the most in 2020: relationships. Relationships with ourselves, with others, with physical spaces, and with the medium of celluloid. We follow protagonists in both fiction and documentary as they discover their own identity, struggle with issues of migration, experience role play, fall in love, fall out of love, learn about the land they live on, the culture they’ve left behind, the time gone by and moments in memory.

The selection, as well as the conversations, have never been so international we have films in Spanish, Arabic, German, Dutch, and of course English, from Europe, Iceland, the UK, North America, China, and India (all with English subtitles).


[Please note: all timings are shown in IST – Indian Standard Time]

Friday, 18 December 2020 | Opening Night

The opening night of the festival will see a screening of two films, setting the tone for the rest of the festival, along with a brief introduction to the 16mm Film Festival 2020 by Harkat Studios.

6:30 – 6:35 PM

Out In the Sky Nobody Sleeps | Directed by Edgar García Chávez


6:35 – 7:00 PM

Introduction to 16mm Festival


7:00 – 8:00 PM

Últimas Ondas | Directed by Emmanuel Piton

Saturday, 19 December 2020 | Fabric of Being

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

EK MINUTE | Screenings + Q&A

Pão | Directed by Nefertiti Chakraborty

Workspace | Directed by Sujay Iyer

Static Bombay | Directed by Savyasachi Anju Prabir

Elevated | Directed by Aditi Mediratta

How to Disappear Completely | Directed by Shelton D’Souza

Intellectual Masturbation | Directed by Michaela Talwar

Udd Gayi | Directed by Sheba Alexander

Selfie | Directed by Aanchal Saxena

Jenga | Directed by Sharmistha Saha

A Mute Point | Directed by Yamini Nibhanupudi, Aayush

11:15 – 12:00 PM: Q&A Session


1:00 – 3:00 PM

Ashish Avikunthak: A Retrospective

A look through the celluloid works of Ashish Avikunthak, along with a conversation with the filmmaker. 


4:00 – 6:00 PM

IDENTITY | Screenings + Q&A

Films that talk about people and their stories through short narratives, bringing individual identity into the forefront.

Artemis | Directed by Jack Warren

130 | Directed by EJ Nussbaum

Glugga | Directed by: Omar Lopex

Saeada | Directed by Stas Bondarenko, Indeana Underhill

Becoming | Directed by Alex Morelli

Medusa and the Abyss | Directed by Felicity Palma

5:00 – 6:00 PM: Q&A Session


6:30 – 8:30 PM


Films that use the medium of celluloid to unveil truths about memory, nostalgia and forgetfulness.

The Bearer of Memories | Directed by Miglė Križinauskaitė-Bernotienė

The Resistance of Amnesia | Directed by Shile Feng

Florian’s Last Climb | Directed by Harold Chapman

7:30 – 8:30 PM: Q&A Session


9:00 – 11:00 PM

BORRUFA | Directed by Roland Dahwen

Sunday, 20 December 2020 | Experiments with Form

11:00 AM – 1:00 PM


This beginner’s workshop, through touch, feel and splice, gives you the basics of working with the celluloid medium. Get introduced to a film camera, learn how to project 16mm film and make a few ‘cuts’ on found footage. The workshop will cover an introductory session explaining stock, film, cameras and development. P.S. Yes, it’s called a cut because you actually cut something.

2:00 – 4:15 PM

STRAIGHT 8 | Screenings + Q&A

Founded in London, 1999, straight8 is a global one-super-8-cartridge-no-editing short film competition. The films you will see were edited as they were shot, with no retakes and no colour grading, which means the first time the makers saw their films is with the audience themselves. The top 8 films every year get screened at the Cannes Film Festival. This year, we will be screening the Top 25 Straight8 films.

3:30 – 14:15 PM: Q&A Session


5:00 – 6:30 PM


Works that experiment with the medium of celluloid itself, playing with its form and context, bringing new meaning into already existing narratives.

Crumbs | Directed by Jack Wormell

Infusion No.1 | Directed by Lauren Henschel

How | Directed by Vasilios Papaioannu

For All Audiences | Directed by Josh Weissbach

Traces | Directed by Carleen Maur

Past Life | Directed by Charles Cadkin

Eidolon | Directed by Mike Rollo

5:45 – 6:30 PM: Q&A Session


7:00 – 8:00 PM


Stories on celluloid filmed across different times, places and spaces.

Respiration | Directed by Sasha Waters Freyer

Field Resistance | Directed by Emily Drummer

Richard Nixon: Getaway Driver | Directed by Kevin Daniel Lonano

Lines to Colour Within | Directed by Matthew Wolkow

Red Dunes | Directed by Dalia Glazman

16mm film festival 2020