Harkat 16mm Film Festival Harkat 16mm Film Festival




Ten nimble fingers move through a heady mix of chemicals known and unknown. A spectrum of light dances with silver particles, and these strangers unite like lovers. A cinematic moment  occurs and magic happens. Science meets art. Hands connect directly to the root of a thought. A collective consciousness is stirred. Constellations of mediums conjoin and a chorus emerges.

As we enter our sixth year of hosting the 16mm film festival, we recognize what makes the photochemical medium so special to us — it is rooted in play. It is an impression of flowers; a dance with light. It constantly merges the art and craft of making. Its tangibility makes room for deeply personal impressions. Its slowness changes time. 

Alluding to several films that have made it to our festival, and the qualities of the medium akin to flora, our programs this year are named after flowers (or notions of them). Fragile, tangible, photosensitive, seasonal, growth, windswept, of/for love & death, archiving – touch. 

This year we will be screening more than 50 films from over 10 countries, including five newly produced Ek-minute competition films, all the indian submissions to straight8 2022, and an expanded cinema film performance by Harkat’s own. We also have veteran experimental filmmakers Richard and Diana Tuohy, all the way from Nanolab (Australia) visiting us and showcasing their analog works. So come join us for some incredible films and experiences!

Note: the festival will take place in-person at Harkat Studios in Mumbai.





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.

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