Harkat 16mm Film Festival Harkat 16mm Film Festival




[Please note: All timings are shown in Indian Standard Time. Screenings will be held physically and online.]


Friday, 10 December 2021 | Opening Night

6:30 PM – 7:30 PM | Rebirth from an archive

Films that draw from the old; derived from archives of found footage, fragments collaged and spliced into new forms. This program will culminate in an interactive session around found footage, using a 16mm projector.

Deen | Tanya Dixit

First Hypnotic Suggestion | Brittany Gravely, Ken Linehan

Four Dances for Three Couples | Jiayi Chen

The City Bridges Are Open Again | Masha Godovannaya

What Is Nothing (After What Is Nothing) | Kristin Reeves

Dreaming in Aspect Ratio | Gwendolyn Audrey Foster

Kopierwerk | Stefanie Weberhofer


Introduction to the 16mm Festival (*offline only)


8:00 PM – 9:30 PM | Notes on experimental form *Q&A

A selection of films that break the boundaries of making and viewing film. You can find here playful approaches, handworking techniques, camera and projection interventions, and other experimental methods.

Dead See |Tetsuya Maruyama

Originate/Recompile | Federica Foglia

Into the Wild | Markus Maicher

Tri-Alogue #4 | Caryn Cline, Linda Fenstermaker, Reed O’Beirne

Self Portrait with Bag | Dianna Barrie

Effulgence | Alex MacKenzie

Agar Agar | Alex MacKenzie

No Personal Checks | Gwendolyn Audrey Foster

from time without beginning | Lorenzo Gattorna

M…H | Gaelle Rouard

Asynchronous (2020) | Nicholas Afchain

Better Man | Mrinal Bahukhandi

In and Out a Window | Richard Tuohy

Saturday, 11 December 2021

10:00 AM – 10:30 AM | Sweet morning chai

Join us for a screening of some sweet slice of life shorts over breakfast and chai!

Eclipse in the Garden | Yuula Benivolski

Kodi Bengre | Krish Makhija

Tirana | Eva Claus

3 sons | Ed Sayers

Remembrance | Paul London


10:30 AM – 11:00 AM | Ek-minute Competition 2021 Films *Q&A

Films by the five winning entries of the Ek-Minute Film Competition 2021. These films were made at the Harkat Lab a week prior to the festival and will be screened for the first time.


11:30 AM – 12:30 PM | The Labo K Showcase (*offline only)

A live showcase of the films and work of our guest lab, Labo K.

Labo K is a collective lab of filmmakers based in Rennes, France, since 2014. Labo K’s artists create films, performances, installations and set up training workshops around the practice of film in super8 and 16mm. The lab is akin to a playground.


4:00 PM – 5:00 PM | Of other realms

Dream-like fiction that inhabits both grounded personal histories and fantasy worlds.

The Hero | Milena Dutkowska

Commission | Ieva Balode

PHANTOM VALLEY | Nina Kotyantz


6:00 PM – 7:30 PM | Straight 8 2021: Top 8 + India entries *Q&A 

A screening of the Top 8 films of the 2021 Straight-8 competition + 4 entries by Indian makers. 

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.


9:00 PM – 10:30 PM | A late night show of hybrid realities

Experimental documentaries of keen observations, friendships, gatherings, music, the climate, hovering feelings, birds and trees; changing landscapes.

Even in paradise it is not good to be alone | Lorenzo Gattorna

Noon in the cemetery | Benjamin Poumey

Haukijärvi, February | Matt Shaw

Letter from a Friend | Stefanie Weberhofer, Renato Unterberg

Sunday, 12 December 2021

11:30 AM – 1:45 PM | Journeys through light and time *Q&A

Making meaning and visual explorations specific to a medium, these are filmic dances of light and time.


To All Those | Josh Weissbach

ARIES | Elian Mikkola

Man with suitcase | Bartek Pieklo

Kitikaka | Florian Maricourt, Calypso Debrot

Summer Light for Tula | Silvia Alison Turchin

The long wail of a passing train | Anne-Marie Bouchard


Wear and Tear |​​ Jason Robinson

Home Far Away | Dimitar Kutmanov

Beyond the Shadows | Steven J. York

Phytography | Karel Doing

off (I don’t know when to stop) | Erica Sheu

LIMEN | Kathryn Ramey


5:00 PM – 6:15 PM | Evening feature: Autumnal Sleeps | Michael Higgins

A solo viewing of Autumnal Sleeps, a film photographed on expired 35mm film with a 50 year old Soviet camera. Autumnal Sleeps takes inspiration from early silent cinema. The character and nature of the performance resemble those from a roadshow attraction while highlighting the illusory power of voyeurism and exhibitions. This film is accompanied by a haunting industrial score broken up with poetic interludes that examine deeper emotions.



7:00 PM – 8:00 PM | The Harkat Lab Showcase

Although we’ve been making handmade films for a while, the physical Harkat Lab only came into being at the start of 2021, with the support of the Gujral Foundation. This collection of films is our first oeuvre as a film lab, distilling a lot of our ideas surrounding the notion of ‘India on film’ and cinema of prayog.

8:00 PM – 9:00 PM | Filmic Letters: Harkat Lab x Labo K  Performance (*offline only)

Brewing in secrecy for the past few months, the Harkat Lab and Labo-K (France) have collaborated on a film project, an exchange of films as letters. There were no pre-decided themes or rules, just a film and a response. The last film in this section was conceived and filmed together during Labo K’s time at the Harkat Lab in conjunction with the festival.