Harkat 16mm Film Festival Harkat 16mm Film Festival

Workshops at the lab


The harkat lab is a collective driven space for artists and tinkerers to experiment with the medium. We program a year-long range of celluloid workshops, such as the ones mentioned below, from introductory workshops covering all the basics, to exploring experimental practices. We have the equipment to facilitate workshops around shooting, developing and projecting 16mm and 8mm motion film, contact printing, hand-working techniques, cyanotype printing and developing and making photographic prints from 35mm stills.

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Sequences — Intro to 16mm 

This introductory shoot-to-develop workshop covers the basics of working with 16mm film and cameras. We reveal a prompt (sometimes with models or props present) after-which the workshop takes form as a filmmaking relay of sorts, where participants each get a turn to direct and shoot their shot. The film is then developed by participants at the lab and a collective sequence is spliced together in the order it was shot.


16mm Film Intensive

This 5-day intensive gives participants a chance to delve deeper into the medium and explore beyond the basics. The workshop begins with an overview of a 16mm camera, from film stocks and loading the camera to light metering and shooting. Participants learn to load a lomo tank spiral and develop B&W reversal film at the lab with D96 or Caffenol chemistries. The remaining days are spent working in groups on short films, with room to explore camera or hand-working techniques and editing. 


Cameraless Film

This workshop explores hand-working on film — the possibilities of working directly on the surface of the film material by collaging, scratching, tinting and more. Participants will get to work on found footage and on black and clear leaders.


16mm Contact Printing

This workshop gives participants an opportunity to create their own 16mm prints through a direct contact printing process. The process involves briefly exposing 16mm print film to light using a sheet of glass whilst various materials are placed over the film to create patterns. Participants will have the opportunity to create their own motion contact print sequences and learn the basics of hand-working in the process, such as splicing, scratching and tinting.


Become a Projectionist

This projection spotlight workshop takes you through the entire chain on how to prep a film for screening, splicing, threading, how optical sound works, and all the wisdom a projectionist must have.