Artistic documentary films by independent film auteurs, whose work crosses the boundaries of format, have almost entirely disappeared from German television programs.

DOKUARTS 11 - Unformatiert / Beyond Format provides the opportunity to witness the entire fascinating and vivid spectrum of contemporary work in the field of documentary film beyond format. Particularly unconventional intimate artist-portraits, essay films, long-term observations and the documentation of work processes have become a rarity within the German media landscape. Internationally, however, these works enjoy great popularity and are held in high esteem by film makers as well as the general audience even if they usually are placed at the fringes of the big festivals. Thematically, all arts can be represented: music, literature, painting, sculpture, architecture, theatre, cinema, photography, dance, concept art, experimental film, film montage, etc.

DOKUARTS 11 - Unformatiert / Beyond Format showcases through its program the memory of the arts and their significance for the present. Our project offers film makers, scholars and artists a platform to engage in a mutually stimulating dialog about genre-specific films as well as about current art discourses.

The international exhibition of cinematic work presents 24 new films about art, coming from 16 different countries. 12 of the films are contributed by female filmmakers. All films are shown in Berlin for the first time, most of them as German premiere. Nearly all filmmakers will be presentto introduce their films.

In conjunction with the European Month of Photography, we will feature 6 films on the art of photography. European and German premieres over the course of a single weekend, October 12-14, and the presence of photographers Harry Gruyaert and Daniel Schwartz are amongst the highlights of the festival.

This year’s symposium takes place in cooperation with the European Documentary Network and will
discuss the historical, present and continuing formatization of media and culture as well as the interrelations between conditions of production, aesthetics, and politics in the context of films on art and future prospects of the unformatted documentary film.

The participation in the symposium is free of charge. Detailed information about topics and guest speakers can be found on the respective symposium-site. Registration is required: info@doku-arts.de