Swedenborg Film Festival 2021

11 Dec 2021

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Sat, 11 Dec
14:00 – 21:00

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Swedenborg House

London, United Kingdom


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The Swedenborg Film Festival returns on December 11, 2021 with a special programme of screenings, installations and performance in Grade-II-listed Swedenborg House.



DATE: 11th December 2021 

TIME: 2.00 - 9 pm 


PRICE: FREE – BOOKING ESSENTIAL: info@swedenborg.org.uk 



Swedenborg Film Festival 2021   

Featuring new works by Greta Alfaro, Amelie Befeldt, Tom Bessoir, Zillah Bowes, Harold Charre, Adam Chodzko, Alexander Fingrutd, George Finlay Ramsay, Doug Fishbone, Anna R. Japaridze, Rupert Jörg, Kamila Kuc, Jan Locus, Len Murusalu, Pinhole Computers (Matt Hulse and Julia Zinnbauer), Karen Russo, Sophie Taylor, Hope Tucker, Unidad de Montaje Dialéctico 

With guest judge: Samson Kambalu 

  • 14.00 Doors open 

  • 15.00-16.00 Screening 1 

  • 17.00-18.00 Screening 2 

  • 19.00-19.30 Samson Kambalu presents ‘Cinema as Praxis’ 

  • 19.30-20.15 Screening 3 

  • 20.30 Winners announced 

The Swedenborg Film Festival returns on December 11, 2021 with a special programme of screenings, installations and performance in grade-II-listed Swedenborg House. Curated by Nora Foster (Frieze) and Dave Griffiths (Manchester School of Art), this year’s free festival features 19 new short works by emerging and established filmmakers from around the world, shortlisted from a public call for submissions. International artist Samson Kambalu is the 2021 guest judge and will give a presentation on ‘Cinema and Praxis’ as part of the festival programme. 

Exploring themes of apocalypse, care and repair, the SFF will open from 2pm to 9pm on 11 December. The festival will present shortlisted works installed throughout Swedenborg House as well as a series of screenings in the neoclassical hall, where Kambalu will perform his lecture and announce the winning films. 

In an expanded award format, prizes will be presented in three categories: best documentary; best experimental; and best film.  

The shortlisted films will also be available to watch online from Friday 3 December until 14 December 2021, and open to a separate public vote award. 

Samson Kambalu: Cinema and Praxis 

This year’s guest judge, Samson Kambalu, will give a lecture looking at the relationship between film, art, and the problematic of the gift in his socialised art practice - via wide-ranging influences from Nyau masking, William Blake to the Situationists. The lecture will include screenings of film clips of Nyau Cinema and other samples from early film that have inspired his particular approach to filmmaking. 

Kambalu (b. 1975, Malawi) is an artist and writer working in a variety of media, including site-specific installation, video, performance and literature. His work is autobiographical and approaches art as an arena for critical thought and sovereign activities. Kambalu’s work fuses aspects of the Nyau gift-giving culture of the Chewa, the anti-reification theories of the Situationist movement and the Protestant tradition of inquiry, criticism and dissent. Kambalu’s work is in the national art collections of Tate, the British Council, and the Contemporary Art Society, and his research fellowships include Yale University and the Smithsonian Institution. Kambalu is an associate professor of fine art at The Ruskin School of Art and a fellow at Magdalen College, University of Oxford. Kambalu's proposal for the Fourth Plinth Commission, Antelope, will be presented in Trafalgar Square in 2022. 

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Dave Griffiths

Nora Foster


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