Bildrausch Filmfest Basel

Various Locations

“Bildrausch” (drunk on images) is a name, a credo. Driven by a furious desire for overwhelming cinema, memorable encounters, and creative surprises, this intimate international film festival champions the passionate exploration of today’s relevant auteur cinema. Bildrausch explores the hidden corners of film history and looks into the future of the seventh art. Fearless experiments, artful installations, and musical interventions complete the multifaceted cinematic landscape. The result is a representation of the world that is as authentic as it is artificial.
Computers, mobile phones, and apps have become indispensable and are taken for granted. The algorithms know us and guide our search for knowledge, confidence, and belonging. This year's Bildrausch festival has the motto “Technology, my Love.” What was once science fiction is now an everyday reality. Are machines making us better people? Are they perhaps even superior to us? And what are the endless streams of data doing to our relationships? The film program addressing these issues is divided into three sections.

Film Program: Artistically self-confident, stylistically courageous films with integrity in their own narrative form are at the backbone of this section. These films provide an insight into current realities and create visions of cinematic developments. The questioning of authority and identity takes center stage, as do the interpersonal relationships that dominate our complex everyday lives with all their nuances. The film screenings will be accompanied by Q&As with the filmmakers. The jury will award one film with the Peter-Liechti-Award. The audience will vote for another film for the Audience Award.

Focus: This section examines how migration has changed through video telephony, what can be seen in places that where filming is not allowed, how people can live other identities in video games, and how the boundaries between virtual and real worlds are becoming blurred. The films in the Focus section have a chance of winning the Audience Award, with the exception of the science fiction films.

Shorts: Swiss filmmakers surprise with innovative, profound, and playful approaches—a playground between graduation film and established film career. A jury will award the short film prize to one of the films shown.

The festival is completed by a supporting program with film talks, panel discussions, readings, concerts, exhibitions, and performances. It builds personal bridges between the filmmakers and audience members and creates an inspiring, charming, and relaxed atmosphere for you to encounter the arts. Visit their German/English website to learn more about the films that will be presented and to purchase your tickets.
The festival will take place inside and outside of the Stadtkino Basel (Klostergasse 5, 4051 Basel), the kult.kino atelier (Theaterstrasse 7, 4051 Basel), Foyer Public Theater Basel (Theaterstrasse 9, 4051 Basel), the Refektorium Offene Kirche Elisabethen (Elisabethenstrasse 14, 4051 Basel), as well as 10 other locations; visit the website for a full detail of the program.
Single tickets are CHF 18 for adults, CHF 13 for students, and CHF 22 solidarity price. Explorer Day Passes are CHF 45/36/50, and Festival passes are CHF 80/60/100. All tickets are available in advance online and at the Stadtkino Basel box office; individual tickets can also be purchased at the kult.kino atelier.


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