New Filmmakers

Brand new talents ready to be discovered.


By Ivonne Sheen

Min jung Kim is a young South Korean filmmaker whose latest work 100ft was one of the highlights in the latest edition of TIFF’s Wavelenghts section. After investigating about her fascinating work, we asked her some questions about her poetical approach to moving images and the film mechanism, throughout her work, which comprehends the films: Australian paper, FOOTAGE and 100ft. We also were curious about her influences and her relationship with language as a mean of reflection and creation. She answered us with a single long answer to our questionnaire, in her own style, which we reproduce entirely here. 


By José Sarmiento Hinojosa

Recently picking an honorable mention in the last Media City Film Festival in Canada, Jennifer Saparzadeh (MFA from the École Cantonale d’art de Lausanne) has been active for some years now as one of the most intriguing filmmakers dealing with the subject matter of personal exile. His films, extracted from the film diary genre, carry a great sense of evocation: intimate yet powerful images that speak of transculturalism and the relationship between mankind and their personal and emotional borders.


By José Sarmiento Hinojosa

Joana Pimenta, from Lisbon, is a teacher in the Department of Visual and Environmental Studies at Harvard and a filmmaker with two titles to her name, the films The Figures Carved into the Knife by the Sap of the Banana Trees and the new and exceptional An Aviation Field, right from her experience in the Harvard Sensory Ethnography Lab. We caught her a day before her trip to Locarno, to premiere Once it was Brasilia, her last work as a cinematographer, and exchanged some words with her. 


by José Sarmiento Hinojosa

The work of Hui-Yu can be seen as an exploration of the primary erotic impulses of humanity, not only as a personal occurrence, but as a phenomena that transports itself into mass media. Super Taboo (2016), his latest work, is a dual screen diptych that explores the erotic fantasies of his lead character, which manifests themselves as a giant tableau vivant, where several “scandalous” sex acts take place.


By Mónica Delgado

Frank Fu is a young filmmaker living between EEUU, Australia and China. With his first film, Orange Confucius, he comes across a multi-disciplinary artist with transgressive intentions.


By Andreea Patru

While most filmmakers use technique to create parallel universes or to conceive perfectly polished images, Douwe Dijkstra reveals his tools in order to demystify the art of cinema. Based in Netherlands, Douwe is an up and coming experimental filmmaker who is interested in exploring quotidian matters through the tools of mixed media. His last short film Voor Film (in English: Supporting Film) is a commissioned piece that premiered at Go Short – International Short Film Festival Nijmegen and got selected for the daring Lab Competition from the Clermont Ferrand Film Festival this year.


By José Sarmiento Hinojosa

Jeanne Liotta (New York, 1960) calls herself a “professional amateur”, and beyond that particular declaration there’s more than 30 years of amazing work in different fields of art. Of course, she’s better known as one of the best avant-garde filmmakers of all time, but her intertwined work that consists of installations, photography, field recordings and films transcend the experience of cinema in so many different ways. Desistfilm had a chance to talk to her about her initial “intuitions” as an artist, and how did she adapt to the different formats she ended up working with.


By José Sarmiento Hinojosa

Mother of three, self proclaimed feminist and prolific filmmaker, Jennifer Reeder has slowly shaped cinema into her own little invention, a craft that we can all love, relate to and appreciate. Desistfilm managed to steal some time from her, and we present to you our long and fun conversation.


By Mónica Delgado and José Sarmiento Hinojosa

One of the most intriguing works we watched at the last [S8] 5° Mostra de Cinema Periférico were the short films of visual artist and filmmaker Rei Hayama. A young japanese girl, Hayama’s intuition for a cinema of memory, of child-like wonder cathartic imagery and the exploration of the subconscious mind permeated in the celluloid texture of 8mm, was a refreshing look in an already stimulating exhibition. Desistfilm tracked her down and exchanged a couple of emails, which resulted in the following interview.


Kurdish Lover (2010) By José Sarmiento Hinojosa Today, it becomes fundamental to talk about the works of Clarisse Hahn. Few people in the history of cinema have blended the corporeality of the individual, the mere essence of the body, as a political statement and an ontological reality of certain societies within the confines of power […]


Por Mónica Delgado

El cineasta donostiarra Mikel Zatarain (España, 1983) es el autor de un universo con un lenguaje cinematográfico maduro, pese a contar en su trayectoria con un grupo de cortometrajes. Más bien, sin la promesa del largometraje a cuestas, ha sabido prolongar con sus trabajos el uso del tiempo, el fuera de campo, el paisaje como totalidad difusa, el uso del sonido como otro curso de la narración disociado del acto inmediato de ver.