Since memories are essential for the identity construction, the Queer Academy will offer an opportunity for queer people to form and find their identity in queer memory.
The Queer Academy Meeting is an annual convention of international filmmakers and festival organizers in the gay-lesbian-transgender context at the Berlin International film Festival. The Queer Academy aims to establish itself as an institute of queer cultural memory. The Academy will become an archive of queer culture and history that binds together queer cultural productions and cooperates with other organizations.
During the 66th Berlin Intenational Film Festival celebrates the 30th TEDDY AWARD anniversary with the first international Queer Academy Summit to discuss todays themes….
Download the Programme Guide
PANEL 1: Re-imagining the Queer Archive
While researching for the TEDDY 30 retrospective, it only became too clear: Feature films, Video Art and amateur movies around the world are about to vanish and need to be restored, digitized and distributed. Archives are facing a challenge in order to prevent the analogue film stock from decay. Furthermore it will be a crucial task to re-invent models of distribution to make our queer film heritage part of our cultural memory.
Dr. Nanna Heidenreich, host, Institute for Media Studies, Braunschweig University of Art; Arsenal-Berlin, Forum Expanded, Berlin
Alice Royer, Legacy Project Manager, Outfest Los Angeles; American Archive for Television and Film, University of California, Los Angeles
Prof. Martin Koerber, Head of the Archive at the “Deutsche Kinemathek – Museum für Film und Fernsehen”, Berlin
Prof. Dr. Andreas Kraß, Department of German Literature, Humboldt University; Director of the Archive of Sexology, Humboldt University, Berlin
Dr. Dagmar Brunow, Institute for Film Studies, Linnaeus University, Vaxjö, Sweden
Cheryl Dunye, Filmmaker, Department of Cinema, San Francisco State University, Liberia/San Francisco
PANEL 2: Queer Film Festivals in Practice
Almost four decades ago, the first Gay Film Festival opened back in the day in San Francisco. Since then much has happened and those now called Queer or LGBTQI* Film Festivals have flourished and expanded in all cultural backgrounds all over the world, most recently new festivals have been founded in Africa and also in the Middle East. The growing number of festivals also fostered different and more diverse programs within the Queer Film Festival Circuit. From classical queer/LGBTQI*content to pornography and from the avant-garde to activism; six programmers from different cultural backgrounds will talk about their view on curating and activism on this panel.
Dr. Skadi Loist, host, Department of Media Studies, University of Rostock; Lesbisch Schwule Filmtage, Hamburg
Desiree Buford, Frameline – San Francisco International LGBTQ Film Festival
João Ferreira, Queer Lisboa – International Queer Film Festival
Alexandra Carastoian, FAQiff – Feminist and Queer International Film Festival, Bucharest
Xiaogang Wei, Beijing Queer Film Festival
Nosheen Khwaja, GLITCH QTIPoC Film Festival Glasgow
Saadat Munir, AKS Film – Art – Dialogue Festival, Pakistan and Denmark
Jürgen Brüning, Porn Film Festival, Berlin