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Essay Film Festival

The essay film has become one of the key focal points of BIMI’s activities since the first Essay Film Festival in 2015

Website: Essay Film Festival

The essay film is .a hybrid form that brings together elements of documentary and experimental filmmaking into a highly personal and often politically engaged mode of expression.

Although the main festival takes place over a week at the end of March each year, BIMI in fact organises essay-related screenings and events as part of its general programme, going back to its first ever event, a study day devoted to Chris Marker in January 2013.

In the run-up to the annual festival, we also schedule a series of “prelude” essay film events, which form a very significant part of our broad research interests concerning the historical as well as contemporary manifestations of the essay form.


Essay Film Festival 2018: Montgomery Clift Discussion

Essay Film Festival 2018: Star Johann Lurf Q&A

Essay Film Festival 2018: Vivienne Dick Q&A

All our Essay Film Festival recordings can be found here:

You can find more information about the essay film generally, and the Essay Film Festival in particular, at our dedicated EFF website: