Six shorts in Tuškanac Cinema
The issue of eviction of the "commercially unprofitable"
film (primarily any marked as art film, and also any short
film) is probably as old and unsolvable as the issue of the
chicken and the egg, but instead of a theoretical answer
involving expressions such as strategy, capitalism or hermetic,
closed or self-closed, in our local context it could be given
a much more trivial diagnosis – it is hard to undertake hard
work which here would mean digging all the way to the bottom
and persistently, continuously and with a lot of unpaid bills
commit oneself to this often not so awarding film form.
its position has almost always been marginal and decades
of similar formula of official cinema repertoire and of television
neglect have pushed it further away from the constructive,
subversive margin into utter oblivion. Presently it is not
the case of dragging it out of the closet, but of an attempt
to hook it up on what that kind of film has become in the
meantime, at least partly, as well as to observe how it will
slowly infiltrate and mix through its broken narrations or
methods with new hybrid forms, including commercially profitable
ones (commercials, music clips, architecture, design...).
it should not be asked who evicted it, but who will return
it to a small fraction of audience that might be interested
if it knew it existed. Well, in this space of no particularly
significance to anyone is situated this project which does
not wish to be subversive, to bring coals to Newcastle or
to whine about nonexistence of short meter film or another
"alternative" theatre, but to bring those few interested
people and film buffs to theatres for short cinema encounters
and offer them what we ourselves would like to watch.
25 FPS, Zagreb 2006.