Directors Lounge is an ongoing Berlin-based film and media-art platform with year-round screenings and exhibitions in Berlin and various other cities. Annually parallel to the Berlin Film Festival, the event of the Directors Lounge. In contrast to most such festivals, the surroundings were to be free of the “black box” atmosphere of standard cinemas and screening spaces, as such, its aim was also to serve as a launching pad for collaborations. The festival has held at various locations, with special attention being shown to maintaining a non-standardized multi-media experience. Many films are shown as World Premieres, the artistic direction of the most recent event was credited to Julia Murakami, André Werner, Klaus W. Eisenlohr and Kenton Turk. Frequent curator-contributors have included filmmakers Alexei Dmitriev and Shaun Wilson as well as the late Heiko Daxl together with Ingeborg Fülepp, the first festival was held in Club el Cultrún in the Berlin district Friedrichshain. In 2006 and 2007, converted spaces fronting Karl-Marx-Allee served as the festival location, in 2008 and 2009, Directors Lounge moved to the now defunct Scala in Mitte, and in 2010 and 2011, the art house Meinblau on the Pfefferberg in Pankow served as the venue. With the eighth festival, it was relocated back to Mitte, to the Naherholung Sternchen and it is open to all submissions regardless of length. Aside from selections from this Open Call, it consists of a number of specially curated programs, the festival does not confer awards on participating films, setting it apart from most similar exhibitions. It is an event supported to a large extent by volunteer services. Performers and guest speakers are not paid for their participation, notable recent premieres include the first public screening of works by Turkish digital media artist Erdal Inci in Germany. Performers have included Czech avant-garde composer Vladimír Hirsch, video performance artist Max Hattler and Deutscher Filmpreis winner Birol Ünel, the February festival soon grew to encompass year-round presentations. Similar domestic events outside Berlin include Dessau, Munich, Cologne, Essen, Düsseldorf and these presentations often mirror the multi-media concept of the February event. Recent performers at these excursions include VJ Chuuu and Kraftwerk founding member Eberhard Kranemann, in addition to these out-of-town excursions, there are regular presentations in Berlin itself. Prominent among these are ongoing monthly presentations by Klaus W. Eisenlohr and these screenings characteristically include discussion rounds with the filmmakers and audience following the film presentations. Most are held in the “Z-inema” of the Z-Bar, which hosts many, Eisenlohr also curates a special ongoing series of screenings entitled Urban Research that is regularly presented as part of the festival in February. Canadian director/screenwriter Brandon Cronenberg was among its first subjects, the focus of Directors Lounge events remains largely contemporary experimental film and an innovative reconceptualization of the nature of screenings. In 2015, the platform premiered DL à la carte, a concept for a localized but asynchronous film festival selection presentation in cooperation with shoutr labs, in the latters first such undertaking. ”Official website Facebook page Facebook Directors Lounge @ Pinterest Directors Lounge Monthly Screenings Urban Research program art yes no, snippets from the world of André Werner
Image: 10th Berlin International Directors Lounge promotional image
Poster for Directors Lounge presentation in St. Petersburg, Russia in 2008.