1982 – 1990
Alternative film/video is the festival of Yugoslav alternative film and video. The aim of the festival is to document and define in theory the trends, to point at the values and new creative possibilities in the fields of alternative film and video. All autors of alternative film and video have the right to participate. The founder and the organizer of the festival is Academic Film Center in “Student’s city” Cultural Center.
The Festival was held for the first time in 1982, as Alternative film, and intended to explore the domain of film production which is alternative to comercial film, all modes of alternative, experimental, art, short, radical film thinking… Since 1985 the Festival went on as Alternative film/video, which establishes and further explores the double relation: of alternative – film and video – production to comercial and classic, but also the relation between film and video aesthetics and production. Untill 1990, festival included in its programs several hundreds of works of Yugoslav authors. In following and review programs, the referent frame for contextualization and comprehension of domestic production was built by presentations of relevant production from abroad, while the discussions and debates secured critical and theoretical elaboration and comprehension of the production and current tendencies in the area.
1991 – 2002
Decade with very few possibilities for alternative. Decade without Alternatives.
More than ten years after, with partially renovated subtitle, Festival of alternative film and video from the region of ex-Yugoslavia in its new edition, according to allpresent tendencies of re-integration inside the ex-Yugoslav region, tends to explore and reconstruct the image of alternative film and video production in ex/Yugoslav area in past decade. Aware of the urgency of reintegration of the broken and blury image and the necessity of establishing the line of continuity in this sphere, Alternative also intend to explore and point at the new phenomena of alternative production which appeared and articulated in past decade. In 2006. the Festival becomes international, wishing to enable insight into the new tendencies on international scene, and also to enable wider contextualization for the Serbian and regional scene. So: Alternative film/video is the international festival of alternative film and video. The aim of the festival is to document and define in theory the trends, to point at the values and new creative possibilities in the fields of alternative film and video. All autors of alternative film and video have the right to participate. The founder and organizer of the Festival is the Academic Film Center of the “Student’s city” Cultural Center.
Academic Film Center was founded as Akademic Film Club in 1958. Through its history, thanks to authors who created inside the Center (Kokan Rakonjac, Živojin Pavlovic, Dragoslav Lazic, Sava Trifkovic, Tomislav Gotovac, Milan Jelic, Radoslav Vladic, Ivan Obrenov, Vjekoslav Nakic, Ivko Šešic, Nikola Đuric, Bojan Jovanovic, Miodrag Miloševic, Miloje Radakovic, Dejan Vlaisavljevic, Igor Toholj, Bob Miloshevic..), it became on eof the most significant and most awarded film clubs in the country. Since 1976, Center operates within “Students’ City” Cultural Center, and it is the only film club survived in the area. With over 500 films and videos produced in the center and huge collection of avant-garde film and videos produced by other authors, Center has established the Archive of alternative film which will take care of this precious cultural heritage. Beside the numerous screenings and lectures, film schools and workshops, Center has founded two important festivals: STAF (1967-1970) and ALTERNATIVE FILM – VIDEO (1982-1990, 2003-…). With the average production of 20 films a year, Center remains a punctum for young authors to create without restrictions in film and video media.