“... the most active, prolific and intrepid group of experimental filmmakers working in Ireland today.” AEMI
Experimental Film Society (EFS) is an Irish company dedicated to the production and screening of experimental cinema. It grew out of the former Experimental Film Society collective which was formed and managed by the company’s founder and director, Rouzbeh Rashidi. EFS concentrates on nurturing film projects which reflect the distinctive cinematic vision that it developed over its eighteen year existence as a not-for-profit collective. EFS produces films that are distinguished by an uncompromising devotion to personal, experimental cinema. These films adopt an exploratory, often lyrical approach to filmmaking and foreground mood, atmosphere, visual rhythms, and the sensory interplay of sound and image. EFS is at the centre of a new wave of Irish experimental filmmaking.
EFS also curates screenings of experimental film, mainly by filmmakers and artists associated with it, both nationally and internationally.
EFS was founded in 2000 in Tehran, Iran by Rouzbeh Rashidi and has been based in Dublin, Ireland since 2004. As a film collective, it produced, co-produced, or otherwise assisted in the production of over fifty no-budget or very low-budget feature-length films and 500 short films. In 2011, EFS began to organise screenings, performances and talks, an initiative which has since resulted in over one hundred events all around the globe.
In mid-2017, EFS became a company limited by guarantee to facilitate the increasingly ambitious and professionally funded projects it now focuses on.
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These three texts reflect the core ideologies behind the Experimental Film Society. These comprehensive accounts might prove helpful to curators and film programmers who are interested in the work of EFS.
- Spectres of Memory By Esperanza Collado. Read HERE
- New Voices in Irish Experimental Cinema By Donal Foreman. Read HERE
- The Films of Experimental Film Society By Alice Butler and Daniel Fitzpatrick from AEMI. Read HERE
Experimental Film Society projects