Makers’ Film Festival | BREC

Makers’ Film Festival

Run Time 90 mins (including interval)
Tickets $6.50 + BF
BREC and BRAG present Makers' Film Festival Screening
Thursday
27 June 2024
6:30 pm

Makers' Film Festival

The Makers’ Film Festival (MFF) is an international short film festival with a focus on craft; makers, making and materials.

The MFF23 is an international short film festival dedicated to craft on the big screen. This year’s program is jam-packed with 17 short films selected from Mallorca, Morocco, Kazakhstan, Singapore, India, Australia and New Zealand. 

The entire MFF23 program is only 90 minutes long, screened in two parts with an interval, and films range in duration from one to ten minutes.

The film-making and story-telling approaches are as varied as the craft disciplines presented. Interviews, documentaries, and stop motion animations uncover traditions, skills, and consequences in a glorious survey of making – furniture, public art, textiles, baskets, ceramics, glass, jewellery, and more.

Focusing on diversity of approach in both craft and film-making to illustrate (and tell the stories of) the breadth and wonder of craft practices from around the world and across artistic disciplines.

The Films


STITCHING FOR SELF CARE: REFLECTIONS ON SUSTAINABLE PRACTICES FOR CRAFT AND ACTIVISM

7 minutes
Textiles

Verity Byth is an Australian textile artist practising at the intersection of feminism, f inance and fabric. The film describes how she found a balance between stitching for subversion and stitching for self-care in her installation ‘Prayers for Rising Out of Patriarchy’. Combining chant and ceremony from a female Buddhist lineage, with her own lineage of subsistence stitchers, and inspiration from social media, Verity offers this glimpse into the healing power of one of the world’s oldest textile arts.


THE VIEW FROM HERE

1 minute
Wood carving | Sculpture

Abdul-Rahman Abdullah is an artist, sculptor and craftsman whose work explores the collisions and ellipses between lived and imagined experiences of cultural identity, belonging and unbelonging through the lens of his Islamic heritage. The very short film was made for THE VIEW FROM HERE, a celebration of Western Australian artistic talent at the Art Gallery of Western Australia (AGWA) in 2022.


FORMS WITHIN

7 minutes
Glass

Through multiple processes with clay and plaster, Layla Walter creates glass vessels from start to finish. During Lockdown 2020 she developed a modification of a process to eliminate wax in the glass casting process, enabling her to go up in scale and to introduce the human form in life size. At 46cm across, these translucent bowls are as heavy as the artist herself. Filmed in her studio in New Zealand the film follows three stages of the process.


DYELOGUE

9 minutes 9 seconds
Dyeing

In a small workshop in the ancient Medina of Marrakech, Morocco, Said Sefiani practices the craft of traditional wool dyeing.


THE HANDMADE TABLE

4 minutes 46 seconds
Ceramics

The handmade table is a phrase that encompasses the celebratory, a gathering of people eating and sharing food, stopping for a while, in the midst of busy noisy lives and taking pleasure in simple things. Handmade bowls, live music, and good food.


HOLD

2 minutes
Basketry | Weaving

The exhibition titled HOLD paid homage to functional basketry and the purposeful application of craft skills. Highlighting the egalitarian and domestic nature of such an ancient craft, the exhibition curated by Leanne Bray for IOTA21 celebrated ideas of everyday ritual and explored the unique artistry and sustainability of fibre arts. Twenty Western Australian makers were invited to create unique work, demonstrating their varied skills, methodology and use of materials. The resulting works were shown alongside a collection of historical basketry loaned from private collectors, drawing together cultures, geographies, times and communities.


PRIMAVERA ESPECIAL

3 minutes 31 seconds
Furniture | Weaving

STUDIO JAIA is a furniture and pattern design studio based in Palma de Mallorca (Spain) which is dedicated to a mix of traditional craft and modern design. After more than a decade of working as an interior and exhibition designer in Berlin and Los Angeles, Anna Lena Kortmann now designs and makes high-quality wooden furniture. Her designs and hand woven seats reinterpret the island’s traditional weaving and incorporate recycled cotton, spun on the mainland.


KUKAPUTJU

5 minutes 48 seconds
Fibre Art | Animation

The exhibition titled HOLD paid homage to functional basketry and the purposeful application of craft skills. Highlighting the egalitarian and domestic nature of such an ancient craft, the exhibition curated by Leanne Bray for IOTA21 celebrated ideas of everyday ritual and explored the unique artistry and sustainability of fibre arts. Twenty Western Australian makers were invited to create unique work, demonstrating their varied skills, methodology and use of materials. The resulting works were shown alongside a collection of historical basketry loaned from private collectors, drawing together cultures, geographies, times and communities.


UPLA – RITUALS OF THE EVERYDAY

3 minutes 12 seconds
Ceramic

Pivotal to village life in Madhya Pradesh in Central India is the mundane and daily act of making cow dung cakes and drying them in neat rows on a wall; a woman’s role that is generally taken for granted. This daily ritual feeds into a sustainable life of making and consuming. The cakes are spent daily in cooking or ritualistic fire. In contrast, ceramic artist Madhvi Subrahmanian observes the marks she makes in soft clay, when submitted to fire, become permanent and defy time, lasting indefinitely into the future. She honours the everyday ritual by immortalising a cow dung maker’s hand in fine porcelain and in the repetitive process creates a glimpse into an enduring tradition and the crucial role women play, while trying to understand the ever-present dichotomies in Indian society.


DUNCAN YOUNG

5 minutes 15 seconds
Furniture

Duncan Young is a Melbourne born furniture maker based at the JamFactory in Adelaide. Having begun his exploration into timber as a climbing arborist, Duncan works to immerse himself in the full journey a tree takes to become a piece of fine furniture. He is conscious of the waste involved in the production of timber products and is interested in exploring means of creating timber products in a more thoughtful and ecologically appropriate manner. We take a walk through Duncan’s studio at JamFactory, getting to know his inspirations and work.


FUSION

5 minutes 42 seconds
Public Art

In August 2021, the community of Broome stood together in Chinatown, the cultural heart of the township, to unveil a magnificent sculpture, ‘Fusion’. The film follows the design, making and installing process, and describes how ‘Fusion’ welcomes and connects visitors to the shared histories of Broome’s pearling past and present. The curved steel and wood sculpture incorporates 200 kilograms of pearl shell in a base shaped like the hull of a pearling lugger, topped with a symbolic, symmetrical composition that, twice a year, lines up perfectly to position the moon on its crest.


WHEN THE INSIDE IS OUTSIDE AND UNDER IS ABOVE

3 minutes 24 seconds
Clay installation

In August 2021, the community of Broome stood together in Chinatown, the cultural heart of the township, to unveil a magnificent sculpture, ‘Fusion’. The film follows the design, making and installing process, and describes how ‘Fusion’ welcomes and connects visitors to the shared histories of Broome’s pearling past and present. The curved steel and wood sculpture incorporates 200 kilograms of pearl shell in a base shaped like the hull of a pearling lugger, topped with a symbolic, symmetrical composition that, twice a year, lines up perfectly to position the moon on its crest.


NOMADIC CRAFTS

8 minutes 20 seconds
Traditional crafts

The Union of Artisans of Kazakhstan conceived the film for the 10th anniversary of the organisation. Based in Almaty, Kazakhstan, the Union’s mission is to preserve, revive and develop the potential of the endangered Kazakh arts and crafts. The film was filmed in three cities of Kazakhstan and covers many types of traditional crafts practiced by the ancestors of the Kazakhs – nomads. Masters pass on to each other their products, respect and love of the traditional arts and crafts. The film demonstrates the artisans’ devotion to the traditional culture and unity in realising the mission of the Union. The film ends with a swallow’s nest coming into the frame. According to Kazakh beliefs, a swallow can build a nest only in a good place with positive energy; for a craftsman, such a place is a workshop. The master makes a traditional wooden dish, ‘astau’; the main dish of the Kazakhs ‘yet’ is placed and the oldest craftswoman, who has the status of ‘Living Heritage’, blesses the dish and all artisans.


PLANT CHROMA CODES – PLACE BASED COLOUR

2 minutes 49 seconds
Natural dyeing

Joanna Fowles’ practice is situated within a minimal and abstract geometric aesthetic informed by theories of circular design. Her works extract colour from sourced natural materials to make placeresponsive artworks and installations through mediums of dye, screenprint and paint. She combines minimal expression to natural materials creating works that invite reflection on our perception of local materials from urban foraged, postconsumer materials and waste resources.


LOY

5 minutes 47 seconds
Weaving | Installation

Asim Waqif employs basket-making techniques to make large scale parametric structures. Architects primarily rely on algorithmic relationships using computational tools, while basketry and weaving can create such forms using the physical qualities of the process of fabrication. Filled with distractions and obstructions, the maze-like artworks ask the viewer to actively experience the architecture instead of passively observing it. Not only to manoeuvre the body through the accumulation of stuff, but to be confronted with the reality of one’s own consumption.


2 FACES OF FIRE

6 minutes 22 seconds
Ceramics

Woodfire potter Daniel Lafferty always believed fire was a friend until the Black Summer bushfires destroyed his studio and devastated the Cobargo community. Daniel Lafferty throws one split log after another into his kiln until it becomes unbearable to stand near the small opening.


TANGKI

5 minutes 53 seconds
Fibre art | Animation

A multi-generational story by Anangu women artists of how donkeys came to be malpa wiru, invaluable helpers and friends, in the desert community of Pukatja in northern South Australia. Tjanpi Desert Weavers are proud to have created short animation films in collaboration with Animator and Director Jonathan Daw.


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