Experimental Film Society (EFS) is an independent, not-for-profit entity specializing in avant-garde, independent and no/low budget filmmaking. It was founded in 2000 in Tehran, Iran by Rouzbeh Rashidi and has been based in Dublin, Ireland since 2004. It unites works by a dozen filmmakers scattered across the globe, whose films are distinguished by an uncompromising devotion to personal, experimental cinema. They have in common an exploratory approach to filmmaking where films emerge from the interplay of sound, image and atmosphere rather than traditional storytelling techniques. Although an international organization, Experimental Film Society is notably at the centre of a new wave of Irish experimental filmmaking and crucial in fostering a radical emerging Iranian underground cinema. The films programmed for screening will show EFS’s formal experimentation through the deconstruction and decomposition of film genres. In these works the filmmakers have radically minimalized genre elements, attaining what could be described as a ground zero of drama through the systematic removal of narrative structures. What this has achieved is a series of experimental films that foreground mood, atmosphere, visual rhythms, the nature and subjectivity of the image and the gaze that engenders it as well as the permeability of the borders between fiction and lyrical filmmaking.
Luminous Void is the title of a project which includes Exhibitions, performances, presentations and film screenings in Tehran, organized by New Media Society-Tehran and Experimental Film Society-Ireland in collaboration with Aaran Projects, Lajevardi Foundation, Kooshk Residency and Darbast Platform. Esperanza Collado, Michael Higgins and Dean Kavanagh are the artists involved in this program.