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Short Symphonies: Directors' Scores

Feb 23rd 2023
HAU3 - Top Floor
Anthony Ing, Billy Roisz, Christian Avilés moderated by Anna Henckel-Donnersmarck

In cooperation with Berlinale Shorts.

© Loop / © ESCAC Films / © 2023 Billy Roisz

A hallucinatory voyage through space and time that blurs the divide between the virtual and the material; a portrait of a prolific background actor stitched together from her performances; an oneiric chronicle of a summer holiday featuring sun-starved teens in the Balearic Islands. In tones and themes, “Happy Doom”, “Jill, Uncredited", and “La Herida luminosa” could not be any more distinct, yet the three shorts premiering at this year’s Berlinale share some interesting parallels in their genesis. Their directors, Billy Roisz, Anthony Ing, and Christian Avilés, also composed the films’ scores. In this truly ear-opening conversation, Berlinale Shorts curator Anna Henckel-Donnersmarck invites filmmakers and audience to explore the symbiotic relationship between sound and story, and how the two feed into each other.

Anthony Ing

Anthony Ing is a British and Canadian filmmaker and composer. Born in London in 1991, their work explores existing cultural artefacts with a particular focus on the relationship between identity and performance. Co-founder of production outfit, Loop, they have produced a range of artist-led film and television projects since 2014, receiving awards at the Griersons, BFI London Film Festival and the British Independent Film Awards.
© Loop

Billy Roisz

The filmmaker, musician and performer was born in Vienna, Austria in 1967. Since the end of the 1990s, she has been intensely engaged with the media of video and sound. Her work focuses on experimenting with the connection between auditory and visual stimuli. She was co-organiser of the Reheat Festivals (2007-2015) and of the sporadically held institut5haus exhibitions. Her films "zounk!", "darkroom" and "THE" (co-directed with Dieter Kovačič) have screened in competition in Berlinale Shorts. In 2022, she was invited to become a member of the Vienna Secession.
© Heinrich Völkel

Christian Avilés

Born in Barcelona, Spain in 1997, Christian Avilés is a writer and composer. He studied a degree in Cinema and Audiovisual Media in Escac university, specializing in Direction. "La Herida Luminosa" (‘Daydreaming so vividly about our Spanish holidays’), is his final degree project and his first short film- a fiction in which he delves into themes of teenage spirituality, magic and suicide.
© Manuel G. Romero

Anna Henckel-Donnersmarck

Anna Henckel-Donnersmarck works with the moving image in various ways. She creates video projections for theatre, opera, dance and music concerts, as well as video installations for exhibitions and museums. She teaches at art schools and works for film festivals as a programmer, moderator or member of the jury. Her focus is on short film. She was a member of the selection team for twelve years before becoming the head of Berlinale Shorts in 2019.
© Anjula Schaub