aemi @ CIFF: Masterclass with Filmmaker Fern Silva ‘Environment Awareness’

18 November 2022 / 11am - 4pm / Sirius Arts Centre, Cobh
A free masterclass with Fern Silva, aemi’s ‘international artist in focus’ at CIFF

A free masterclass with Fern Silva, aemi’s ‘international artist in focus’ for the 67th Cork International Film Festival

Designed for participants interested in social and environmental issues, reportage, travelogue, and other forms of non-fiction art making. This practical workshop will consider key questions around the definition of self in relation to subject, subculture, subversion, as well as issues concerning intercultural encounter. Participants will be invited to consider their own practice, as well as the tools of media production and historical research used to make work that can be defined as documentary, while also pushing the limitations of this mode.

aemi’s masterclass with celebrated filmmaker Fern Silva is a day-long event taking place at Sirius Arts Centre in Cobh on Friday 18th Nov, 11am – 4pm

The masterclass is free but numbers are limited. Participants should contact [email protected] to book a place.


Fern Silva’s films will be screening at the festival in the following programmes:
Free exhibition in collaboration with Sample Studios
Worlds collide in Fern Silva’s Waywards Fronds
Open daily 11am-4pm Tuesday – Sunday throughout the festival 11th-20th Nov at Lord Mayor’s Pavilion

Experimental Shorts 2: Figure Ground Perception
Curated by aemi, two recent shorts by Fern Silva will screen alongside the work of international filmmakers Morgan Quaintance, Christiana Perschon, Sky Hopinka and a new film by Frank Sweeney (aem & Sirius Film Commission 2022)
3pm Saturday 19 November, The Gate Cinema, Cork + Q&A with Fern Silva and Frank Sweeney

Rock Bottom Riser (2021)
Fern Silva’s feature debut receives its Irish premiere at CIFF, described by The New York Times as “[A] psychedelic mixtape of a movie…”
8pm Saturday 19 November, Triskel Cinema, Cork + Q&A with Fern Silva

Fern Silva, Biography
aemi’s ‘international artist in focus’ at the 67th Cork International Film Festival, is celebrated artist filmmaker Fern Silva. Over the course of the festival Fern will participate in several screenings, an exhibition, and a masterclass. 

Fern Silva is an artist who primarily works in 16mm. His films consider methods of narrative, ethnographic, and documentary filmmaking as the starting point for structural experimentation. He has created a body of film, video, and projection work that has been screened and performed at various festivals, galleries, museums, and cinematheques including the Toronto, Berlin, Locarno, Rotterdam, New York, London, and Hong Kong International Film Festivals. 


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