CINEBLEND FESTIVAL is the new name for the Beeld voor Beeld festival, a yearly documentary film festival focusing on issues of cultural diversity, now in its 27th year. Rooted in visual anthropology, the festival screens documentaries on various (sub)cultures, offering discussions and seminars. The festival serves as a meeting place for filmmakers and audiences from different cultural backgrounds. A special section will be devoted to studentfilms, open to all courses of Visual Anthropology and Documentary Filmmaking. Most filmmakers will be present for a Q&A after the screening of their film.
Cineblend positions itself at the crossroads of visual anthropology, documentary filmmaking and politics. Often questions on the representation of other cultures should rise, as the images almost always reach us through a western perspective. The festival therefore screens challenging documentaries, often from an unexpected angle. Documentaries that force us to critically evaluate our prejudices and pre-conceived ideas about other peoples and cultures, environment, groups or settings. Therefore the subtitle of the festival is: Festival on Culture and Representation.
The screened films on Cineblend have in common that the filmmakers have for a long period of time lived in the setting of their film. They know all of the ins-and-outs of their subject and they have succeeded in forging an intimate relationship with the people they film, communicating a ‘view from within’ to the audience. Anthropology has been the first to propagate this method of ‘participant observation’. The films that are its result, lead us into unknown worlds or give us a new, refreshing look into the world in which we live. Using this method Cineblend wants to create, even modestly, understanding for other cultures, other ways of life, other individuals.
Genuine elements of the festival are, amongst others, a section that is devoted to student films and extensive talking to the filmmakers. Most filmmakers will be present during Cineblend to discuss their film and related subjects. Beside a meeting place for filmmakers and audiences, the festival offers a stage to talented students who are occupied with the making of documentaries.
To further embellish Cineblend, different activities will be organised, like music and seminars.
The festival has a history that goes back to 1990.