EYE Film Institute Netherlands (formerly the Film Museum) selected 21 clips from its collection of early Dutch film from the period 1917-1932 for Celluloid Remix 21. Both professionals and amateurs were presented with the challenge of creating new short films by remixing their own soundtrack with this extraordinary footage. It is unique digital film material from the early days of Dutch cinema, the era of the silent film. The theme chosen for Celluloid Remix was Modern Times: film-makers’ perspectives on modernity.
Many of the original silent films have been lost as a result of erosion, mould and ink corrosion. Everything that has withstood the test of time is now stored in the depositaries of the EYE and is being restored and digitised as part of Images for the Future. During the project, it was possible to view a number of complete films and read background information about early Dutch film at www.filmmuseum.nl/celluloidremix.
The prize-winners in the remix competition were announced at the Netherlands Film Festival on 25 September. From the 54 high-quality entries, the judging panel chose Jata Haan’s remix Movement as the overall winner. The second prize went to Casper Smit for Ecclisiastes, the third prize to Hugo Huurdeman for Het zwarte duister and the fourth prize to Wouter Haasnoot for his monster movie Remixilla. In a packed ’t Hoogt film theatre in Utrecht, the eight short listed remixes were shown on the big screen, followed by a discussion with the enthusiastic filmmakers moderated by Patrick van Mil. Finally, the chairman of the judging panel Eboman (Jeroen Hofs) announced the four prize-winning films.
Part of the Images for the Future project, Celluloid Remix was an initiative developed by the EYE Film Institute Netherlands and Kennisland (Knowledgeland) in alliance with the Netherlands Film Festival.