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Onedotzero 2011: Preview

Tomorrow night sees the launch night of the annual onedotzero: adventures in motion festival at the BFI Southbank in London. The event has become a regular and much-loved fixture on the film festival calendar, furnishing a strong and distinct reputation for original and innovative programming in digital arts and moving images.

Broadly speaking, it’s a festival which favours ‘progressive short films’ with a skew towards digital animation, but onedotzero has always prided itself on being more than simply a straightforward film festival.

Once again this year, the BFI will be showered with another array of mind-bending interactive art installations (last year included projection mapping in the gallery and an interactive photobooth), and peppered amongst the films will be more live AV events, including an evening from Hexstatic’s Stuart Warren Hill featuring electronic music and 3D holographics.

If the festival trailer is anything to go by, the films themselves are sure to simultaneously inspire your creative mind and melt your brain. Highlights include a special Björk themed edition of Adam Buxton’s music video showcase BUG, dedicated evenings from British, Japanese and young new directors, and ‘Nightfall’ – featuring decidedly darker and more ‘adventurous’ viewing.

It’s hard to think of a festival more different than last month’s BFI London Film Festival, and yet for one week only onedotzero will occupy most of the space under Waterloo bridge for a truly enlightening bit of programming. We heartily recommend you investigate further.

Onedotzero takes place from 23-27 November 2011. For more info, visit onedotzero.com.

John Nugent