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Applications are open for participation in the laboratory Extracurricular Practices.


Moscow International Experimental Film Festival (MIEFF) and Garage Museum of Contemporary Art have begun accepting applications for the laboratory Extracurricular Practices, which involves the in-depth study of the ideas behind the moving image and methods of working with it.

The education program will be built around intensive viewing of experimental films (participants will receive access to all screenings at MIEFF 2021), followed by closed discussions with festival guests and participants. The program will also include lectures and workshops on working with 16mm, bodily practices, and experimenting with sound.


  • Aleksandra Anikina, media artist and researcher, PhD;
  • Zhenya L. Zban, interdisciplinary artist, theater director, co-founder of the theater/art lab VOKRUG DA OKOLO (St. Petersburg);
  • Saodat Ismailova, film director and artist, head of the research lab at Contemporary Art Center (Tashkent);
  • Ekaterina Selenkina, director and artist.

Extracurricular Practices is part of the 6th Moscow International Experimental Film Festival, which will take place in Moscow from August 11 to 16. This year’s theme is A Thousand and One Ways to Find a Home. The festival’s competition and curators’ programs, comprising the best experimental films and video art from across the world, focus on the search for new ways of living on a planet going through a pandemic crisis. The full program will be announced in July.

The curators of the laboratory are Ekaterina Selenkina and Rita Sokolovskaya.

The laboratory will take place from August 10 to 18, 2021.


Number of participants: 10.

Participation is free based on an open competition.

The working language of the program is Russian.

Participants must be 18+

The competition is open to practicing artists and to students of film and art schools interested in working with video and studying the moving image. Participants must be based in Russia (regardless of nationality).

Garage partners MIEFF is offering three travel grants for participants based outside Moscow, which will cover travel costs, accommodation, and expenses during the laboratory.


From 230 applications, the jury has selected 10 winners. The following applicants have been invited to take part in the laboratory Extracurricular Practices at Moscow International Experimental Film Festival (MIEFF):

Anton Alter (St. Petersburg), Margarita Bagdasaryan (Moscow), Irina Dmitrovskaya (Almaty), Valentina Kryshova (Moscow), Lilit Matevosyan (Sochi), Rita Raeva (Moscow), Tanya Sukhina (St. Petersburg), Aram Ustyan (Moscow), Georgy Yelaev (Tyumen), and Alina Yunusova (Klimovsk, Moscow Oblast).

Irina Dmitrovskaya, Lilit Matevosyan, and Georgy Yelaev will also receive travel grants from Garage Museum of Contemporary Art to cover their travel costs and accommodation during the laboratory.

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