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The term post-pornography originated in the 1990s in response to the need to broaden perspectives on understanding the body and sexuality and in order to critique mainstream pornography. Understood as an intersectional art movement, it is a platform for exploring the relationship between culture and oppression, particularly in the context of bodily autonomy, biopolitics, pleasure, and identity. Post-pornography focuses on a critical approach to the dominant socio-cultural order, testing new artistic narratives filtered through the language of contemporary and ethical pornography, understood as one of the fields of visual art.

     Post Pxrn Film Festival Warsaw is an invitation to join us on a journey to the near and far corners of human desire, intimacy, and joy. Our goal is to appreciate sexuality together and take a look – without shame and prudishness – at the diverse languages used to describe it. Diversity is key: the wealth of narratives, themes, and modes of presentation enables us to not only to understand others, but also better understand ourselves, both in terms of fantasies and actual needs. We all have bodies and the inalienable right to enjoy and make use of them as we see fir. At the festival, we will present new artistic strategies employed to represent and describe this crucial area of human life.

     We find ourselves at a unique moment: human sexuality, in all its richness and diversity – thanks to new media, changing attitudes, technological and medical discoveries – reveals new façades that require new and yet undiscovered languages to experience and describe it. Humanity continues to explore new forms of pleasure and tenderness, which in turn inspires film and art in the pursuit of new means of expression.

     In many contemporary societies, however, sexuality tends to be oppressed, criminalized, and erased. Our bodies, as well as their depictions, are regulated and controlled; often in order to serve the needs of dominant political or religious discourses that currently deprive us of the fundamental right to own and govern our bodies. Sexual education based on demonstrable scientific grounds is marginalized and becomes available to a few economically privileged groups.

     Reproductive rights are being drastically curtailed or even taken away – increasingly, we realize that the patriarchal model of society prevents its development. Selective censorship of nudity on social media distorts and degrades our body image, thus prohibiting our enjoyment and pleasure. Sex work still isn’t respected and lacks social protections, while sexual minorities operate on the fringes of visibility.

     We cannot pretend things are different, but we realize that this festival’s journey – though sometimes arduous and difficult – is one towards joy, hope, and radical tenderness.

     The programme of the Post Pxrn Film Festival Warsaw will focus on presenting a wide range of artistic and visual strategies – often subversive or peripheral, but always inclusive and relevant, seen through the lens of contemporary post-pornography. We will focus on performative and experimental feminist, queer, alternative, educational, biopolitical, sex work, body- and sex-positive strategies. They will help us reclaim our bodies that have been appropriated by religion, politics, and technology. We will present films created by people and collectives working outside the mainstream, whose stimulating voices seem significant for the contemporary understanding of body art. Exhibitions, panel discussions, and meetings with artists will be an integral part of the festival.

     We believe that complete openness to corporeality, intimacy, and sexuality is key to understanding contemporary culture and the dynamic changes that define it. Reclaiming our bodies is the first step towards building a community based on openness, tolerance, and the right to self-determination.

     Please join us on this journey from the periphery to the centre and decide where might they be located for yourself!

Submit your film to PPFFW 2023!

An integral part of the festival programme will be films selected in an open call.

What kind of films are we expecting?

We value works that show original and interesting perspectives on sexuality: 

– subversive, provocative films that stimulate pleasure as well as provoke reflection

– experimental, artistic, animated and documentary films which are always body- and sex-positive

– short, medium and full-length films, although due to the specificity of the program, we prefer the first two categories

 – each person can submit a maximum of 3 works

 

We will categorically not tolerate films that are in any way sexist, homophobic, transphobic, or racist!

Open call deadline: 31 March 2023. You will make our work a lot easier if you don’t upload videos at the last minute!

Announcement of selected films qualified for the festival: 15 April 2023

Submission deadline: 30 April 2023

Participation requires accepting the open call’s terms and conditions and completing the application form.

Post Pxrn Film Festival Warsaw is a joint initiative by Roman Gutek, Aga Szreder, and Rafał Żwirek.

     The idea was directly influenced by the current political situation in Poland and beyond, and a text published by Rafał Żwirek in “Notes na 6 Tygodni”, igniting the spark for our first meetings and discussions.

 

     We subscribe to the words written by the Spanish philosopher Paul Preciado:

“In the 21st century, the living body is what the factory was in the 19th century: the main centre of political struggle.”

Roman Gutek
Aga Szreder
Rafał Żwirek

     Post Pxrn Film Festival Warsaw is organized by the Post Foundation, a non-profit organization established for this purpose. The Festival is funded entirely by people who believe that the festival plays an important cultural and educational role.

     In the current situation, we do not have the slightest chance of receiving any help from public institutions.

     If you feel the same way, please support Post Foundation – every penny will be spent to ensure that the festival space becomes an idealistic post-porn utopia with the power to change reality.

 

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Offline donation:

     Post Foundation, with headquarters in Warsaw 01-503, al. Wojska Polskiego 41/43, registered in the National Court Register under the number 0000940397

Account number:
SWIFT/BIC: BREXPLPWMBK
IBAN: PL 57114020040000371215122068
In the title of the transfer, please enter: “Donation for statutory purposes of Post Foundation.”

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