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About Experimental Film Society

What is Experimental Film Society?

... the most active, prolific and intrepid group of experimental filmmakers working in Ireland today.” AEMI

Experimental Film Society (EFS) is an Irish company dedicated to the production and screening of experimental cinema. It grew out of the former Experimental Film Society collective which was formed and managed by the company’s founder and director, Rouzbeh Rashidi. EFS concentrates on nurturing film projects which reflect the distinctive cinematic vision that it developed over its eighteen year existence as a not-for-profit collective. EFS produces films that are distinguished by an uncompromising devotion to personal, experimental cinema. These films adopt an exploratory, often lyrical approach to filmmaking and foreground mood, atmosphere, visual rhythms, and the sensory interplay of sound and image. EFS is at the centre of a new wave of Irish experimental filmmaking.

EFS also curates screenings of experimental film, mainly by filmmakers and artists associated with it, both nationally and internationally.

EFS was founded in 2000 in Tehran, Iran by Rouzbeh Rashidi and has been based in Dublin, Ireland since 2004. As a film collective, it produced, co-produced, or otherwise assisted in the production of over fifty no-budget or very low-budget feature-length films and 500 short films. In 2011, EFS began to organise screenings, performances and talks, an initiative which has since resulted in over one hundred events all around the globe.

In mid-2017, EFS became a company limited by guarantee to facilitate the increasingly ambitious and professionally funded projects it now focuses on.

To request or book the Experimental Film Society programme, please contact:

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What do we do?

Rouzbeh Rashidi archives and produces films by EFS filmmakers, as well as arranging, programming, and presenting screenings of this constantly-growing body of work. He also manages all EFS online video hosting (including EFS ‘Video On Demand’) where a selection of short, medium, and feature-length films are available for streaming and download.

Why Patreon?

EFS is getting bigger and bigger, with EFS filmmakers creating new films constantly, and screenings and events happening all over the world. This is great! But the other side of the coin is that the costs and the workload associated with running EFS are also increasing. EFS is run on an entirely voluntary basis and the small income generated from screening fees doesn't begin to cover the basic expenses incurred. So far, core costs have been covered almost entirely by Rashidi and other EFS filmmakers out of their own pockets, but this is becoming increasingly unfeasible as activity increases.

The crucial value behind EFS and experimental art in general is creative freedom, the willingness and ability to break boundaries formally, thematically and sensorially. It's not news that this type of work and commercial imperatives don't sit together easily - or at all! This is why we're using Patreon to reach out to adventurous viewers who value such uncompromising work and might consider becoming patrons of our truly untameable art.

How will your money be spent?

We are seeking to cover the basic running costs of EFS: administration, materials, the upkeep of our websites, promotion and running of our screenings and other events. But our most pressing and urgent concern is the maintenance of our archive. To safely store and protect our legacy of some 60 feature films and 500 short films requires a constant updating of hard drives. Any support for this is hugely appreciated.

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This amount covers the basic running costs of Experimental Film Society: administration, materials and, most crucially, archiving. Keeping the 60 features and 500 shorts that EFS has produced safely stored and backed up is a major priority requiring constant updating of hard drives. This is the main cost we seek to address here in order to preserve our legacy.  
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