Visualize the unseen
The short film competition 2006
Saturday the 25th of March 2006
7 pm at the "Metropolis" Cinema
Dammtorstraße 30a
Tickethotline: 040-342353

Einsendeschluss: 15.02.2006. Ein Projekt von:
Dialog im Dunkeln. Verein zur Förderung der sozialen Kreativität e.V.®

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Visualize the unseen
The short film competition 2006

„You can not trust your eyes anymore“ Paul Virilio

Blindspot - Visualize the unseen should challenge film makers  to confront themselves with a new kind of perception, - a new way of seeing - allowing them to become creative towards this concept. We are looking for films belonging to the following categories: documental, animation, experimental, short films and music videos. They should confront themselves with:

Space  (velocity, proportions, mobility),

Time     (old-young, day-night, labour time - leisure time) and

Values  (beauty, mode, brands)

The idea to create a competition based on these aspects originated after questioning ourselves if new IMAGES are reinvented in the mind of the visitors to the exhibition „Dialog in the Dark, an exhibition in which the public experience their daily life in specially constructed darkened rooms designed to reflect urban and countryside environments.

The experience in the dark and the lack of vision led us to such questions as:

- How did their view of the world change after the experience in the dark as well as the temporary lack of vision?

- Is it possible for sighted people to relate to a blind person’s view of the world?

- How does lack of vision influence our concept of beauty?

- Can textures and colours, despite the known patterns, be reinvented?  

The short film competition should solve this puzzle.
On the other hand the question arises: what does blindness and not seeing have in common with films?
Is it absurd to create a film competition that deals with blindness?  A Dolby surround black film would perhaps be the best answer to this question, however we are more interested in the inner pictures, that being blind does not means not being able to see.

Special Award
We want to encourage the work between blind and seeing people, therefore a special award will be given to the best mix team (blind – not blind). The work performed by these teams last year was very impressing, confirming the possibility of the teamwork. The filmmakers can once again be inspired from the daily routine of the blind developing like this a new way of seeing.

 If you wish we can help you by making contact to blind people..


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Invited are all film and video makers, film, audiovisual arts and new media students. All non-blind employees from Dialog in the Dark are excluded. There are no entry fees.

The criteria for the awards to be given will be the artistic quality, sound and pictures quality, originality as well as the social creativity involved.

A jury consisting of experts from the film media will select the winners in private screening.
The selection will be made by a majority of votes.
There are no legal claims to participation.

Five awards will be given for a total of € 5000, 00.
A special award will be given to the best mixed team (blind – non blind).

Will take place in a public premiere in Hamburg in March 2006.

Entry forms can be down loaded from as from August 2005.
Each participant may send a maximum of two films in the following categories: experimental, documentaries, short films, animation and/or music clips. The screening copy muss be in the German or English languages. In consideration to our blind public subtitles are not allowed. The duration of the films can not exceed 15 minutes. The films submitted might not contain any advertisement material. The following formats will be accepted for the preview copies: VHS and DVD, the screening prints Beta SP, VHS, 16mm, 35mm and DVD.
If you do not receive a response by February 28, 2006 we regret that your film has not been accepted. We are very sorry that we can not respond personally to every submission.

Submission must be made on the official entry form of the competition, duly completed and sent in with the preview copies (VHS or DVD) by February 15th 2006 at the latest (Postmark date is valid) with a short synopsis and the complete cast and credits and minimum 2 stills of the film. The form must be sent to:

Unsichtbares sichtbar machen (Visualize the unseen)

Dialog im Dunkeln- (Dialog in the Dark)
Verein zur Förderung der sozialen Kreativität (Association for the incentive of social creativity)

Alter Wandrahm 4
20457 Hamburg

For further information please contact us at:

It is the responsibility of producers, distributors and other applying persons or organisations to ensure that permission has been obtained from all appropriate parties before submitting a film for selection to the competition. In addition, the respective holder of the rights ensures also that permission has been obtained for music that might be use in their film, scenes from other pictures as well as photo material. The respective holder of the rights for the submitted film / video agrees to give BL!NDSPOT 2 the rights for non-commercials screenings, and to forward excerpts to the sponsors as well as to reporting press and television medias, should the submitted film / video be among the selected films of the competition. In addition, the respective rights holder commits himself to provide the competition with a free copy of the submitted film / video in the right screening print (please see above).
The submitted screening print muss be the final version of the film until the date of competition. Subsequent changes / editing would not be taken into consideration.
Submitters agree that any film selected for the competition would be included in a non–commercial DVD for purposes of documentation which would be used by the organization for its own intern activities, as for example private screenings, events related to the exhibition Dialog in the Dark.

Submitters are responsible for any postage costs deriving from sending in preview-copies and screening-prints. Return expenses for the screening-print will be covered by the organisation of the competition. Preview material can only be returned if a prepaid envelope with return address is enclosed.
All packages have to be declared / must be clearly marked with a customs declaration stating the following: “No commercial value – for cultural propose only”. Parcels from non-EU member countries must also be accompanied by an invoice stating a value of no more than 10 US$ (under no circumstances should higher production costs be given!). Costs arising from incorrect declarations, packaging and lost of the material submitted will be charged to the account of the submitter. All films not send back become the property of Dialog in the Dark.

Screening prints will be insured during the competition time with their print value. Any claims for replacement due to damage are to be received not later than 10 days after return.
These regulations are issued in German and English. In case of doubt, the German version is decisive. All matters not resolved by these regulations shall be decided upon by the director of the competition.
The application for participation in BL!NDSPOT 2 implies the acceptance of these regulations. The director of the competition has the right to settle all cases unforeseen in the regulations of participation, as well as to permit exceptions from the regulations in special, well-founded cases.

By signing of the entry form, the applicant agrees to all application conditions.

Review Blindspot1 - Visualize the unseen 2005

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Blindspot jury decided on February 26, as follows:

1. Award: Lormen / Julia Daschner

2. Award: Wiedersehen / Stephan Hilpert

3. Award: ferngesteuert / Astrid Scheibe and Jule Richter

Spezial Award: Anders Sehen / Ole Zapatka

Special mention: grau / Robert Seidel Lobend
An extraordinary experimental film


 Program 2005: (pdf-Document ca 700 kb)

Registration forms and downloads

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If desired we can send you the registration form per mail,
please contact us HERE.
The fill out form as well as the screening copy muss arrive
by 15 February 2006 (Post stamp)

All data will be treated strictly confidential


About us

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BL!NDSPOT is an idea and project from "Dialog in the Dark”, an association that promotes social creativity. The association supports projects which deal with the integration of disabled people. Innovative cultural projects as the exposition "Dialog in the Dark”, have the purpose to improve the integration of disabled people in the labour market. Like this, platforms are created which promote the integration without prejudices of disabled and not disabled people.

By incorporating the medium film in our field of work, we want to go a step forward. Visitors to our exhibition, in which a sighted oriented person have to renounce of their vision for a long time, allow these individuals to penetrate in a new dimension of perception. Very rarely do people have the chance to be in such a situation, no matter how weak, there is always a ray of light stimulating our optical senses. An uncommon world of images is established. We arrange spaces together in our imagination and try to create a complex image of the surroundings as well as the looks of our fellow human beings. But how do these inner pictures look like? It might sound absurd, but we are convinced that to visualize these fantasy images can be a very exciting task.

BL!NDSPOT will become an interesting and useful experience for both blind and sighted people, we intend to knock down the gap between both of them, unvealing an innovative image and sound world using films.

With our task, we offer film makers a motivation to create innovative esthetical forms of film language. The development of a "free camera” that is a camera free of any existent norms and the experimental world of the computer animation should allow for a new conception of images and sounds. With this as a focal point and its creative realization we wish to encourage the sensitisation of the perception world of the blind. To instigate an integrative and creative process from which disabled and not disabled people can learn something from. On the long run we would be happy if BL!NDSPOT becomes a launch platform, both national and international, for young talents in the audiovisual arts.

"Dialogue in the Dark" an association for the promotion of social creativity supports projects which strive for the integration from disabled people. Platforms for impartial encounters between both groups are created.

Support the Association

If you have become curious of our work or feel like learning more about our association, please feel free to contact us. We will be glad to send you information, or take a step forward and get involved with and for us! The association and the exhibition, simultaneously an employment project, are looking for sponsors.

Become a member, either as a private individual or as a company, or make a donation to the association. Perhaps you can contribute with your "know how” or even provide a traineeship for members of our staff.

We would like to get in touch with you. Click here to see the name of our sponsors.

Verein zur Förderung der sozialen Kreativität e.V.
Alter Wandrahm 4
D-20457 Hamburg

Phone: +49 (040) 309 634 - 61
Fax: +49 (040) 309 634 - 64


Yearly Membership:
Private Individual:                50 €
Sponsor:               at least 250 €

Donations Bank Account:
Hamburger Sparkasse
Account Nr. 1280112804
BLZ 200 505 50

Spendenkonto: Hamburger Sparkasse
Konto-Nr. 1280112804
BLZ 200 505 50


 Association Statutes: (pdf-Document ca 70 kb)

 Membership Form: (pdf-Document ca 100 kb)


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Dialog im Dunkeln
Verein zur Förderung der sozialen Kreativität e.V.
Alter Wandrahm 4
D-20457 Hamburg

Phone: +49 (040) 309 634 - 51
Fax: +49 (040) 309 634 - 64


All data will be treated strictly confidential.


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We would like to thank our sponsors and partners, without their contributions it would have not been possible to bring BL!NDSPOT into life.

supported by:
Aktion Mensch Heinemannstr. 36
53175 Bonn
Tel:  (+49) 228-2092-200
Fax: (+49) 228-2092-7777

Kolle Rebbe Werbeagentur GmbH
Dienerreihe 2 (Speicherstadt)
D-20457 Hamburg
Tel  (+49) 40 - 32 54 23-0
Fax  (+49) 40 - 32 54 23-23

Otto Versand
Wandsbeker Straße 3-7
22172 Hamburg
Tel  (+49) 40 - 64 61 - 0
Fax  (+49) 40 - 64 61 - 85 71

Tel  (+49) 40 - 30 07-0
Fax  (+49) 40 - 30 07-22 47
Brandstwiete 19
20457 Hamburg

Kurzfilmagentur Hamburg e.V.
Astrid Kuehl
ShortFilmAgency Hamburg
Friedensallee 7
22765 Hamburg
Tel  (+49) 40 - 3 91 06 30
Fax  (+49) 40 - 39 10 63 20

Tel  (+49) 40 - 30 38 77-0
Fax  (+49) 40 - 30 38 77-30
Hopfensack 20
20457 Hamburg

RA Jens O. Brelle ART-LAWYER®.DE
Alter Wandrahm 15
D-20457 Hamburg / Speicherstadt
Tel  (+49) 40 - 24 42 18 - 46 [10-19 h]
Fax  (+49) 40 - 24 42 18 - 48
E-Mail: info@ART-LAWYER.DE

Film & TV Kameramann Redaktion
Ohmstraße 15
80802 München
Tel  (+49) 89 - 38 30 86 80
Fax  (+49) 89 - 38 30 86 83

Freie und Hansestadt Hamburg
Behörde für Soziales und Familie

Quality Hotel Ambassador Hamburg
Heidenkampsweg 34
20097 Hamburg
Tel  (+49) 40 - 23 88 23-810
Fax  (+49) 40 - 23 00 09

Crowne Plaza Hamburg
Graumannsweg 10
D-22087 Hamburg
Tel  (+49) 40 - 22806 462
Fax  (+49) 40 - 22806 455

Arcadia Hotel Hamburg City
Spaldingstraße 70
20097 Hamburg
Tel  (+49) 40 - 236 504 00
Fax  (+49) 40 - 236 506 29

Junges Hotel
Kurt-Schumacher-Allee 14
20097 Hamburg
Tel  (+49) 40 - 419 23 0
Fax  (+49) 40 - 419 23 555

Young Hotel Hamburg
Moorkamp 5
20357 Hamburg
Tel  (+49) 40 - 28 41 91-0
Fax  (+49) 40 - 28 41 91-14


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Ausstellung Dialog im Dunkeln:


Deutscher Blinden- und Sehbehindertenverband

Johann van der Keuken
Derek Jarman
Derek Jarman, Blue
Blair Witch Projekt
Alejando Inarritu 11/9
Die Dogma Gruppe
Mischka Popp, Augenlid

Filme über Blindheit:


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Projektleitung: Sylvia Hohlbaum
Assistenz der Projektleitung: Siggy Johannson und Pia Roth

Dialog im Dunkeln
Verein zur Förderung der sozialen Kreativität e.V.
Alter Wandrahm 4
20457 Hamburg

Telefon: +49 (040) 309 634 - 51
Telefax: +49 (040) 309 634 - 64



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Corporate Design:
Kolle & Rebbe Werbeagentur GmbH
Dienerreihe 2 (Speicherstadt)
20457 Hamburg
Telefon: +49 (040) 32 54 23 -0
Telefax: +49 (040) 32 54 23-98

Konzept und Gestaltung: Siggy Johannson