Director - Robert & Dylan (Gay Porn Shorts)
Dylan Meade was born in Dublin, Ireland in 1991 and shortly after, his family moved to Galway city on the west coast where he grew up. In 2014, working alongside other students, Dylan established the Glasgow School of Art Pornography Society after having moved to the city to study painting.
Film: Robert & Dylan ( Gay Porn Shorts )
Director - An Athenian Rawmance (Gay Porn Shorts)
Menelas was born in Greece in 1974. Since a very young age, Menelas has been interested in photography, and received his first camera at the age of 10. Since 2012 he started making films and is particularly interested in Dogme Style. His YouTube channel “GITV” has 1.6K subscribers and in 2011, he started the exhibition series, “Civil Disobedience”. In addition, Menelas enjoys theatre and is the creator and co-founder of Queer Theatre Awards Athens.
Symposium: An Athenian Rawmance ( Gay Porn Shorts )
Director - You must be my Doll (Political Porn Shorts)
Liv Massei is a multimedia artist from Brazil currently living in Berlin. In her works, which include video clips, short films, performances, installations, soundscapes and photography, she likes to mix poetry and social critics, juxtaposing provocation and beauty. The intense reaction people have to porn and fetish themes are one of her major inspirations.
Film: You must be my Doll ( Political Porn Shorts )
Directors - Hard Lines (Austrian Porn Shorts)
Hannah Rosa Öllinger + Manfred Rainer
Oellinger/Rainer are an artist-duo based in Vienna. They find it kind of ridiculous to write about themselves in third person. They could write a lot of fancy words about their artistic practice, but they choose not to. Nevertheless, they struggle with their desire to become successful artists. Realizing that three solo shows don’t exactly put them on the forefront, they are now about to pursue a career in the porn industry.
Film: Hard Lines ( Austrian Porn & Retrospective Short Program )
Director - Hyper Transparent (Austrian Porn Shorts)
Betül Seyma Küpeli
Betül Seyma Küpeli studied Architecture in Vienna University of Technology. Her Diploma thesis dealt with the topic „refugee policy and und spatial strategies in Austria“. Her work includes urban approaches in relation to utilization of vacancies, construction and planning law, which were questioned and dealt with. Since 2014 she studies Post-Conceptual Art Practices in the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna. She contributed in many projects organizational and curatorial. These includes Architectural workshops, Performance with artist collectives and video works. Inter alia she is engaged in topics like, socio-political and socio-cultural relations in hardcore neoliberalism, urban substance/space/public space and its appropriation or rather alternative approaches for urban (-policy), the relation between society and history and migration&asylum.
Film: Hyper-Transparent Austrian Porn & Retrospective Shorts )
Producer - Hyper Transparent (Austrian Porn Shorts)
Esra Özmen, 27 years old, has a passion for subverting stereotypes. In collaboration with her brother Enes, 22 years old, Esra intervenes in the otherwise male-dominated rap genre. Together, Esra and Enes make their voices heard. The duo employ German and Turkish language lyrics and sing about women’s equality, the struggle of being strangers in their own country (Austria), and the need to stand up against injustice. Contrary to the predominant style of mainstream rap, Esra, the female half of the duo, takes on the fast rhymes while Enes contributes the melodic background vocals. EsRAP finds their inspiration in Turkish Oriental and Arabesque music. Their performances and videos signify resistance and use performative expressions as a tool for communication. Esra Özmen´s highlights controversial topics with the aim of prompting listeners as well as politicians to take action on the subjects the duo are most passionate about. Music unites. We all belong. It is better to be curious and inquisitive than to have fears and prejudices. We can all live together without prejudice or exclusion.
Film: Hyper-Transparent Austrian Porn & Retrospective Shorts )
Director - Bad or Red (Austrian Porn Shorts)
Pêdra Costa was born in 1978 and is a Brazilian Performance Artist and Anthropologist, currently doing a Diploma at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna and working with queer artists internationally. Her work is informed by the aesthetics of post-porn and an investigation about anti-colonial concepts.
Film: Bad or Red Austrian Porn & Retrospective Shorts )
Director - I think we have... (Austrian Porn Shorts)
Alexander Martinz, born 1979 in Klagenfurt, studied Electroacoustic Composition and Transmedia Art. He teaches at the University of Applied Arts and lives and works as a composer and media artist in Vienna. He is interested in the different logics and traditions of audiovisual media as well as in their correlations. Complex transformations of popcultural material can be considered a foundation of his work.
Film: I think we have something in common Austrian Porn & Retrospective Shorts )
Director - a Spanking Ode (Female* Porn Shorts)
Diego Tigrotto lives in Rome and refers to himself as “video designer”. In 2013, at Xplore Rome Festival, he embarked on his journey of conscious sexuality, followed by adopting the principle of “Radical Self-Expression” into his life after a summer spent at the Burning Man festival. Back at home, he started wearing animal onesies in everyday life and dedicates his time advocating for sex-positivity, tantra, BDSM, antisexism, poliamory and post-porn.
His short film, a Spanking Ode won the No Gender No Border Award at the Hacker Porn Film Festival Rome, and the film has then been screened at various international festivals. Currently, Diego is working on his new short “Woz me Daddy” which will premiere in April.
Film: a Spanking Ode Female* Porn Shorts
Director - Book (Austrian Porn Shorts)
Dimitrios Vellis was born in 1983 in Hannover, Germany and studied applied and artistic photography at the Prague photo school. Currently, he is a student of cultural studies at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna. With the film “Book” he sews and tears apart the male body, treating it like collage.
Director - Ars Erotica
Katharina was born in a place where questions were not supposed to be asked, at a time when the internet just started to blend the lines between private and public space. She was raised by parents, who called their daughters „smart“ instead of „pretty“. After grammar school she moved to Vienna and studied Theater, Film and Media Science at the University of Vienna and trained in acting, voice-acting and recently started propaedeutic studies in psychotherapy.
Track Composer - Ars Erotica
Born 1994 and raised by a Danish artist and an Austrian worker in a town in Vorarlberg, Tobias
Chromy finished grammar school and moved to Vienna in 2014. While currently studying political science at the University of Vienna, music has always been a central part of his life. He was trained in classical guitar, plays in several bands and also offers private guitar lessons. Currently, he is working on an ambient music solo-project.
Director/Actor - Berlin Drifters
Koichi Imaizumi is an independent filmmaker, actor, began his career in 1990 as an actor in the pink film (Japanese porn film) industry. Imaizumi made his first gay film in 1999, and since then, has been consistently making gay films on an independent basis. In Japan where there are very few filmmakers dealing with the issues of sexual minorities, Imaizumi has a unique position in the independent film scenes in Japan, continuously producing a series of films with dramatic contents (as opposed to the vast number of gay-sex-video titles that are produced even now). His works, mostly very small budget productions, however, are highly appreciated in overseas rather than domestically. His previous films have extensively toured internationally, and are invited to many renowned film festivals, including the Berlin International Film Festival.
Film: Director/Actor (Berlin Drifters)
Cinematographer - Berlin Drifters
Iwasa is a musician, filmmaker has been making music since 1995. In 1999, he co-founded ‘habakari-cinema+records’ with Imaizumi Koichi, independent filmmaker. Since then, he has made music for all the productions by ‘habakari-cinema+records’ to date, including the latest film “Berlin Drifters(2017)” as ‘PEixe-elétrico’. In 2001, he directed his first short film “grey silence”.
Film: Cinematographer / Sound Producer (Berlin Drifters)
Director - Silver Shoes
Jennifer Lyon Bell
Jennifer Lyon Bell (BA Harvard 1991 in Psychology, MA University of Amsterdam 2001 in Film Studies) is the American founder of independent adult cinema company Blue Artichoke Films (Amsterdam, NL.) She directs erotic fiction films and documentaries which blur the line between porn and art film. Her award-winning films screen at international festivals, cinemas, and museums in America, Europe, Japan, and South America, attracting prizes from both mainstream film festivals and adult festivals. Her body of work was recently honored with the European Feminist Porn Award, and her most recent film, the trilogy Silver Shoes, was shortlisted for the Netherlands Scientific Institute of Sexologists’ “Sex And Media Prize” — the only erotic/pornographic film to ever be nominated. Her new virtual reality 3D 360° immersive experience film “Second Date” was nominated for a VR award at the Raindance Film Festival (London) at its World Premiere.
Director - Fluidø
Shu Lea Cheang
As an artist and filmmaker, Shu Lea Cheang has worked with a range of art mediums and film formats, including installation, performance, net art, public art, video installation, feature film and mobile web serial. From homesteading cyberspace in the 90s to her current retreat to BioNet, Cheang takes on viral love, bio hack in her current cycle of works.
Director - Strawberry Bubblegums
Benjamin Teske is director and writer. He was born in a little Bavarian town in Germany on a beautiful day in the 80s. He studied „Audiovisual Media/Cinematography“ in Berlin, followed by the directing masterclass at the prestigious Hamburg Media School where he graduated in 2012 with his short film „Fliehkraft“ (Escaping Gravity). All of his films are award winning and were screened at a large number of national and international film festivals all over the world.
His debut feature film „Strawberry Bubblegums“ premiered late 2016 at the International Filmfest Oldenburg and won the Seymour Cassel Award for the „Outstanding Performance“ of his lead actor André M. Hennicke and the „Studio Hamburg Nachwuchspreis” for David Schütter as best newcomer 2017.
Teske is currently working on his next feature film.
Film: Strawberry Bubblegums
Organizer - Pornfilmfestival Berlin
Manuela Kay, geboren und aufgewachsen in West-Berlin, seit 1979 aktiv in der lesbisch-schwulen Szene. Journalistin und Ko-Geschäftsführerin des Special Media SDL Verlags, Mit-Herausgeberin der Zeitschriften Siegessäule – Queer in Berlin sowie Chefredakteurin und Mit-Herausgeberin von L-MAG, Das Magazin für Lesben. Sie veröffentlichte mehrere Bücher, unter anderem „Schöner Kommen“ (Querverlag, 2000), machte sex-positive Filme wie „Airport“ (1994) und ist seit 2007 Mit- Organisatorin und -Kuratorin des Pornfilmfestivals Berlin.
Organizer - Pornfilmfestival Berlin
Brüning studied Educational Science and Psychology and is very politically active. One of the founders of Eiszeitkino Berlin as well as the Schwullesbisches Filmfestival Berlin in 1992, he incorporated the film production companies Cazzo Film and Wurstfilm. In 2006 he initiated the Pornfilmfestival (PFF) Berlin, which is an independent film festival, engaging itself with questions about sexual identity, politics, body norms and gender. Jürgen Brüning shoots, produces and distributes porn films, which change the queer cinema itself.
Lecturer - Austrian Porn Shorts
Andreas Brunner ist Co-Leiter von QWIEN, dem Zentrum für schwul/lesbische Geschichte in Wien. Als Historiker steht die Erforschung der Verfolgung von LGTBI* im Nationalsozialismus im Zentrum seiner Arbeit, daneben aber auch Publikationen zu kulturwissenschaftlichen Themen. Seit zehn Jahren entwickelt er Stadtspaziergänge zu LGBTI*-Themen. Als Ausstellungskurator zuletzt für die
Ausstellung „Sex in Wien. Lust Kontrolle Ungehorsam“ (Wien Museum 2016/17) tätig.
Moderator: Austrian Porn & Retrospective Shorts Program
Filmmaker - ½ Frösche Ficken Flink (Austrian Porn Shorts)
Ashley Hans Scheirl
Ashley Hans Scheirl has been interested in the media of super-8 films since the end of the seventies. The film ½ Frösche ficken flink composes a queer scenario fusing a universe on its own: punk, post-porn and loud, the images are highlighted by music she produced herself. Different episodes of time in New York and London overlap a tremendous visual cosmos full of loud colours and grainy images, it is independent cinema at its best, serving a counter-argument to heteronormative worldview.
Film: ½ Frösche ficken (Austrian Porn & Retrospective Shorts)
Founder/Filmmaker - ARTHOUSE Vienna Shorts
Patrick Cartuz is a author, public speaker, filmmaker and cultural worker who lives in Vienna. He studied media and communication science in Klagenfurt (AUT) and Wrocław (PL) as well as applied cultural science. He works on his PhD at the University of Applied Arts Vienna and is the author of the book “Feminismus fickt!”, which deals with female perspectives on pornography. Lastly he worked with Erika Lust and Lust Films in Barcelona before he came back to Vienna, where he founded Arthouse Vienna with Adrineh Simonian.
Founder/Filmmaker - ARTHOUSE Vienna Shorts
Adrineh Simonian left a successful career as an opera singer to create a new, artful way of pornography. Raised with armenian roots she had violin lessons for ten years and studied piano and vocals at the University for Music and Performing Arts Vienna and the Opera School at the Vienna Conservatoire. She already was on several stages including Berlin, Vienna, Munich, Copenhagen and Toulouse.
Chairperson - Schwelle Wien
B.Sc., Dr. med. Jana Studnicka, TedX Speaker, Obfrau des Vereins Schwelle Wien
Ursprünglich aus Salzburg, studierte Jana Studnicka Molekularbiologie und Medizin in Salzburg, Linz und Graz. Schon während ihres Studiums beschäftigte sie sich intensiv mit Sexualität, Empowerment und Feminismus, als ehrenamtliche Sexualpädagogin im Rahmen des Projekts achtung°liebe sowie als Autorin für das VAGINAMUSEUM.at und als Erforschende im Künstlerkreis Villefort.
Seit dem Abschluss ihres Medizinstudiums 2016 lebt sie in Wien, wo sie bald Mitglied im Verein Schwelle Wien und im September 2017 zur Obrfau des Vereins gewählt wurde. Zudem hielt sie im Juni 2016 einen Vortrag bei TedX Klagenfurt zum Thema “The Power of Saying No”, bei dem sie über ihre Erfahrungen zu den Themen Selbstbestimmung, Authentizität und Selbstvertrauen im Rahmen ihrer Arbeit als professionelle Kuschlerin reflektierte.
Derzeit organisiert Jana Studnicka Events und Workshops in der Schwelle, konzipiert eigene Projekte und Ideen (Naked Souls, Frauenkreis, Sinnlichkeitsabende, Orgie mit Herz, The Art of Sex) und hilft bei der Organisation feministischer Projekte, wie etwa den Vagina-Monologen (22/02/2018).
Sie träumt von einer Welt, in der Menschen den Sex haben, denn sie wollen; befreit von den Normen, Schuldgefühlen und Stigmata unserer Kultur; eine Welt in der Liebe authentisch und bedingungslos zum Ausdruck kommen darf, voller Leichtigkeit und Lust, begleitet von einem Funken Humor.
Founder - Monochrom
Johannes Grenzfurthner ist Künstler, Filmemacher, Autor, Kurator und Gründer der Kunst- und Theoriegruppe monochrom. Er hat einen Lehrauftrag für Kommunikationsguerilla an der Kunstuniversität Linz und für Kunsttheorie an der Leuphana-Universität in Lüneburg.
Er ist Leiter des Festivals Arse Elektronika (Thema: Sex und Technologie) in San Francisco, Veranstalter der “Hedonistika” (Thema: Essen und Technologie) in Montréal und Tel Aviv, sowie Co-Organisator der Roboexotica (Cocktail-Robotik).
Artist - ARTHOUSE Vienna
Alice Moe is an postmodern snailien, passion victim and a hEartist. Seeing herself as an ongoing art object from future she* is working in all spectres of the colours of queer post-porn. Working on the transcultural transformation of bodies, the dissolution of space and time and identifying as performing artist, video artist, alternative model, queer activist and ambassador of a new area.
Organizer - Pornfilmfestival Berlin
Alex Demetriou is a curator and performer, operating between Berlin and Athens. They’ve been based in Berlin since 2007 but perform and organize events in Athens as well. They have been a curator at the Athens Outview Film Festival, at Gender Fest and DIY performance festival Sound Acts. In Berlin they work as a translator and subtitlist as well as in film productions and festivals, among them the Βerlinale and the Porn Film Festival. At PFF they have been working in different functions through the years–currently as a technical coordinator, party organiser and moderator.
Co-founder - Sex Worker's Opera London
Alex Etchart is an Anglo-Uruguayan community artist and co-founder of Sex Worker’s Opera alongside Siobhán Knox.
Together since 2014 they have brought together 30 sex worker artists and allies to create an award-winning show that just finished a sold out UK tour and has been highly praised by the sex worker community, mainstream press and independent bloggers alike.
Based on the experiences of our members and on 63 stories sent in to the project from 17 countries across 5 continents, the show breaks through stigma and stereotypes to offer an unflinchingly honest, upliftingly human insight into the lives of Sex Workers around the world.
Co-founder: Sex Worker’s Opera (Political Porn Shorts Program)
Director - Shibari (Austrian Porn Shorts)
Julia Sternthal studied Theatre, Film and Media Studies at the University of Vienna. She leads the non-profit organisation kino5 – Plattform für unabhängige Filmschaffende and was the co-funder of the collaborative transmedia project B∆TESI∆N. Since 2017 she and Djamila Grandists are the festival directors of the International Human Rights Film Festival – this human world. She studies Editing at the filmacademy Vienna.
Shibari: Shibari (Austrian Porn & Retrospective Shorts)