Experimental Film Society (EFS)

I am an honorary member of Experimental Film Society.

Experimental Film Society (EFS) is an independent, not-for-profit entity specialising in experimental, independent and no/low budget filmmaking. It was founded by Rouzbeh Rashidi in 2000 in Tehran, Iran. Its aim is to produce and promote films by its members. Experimental Film Society unites works by a dozen filmmakers, scattered across the globe, whose films are distinguished by an uncompromising, no-budget devotion to personal, experimental cinema. It is currently based in Dublin, Ireland.

Along with Rouzbeh Rashidi and Dean Kavanagh, I’m a member of the Cinema Cyanide noise group, a side project of the EFS. Our recordings can be heard here. I have made collaborative films with Rashidi and Kavanagh, and Operation Rewrite is a collaborative project between EFS member Esperanza Collado and me. I have also been extensively involved in programming and promoting EFS screenings, events and residencies.

EFS’s current membership consists of:

Mohammad Nick Dell (Iran / Australia), Bahar Samadi (Iran / France), Jann Clavadetscher (Switzerland), Pouya Ahmadi  (Iran / USA), Kamyar Kordestani (Iran), Michael Higgins (Ireland), Hamid Shams Javi (Iran), Dean Kavanagh (Ireland), Esperanza Collado (Spain), Jason Marsh (UK).

For more details on the aims, ideas and achievements of ESF, have a look at this text by Rashidi.

Along with Rashidi and Donal Foreman, I am also a member of (An)Other Irish Cinema, a screening project that ran between 2010 and 2012.