MIEFF: Russian Experimental Film Pop-up

Thursday 23 February 2017, 11:00am — Sunday 26 February 2017, 5:00pm

Calvert 22 Foundation is delighted to announce a programme of radical new Russian cinema in partnership with the Moscow International Experimental Film Festival.

Join us at Calvert 22 Space, where we’ll be screening six short films by award-winning artists Polina Kanis and Evgeny Granilshchikov, including two UK premieres: Ghost (Granilshchikov, 2016) and The Shift (Kanis, 2016).

There is no need to book tickets: Visit any time 23 – 26 February, 11am – 5pm, when the films will be screened on rotation. The short films are:

Evgeny Granilshchikov: Ghost (2016); Unfinished Film (2015).

Polina Kanis: The Shift (2016); Formal Portrait (2014); Workout (2011).

We'll also be hosting a screening of 3 films by Russian artist Pavel Pepperstein on Saturday 25 February, 7 – 9pm. Info and tickets can be found here.

Curated by Katya Chitova of the MIEFF.

The weekend will run alongside the Mince & Dough residency at the Calvert 22 Café.



MIEFF is the first Russian film festival granting a close look up at a wide range of categories within experimental moving image from across the world.

MIEFF 2016 topped Forbes' 6 not-to-miss events of the summer in Moscow, discovering a present demand for experimental cinema and successfully marking the interest of a wider creative young audience, MIEFF ran over 3 days on the 22nd, 24th and 24th of July 2016 in the capital city of Russia. 

About Evgeny Granilshchikov

Evgeny Granilshchikov, born in Moscow, Russia, is an artist and an independent film director. He studied literature and animation at The Rodchenko Moscow School of Photography and Multimedia.

Granilshchikov works with various media, combining them in multipart projects. In 2013 he was awarded the Kandinsky Prize in the “Young Artists: Project of the Year” category for his film Positions. In 2014 – 2015 he shot several short films (Courbet's Funeral, Unfinished Film, and To Follow Her Advice). These films are about the influence of political and social situation on individuals who are trying to work out their historical heritage and the ways history exists alongside contemporary private experience.

Granilshchikov lives and works in St. Petersburg.

About Polina Kanis

Polina Kanis was born in 1985 in Leningrad, where she studied at the Herzen State Pedagogical University before continuing her studies in Moscow at the Rodchenko Art School of Photography and Multimedia. Solo exhibitions of Kanis’ art have been held at the 5th Moscow International Biennale for Young Art (2016), Manifesta 10 in St. Petersburg (2014), and in Baku, St. Petersburg, Turin, Kiev and other cities. In 2011, she was a Kandinsky Prize winner in the “Young Artist” category and in 2016 she won the Sergey Kuryokhin Award for Contemporary Art in the “Best Media Object” category. Kanis has also won and been short-listed for various prizes in the Innovation awards for contemporary art. 

She is a regular participant in Russian and international exhibitions. Kanis’ works have been acquired by the Kadist Art Foundation (Paris), the National Center for Contemporary Art (Moscow), the Museum of Modern Art (Warsaw), the Aksenov Family Foundation (Moscow), Stella Art Foundation (Moscow), the Vladimir Smirnov and Konstantin Sorokin Foundation (Moscow), Videoinsight Foundation (Bologna) and by private collectors.

Kanis is part of the residency programme at the Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten in Amsterdam.

About Katya Chitova

Katya Chitova was born in 1989 in Moscow, where she graduated from the Moscow Institute of Architecture (МАRKHI) and studied acting at Vakhtangov Drama School. After moving to London in 2011, she earned an MFA degree at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design. 

She is a co-founder and curator of the Moscow International Experimental Film Festival (MIEFF) established in 2016. Katya also makes films, her latest short film "I am a Stone" was recently premiered at Whitechapel Gallery in London.

Chitova lives and works in London and Moscow.