Artists' Film International


Artists’ Film International is a collaborative project featuring film, video and animation from around the world.

Established by the Whitechapel Gallery in 2008, Artists’ Film International includes 16 global partner organisations. The programme brings together recent moving image works which are presented over the course of a year in each venue.

At the Whitechapel Gallery, a selection of works are screened each season in the Zilkha Auditorium as part of the exhibitions programme.


Participating Venues


Ballroom Marfa, Marfa, Texas, USABALLROOM MARFA

Ballroom Marfa is an independent contemporary cultural arts space which supports emerging and established artists working in the visual arts, film, music and performance and in particular, on projects that would be impossible to stage in traditional gallery or museum settings.

The Cultural Centre of Belgrade, Belgrade

Artists' Film International Belgrade
The Cultural Centre of Belgrade was founded in 1957 as a multidisciplinary cultural institution, whose role as an informative and educational institution was crucial during the development of Yugoslavia new society in the post-war years.  Today the Centre is a creator, organizer and partner to many national and international projects and institutions that significantly mark the contemporary scene of Belgrade and Serbia.

CCAA – Centre for Contemporary Arts Afghanistan

Images illustrating Center for Contemporary Arts Afghanistan

Center for Contemporary Arts Afghanistan (CCAA) is a civil society organization, a non-governmental organization in national level. It was founded in 2004 by a number of young artists in an attempt to open up a pro – active dialogue with the international community and reinstate the country’s art institutions after the governmental changes in 2002.

The main goal of CCAA is to provide equal opportunities both for men and women to improve their artistic talents and upgrade their role within a patriarchal and theoretical frame of the arts.


Fundacion PRÓA, Buenos Aires, Argentinainformation-new-building-images-the-building-photo-1

Fundacion PRÓA opened in 1996 in an historic building in the La Boca district of Buenos Aires and organises multi-disciplinary exhibitions of Argentine and international artists. In 2008 the Foundation launched its renovated building with a major exhibition of Joseph Beuys.

GAMeC, Bergamo, Italy
GAMeC, front of building

GAMeC (Galleria D’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea) was founded in 1991 in a renovated 15th century convent in Bergamo in northern Italy. With more than 1500 square meters of public space, the Gallery organises temporary exhibitions by major international figures and previously unseen projects by up and coming and local artists.

Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, California

The Hammer Museum opened to the public in November 1990. The museum champions the art and artists who challenge us to see the world in a new light, to experience the unexpected, to ignite our imaginations, and inspire change. The Hammer Museum shares the unique and invaluable perspectives that artists have on the world around us, providing significant insight into some of the most pressing cultural, political, and social questions of our time.


Hanoi DOCLAB, Hanoi, Vietnam
© Goethe-Institut Hanoi

DOCLAB (Documentary Filmmaking and Video Art Centre) opened in 2009 and is based at the Goethe-Institut in Hanoi. The Centre has two screening rooms which show an international mixture of documentary films, video art, experimental films, animations and shorts. The Centre also encourages visiting artists and filmmakers to give presentations or screenings of their work to local visitors.

Istanbul Modern, Istanbul, Turkey
The Istanbul Museum of Modern Art, Turkey

Founded in 2004, Istanbul Modern was the first private museum to organise modern and contemporary art exhibitions in Turkey. It occupies a large site alongside the Bosphorus Straits with permanent and temporary exhibition galleries, a dedicated photography gallery, library, cinema and design store.


MAAT – Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology, Lisbon, Portugal

O futuro MAAT visto do rio AL_A_50

The Museum of Art, Architecture & Technology (MAAT) is a new cultural proposal for the city of Lisbon. A museum that combines these three fields in a space for debate, discovery, critical thinking and international dialogue. An innovative project that brings together a new building, designed by the architect Amanda Levete, and the Tejo Power Station, an example of Portuguese industrial architecture from the first half of the 20th century, and one of the most visited museums in the country.

Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw, Poland
Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw

Founded in 2005, the Museum of Modern Art is based in a temporary site whilst a new purpose built building is under construction. The Museum’s exhibition programme and collection focuses on contemporary Polish and International artists and its resources include the Filmoteka Muzeum – a collection of artists’ films comprising of a few hundred titles, available online.

n.b.k, Berlin, Germany

Courtesy Kirsten Palz

Courtesy Kirsten Palz

n.b.k.(Video-Forum of Neuer Berliner Kunstverein), was founded in 1971 as an artists and cultural producers initiative and holds a collection of over 1500 works of video art, the oldest collection of video art in Germany. The Video-Forum organises regular screenings and projects relating to video art, which are programmed thematically to reflect an international context,  and regularly co-produces new works.

NCCA, Moscow, Russia

NCCA Russia AFI - Whitechapel Gallery Artists' Film International venue 2016

Founded in Moscow in 1992, NCCA (The National Centre for Contemporary Arts)  is a museum, exhibition and research organization which aims its efforts at the development of contemporary Russian art, architecture and design within the context of the global art process. At present NCCA is a network institution with its branches in major cultural centers of Russia, such as St. Petersburg.



Para/Site Art Space, Hong KongFounders of Para Site (From left to right) Patrick Lee, Leung Chi-wo, Phoebe Man Ching-ying, Sara Wong Chi-hang, Leung Mee-ping, Tsang Tak-ping

Para/Site is a non-profit organisation which produces, exhibits and publishes both local and international artists projects. Founded in 1996 and spread across 2 two sites, it is one of the leading independent art spaces in Hong Kong and the region.

Project 88, Mumbai, Indiaproject 88

Project 88 was established in 2006, in Mumbai. The gallery supports artists in long-term relationships to facilitate understanding and awareness of their continually evolving practices in India and in international venues. They work with established artists and with a generation of emerging artists within India who are making innovative, experimental and ambitious works in all media and modes within a conceptual framework.

Tromsø Kunstforenig, Tromsø, NorwayTromsø kunstforening

The Tromsø branch of this national contemporary art foundation is based in a 19th century building and promotes rotating exhibitions of contemporary art in the most northern reaching part of Norway. Founded in 1924, TKF is organised in the tradition of the German Kunstverein and has an established tradition of emphasizing newer and experimental contemporary art with an international perspective but also with a focus on artists and on themes relating to the region.


Whitechapel Gallery, London, UK

Whitechapel Gallery facade, with the Tree of Life by Rachel Whiteread.

For over a century the Whitechapel Gallery has premiered major British and international artists in London’s historic East End. The gallery hosts a number of temporary displays throughout the year within eight spaces, ranging in focus from temporary monographic exhibitions to public and private collections and archive displays.


See previews of selected works featured in Artists’ Film International on the Whitechapel Gallery YouTube Channel.

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