Experimental (Structural Film) as the Concept of Film Innovation (Mihovil Pansini and Geff)

Dragana Kružić


This paper concerns the historical presentation of avant-garde streams and the interpretation of their general characteristics. Emphasis has been placed on the neo-avant-garde art practice, especially European and American neo-avant-garde film, with the aim of carrying out a theoretical platform for the analysis and interpretation of the structural film by Yugoslav film experimentalist Mihovil Pansini. Its aim is also to understand and interpret the events that caused the establishment of world’s first experimental film festival, the GEFF (Genre Film Festival). The idea of film innovation, as a film experiment, was at that time much more feasible in democratically open Western societies than under the conditions that governed the hermetically strict environment of the socialist realism of postwar Yugoslavia. The paper will attempt to prove that the phenomenon of Yugoslavian amateur cinema clubs  as such was an ideal and perhaps only possible solution for the realization of innovative, radically subversive and experimental film ideas.


Article received: December 30, 2017; Article accepted: January 10, 2018; Published online: Aprul 15, 2018; Original scholarly paper


How to cite this article: Kružić, Dragana. "Experimental (Structural Film) as the Concept of Film Innovation (Mihovil Pansini and Geff)." AM Journal of Art and Media Studies 15 (2018): 11–22. doi: 10.25038/am.v0i15.226


experimental film; structural film; GEFF; Mihovil Pansini; amateur cinema clubs

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.25038/am.v0i15.226


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