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


  • Dragana Kružić




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


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

Author Biography

Dragana Kružić

Faculty of Media and Communications, Singidunum University, Belgrade

Dragana Kružić (1971) graduated painting at the Academy of Applied Arts in Rijeka, University of Rijeka. She is enrolled in Ph.D. – Transdisciplinary studies of contemporary arts and media at the Singidunum University in Belgrade. She has received numerous accolades, scholarships and awards, among which, the Rector’s Award for Excellence. She exhibited in approx. seventy solo and group, national and international shows (MC Gallery – New York, MMCA – Rijeka, Rookie Gallery – Graz, UNICUM – Maribor, CVU Batana – Rovinj, 46th Zagreb Salon – Glyptotheque Zagreb, Diocletian’s Palace – Split, MMC , MMC – Umag, the World Biennial of Student Photography, Spens – Novi Sad, etc.). She has published a few academic articles in domestic and international journals


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




How to Cite

Kružić, D. (2018). Experimental (Structural Film) as the Concept of Film Innovation (Mihovil Pansini and Geff). AM Journal of Art and Media Studies, (15), 11–22. https://doi.org/10.25038/am.v0i15.226