experimental film

year: 2020

format: DCP
duration: 14'21

production: Bonobostudio, Spatial Media Laboratories
distribution: Bonobostudio

In TESTFILM #1 Telcosystems explore the creative possibilities of the Digital Cinema Package (DCP) – the new global projection system for cinemas that has replaced the analogue infrastructure.


More About the Film

TESTFILM is a series of projects in which Telcosystems address the impact of new technological developments in digital filmmaking and their implications for the future of artists’ cinema. In TESTFILM #1 they explore the creative possibilities of the Digital Cinema Package (DCP) – the new global infrastructure for film projection in cinemas. By 2015, this digital standard had completely replaced analogue film projection around the world. Could one upset the default behavior of the DCP system and unearth its artistic potential? (A practice that has been an integral part of the history of cinema.) Or is the system designed to exclude any possibility of human intervention? If so, what happens to the history and the future of experimental cinema and the renegades who refuse to play by the rules?

Image and sound: Telcosystems
Text: Telcosystems, Mirna Belina
Producer: Vanja Andrijević

Telcosystems are Gideon Kiers, David Kiers and Lucas van der Velden. Over the past eighteen years, they have been investigating the digital universe from an artistic perspective. In their audiovisual practice they have been pursuing the liberation of machines from the rules and limitations imposed through standardized software and hardware. Telcosystems create immersive spatial experiences that explore the interaction between technology, human expression and machine behavior. Their films, installations and performances have been presented at IFFR, Holland Festival, Transmediale, Sonar, EMAF Osnabrück, Oberhausen, Edinburgh, Ann Arbor, Videoex, EYE Filmmuseum, De Appel, Wood Street Galleries, STRP Biennale, SXSW, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam and many more.

Selected works:

TESTFILM #1 (2020), Vexed (2012), 12_Series (2009), Loudthings (2008), Scape_Time (2007), Meta_Epics Mod 2 (2006), Crosslinx - In collaboration with Jason Haas (2006), Exit Tinnitus (in collaboration with COH, 2003/06), Sessions.03.rev.02 / rev.03 / rev.04 (2004), FF0066 FFCC00 00CCFF (2004), Harsh / Sine R (2004), FF series (2002)


  • FeKK Yu Award, FeKK Ljubljana Short Film Festival 2020
  • Critics Special Mention, 25 FPS Festival 2020
  • Best Experimental Film Award, Un festival c'est trop court 2020


International Film Festival Rotterdam (22/1-2/2/2020)
FeKK Ljubljana Short Film Festival (17/8-22/8/2020) 
25 FPS Festival (24/9-27/9/2020) 
Curtocircuito International Film Festival (3/10-11/10/2020)
Un festival c'est trop court - Nice Short Film Festival (9/10-16/10/2020)
Imagine Science Film Festival (16/10-23/10/2020)
Kassel Documentary Film and Video Festival (17/11-22/11/2020)
London Short Film Festival (15/1-23/1/2021)
Rencontres Internationales Paris/Berlin, Paris, France (23/2-28/2/2021)
This is Short / New Point of View (1/4-21/6/2021)
Kino Otok – Isola Cinema International Film Festival (25/8-29/8/2021)
Glitch Art Festival, Zagreb (1/10-8/10/2021)
WRO Media Art Biennale (9/11-17/12/2021)
Interface Video Art Festival (14/12-18/12/2021)