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On November 5 & 6, we hosted the very first edition of Blind Walls Film Fest with Chassé Cinema. A two-day filmfestival dedicated to graffiti, street art and mural. We proudly look back on a successful first edition!

Video by Pepijn Visuals

Since 2015 we tell the stories of Breda with our Blind Walls. We often hear questions like “what is the process behind a mural?”, “what’s the difference between graffiti and street art?” or “why would you make murals or spray graffiti in the first place?”. To answer these questions, we joined forces with Chassé Cinema and created Blind Walls Film Fest.

We opened the festival on Saturday November 5th, with the film The Art of Rebirth by director Vincent Lefebvre. The film follows French street artist Seth Globepainter in Ukraine, who paints murals on an elementary school, assisted by the school children. A gripping film that clearly moved the visitors. Next up was Megunica by Italian director Lorenzo Fonda, about worldfamous and quirky street artist Blu, on a roadtrip through South America. The last, and busiest film of the day was Martha: A Picture Story, by Australian director Selina Miles. The film shows the special story of legendary hiphop and graffiti photographer Martha Cooper in New York. At 80 years old, she still crawls through bushes along railroad tracks and climbs over roofs to photograph graffiti writers.

“With this first edition of Blind Walls Film Fest we created a foundation for a strong and substantive partnership in the field of street art- and filmculture, on to the next edition!”
Casper Houtman, Programmer Chassé Cinema

The second day of the festival started with short films Onkruyd by Igor de Boer and A Love Letter For You (about ESPO) by Joey Garfield. The highlight of the day was the premiere of Mural Hoofdstad by director Tamino Parren, about street art in Heerlen. After the film there was a panel discussion with Tamino Sanne Gijsbers (founder Street Art Heerlen en co-founder Street Art Cities), Dennis Elbers (founder Blind Walls Gallery) and mayor of Breda, Paul Depla (mayor of Heerlen from 2010-2015). Beforehand we showed the short film SOREX by Anne van Bree. The festival ended with classic Kroonjuwelen (crown jewels) by STUNNED Film.

In addition to films and talks there were photo exhibitions by street art hunters LukeDaDukeDavid RoosSanne Gijsbers and graffiti-photographer Baroem. DJ EZD took care of music.

“Not everyone could picture what a Blind Walls Film Fest would be. The quality of the films, exhibitions, talks and the great vibe was a surprising combination for many visitors.”
– Dennis Elbers, founder Blind Walls Gallery

Blind Walls Film Fest recap video by Subcult

Blind Walls Film Fest is made possible by Gemeente Breda, Chassé Cultuurfonds and Pictoright Fonds.

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