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Born October 16th, 1973, in Tokyo Sylvia Schedelbauer first moved to Berlin in 1993, where she has been based since. She studied at the University of Arts Berlin (with Katharina Sieverding). Her films negotiate the space between broader historical narratives and personal, psychological realms mainly through poetic manipulations of found and archival footage.

Selected screenings: Berlinale, Toronto International Film Festival, International Short Film Festival Oberhausen, London Film Festival, New York Film Festival, Robert Flaherty International Film Seminar and Stan Brakhage Symposium. Awards include the VG Bildkunst Award, the German Film Critics’ Award and the Gus Van Sant Award for Best Experimental Film. Schedelbauer was a 2019/2020 arts fellow at the Harvard Radcliffe Institute.

Labor of Love (2020 / 12 min / HD video / DE)

Oberhausen; Punto de Vista Film Festival; New York Film Festival; Cork Film Festival;

Wishing Well (2018 / 13 min / HD video / DE)

Berlinale Shorts; Redcat Theater Los Angeles; Grazer Kunstverein; E-Werk Freiburg; Courtisane;

Buenos Aires, Hong Kong, Melbourne, Uppsala Film Festivals; Curtas Vila do Conde

Sea of Vapors (2014 / 15 min / HD video / DE)

Museum Ludwig, Cologne; National Gallery of Art, Washington DC, USA

Queensland Art Museum, Australia; Museo de arte Contemporáneo de Oaxaca, Mexico

Current Convening #2, Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary, Kochi, India; Toronto

International Film Festival

Sounding Glass (2011 / 10 min / HD video / DE)

Museum of Moving Image, New York, USA; Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona,

Spain; BIM - La Bienal de la Imagen en Movimiento, Buenos Aires, Argentina; Wexner Center for

the Arts, Columbus, USA; Short Film Corner, Cannes Film Festival, France; The Barbican, London,


Way Fare (2009 / 7 min / HD video / DE)

Art House, Shkoder, Albania; Courtisane Festival, Ghent, Belgium; Uniondocs, Brooklyn, USA;

Anthology Film Archives, New York City, USA; Kunstfilmbiennale Highlights, KunstWerke, Berlin,

Germany; Yebisu International Festival for Art and Alternative Visions, Tokyo, Japan

False Friends (2007 / 5 min / HD video / DE)

Kuala Lumpur Experimental Film, Video & Music Festival, Malaysia; New York Film Festival,

USA; Robert Flaherty International Film Seminar, Colgate, USA; Substation, Singapore

Remote Intimacy (2007 / 15 min / HD video / DE)

Kunstfilmbiennale at Centre Pompidou, Paris, France; BFI London Film Festival, UK; Pacific Film

Archive, Berkeley, USA; Kunstfilmbiennale Köln, Germany

Memories (2014 / 19 min / HD video / DE)

TIFF Bell Lightbox, Toronto, Canada; Doclisboa, Lisbon, Portugal; Rencontres Internationales

Paris, France; International Short Film Festival Oberhausen, Germany

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