Since 2012, B3 Biennial of the Moving Image has been stimulating cross-genre discourse on trends and developments in film, art, games, VR/AR and AI
National and international artists and media professionals contribute to the future of storytelling in the digital age. Objective of the B3 is to create an interdisciplinary alliance for the moving image and to initiate a cross-industry and cross-genre dialogue. It offers the international cultural and creative industries an overarching platform for innovation and exchange.
As a cross-media moving image festival with film screenings, exhibitions, conference and workshop programmes, including competition formats, it is aimed at professionals and young talents from the creative and media industries, from the fields of business, politics and science as well as the interested public.
At each B3, a focus theme is at the centre of the programme. Past themes have been Expanded Narration (2013), Expanded Senses (2015), On Desire (2017), Realities (2019), Truths (2020) and Identity (2021).
B3 honours established artists and young talents with the B3 BEN Award. The most recent main award winners include outstanding, internationally renowned artists such as Oliver Stone, Willem Dafoe, Steve McQueen and Anne Imhof.
The current categories of the B3 BEN Awards are:
• Lifetime Achievement Award
• Most Influential Artist
• Best Emerging Talent
• Best VR/AR/MR Experience
• Best Immersive and Time Based Art
• Best Feature Film
• Best Short Film
• Best Documentary
• B3 Rotraut Pape Inspiration Award
The B3 Biennial of the Moving Image is organised by the Hochschule für Gestaltung Offenbach (HfG) and supported by the Hessian Ministry of Higher Education, Research and the Arts (HMWK).
The B3 is divided into the event formats Festival (B3 Exhibition, Screenings, Long Film Series, Short Film Series, Conference Programme, as well as Campus/Market (Presentations, Workshops, One on One Meetings, Pitchings).
The B3 honours established artists and young talents with the internationally acclaimed BEN Award. Works by female artists of the B3 who deal with new narrative techniques in a particularly innovative way are in the running for the main and young artists' prizes.
The organiser of the B3 Biennale of the Moving Image is the Hochschuklde für Gestaltung Offenbach am Main (University of Art and Design). The B3 is sponsored by the Hessian Ministry of Science and the Arts (HMWK). The strategic partner of the B3 is THE ARTS+.
The B3 Biennale of the Moving Image started in 2012 for the first time with a changing thematic focus: "Expanded Narration. The New Narrative"
In the six focal points TV series, games, immersion, transmedia, art and cinema, the theme of the expansion of narration and storytelling was addressed. A total of eleven prizes were awarded in the categories B3 Honorary Lifetime Achievement Award, BEN Grand Prize, BEN Young Talent Award and Ultrashort #B3expandednarration and #B3live. The first B3 Honorary Award went to Laurie Anderson.
In 2015, the B3 focused on the categories of art, film, TV, games, web, design and science with the theme "Expanded.Senses. Art Body Communication", the B3 focused on the categories of art, film, TV, games, web, design and science
From 2015, the B3 will also include the promotion of young artists in its programme, this year under the name "Autumn School". The cooperation with GamesCom and the Chinese Central Academy of Fine Arts Beijing was formative for the festival. The exhibition "B3+Beijing: Moving in Time" presented 60 contemporary Chinese artists in Beijing in June 2015. In Frankfurt, the ten award winners of the exhibition were represented at B3 in autumn. This year, the honorary prize went to Brian Eno. In 2017, the focal points of art, film, games and virtual reality crystallised.
The B3 attracted around 43,000 visitors this year. Central points of the festival were the leading exhibition on the theme "On Desire" as well as the long and short film programme. The media art work "The Great Farce" by Frederico Solmi, a 110-metre-wide video panorama on the façade of the Frankfurt Opera, received a particularly strong media response. In 2019, the B3 Festival's flagship exhibition "Realities" was held in cooperation with THE ARTS+ at the Frankfurt Book Fair. The focus was on (video) art, film, immersion, games, VR/AR/MR and AI. In addition to the flagship exhibition, the B3 cinema and the works on virtual reality in the VR_PARK also presented political commentaries and personal lifeworlds on the focal theme of realities.
This year, the B3 BEN Award was presented at the Frankfurt Book Fair. 2019, the B3 Festival's flagship exhibition "Realities" took place at the Frankfurt Book Fair in cooperation with THE ARTS+. The focus was on (video) art, film, immersion, games, VR/AR/MR and AI. In addition to the flagship exhibition, the B3 cinema and the works on virtual reality in the VR_PARK also presented political commentaries and personal lifeworlds on the main theme of Realities. The B3 BEN Award was presented this year at the Frankfurt Book Fair.
2020 the B3 had to be held as a hybrid format due to corona. In the categories Film, Art, Games and XR, artists and media professionals dealt with the guiding theme "Truths". The film and conference programme was held virtually. The opening ceremony as well as the B3 BEN Awards and the film award ceremonies were streamed from the Astor Film Lounge in Frankfurt.
In 2021, the B3 took again place as an online format from 15 to 24 October due to Corona.
The film, art and conference programme will be available online this year. Artists in the media art programme "Forum bewegtes Bild" (Moving Image Forum) have explored the central theme of "Identity".
In 2020, artists and media professionals at B3 dealt with the focus theme "Truths". This year, Willem Dafoe and Anne Imhof received the B3 BEN Award
In 2020, B3 took place as a hybrid format due to covid. The film and conference program was held virtually. The opening ceremony and the B3 BEN Awards ceremony were streamed from the Astor Film Lounge in Frankfurt. The categories this year were film, art, games and XR.
In 2021, B3 focused on the theme of "Identity". Oliver Stone and Hito Steyerl were the main award winners at this year's B3
The film, art and conference program of the B3 was solely available online in 2021. In the B3 Moving Image Forum, artists explored the theme of "Identity" in a variety of ways.