Online + Frankfurt am Main | 15 – 23 October 2022

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).

History

The B3 Biennial of the Moving Image started in 2013 with the focus "Expanded Narration. The New Narrative". The artist Laurie Anderson was awarded the B3 BEN Award

The program explored storytelling in the categories of TV series, games, immersion, transmedia, art and cinema. 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 B3 Biennial of the Moving Image started in 2013 with the focus "Expanded Narration. The New Narrative". The artist Laurie Anderson was awarded the B3 BEN Award

The program explored storytelling in the categories of TV series, games, immersion, transmedia, art and cinema. 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 2015 B3 revolved around the theme "Expanded Senses. Art Body Communication". The winner of the B3 BEN Award was the British musician and artist Brian Eno

The categories this year were art, film, TV, games, web, design and science. Since 2015, the promotion of young talent has been an integral part of the B3 program, this year under the name "Autumn School".

In 2015, B3 cooperated with GamesCom and the Chinese Central Academy of Fine Arts Beijing. 60 contemporary Chinese artists presented their works in the exhibition "B3+Beijing: Moving in Time" in Beijing in June 2015. The ten winners of the exhibition were represented at B3 in Frankfurt in the fall.

In 2017, B3 focused on the theme "On Desire". This year's main prize winners were Jonas Mekas and Ingvild Goetz

In 2017, B3 presented its program in the categories of art, film, games and virtual reality. This year, the program took place in the vacant, now defunct Deutsche Bank buildings, among other locations. Frederico Solmi's media artwork "The Great Farce", a 110-meter-wide video panorama on the facade of the Frankfurt Opera, received a particularly strong media response.

In 2019, the B3 exhibition with the focus "Realities" took place in cooperation with THE ARTS+ at the Frankfurt Book Fair. The B3 BEN Award went to the British film director Steve McQueen.

This year, the moving image was celebrated in the categories of (video) art, film, immersion, games, VR/AR/MR and AI. In addition to the exhibition, the B3 film program and the virtual reality exhibition VR_PARK also presented political commentary and personal lives on the focus theme "Realities".

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.

TEAM

Bernd Kracke
Artistic Director of the B3 Biennale of the Moving Image
Anna-Katharina Gerson
Head of Festival Organisation, Programme, Cooperations