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October 1, 2019

We are thrilled by the nominating jury decision to nominate AGAIN for the 2019 edition of the prestigious PRIX EUROPA – Changing Europe / The Power of Dialogue in the category TV Documentary. The festival takes place from October 6 - 12, 2019 in Potsdam. We thank our commissioning editors for the submission and our partners and funders for the support. More information on the nominated films can be found here.


September 30, 2019

Finally Again celebrates its German Premiere at the 53rd International Film Festival Hof . The Festival takes place October 20 - 27, 2019. We hope you join us in Hof. More infos here.

Screening Times

October 24, 3pm at Cinema Regina – in presence of the producer / director Mario Pfeifer

October 25, 8:15pm at Cinema Regina

October 27, 11:30pm at Cinema Scala


September 16, 2019

We are happy to participate in the 62nd INTERNATIONAL LEIPZIG FESTIVAL FOR DOCUMENTARY AND ANIMATED FILM DOK LEIPZIG taking place October 28 – Nov 3, 2019. In the scope of seven programming blocks, the overarching question Who Owns the Truth? will be explored from diverse angles in a variety of formats. Again will be part of numerous outstanding political films. Producer / Director Mario Pfeifer will be in conversation following the film’s screening on Nov 1st 12:30pm. More infos can be found here.

September 15, 2019

Again celebrates its Korean Premiere at the 11° DMZ Documentary Film Festival taking place September 20 - 27, 2019. The film is programmed in the World Vision section. More infos here.

Screening Times

September 21, 2019 3.00pm + 7.30pm

JUne 23, 2019

We are happy to receive a SPECIAL MENTION for AGAIN at the 37th Asolo Art Film Festival (IT).

Jury Statement for Special Mention: Again

For courageously investigating a famous case, deconstructing it, and highlighting the contemporary blurring between civil courage and self-justice.

Thank you to the festival and jury and everybody involved who supported us in the making of the film, our funders, cast and crew, co-producers and sponsors.


JUne 21, 2019

The Power Plant Toronto dedicates a solo exhibition of Mario Pfeifer’s films #blacktivist (2015), Approximation (2014) and Again (2018). Mario will be in conversation with renowned Canadian visual artist Stan Douglas on June 22 at 1pm. On June 23, 2019 Mario will be holding a Masterclass at The Power Plant.

More information can be accessed here.


JUne 04, 2019

We are happy to receive a SPECIAL MENTION for AGAIN at the 14th DocEdge International Documentary Film Festival in Auckland (NZ).

Jury Statement for Special Mention: Again

We would recommend Again/Noch Einmal receive a Special Mention. The film was sophisticated in its structure and ambitious in its realisation. Again was also challenging, taking on a fraught issue preoccupying many communities and countries worldwide, one that is not black and white. In setting up its audiences as active spectators, it eschews simple empathy, rather forcing us to engage with our own ethical and political viewpoints.

Thank you to the festival and jury and everybody involved who supported us in the making of the film, our funders, cast and crew, co-producers and sponsors.


May 30, 2019

We look forward to the Italian Premiere of AGAIN in the International Competitions at the Asolo Art Film Festival in 2019. More infos here.

Screening Times

20.06.2019 – 15:30 – Sala della Ragione
22.06.2019 – 19:00 – Sala della Ragione


May 15 , 2019

Mario Pfeifer’ s new film project Zelle 5 [in development] has been awarded with the prestigious Edith-Russ-Haus Media Grant by the international jury composed of Nav Haq, Edit Molnár, Marcel Schwierin and Monika Szewczyk. The Jury states that “in Zelle 5 the death by fire of Sierra Leonean refugee Oury Jalloh presents new challenges due to the destruction of evidence. Pfeifer activates his audience as a jury while also emphasising the decisive role of media and mediation in shaping societal opinion.” We look forward to the production in early 2020.


April 30, 2019

We cordially invite you the ASIA-PACIFIC PREMIERE of AGAIN / NOCH EINMAL at the 14th edition of DOC EDGE International Film Festival in the International Medium Length Competition taking place from May 30 to June 6, 2019 in Auckland (NZ) and June 13 – 23, 2019 in Wellington (NZ). Festival infos here.

Screening Times

Saturday 1 June, 12:00 PM | Auckland | Auckland Art Gallery Auditorium
Sunday 9 June, 2:45 PM | Auckland | Loft, Q Theatre
Saturday 15 June, 4:15 PM | Wellington | The Roxy 2
Sunday 23 June, 10:30 AM | Wellington | The Roxy 2

April 23, 2019

We are happy to announce our participation at the 2019 Short Film Corner at the 72. Festival de Cannes from May 13-25, 2019. More information can be found here.


April 10, 2019

Pylon hub presents Rural Technology, a solo exhibition by Mario Pfeifer featuring the 3-channel-installation Approximation and the 2-channel installation #blacktivist. Both soundtracks were published on Vinyl and will be exhibited alongside the films. The exhibition runs from April 25 – May 18,2019. More information here.


march 11, 2019

We cordially invite you the WORLD PREMIERE of AGAIN / NOCH EINMAL at the 50th edition of Visions du Réel International Film Festival in the International Medium Length Competition the taking place from April 5 to 13, 2019 in Nyon (CH). Festival infos here.

Screening Times: April 8, 2019 – Salle Colombière – 20:45 / directly followed by an Q&A with the director. Additional Screening: April 9, 2019 – Capitole Fellini – 14:15 Uhr

We are present during the festival so get in touch if you visiting this stellar program and film market. This year’s Maître du Réel is Werner Herzog by the way. We are looking forward to his films and presence.


February 20, 2019

SCHIRN KUNSTHALLE presents DOUBLE FEATURE with Mario Pfeifer: Corpo Fechado will screen with a Q&A to follow. Selected by Mario Pfeifer and curator Johanna Laub Oscar-nominatedThe Embrace of a Serpant (D: Ciro Guerra, 2015) will be screened to complete the evening. More details here.


December 27, 2018

We are thrilled to share that the editors of artnews have selected our co-production AGAIN as one of “The Absolute Best Works of Art Around the World in 2018”. Read more here.


December 14-16, 2018

#blacktivist will be showcased the 100th anniversary edition of VideoArt at Midnight at Babylon Berlin.


November 22, 2018

Mario Pfeifer in conversation with filmmaker Thomas Heise as part of the public program of the exhibition
AGAIN – NOCH EINMAL at Kunstsammlungen Chemnitz.


October 27 – November 3, 2018

#blacktivist will be showcased at the Mumbai International Filmfestival of the Mumbai Academy of Moving Images MAMI 2018 in the program THE NEW MEDIUM III curated by Shaina Anand.


October 3 – Janurary 6, 2018

AGAIN – NOCH EINMAL is currently on view at Kunstsammlungen Chemnitz. Curated by the General Director Frédéric Bußmann the exhibition features also Pfeifer’s 9 hour long documentary About Education and Fear.


September 6, 2018

Mario Pfeifer will speak at the international conference V Seminário Internacional ARTE!Brasileiros in São Paulo / Brazil on the recently produced film Again / Noch Einmal (2018) in the framework of this year's theme "Art beyond Art".


September 4, 2018

Mario Pfeifer will present recent films at Museo de Arte in Rio de Janeiro followed by a Q&A.

More infos here.


August 2, 2018

Artist and filmmaker Mario Pfeifer talks with a number of collaborators, who have informed the research and production process of his film Again / Noch einmal (2018) within the 10th Berlin Biennale.

Akademie der Künste, Berlin 7pm


June 13, 2018

"Mr. Pfeifer bracingly stages an all-strings-attached re-enactment — his fictional version fuses Brechtian alienation techniques with the showmanship of trashy German talk shows — to pick at both the alleged crime and the holes in its media representation." – Jason Farago on Again - Noch einmal, New York Times


June 8, 2018

AGAIN – NOCH EINMAL opens at the 10th Berlin Biennale at Akademie der Künste. The  2-channel-installation will be on view in looped screenings until September 9th and can be daily visited during the regular opening hours of the institution. During the opening weekend more than 10.000 visitors were counted. 


May 2018

Our current co-production AGAIN – NOCH EINMAL has been successfully shot in Berlin. Picture Lock is only a few days away while editing, compositing, scoring and color grading are under way. We look forward to a first presentation in June 2018 at the 10th Berlin Biennale. A European Broadcast Premiere is scheduled for 2019.


April 2018

Mario Pfeifer serves for the Jury of the Experimental Film Competition at the film festival Kurzsuechtig 2018    in Leipzig, Germany (April 10 -15, 2018)


November 2017

In November we set out to our first on-site research trip for our VR project: to the Altai Mountains in Western Mongolia. Stunning landscapes and a charismatic protagonist made this trip a wonderful experience in the remote territories with chilly -20°C during daytime. More news to follow soon ...


November 2017

Medienboard Berlin Brandenburg supports  co-production AGAIN – NOCH EINMAL with production funds. Directed by Mario Pfeifer and co-produced by papermoon films, KOW and blackboardfilms the film is set to premiere in June 2018.


November 30 – December 20, 2017

About Education and Fear, … (2016) features at the B3 Biennial of the Moving Image – "Desire and aspiration, are two concepts that have always played a major role in fueling the history of human development. They have consistently contributed to change, both for the good as well as evil. Neither drama nor comedy, art nor culture and especially not politics nor economy—in fact not even society in general—would be imaginable without protagonists who are motivated by their aspiration, driven and even seduced by their desire.


October 2 – 4, 2017

Successful meetings at Paris' Cross Video Days – 8th edition in the Content Market. We have spend great days to pitch our project-in-development Empathy Machine to numerous broadcasters, investors, distributors and financiers. Looking forward to collaborate in the near future. Thank you Cross Video Days for the organization and facilitiation of such a fruitful market.


August 1, 2017

MDM – Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung funds the content development of our feature length interactive VR documentary Empathy Machine [WT]. We are happy to collaborate with a strong and innovative funder in our home region.


July 15, 2017

RWE – Innogy Foundation for Energy and Society awards Mario Pfeifer's project Transforming Energy – Transforming the Global Society? with the VISIT award. Pre-Production is on it's way, and shooting starts in 2018 in China, Germany and the USA.


July 10, 2017

We will present our project-in-development Empathy Machine at the 2017 edition of Paris Cross Video Days in the Content Market section. We hope to meet you in Paris! More details can be found here.


April 20,2017

Blacktivist is part of the 30th European Media Arts Festival Osnabrück. The exhibition "Push – Living in the hyper information age" is curated by Hermann Noering and Franz Reimer.        April 26 - May 21, 2017. More information here.

Push messages, status and news updates, social bots and hate comments – smartphones and screens are permanently blinking and flashing. Public spaces have always been permeated by announcements, warnings and spectacles. Today, we are experiencing an increase in input pressure – after all, every one of us is a recipient, producer and sender, all rolled into one. Public opinion is characterised by constant information and disinformation. The result: differences between public and private spaces disappear, positions that were thought to be secure vanish, and populists find their way into government.


March 30, 2017

Blacktivist  at GegenKINO - Festival Leipzig. The exhibition "True Politics" is curated by  Sebastian Gegeler and runs April 07 – 09 , 2017. On  08 April at 7:30 pm Mario Pfeifer joins a panel discussion with Selma Doborac, Lars Koch and Angelika Bartl  where they will debate about the possibilities of documentary film and art, and the responsibilities of artists with regards to information production. More information here.


March 07, 2017, 7pm

Mario Pfeifer will lecture at Bunker Stutzki in Krakow (PL) on Approximation and Blacktivist in the framework of Trauma and Revival  – Cultural Relations between Eastern and Western Europe curated by Krzysztof Pijarski. More information here.