Kasimir Burgess Plus

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From scratch animation to installation film, documentary and narrative film, Kasimir's inquisitive nature has led him to explore many forms of filmmaking, in particular filmmaking that mines the territory between art, music and film. He has collaborated with painters, sculptors, philosophers and writers. His collaboration with musicians including The Black Chords, Missy Higgins and San Cisco, has led to dynamic music video’s that have received awards in Australia and the US.

His interest in other cultures has lead him to PNG to direct a documentary on children affected by AIDS, to remote indigenous communities to teach filmmaking and to the Torres Straight Islands to record important cultural songs that might otherwise be forgotten. These films, along with his collaborative work with artists have been screened and collected by The National Gallery of Victoria, Heidi Centre for Contemporary Art, The Melbourne Arts Centre and The Australian Centre for The Moving Image.

Heightened and at times fantastical, Kasimir’s narrative short films tend to embrace marginalized characters who often discover hope in the darkest of places. His films explore universal themes that seem to resonate with people from all cultures and walks of life and have screened in over thirty countries and won twenty-five awards - including the Crystal Bear for best short film at the 2011 Berlin International Film Festival for Lily. In 2005 a jury made up of Lou Reed, Dame Judy Dench and Anton Corbijn awarded Booth Story the Film of The Festival at Raindance Film Festival (UK). In 2008 George Lucas awarded Directions Best Short at the Tiburon Int’l Film Festival (US). In 2009 the Sapporo Film Festival, (Japan’s leading short film festival), held a retrospective of Kasimirs’ films, an indicator as to his reach and dedication to the form. His latest film, a dark comedy short featuring Geoffrey Rush and Alan Brough, premiered at the 2012 Melbourne Int’l Film Festival before being invited to screen at the 37th Hong Kong Int'l Film Fest.

Kasimir is in pre on his first feature film, FELL, written by acclaimed film maker Natasha Pincus and produced by John Maynard (The Bank, The Boys, Romulus My Father).