For the past two decades, the Brussels based production office zap-o-matik has seen its productions travel the main festival circuit, from Sundance to Berlin. Bagging many awards along the way, they have been acquired by NBC Universal, Canal+, ARTE and Channel 4, and are in current distribution through Soda Pictures (UK), Facets Multimedia, Other Cinema (San Francisco) and Kino Lorber (New York). Curated by many of the world’s most highly regarded museums, zap-o-matik works have been exhibited at the Guggenheim and MOMA, as well as finding themselves amongst the permanent collections of the Centre Georges Pompidou, Tate Modern and the Kanazawa Art Museum. On the publications side, with Distributed Art Publishers as distributors, Hatje Cantz Verlag has put several zap-o-matik books in print.
A selected biography:
Praised by The Times and The New York Times as “an eccentric roller-coaster ride through history”, Johan Grimonprez’s award-winning film dial H-I-S-T-O-R-Y(1997) depicts a free-fall through the history of airplane hijackings. Since its highly acclaimed premiere at the Pompidou Center and Documenta X, it has toured worldwide, garnering Best Director awards at the San Francisco and Toronto Film Festivals. With contributions by Don DeLillo and Slavoj Žižek, a DVD edition was released by Hatje Cantz in 2004.
In a story by novelist Tom McCarthy, Double Take (2009) traces the rise of television as it instigated a culture of fear. Acclaimed by critics as “wildly entertaining” and “a delicious oddity”, it premiered at the Berlinale and at Sundance, winning the Black Pearl Award at the Abu Dhabi Film Festival and the New Media Grand Prize at Los Angeles.
Exploring the world of Hitchcock doppelgängers, Looking for Alfred (2005) premiered at the Rotterdam Film Festival. It went on to win the First Prize of the ZKM International Media Award and the European Media Award.
Currently in the zap-o-matik pre-production incubator is the feature project How to Rewind Your Dog. An exploration into the theme of happy endings set in a world of relentless consumerism, the script was developed at the Binger Filmlab, North by Northwest and EAVE. It was selected for the Berlinale Project Market, and its development is supported by the Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF), as well as the MEDIA Programme.