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An experimental film about blocked vision

By Victoria Halper
A 2023 | DCP | Colour | Stereo | 8 Minutes

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© Victoria Halper (DARUM)

Streaks and stains, known as mouches volantes, float through the field of vision, interfering with sight and fraying nerves. Victoria Halper creates these fleeting image interferences using Super-8 film, digital material, and a dirty camera lens in an autobiographical experiment that challenges viewers' clear-sightedness.

FLOATING FLIES, Halper's debut experimental short film, explores the subject of visual perception and aging, examining the delicate balance between clarity and distortion. Through the personal experience of a young woman, viewers contemplate the enigmatic phenomena of mouches volantes, the specks and floaters that drift across our field of vision, signaling the inexorable passage of time. Using Super8 film, digital material, and the haunting shadows of dust and mould captured within the camera lens, the film meditates on the fragility of sight, the elusive nature of memory, and the profound mysteries of human consciousness.

Upcoming Screenings

art + film + vienna

10. Mai 2024, 21 Uhr
Breitenseer Lichtspiele, Breitenseer Street 21,
1140 Vienna, Austria


"In 'Floating Flies', the traumatic intrusion of an image error into perception [...] is vividly and distressingly portrayed by Victoria Halper."
(Jimi Lend - Blog)

Duration: 8 minutes


Cast & Creatives:

Directed, edited, filmed, written and performed by: Victoria Halper Conceptual dramaturgy & addtional sound design: Kai Krösche Developmental dramaturgy: Tamara Raunjak Special thanks to: James Stanson, Muffin

Technical specifications:

DCP 2K Flat
Aspect Ratio: 4:3

Sound Format: Stereo

Frame Rate: 25 fps

Shooting Format: Digital HD, Super 8

Colour Format: colour

Language: English

Genre: Experimental

Filming locations: Vienna & Graz (Austria), Pula (Croatia), Dresden and Düsseldorf (Germany)

Funded by the Cultural Department of the City of Vienna and the Federal Ministry for Art, Culture, Public Service and Sport.



Vienna, Austria - art + film + vienna, Breitenseer Lichtspiele

Circolo Ribalta, Italy - Ribalta Experimental Film Festival
Brussels - Brussels Independant Film Festival


Canberra, Australia - Canberra Short Film Festival 
New York - Video Art and Experimental Film Festival (Honorable Mention)

Montecatini, Italy - Montecatini International Short Film Festival 
Bucharest, Romania - SHORT to the Point 
Rhode Island - Flickers' Rhode Island International Film Festival (Semi-finalist)
Brooklyn - Brooklyn International Film Festival

Los Angeles - Experimental Forum (Honorable Mention)

Seattle - International Film Festival (International Premiere - May 14th)

Graz - Diagonale, Festival of Austrian Film (World Premiere - March 22nd)

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