Peter Tscherkassky started making films in 1979. Today he is acclaimed as one of the most significant film artists in the world. His films have been honored with more than 50 awards including the Golden Gate Award (San Francisco), Main Prize at Oberhausen, and Best Short Film at the Venice Film Festival in 2010. Tscherkassky earned his PhD. in philosophy in 1986 with a dissertation entitled "Film as Art. Towards a Critical Aesthetics of Cinematography", and started teaching in 1988. He has organized several film festivals and curated countless film programs. Since 1984 he has published numerous essays on avant-garde film and in 1995 co-edited "Peter Kubelka" with Gabriele Jutz; in 2012 he edited the book "FILM UNFRAMED: A History of Austria Avant-Garde Cinema". In 1990 he co-founded the film distribution company sixpackfilm and serves as its president.
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