Silvia Defrance studied animationfilm at the School of Arts in Ghent / KASK where she graduated as a Master in the Audiovisual Arts and obtained a practice based PhD in Audiovisual Arts at the same school in collaboration with UGent university.
During 2019-2020 she worked on a videoprojection with a duration of 50 minutes with motion graphics for a family performance ‘U ki yo E’: an audiovisual journey through the structure of a woodblock print made by Hiroshige. For the moment this piece has its general repetition, the first public performance took place April 25th, 2021 at ‘Kunstencentrum Nona’, Mechelen/Belgium and was screened online afterwards.
Before this project, Silvia worked on several short films such as “Candy Darling” and “Her Voice”. The latest is an experimental film, that was part of a personal research project, within the framework of her practical PhD in the Audiovisual Arts on the construction of female identity and the potential of the sensory image. Her film “Her Voice” explores and questions the structures of filmmaking by pushing these cinematic codes to their limits. The film received development funding from The Flanders Audiovisual Fund / VAF and is produced by CZAR based in Brussels.
“Her Voice” received the Experimental Award at Porto Femme Festival, June 2019.
During 2019 this film was selected for several international festival screenings such as: ‘Muestra Internacional de Cine Independiente’, San Nicolas, Argentina and the Muestra Movimiento Audiovisual in Mexico.
In 2008 Silvia wrote, directed and produced ‘Candy Darling’, a crossover film (26’) which bridges the gap between live action and CGI. The film was selected and awarded several times at various film festivals around the world including ‘The New York Short film Festival’ (USA), ‘Flanders International Film festival’ (Belgium) and ‘The Festival Cinéma de Paris’ (France). ‘Candy Darling’ was sold to the Belgian television station Canvas and has won several international awards such as ‘Best Short film’ (San Francisco Short FF), ‘Best Experimental Film’ (European independent FF) and ‘Best Short Film’ (The AVANCA FF).
“Letter from a Soldier”, a short animation about World War I, took part in the BEST SECONDS festival, category: GOOD CAUSE.
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It was also screened at “Het Ieperse Vredesfeest”, Ieper, Belgium, May, 14, 2017.