“Standard Time is a timeless, self-referential meditation on the power of communication to transmute and, at times, distort. Its flawless blend of text, sound and images suggests a worldview both deeply rooted and universal, shamanistic and apophatic. It does what all great poems should do in suggesting more than it says and leaving the viewer’s mind abuzz with creative energy and new ideas. Addressing the poetic possibilities of time as it does, it can almost be seen as a film about poetry film itself.”

— Statement of the Jury of the Weimar Poetry Film Award on their selection of Standard Time as the winner of the Best of Festival/Main Award for 2017.


Hanna Slak: Born 1975 in Warsaw and based in Berlin, Hanna Slak is a film director, multimedia artist and writer. She glides between the visual and the textual and between several native languages. Her main work is in cinema, where she has written and directed feature films for the big screen (Blind Spot, 2001; Teah, 2007; Rudar, 2017), as well as in documentary films and experimental shorts. She also creates video installations and video design for the stage, the latter for the Berlin based theater director Yael Ronen. Her poems in Slovenian have been published in Slovenia. Two of her short plays in English and German have been staged at the Maxim Gorki Theater in Berlin (Must be Alice, The Test). Her films have screened at festivals such as Berlinale, Rotterdam IFF, Locarno IFF and others. Among the awards for her work are the Silver Bear for Short Film for the experimental documentary Laborat, the Best Director award at the Sofia Film Festival for the feature film Blind Spot, and Best Camera, Best Sound and the Critics’ Award at the Festival of Slovenian Film for the feature film Teah.

Daniela Seel: Daniela Seel, born 1974 in Frankfurt/Main, is a poet, translator, editor and publisher of kookbooks ‒ Lab for Poetry as Life Form. She frequently performs internationally and in collaboration with, among others, illustrator Andreas Töpfer, filmmaker Mathilde Bonnefoy, musician PLANNINGTOROCK, dancer David Bloom, and poet SJ Fowler. She has published two volumes of poetry, I Cannot Find That Place Again and What Do You Know About Prairie Actually.  She has received numerous grants and awards including the Art Prize for Literature from Lotto Brandenburg, the Friedrich Hölderlin Sponsorship Award from the City of Bad Homburg, two working grants from the City of Berlin, a Villa Aurora Fellowship from Los Angeles/CA, and the Reykjavík Residency Grant from the Goethe-Institute Copenhagen. Her poems have been translated into Polish, English, Slovak, Czech, French, Norwegian, Italian, Dutch, Spanish, Swedish, Danish, Serbian, Croatian, and Slovenian. Daniela Seel lives in Berlin. Website