When the idea was first floated in 1998 to invite artists to craft works of art out of wooden film clapperboards, no one knew that in twenty years over one hundred and forty artists would contribute to this unique project. Nor that the auctioning off of these works would provide nearly two million Czech crowns to support the works of film school students and other fledgling artists.
"In the 20 years of the Clapperboard Salon's existence, exactly 2222 artistically rendered film clapperboards have been created. This will be one of the main themes at the 57th year of the Zlín Film Festival. We'll also commemorate them with a unique publication called "20 Film Clapperboard Salons 1998 – 2017 Zlín", which is coming out on November 15, 2017. This comprehensive book maps the individual years of this project in detail, includes a complete overview of every clapperboard created, provides comments by both artists and successful bidders for the clapperboards, and also presents over 350 projects that have been supported by the more than 30 million Czech crowns gained from the auctions of these works of art.
The 21st Clapperboard Salon starts on March 8, 2018 in Mladá Boleslav. The CLAPPERBOARD TOUR 2018 will have six stops, including an exhibition abroad at the European Parliament in Brussels. The traditional auction will take place on Sunday, May 27, 2018, at the Congress Center in Zlín during the 58th Zlín Film Festival - International Film Festival for Children and Youth.
As they have been in previous years, the proceeds from the auction will be donated to support the film works of film school students and other fledgling filmmakers. On Monday morning of May 28, the FILMTALENT ZLÍN Endowment Fund will choose from among projects seeking support (exhibitions, documentary films, live-acted films and animated works); this selection will be based on a competition.
Clapperboard Tour 2018:
Mladá Boleslav, Škoda Museum, March 13 – 23, 2018
Olomouc, Bohéma Gallery, March 26 – April 2, 2018
Prague, Hybernia Theater, April 4 – 19, 2018
Brussels, Belgium, European Parliament, Bar Area - 3D, April 23 – 26, 2018
Brno, Dílo Gallery, April 30 – May 10, 2018
Zlín, Zlaté jablko SC, May 15 – 23, 2018
Zlín, Congress Centre, May 24 – 27, 2018
Public auction: Zlín, Congress Centre, May 27, 2018, 13.00