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2020, animated film, 13 minutes

Intro / Director’s short cut


Director, Animator, Editor, Scriptwriter: Veneta Androva

Music: Nadia D’Alò & Benedikt Frey

Voice: Vivienne Pettitt

Supported by the Bulgarian Fund for Women

AIVA is the winner of the following awards:

Within the context of a clichéd “art documentary,” the animation puts the spotlight on AI artist AIVA. Viewers get a glimpse of AIVA’s studio and watch her study and paint a nude male model while commenting on his beauty and perfection. The animation concludes with AIVA at her own exhibition, surrounded by gallery owners and her team of engineers. The audience learns that all of her exhibited works have been sold, fetching over a million dollars. With her animation, Veneta Androva addresses the systematic discrimination of women in art and the myth of the male genius that still prevails. The film also focuses on the lack of female perspectives in the field of artificial intelligence today and shows what this amounts to: a world where algorithms that satisfy human—male—needs are portrayed as female—whether it’s Siri, Alexa, Cortana, Samantha, or Ai-Da.

(Text: Ars Electronica, 2021)

The film has been screened and exhibited at the following:

I’M AFRAID I CAN DO THAT, group exhibition, TORULA, Győr (Hungary)

15. Go Short-International Short Film Festival Nijmegen, short film program “AI” (Netherlands)

Goethe Institut Canada, “AVA – Artificial V Art” short film program (Canada)

30. ITFS Stuttgart Trickfilm International Animated Film Festival, short film program “AVA – Artificial V Art” (Germany)


65. DOK Leipzig, part of the program ‘Animation Perspectives’ (Germany)

15. Filmzeit | Das Allgäuer Autorenfilmfestival (Germany)

Exhibition/Award Ceremony, Willi Münzenberg Forum Berlin (Germany)

Jürgen Wittdorf (1932-2018) with Veneta Androva, Norbert Bisky, Harry Hachmeister, Bettina Semmer (Germany)

FUTUR 21 – Art, Industry, Culture Festival, short film program curated by Blicke Film Festival, LWL Industriemuseum (Germany)

Go Short-International Short Film Festival Nijmegen, short film program “New Wave of German Filmmakers” (Netherlands)

KÜNSTLICH Short film program, curated by FILMFEST DRESDEN, Deutsches Hygiene-Museum (Germany)

Image + Bias. Filmic Explorations Short film program, curated by Goethe Institute San Francisco, part of IMAGE + BIAS project (USA)


25. PÖFF Tallinn Black Nights And Film Festival Official Selection for the Shorts Alternatives program (Estonia)

EthicAI=FORUM 2021,  Goethe-Institutes in Athens, Bucharest, Ankara, Sarajevo, Sofia and Zagreb.

38. Kassel Documentary Film And Video Festival Official Selection (Germany)

15. Short Film Festival Cologne Official Selection, German Competition (Germany)

29. Blicke Filmfestival Des Ruhrgebiets Official Selection, German Competition (Germany)

31. Message To Man | International Film Festival selected for the curated program ‘In Memory of the Future’ (Russia)

5th Visionär Filmfestival Berlin Official Selection (Germany)

17th International Experimental Film And Video Festival 25 FPS Official Selection, Competition (Croatia)

Ars Electronica ANIMATION FESTIVAL 2021 – A New Digital Deal (Austria)

CyberArts 2021 Exhibition (Austrua)

FeKK Ljubljana Short Film Festival Official Selection, Balkan Competition program (Slovenia)

LINOLEUM Contemporary Animation And Media Art Festival Official Selection, non competitive experimental animation program (Ukraine)

FILMFEST DRESDEN International Short Film Festival Official Selection International Short Film Competition (Germany)

VIDEOABEND Kurze Emotionen, Motorenhalle Projektzentrum für zeitgenössische Kunst, Dresden (Germany)

Short Waves Festival selected for the program Focus:Mirror Mirror, (Poland)

Short Film Festival Hamburg Official Selection German Competition (Germany)

Facing B group exhibition, curated by Stephan Koal at Espacio Minimo Gallery, Madrid (Spain)

FLATPACK Festival, Official Selection Short Film Competition (UK)

Go Short  – International Short Film Festival Nijmegen Official Selection European Competition (Netherlands)

Sofia International Film Festival, Official Selection Bulgarian Short Film Competition (Bulgaria)

Hungry Eyes Festival, Official Selection, Gießen (Germany)


63. DOK Leipzig, Official Selection German Competition Short Film (Germany)

Everything Is Just Fine (With Us), Institute of Contemporary Art Sofia (Bulgaria)