Festival of new cinema and digital culture also shows cross-platform artworks by Dawood, Mayeri, Cohen.

The Abandon Normal Devices Festival of New Cinema and Digital Culture will return to Liverpool (after a Manchester stint last year) for its third edition (Sept 29-Oct 2).  

The festival aims to be genre-defying, showing crossplatform works at the edges of arts, film, science and technology.

UK premieres will include Michael Tully’s Sundance and Rotterdam selection Septien and Rania Attieh and Daniel Garcia’s Okay Enough Goodbye (both with director Q&As), plus Park Chan-Wook & Park Chan-Kyong’s Night Fishing and Kurt Hentschlager’s Zee.

Other films selected include Bruce LaBruce’s LA Zombie, Sergio Caballero’s Finisterrae, Marie Losier’s The Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye, Brilliante Mendoza’s Kinatay (with director Q&A), Lech Majewski’s The Mill And The Cross, Zeina Durra’s The Imperialists Are Still Alive, Daniel Cockburn’s You Are Here.

AND will kick off in September with a transmedia tour of the fairs, zoos and markets in Cumbria, Cheshire and Lancashire before arriving in Liverpool hub FACT (Foundation for Art and Creative Technology).

The festival’s world premieres will include visual artist Shezad Dawood’s Piercing Brightness, which is written by Ian Rakoff, with a plot involving UFOs, documentary elements and a character-driven narrative set in Preston.

Also, LA-based video artist Rachel Mayeri will unveil Primate Cinema: Apes as Family, a multi-channel video installation about chimpanzees’ responses to visual media.

And another world premiere is Revital Cohen’s The Immortal, which documents life support machines mimicking a biological entity.

Other installations and projects that will be part of AND are Brody Condon’s Level Five, a new commission from Mollieindustria, and LJMU’s Q.E.D quod erat demonstrandum.

AND’s funders include Legacy Trust UK (an independent charity to create a legacy from the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics).

More information is available at www.andfestival.org.uk