About Ella Raidel

About Ella Raidel

Ella Raidel is a filmmaker and visual artist. She is Asst. Professor at NTU Singapore (ADM/WKWSCI). In her interdisciplinary works, she focuses on the socio-cultural aspects of globalization, urbanization, and the representation of images. Her hybrid practice is to create a discursive space for filmmaking, art, and research.
In recent years, she has been concerned with China’s unprecedented growth and rapid urban changes, in experimenting with new documentary modes, narrations and methods. Raidel’s works have participated in international biennials, exhibitions, and conferences and presented at numerous International film festivals, among those International Film Festival Rotterdam, CPH:DOX Copenhagen International Documentary Film Festival, DOK Leipzig, Hot Docs Canada, and Chicago International Film Festival.
Her film-making corresponds with her writings on Sinophone cinema for researching the poetics in image-making. She is the co-editor (with Peng Hsiao-yen) of Altering Archives, The Politics of Memory in Sinophone Cinemas and Image Culture (Routledge Contemporary China Series 2018), and has publicized on the film director Tsai Ming-Liang.

Films distributed by Sixpackfilm Vienna.

A Pile of Ghosts Screenings

A Pile of Ghosts Screenings

A Pile of Ghosts, 70 Min.



FIDBA Buenos Aires International Documentary Film festival, in competition

Montreal Independent Film Festival, Official Selection, in competition

SVA Society for Visual Anthropology Film & Media Festival, Best Feature ‘Special Mention’, Seattle, Washington

Cinetekton, Festival Internacional de Cine y Arquitectura, Mexico

 SIAFF, 14th Seoul International Architecture Film Festival

ARCHFILM Lund, Sweden

Blow Up, International Arthouse Film fest, Semi Finalist

Deep Focus Film festival, Brooklyn NY, Honorable Mention

Image Forum Festival Tokyo, East Asian Experimental Competition, Award for Excellence

Ethnocineca, International Documentary Film festival Vienna, in Competition, 2022

Crossing Europe Film festival Linz, Local Artist Competition, Austria, 2022

Filmmuseum Wien/Austrian Film Museum, Vienna, A Pile of Ghosts – DOK.AT, Eröffnungsfilm/ Opening Film of 20 years of Austrian Documentary Film Alliance, 2022

Diagonale, Festival of Austrian Film, Graz, Competition Best Documentary Award Austria, 2022


A Pile of Ghosts, Best Feature Documentary, October Edition, AFA Art Film Awards

AFFR Architecture Film festival Rotterdam, World premiere

International Journal of Film and Media Arts, Vol. 7 No. 1 (2022): GEECT Transversal Entanglement – Artistic Research in Film.

International Journal of Film and Media Arts, Vol. 7 No. 1 (2022): GEECT Transversal Entanglement – Artistic Research in Film.

‘A Pile Of Ghosts: A Cinematic Heterotopia of Spectral Urbanization’ is published at the International Journal of Film and Media Arts, Vol. 7 No. 1 (2022): GEECT Transversal Entanglement – Artistic Research in Film.

This special issue approaches artistic research from the domains of artistic practice in film and its implications for research in film education institutions. It expands the contributions generated by the Transversal Entanglement – Artistic Research in Film conference organized and hosted by the Institute for Artistic Research IKF1 at Film University Babelsberg, which took place last year.
It comes along with the drawings by Christiane Büchner that were made during the presentations of this inspiring and well-executed online conference.


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Outstanding Artist Award Filmkunst 2022

Outstanding Artist Award Filmkunst 2022

Ella Raidel – Outstanding Artist Award für Spiel- und Dokumentarfilm

Geboren 1970 in Gmunden, Studium an der Kunstuniversität Linz, lebt und arbeitet in Singapur, Asst. Professorin für Dokumentarfilm an der NTU Nanyang Technologial University Singapur.
Raidel ist eine Künstlerin, die konsequent und kontinuierlich an der Schnittstelle zwischen performativer Kunst, Dokumentarfilm und Fiction arbeitet. Ihre Protagonist:innen sind in streng komponierte Bilder eingewoben. Sie wandeln zwischen Tradition, Moderne und Zukunft, durch gewachsene und kopierte Städte, durch Abrisshäuser und postmoderne Erlebniskultur.
Teils als real Betroffene und teils als Schauspieler:innen erkunden sie ihre eigene Identität. Die filmischen Räume bekommen durch diese Settings eine heterotopische Ausformung. Sie werden zu Bühnen und Vexierbildern, die nicht mehr eindeutig zuordenbar sind. Persönliche Erzählungen von Menschen, Kommentare und historische Referenzen verschmelzen ontologisch mit der Architektur zu einem mentalen Bild. Dabei entsteht ein neues, offenes Kino. Ein Kino, das genre- und disziplinübergreifend die Konventionen des Filmemachens reflektiert.


Ella Raidel is this year’s recipient of the Austrian Ministry for Culture’s (BMKÖS) Outstanding Artist Award in the category of feature and documentary film.

“Raidel is an artist who consistently and continuously works at the interface between performative art, documentary film, and fiction. Her protagonists are rigorously woven into composed images. They wander between tradition, modernity, and the future, through grown cities and replicas, through condemned buildings and postmodern experience culture. (…) Individual narratives, commentaries, and historical references merge ontologically with the architecture to form a mental image. In the process, a new, open cinema emerges. A cinema that reflects on the conventions of filmmaking across genres and disciplines.”

Die (Lebens)künstlerin die Asien und Europa vereint, OÖ. Nachrichten, 21/10/22

A Pile of Ghosts – Image Forum Tokyo – Award for Excellence

A Pile of Ghosts – Image Forum Tokyo – Award for Excellence

A Pile of Ghosts received the Award for Excellence at the East Asian Experimental Competition at the 36th Image Forum Festival Tokyo!

“Starting with the fiction of the Eiffel Tower in China, the film poignantly shows the fragile actuality that this multilayered and uncertain mass is reality, which is an accumulation of various symmetrical objects, such as new architecture and ruins, real estate brokers, and actors, the sound of a hammer echoing in the void and music from a Hollywood movie melodrama, the pseudo-romance between a nonexistent hotel guest and the host, etc. We admire the insightful editing and music design, which deeply elaborate the space between documentary and fiction, and we also would like to express our respect for this ambitious film that strikes a unique rhythm.” Jury statement


Image Forum Festival 2022, organized by the Executive Committee of Image Forum Festival in association with Image Forum and Aichi prefectural Museum of Art (co-organizers), will take place from September 17th.


– Venues: Theater Image Forum / SHIBUYA SKY / Spiral Hall

– Dates: September 17th to September 25th, 2022


– Venue: Kyoto Minami Kaikan

– Dates: October 7th to October 13th, 2022


– Venue: Aichi Arts Center

– Dates: November 25th to November 27th, 2022 Conventional forms of imagery and its rigid confinement will be taken away. Here, from film to video, all that moving images are subject for festival screenings. Festival was founded in 1987, this year is 36 times. Festival’s principle objective is to discover and promote perpetually developing visuals in its latest phase. And Festival’s key word is experimental, in this word, we have implemented our will to seek positively and recognize all the possibilities awaiting for visual media art.

The Seven Step Verse (2022)

The Seven Step Verse (2022)

A performative cinematic VR 360 film by Ella Raidel

The documentary VR work explores the relationship between space and body in Singapore’s iconic modernist shopping malls in seven scenarios. The Seven-Step Verse is inspired by the Chinese poet Cao Zhi, who believed that a poem in seven verses shows wit, speed, and creativity. The performers occupy the malls, appropriating clothing and gestures and reciting texts as they pass by – thus pointing to the underlying ideological and social hierarchies.

Distributed by Lemonade Films

Nicole Phua, Veronyka Lau, Valerie Koon, Smiha Kapoor, Gladis Ng*

Director: Ella Raidel
Screenplay: Ella Raidel
Producer: Ella Raidel
VR Cinematographer and VR Technical Director: Benjamin Seide
Sound recording: Vanessa Yip, Chua Xin Yun, Yang Haolin
Sound design: Ross Adrian Williams
Editor: Benjamin Seide
Composer: Ross Adrian Williams
Production design: Ella Raidel
Color correction: Benjamin Seide
Title design: Benjamin Seide



33rd SGIFF Singapore International Filmfestival

Seashorts Filmfestival 21.-25. September 2022

Multimedia University Cyberjaya, Kuala Lumpur

12 VR works from across Southeast Asia, South Korea, and Taiwan will be available at SeaShorts Film Festival 2022 as part of our Beyond Mirage exhibition!




The exposition Of Haunted Spaces-The Artistic Research in Filmmaking is published and online: https://jar-online.net/en

Of Haunted Spaces is an artistic research project conducted into Chinese ghost cities. It interprets the paradoxical urban phenomena where cities are built for millions, but not lived in. The research process is presented through the publication of Ghost Paper, a reference to the traditional Chinese joss paper that is burned as an offering to the dead, which I developed with Ralph K.C.Wu.

The first issue used a newspaper format that can be unfolded into a poster. This online version uses the reference to the traditional papers to connect the online with the offline world, the imaginary and the real world, to reveal the effects of capitalism that are haunting our living conditions.

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The Journal for Artistic Research (JAR) is an international, online, Open Access and peer-reviewed journal that disseminates artistic research from all disciplines. JAR provides a digital platform where multiple methods, media and articulations may function together to generate insights in artistic research endeavours. It seeks to promote exposition of practise as artistic research.