Starting from Scratch is an event organized by the WORM.filmwerkplaats that has been taking place in Rotterdam since 2008 and that focuses on the work of artist film labs and film collectives from around the world. The objective of the organizers is to promote work on film and to show how the medium remains the best way to express one’s ideas with experimentation and technique.

The event is composed of three main elements: the Starting from Scratch artist-in-residence program (a workshop about performance using 16mm with Metamkine), a collaborative film project, Portraits Project, made during the festival and projected in unexpected locations, as well as a number of film projections, performances and other happenings.