Welcome to the website of the Film Festival Research Network!
The Film Festival Research Network (FFRN) is a loose connection of scholars working on issues related to film festivals, founded by Marijke de Valck and Skadi Loist in 2008. The FFRN aims to make festival research more available, to connect its diverse aspects and to foster interdisciplinary exchange between researchers as well as festival professionals. To achieve this goal, we gathered the available material in a bibliography, put researchers in contact with each other at conferences and encourage communication via a mailing list.
In a first step, we gathered all academic sources in the field that we could find and made them findable by compiling a thematic annotated bibliography on film festival research. The first edition appeared in December 2008, the second edition dated 22 January 2010 is available online. The first volumes of the Film Festival Yearbook series , edited by Dina Iordanova et al., has featured the bibliography, its updates and further information on the field as a resource in print (2009-2012). A peer-reviewed annotated Festival Studies bibliography (2013) is available from Oxford Bibliographies Online. With the FFRN website in place, the bibliography has found a home on our site (see the middle tab in the navigation: FFRN Bibliograhy). We update the bibliography frequently and welcome suggestions and additions.
Then, we put researchers in contact with one another and organize pre-constituted panels at conferences, such as NECS and SCMS. As the network is growing, new meeting places and infrastructures are created. There are two workgroups of the FFRN: the Film Festival Research work group within the European Network for Cinema and Media Studies (NECS). Within the Society of Cinema and Media Studies (SCMS) a Scholarly Interest Group (SIG) for Film and Media Festivals has been established. Dedicated panels and workshops organized through the FFRN have also taken place at other prominent conferences such as Screen or ECREA.
Furthermore, we wish to help festival researchers to be in contact and exchange ideas about their work. Beyond the information available on this website, interested festival researchers and festival organizers can share information and start a conversation on the FFRN mailing list. You can subscribe to the mailing list here.
If you have questions about the Film Festival Research Network, want to contribute to the bibliography or post something to the site, please feel free to contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Skadi Loist works at the Department of Media and Communications at the University of Hamburg (IMK). She was inaugural co-chair of the “Film & Media Festivals Scholarly Interest Group” at SCMS (2011-2013). Her research focusses on queer film festivals and has been published in English and German. She is the co-editor of Bildschön: 20 Jahre Lesbisch Schwule Filmtage Hamburg (2009). (Contact: email@example.com)
Marijke de Valck is Associate Professor in the department of Media Studies at the University of Amsterdam. She is the author of Film Festivals: From European Geopolitics to Global Cinephilia (2007). (Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org)
Together we serve as section editors for the Festival Review section of the online open-access, peer-review journal NECSUS_European Journal of Media Studies and welcome submissions of festival reviews (guidelines here).
(Last updated: 10 January 2014)