9.4 Film Festivals and New Media Platforms

In a time when ‘media convergence’ is a general buzz phrase and when cinema operators fear that the wave of digitalization might extinguish cinephilia as we know it, there has been a proliferation of hybrid forms where film festivals make use of or altogether migrate to the Internet. The label “online film festival” is not an easy one to define. Many major festivals also show a selection of (short) films online (Sundance, Berlinale), some festivals only exist in the virtual world (e.g. Babelgum Online Film Festival), and other ones let audiences vote online and then they screen the winning films in a conventional cinema (Bitfilm, Hamburg). The pieces collected under this rubric provide different views on this issue.

We renamed the former subsection (9.4) Online Film Festivals, which is now called Film Festivals and New Media Platforms. This change acknowledges the emergence of a number of film festivals dedicated to new media content and platforms, such as film festivals focusing on iPhone or mobile products. Although not many (academic) studies are available on this topic yet we anticipate a change in the near future.


Bakker, Norbert (2015). “Utopian Film Festivals: Space, Content and Business Matters in Early Online Film Festivals.” Synoptique 3:2 (2015): 9–28. <http://synoptique.hybrid.concordia.ca/index.php/main/article/view/83>. (12 Mar. 2015)

Castle, Scott (2000). “What’s in a Name? Does the Term ‘Online Film Festival’ Mean Anything at All?” The Independent: Film and Video Monthly 23:6 (2000): 18–20.

De Valck, Marijke (2008). “‘Screening’ the Future of Film Festivals: A Long Tale of Convergence and Digitization.” Film International 6:4 (2008): 15–23.

Hernandez, Eugene (1999). “The Point of No Return: On-Line Film Festivals, Showcases & Distributors.” The Independent: Film and Video Monthly 22:9 (1999): 26–28.

Kurtzke, Simone (12.08.2007). “Webfilm Theory.” PhD Thesis. Queen Margaret University, School of Social Sciences, Media and Communication. (12. Aug. 2007). <http://etheses.qmu.ac.uk/79/1/SimoneKurtzke.pdf>. (24 May. 2011)

Nedyalkova, Maya (2016). “Festivals Gone Digital: A Case-Study of Netcinema.bg and the Online European Film Festival in Bulgaria.” Transformation Process in Post-Socialist Screen Media. Eds. Jana Dudková, and Katarína Mišíková. Bratislava. pp. 138–152.

Niederer, Sabine (2008). “The Future of Festivals: Interview with Arjon Dunnewind.” Video Vortex Reader: Responses to YouTube. Eds. Geert Lovink and Sabine Niederer. Amsterdam: Institute of Network Cultures. pp. 203–206.

Patmore, Chris (2011). “iPhone Film Festivals.” Film & Festival 27 (2011): 16–17.

Simons, Jan (2011). “Between iPhone and YouTube: Movies on the Move?” Moving Images Beyond YouTube. Eds. Geert Lovink, and Rachel Somers Miles. Amsterdam: Institute of Network Cultures. pp. 95–107.

Vivar Navas, Rosana (2016). “Los festivales de cine en la era de los ‘new media’: Una perspectiva lúdica sobre las fiestas del cine y sus públicos.” [“Film festivals in the era of the ‘new media’: A playful perspective on film festivals and their audiences.”] PhD Thesis. Granada: Universidad de Granada, Departamento de Información y Documentación. (2016).

Wilson, Gavin (2014). “Cell/ular Cinema: Individuated Production, Public Sharing and Mobile Phone Film Exhibition.” PhD Thesis. Leeds: University of Leeds. (2014). <http://etheses.whiterose.ac.uk/8475/>. (31 Aug. 2015)


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