FFRN Newsletter 3/2009 

Newsletter 3/2009 for the Film Festival Research Network (FFRN)

July 15, 2009

Dear Colleagues,
in this third newsletter of the Film Festival Research Network this year, we’d like to

1) give a brief report on the NECS Conference and the meeting of the workgroup that took place in Lund, June 24-28
2) ask you for comments and additions to the FFRN bibliography
3) invite you to send paper proposals for a panel/workshop at SCMS 2010.

1) NECS Conference, Lund 24-28, 2009

This year’s Lund conference was very successful for the FFRN and its Film Festival Research workgroup.  The workgroup convened 3 panels.
Friday 26th 15.30-17.00 PANELS E1–E4
E1. Out of the Ordinary: Festival Spaces
Mark Gallagher (Nottingham)
»In the Film Laboratory That is Mr. Soderbergh’s Brain«: Critical Reception and the Steven Soderbergh Imprint
Charles-Clemens Rüling (Grenoble)
Festivals as Ecologies of Learning: The Annecy International Animated Film Festival and Market
Ger Zielinski (New York)
On the Production of Heterotopia, and Other Spaces, at Lesbian and Gay Film Festivals

Saturday 27th 09.00-11.00 PANELS G1-G6
G1. Locating Festivals: Between the Regional and Transnational
Christian Jungen (Zurich)
A Star Overnight: How Stars Are Born on the Red Carpet at Cannes
Jérôme Segal (Vienna)
Jewish Identities and Cosmopolitanism in the Vienna Jewish Film Festival
Dorota Ostrowska (London)
Shaping the Industry: The Role of Trade Magazines at International Film Festivals

Sunday 28th 9.30-11.00 PANELS J1-J5
J2. Festival Programming Practices: Between Audience and Industry
Skadi Loist (Hamburg)
Queer Programming Strategies
Roya Rastegar (Santa Cruz)
Questioning Taste: A Spatial Reconsideration of US Film Industry Distribution Practices
Marijke de Valck (Amsterdam)
Perspectives and Parameters: Conceptual Approaches to Festival Programming

In addition to those 3 panels, another panel included a paper on film festivals.

Sunday 28th 11.15-13.15 PANELS K1-K5
K1. Locating Franco-British Cinematic Relations
Cécile Renaud (Southampton)
Channel-crossing Festivals: The Case of the French Film Festival UK and the Festival du Film Britannique de Dinard

On Friday, June 26th, the Film Festival Research workgroup came together for a meeting to discuss several issues, such as: Update of the FFRN bibliography; Publication Strategy; Communication / website; Membership; Future conferences / workshops / panels; Cooperation with other groups.
For a detailed account please refer to the attached minutes of the meeting.

2) Update of the FFRN bibliography

An update of the FFRN bibliography (http://www1.uni-hamburg.de/Medien/berichte/arbeiten/0091_08.html) is scheduled for Dec. 2009.
The bibliography has been republished with an added introduction and outlook as “Film Festival Studies: An Overview of a Burgeoning Field.” in Film Festival Yearbook 1: The Festival Circuit. Eds. Dina Iordanova, and Ragan Rhyne. London: Wallflower. pp. 179–215.
Please send us feedback about the structure and the content of the bibliography.  Does the structure make sense to you?  Is it user-friendly?  Did we miss anything?
Send us further references of your own work or work that you think is relevant for film festival research to include in the update of the bilbiography.
There will also be an update of the bibliography published in Film Festival Yearbook 2 (forthcoming Feb. 2010).

3) CFP Pre-Constituted Panel(s)/Workshop on Film Festivals at SCMS
Since this year’s outcome of three panels convened by the Film Festival Research workgroup at NECS 2009 was very positive, we want to propose that we continue to organize panels and submit those to conferences.  This shows the presence of film festival research and provides the opportunity for us to meet in person.

2010 Society for Cinema and Media Studies Conference
Los Angeles, CA
March 17-21, 2010

In preparation for the SCMS Conference in L.A. next year we would like to invite scholars working on film festivals (especially members of the Film Festival Research Network) to submit paper proposals for pre-constituted panel(s) and/or workshop(s).
While the conference theme focuses on “Celebrating Fifty Years: Archiving/Screening/Mobilizing the Pasts and Futures of SCMS”, this is not intended to be rigid. The film festival panel(s) will therefore be open to papers on all aspects of research relating to film festivals.
Please contact Skadi Loist (skadi.loist@uni-hamburg.de) no later than AUGUST 10, 2009 to register your interest and indicate the possible area of your paper or a topic you would like to discuss in the workshop format.  We will then work at integrating these interests to form panels and/or a workshop.  Expect a response by August 15.
For the eventual panel(s), all presenters are asked to provide a title, an abstract of max. 250 words, with key bibliographical references, and a short bio in a form ready to be submitted to SCMS.  We therefore ask anyone participating in the panel(s) to send their completed proposals as a word attachment to Skadi no later than August 21, 2009 to allow time for preparation of the overall panel(s) description(s) and submission before the general submissions deadline on September 1, 2009.
Please consult the SCMS guidelines before you submit. (http://www.cmstudies.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=476&Itemid=87)

Kind regards,
Skadi Loist, Universität Hamburg
Marijke de Valck, University of Amsterdam

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