Film and Media Festivals SIG at SCMS 2015

SCMSThe annual SCMS conference is only a couple of weeks away.  This year’s conference takes place in Montreal at the Fairmont Queen Elizabeth hotel March 25-29, 2015.

The Film and Media Festivals Scholarly Interest Group will have a number of events and featured panels:

Thursday, March 26, 2015 11:00AM-12:45PM (Session G)

G1: Geopolitics of Global Film Circulation: Third Cinema and the International Festival Circuit, 1960s-1970s.

Chair: Luca Caminati (Concordia University)

  • Masha Salazkina (Concordia University), “The Geography of Third World Cinema at International Film Festivals in the 1960s”
  • Mariano Ernesto Mestman (University of Buenos Aires), “The Cinematographic Third Worldism among Latin American Film Festivals”
  • Jonathan Buchsbaum (City University of New York, Queens College), “Third Cinema, US Festivals, and Alternative Distributors”
  • Rossen Djagalov (Koc University), “How Third Cinema Became Third-World: The View from Tashkent”


The SIG business meeting will be held on Thursday, March 26 from 1:00pm-2:45pm in the Les Voyageurs 2 room (Lobby level). If you have any items for the agenda, please e-mail them to

The SIG will be hosting a happy hour on Thursday, March 26 at 4:30pm at Bar Furco (a short walk from the conference hotel), at which we will toast the release of Lindiwe Dovey’s new book, Curating Africa in the Age of Film Festivals, the first title in the Framing Film Festivals series. Please RSVP to!


Friday, March 27, 2015 12:15PM-02:00PM

L19: WORKSHOP Film and Media Criticism/Scholarship: Bridging the Divide

Chair: Cynthia Lucia (Rider University)

Workshop Participants:

  • Roy Grundmann (Boston University)
  • James Quandt (Toronto International Film Festival)
  • Christopher Sharrett (Seton Hall University)
  • Rahul Hamid (New York University Gallatin)

Friday, March 27, 2015 02:15PM-04:00PM

M16: WORKSHOP The ‘World Cinema’ Turn in Film Studies

Chair: David Richler (Carleton University)
Co-Chair: Malini Guha (Carleton University) Workshop


  • Dudley Andrew (Yale University)
  • Luca Caminati (Concordia University)
  • Jean Ma (Stanford University)
  • Skadi Loist (University of Rostock)

Saturday, March 28, 2015 01:00PM-02:45PM (Session P)

P11: Film Festivals and the ‘Creative Turn’ in Documentary

Chair: Chris Cagle (Temple University)

  • Aida Vallejo (University of the Basque Country – UPV/EHU), “A Niche for Creativity: Defining Documentary in the Festival Circuit”
  • Ezra Winton (NSCAD), “Documentary, Film Festivals and Distribution of the Sensible”
  • Maria-Paz Peirano (University of Kent), “Expanding Boundaries: Film Festivals and the Emergence of ‘Creative’ Documentary Filmmaking in Chile”
  • Chris Cagle (Temple University), “Character as Aesthetic Problem in the Festival Documentary”

Saturday, March 28, 2015 03:00PM-04:45PM (Session Q)

Q19: WORKSHOP Film Festivals as a Pedagogical Tool: Student Centered Film Festivals and Film & Media Study Away/Abroad Courses

Chair: Dawn Hall (Western Kentucky University)
Co-Chair: Eric Pierson (University of San Diego)

Workshop Participants:

  • Yifen Beus (Brigham Young University, Hawaii)
  • Rebecca Meyers (Bucknell University)
  • Ruth Goldman (Buffalo State College)
  • Samhita Sunya (American University of Beirut)

This workshop will be streamed*

Saturday, March 28, 2015 05:00PM-06:45PM (Session R)

R10: The Challenges of Curating Latin American Film in the 21st Century

Chair: Susan Lord (Queen’s University)

  • Diana Sanchez (Toronto International Film Festival), “The Hybrid in Latin American Cinema: An Examination of a New Facet of the ‘Festival Film’”
  • Diana Vargas (Havana Film Festival New York), “Latino Film Festivals in the USA: An Illusory Sense of Belonging or the Connecting Bridge of Communities Based on Multicultural Identities”
  • Zaira Zarza (Queen’s University), “Steps and Stumbles from the Archive to the Screen: Curating Cuban Diasporic Youth Cinema as Autoethnography”
  • Respondent: Tamara Falicov (University of Kansas)

Sunday, March 29, 2015 09:00AM-10:45AM (Session S)

S1: Speaking in (Queer) Tongues: LGBT Film Festivals and the Politics of Language

Chair: Ger Zielinski (Trent University)
Co-Chair: Antoine Damiens (Concordia University)

  • Antoine Damiens (Concordia University), “(Queer) Festival Programming as Translation: Negotiating Queer Cinema in Image+Nation’s Catalogues”
  • Ger Zielinski (Trent University), “On Representation, Language, and Sexuality: The Curious Case of Montreal’s Queer Film Festivals”
  • Stuart Richards (The University of Melbourne), “‘What’s in a Name?’ The Language of Labelling Queer Film Festivals”
  • Respondent: Skadi Loist (University of Rostock)
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