Film Festival Research at SCMS 2013

TSCMS_chicago-ad-2013he preliminary conference program for the annual conference of the Society for Cinema and Media Studies (SCMS) in Chicago, 6-10 March 2013, is out.  A view into the schedule shows that the output of film festival research continues to be very strong.

The following workshop and 7 panels feature new film festival research and are sponsored by the Film and Media Festivals Scholarly Interest Group at SCMS.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013 10:00AM-11:45AM (Session A)
A24: Workshop: Behind the Velvet Rope: Insider/Outsider Dilemmas for Film Festival Researchers
Room: 24
Chair: Diane Burgess (University of British Columbia)

Workshop Participants:

  • Christian Jungen (University of Zurich)
  • Skadi Loist (University of Hamburg)
  • Roya Rastegar (University of California, Los Angeles)
  • Liz Czach (University of Alberta)
  • Diane Burgess (University of British Columbia)

Wednesday, March 6, 2013 02:00PM-03:45PM (Session C)
C5: Documentary Film Festivals: Activism, Education, and Archiving
Room: 5
Chair: Ger Zielinski (Trent University)

  • Ryan Bowles (University of California, Santa Barbara), “‘How to Start a Human Rights Film Festival’: Training and Resistance”
  • Carole Roy (St. Francis Xavier University), “Documentary Film Festivals and Social Transformation”
  • Aida Vallejo (University of Basque), “Documentary Film Festivals in Europe: A Historical Overview”
  • Heather Barnes (University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill), “Preserving Film Festival Records”

Wednesday, March 6, 2013 04:00PM-05:45PM (Session D)
D5: Global Film Cultures: International Festivals, Workshops, and New Waves
Room: 5
Chair: Anne Ciecko (University of Massachusetts, Amherst)

  • Zeynep Yasar (Indiana University Bloomington), “The Question of ‘Indie-ness’: Cultural Politics of the Istanbul International Independent Film Festival”
  • Sara Saljoughi (University of Minnesota), “Inventing ‘Our’ Avant-Garde: The House is Black, The Golestan Film Workshop, and the Iranian New Wave”
  • Tze-Lan Sang (Michigan State University), “Globalization and Its Discontents through Chinese Women’s Cinéma Vérité”
  • Anne Ciecko (University of Massachusetts, Amherst), “Contemporary Armenian Film Culture(s) and Structures of Sensation and Taste: From Pomegranate Tableaux to Multidimensional Apricots”

Thursday, March 7, 2013 03:00PM-04:45PM (Session H)
H4: Intersection: Situating Media, Tourism, and Festival Studies
Room: 4
Chair: Robert Peaslee (Texas Tech University)
Respondent: Curtis Coats (Millsaps College)

  • Regina Arnold (Stanford University), “Hardly Strictly Utopia: Race, Space, and the American Rock Festival”
  • Kevin Esch (Independent Scholar), “The Small State of Large Festivals; or, How a Former Red Sox Pitcher Nearly Ruined the Rhode Island International Film Festival”
  • Robert Peaslee (Texas Tech University), “Media Conduction: Exploring Power at the Intersection of Media, Tourism, and Festival Studies”

Friday, March 8, 2013 12:15PM-02:00PM (Session K)
K4: Inter/national Film Festivals Targeting Contemporary Asian Cinema
Room: 4
Chair: Boel Ulfsdotter (University of Skövde)

  • Boel Ulfsdotter (University of Skövde), “East Asian Popular Film at the European Film Festivals 2000-2010”
  • Tit Leung Cheung (Lingnan University), “The Film Festival of Independent and Underground in China: The Case of the Documentary Film Festival China (DOChina)”
  • Andrew Dorman (University of St Andrews), “The Performance of Nationality: Japanese Film Aesthetics on the International Film Festival Award Circuit”
  • Ran Ma (Osaka City University), “Festival Film in Post-underground Mode and the New Auteurism of Chinese Independent Cinema”

Saturday, March 9, 2013 09:00AM-10:45AM (Session M)
M7: World Documentary, Festivals, and Auteurs
Room: 7
Chair: Zhen Zhang (New York University)
Respondent: Aida Vallejo (University of Basque)

  • Cecile Lagesse (Yale University), “Chinese Documentary and International Film Festivals: The Reception of Director Zhao Liang’s Work”
  • Erin Alpert (University of Pittsburgh), “Sergei Loznitsa: Russian Documentary Auteur”
  • Raisa Sidenova (Yale University), “Global Documentary: New Genre and New Auteurs”

Saturday, March 9, 2013 01:00PM-02:45PM (Session O)
O4: Ethnographic Approaches in Film Festival Studies
Room: 4
Chair: Helle Kannik Haastrup (Roskilde University)
Respondent: Ragan Rhyne (Independent Scholar)

  • Sarah Dillard (Indiana University), “Everyday is a Festival: Towards an Ethnographic Understanding of the Toronto International Film Festival Organization”
  • Jennifer Hessler (University of California, Santa Barbara), “Next and the Ethos of Authenticity: An Ethnographic Look at Sundance’s Low Budget Filmmakers”
  • Helle Kannik Haastrup (Roskilde University), “The Cannes Film Festival as a Media Event: Palme d’Or, Art Film, and the Red Carpet”


Saturday, March 9, 2013 03:00PM-04:45PM (Session P)
Film and Media Festivals SIG will convene at room Florentine at Mezzanine level (East)


Saturday, March 9, 2013 05:00PM-06:45PM (Session Q)
Q4: Film Festivals and Space: Cinema, City, Nation
Room: 4
Chair: Lindiwe Dovey (University of London)

  • Gabriele Mueller (York University), “Redefining the Autorenfilm? The German Film Festival Ludwigshafen – a National Auteur Film Festival in the Age of Transnational and Industrial Filmmaking”
  • Murat Akser (Kadir Has University), “The Battle of the Festival Cities: Political Economy of Turkish Film Festivals”
  • Lesley-Ann Dickson (University of Glasgow), “Transformed and Embodied Spaces: A Qualitative Look at Cross-venue Experience during Glasgow Film Festival”
  • Lindiwe Dovey (University of London), “From Town to Township and Back: The Durban International Film Festival”


The following panel also features a paper focussing on film festival studies.

Sunday, March 10, 2013 09:00AM-10:45AM (Session R)
R14: Transnational Historiography
Room: 14
Chair: Peter Limbrick (University of California, Santa Cruz)

  • Jose Miguel Palacios (New York University), “Towards a History of Experimental Cinema in Latin America”
  • James Genova (Ohio State University, Marion), “Cinema, Revolution, and Development: The Solidarity of African and Latin American Filmmakers, 1965-1975”
  • Katherine Morrow (University of Washington), “China Inside and Out: The 1958 Karlovy-Vary International Film Festival”
  • Peter Limbrick (University of California, Santa Cruz), “Modernism, Film Culture, and Moroccan Short Film and Documentary”
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