New Book Series: Framing Film Festivals

About the series

The new Framing Film Festivals series aims to present the best of contemporary film festival research. The series will be committed to furthering the understanding of the phenomenon of film festivals in all its complexity and thus brings together a broad scope of themes and interdisciplinary methods. The international film festival circuit is made up of a diverse range of bigger and smaller, general and specialized festival events. Next to the international festivals that feature markets, funds and training opportunities, stand identity-based festivals that build on the local community’s sense of belonging, and specialized festivals, dedicated to a genre or regional production. The publications in the series will highlight the various faces of festivals and/or set the agenda concerning topical debates.

Themes and topics of interest to the series include but are not limited to festivals’ interrelations with national and global film industries, the constitution of festival audiences, the festival as a particular exhibition context and the politics of certain festival publics (e.g. LGBT festivals and women’s festivals), festivals’ specific relation to host cities, national/ local/regional culture vis-à-vis the global festival format and cosmopolitan in-crowd culture, and issues of censorship.

The series strives to present work that offers empirical study as well as conceptual perspectives on the ways festivals relate to their stakeholders. The editors will also solicit projects that assess film festivals’ influence on typical festival “genres,” like world cinema and global art cinema. Finally, this book series hopes to chart the new theoretical directions in film festival studies.

Series Editors

MARIJKE DE VALCK is a tenured Assistant Professor and Program director of the MA Preservation and Presentation of the Moving Image in the department of Media Studies at the University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Her work includes the monograph Film Festivals: From European Geopolitics to Global Cinephilia (2007), articles in Cinema Journal, the International Journal of Cultural Studies, and the Film Festival Yearbook series. She is co-founder of the Film Festival Research Network (FFRN). Find out more at

TAMARA L. FALICOV is department chair and Associate Professor of Film and Media Studies as well as a core faculty member of the center of Latin American Studies at the University of kansas, USA. She is the author of The Cinematic Tango: Contemporary Argentine Film (2007) and is currently completing a monograph on Latin American film industries for BFI/Palgrave Macmillan. Her work on film festivals focuses on the study of festival funds and circulation of Latin American cinemas.

Send proposals to:

Marijke de Valck (

Tamara Falicov (

Robyn Curtis , Palgrave Macmillan Editor  (


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