Out now “Film Festivals: History, Theory, Method, Practice”

9780415712477_FFsWe’re happy to announce that Routledge has just published the textbook Film Festivals: History, Theory, Method, Practice, edited by Marijke de Valck (Utrecht University, Netherlands), Brendan Kredell (Oakland University, USA) and Skadi Loist (University of Rostock, Germany).

 

The book is available in different formats (hardcover, paperback & ebook).  For a 20% DISCOUNT enter the code FLR40 at checkout when ordering from the Routledge website.

FilmFestivals_PromoFlyer_Seite_1About the Book

The last decade has witnessed an explosion of interest in film festivals, with the field growing to a position of prominence within the space of a few short years. Film Festivals: History, Theory, Method, Practice represents a major addition to the literature on this topic, offering an authoritative and comprehensive introduction to the area. With a combination of chapters specifically examining history, theory, method and practice, it offers a clear structure and systematic approach for the study of film festivals.

Offering a collection of essays written by an international range of established scholars, it discusses well-known film festivals in Europe, North America and Asia, but equally devotes attention to the diverse range of smaller and/or specialized events that take place around the globe. It provides essential knowledge on the origin and development of film festivals, discusses the use of theory to study festivals, explores the methods of ethnographic and archival research, and looks closely at the professional practice of programming and film funding. Each section, moreover, is introduced by the editors, and all chapters include useful suggestions for further reading.

This will be an essential textbook for students studying film festivals as part of their film, media and cultural studies courses, as well as a strong research tool for scholars that wish to familiarize themselves with this burgeoning field.

Table of Contents

  • Preface
    The Film Festival and Film Culture’s Transnational Essence
    Dina Iordanova
  • Introduction
    What is a Film Festival? How to Study Festivals and Why You Should
    Marijke de Valck

Part I – History
Introduction Brendan Kredell

  • 1 Making Film History at the Cannes film festival
    Dorota Ostrowska
  • 2 Film Festivals in Asia: Notes on History, Geography and Power from a Distance
    Julian Stringer
  • 3 The Film Festival Circuit: Networks, Hierarchies, and Circulation
    Skadi Loist

Part II – Theory
Introduction Marijke de Valck

  • 4 Contingency, Time and Event: An Archaeological Approach to the Film Festival
    Janet Harbord
  • 5 Publics and Counterpublics: Rethinking Film Festivals as Public Spheres
    Cindy Hing-Yuk Wong
  • 6 Fostering Art, Adding Value, Cultivating Taste: Film Festivals as Sites of Cultural Legitimization
    Marijke de Valck

Part III – Method
Introduction Skadi Loist

  • 7 Being There, Taking Place: Ethnography at the Film Festival
    Toby Lee
  • 8 On Studying Film Festival Ephemera: The Case of Queer Film Festivals and Archives of Feelings
    Ger Zielinski
  • 9 Positionality and Film Festival Research: A Conversation
    Diane Burgess and Brendan Kredell

Part IV – Practice
Introduction Brendan Kredell

  • 10 Seeing Differently: The Curatorial Potential of Film Festival Programming
    Roya Rastegar
  • 11 Affective Labor and the Work of Film Festival Programming
    Liz Czach
  • 12 “The Festival Film”: Film Festival Funds as Cultural Intermediaries
    Tamara L. Falicov
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Film Festival Research at 2016 SCMS Conference Atlanta

SCMSAt the 2016 SCMS conference, happening in Atlanta March 30-April 3, there are a number of panels and events related to film festival research.  Here are the events endorsed by the Film and Media Festivals SIG of SCMS:

The annual business meeting of the Film and Media festivals SIG will be held on Wednesday, March 30 from 2:00pm-3:45pm in Room 410 (Fourth Floor).

9780415712477_FFsThe Film and Media festivals SIG will be hosting a happy hour on Thursday, March 31 at 5:30pm at Max Lager’s Wood-Fired Grill & Brewery (a short walk from the conference hotel), at which we will toast the release of Film Festivals: History, Theory, Method, Practice, edited by Marijke de Valck, Brendan Kredell, and Skadi Loist.

We encourage you to check out the following Film & Media Festival SIG-sponsored panels at SCMS 2016:

B3: Festival Mobilities: Movement, Movements, Publics

  • CHAIR Bernard Cook • Georgetown University
  • Vincent Pham • California State University San Marcos • “Drive Outs to ‘Drive By Cinema’: Public Modality and Space in an Irregular Film Festival Project”
  • Ran Ma • Nagoya University • “The Asian Documentary Connections: From Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival (YIDFF) to Asian Network of Documentary (AND)”
  • Bernard Cook • Georgetown University • “Reality Circuits: The Documentary Film Festival and the Mode of Production of Documentary”
  • Olivier Thevenin • University of Upper Alsace • “Auteur Cinema at Cannes Film Festival and the Directors’ Fortnight”

K15: Film Festivals, Cultural Memory, and Politics of the (In)visible

  • CHAIR Antoine Damiens • Concordia University
    CO-CHAIR John Lessard • University of the Pacific
  • John Lessard • University of the Pacific • “The East German Amateur Film Festival as Archive”
  • Kristine Kotecki • Ball State University • “Re-collecting Yugoslavia: Curatorial Politics at Regional Film Festivals”
  • Beth Tsai • SUNY, University at Stony Brook • “Visible Art, Invisible Nations?: On the Politics in Film Festivals and the Case of Taiwanese Cinema”
  • Antoine Damiens • Concordia University • “Screening Festivals: Queer Film Festivals as Visual Architecture”

While not officially sponsored by the SIG, we also encourage you to check out the following festival-related panels:

C19: Strange Bedfellows: Questioning the Strategic Value of Intra-Industry Relationships

  • Chair: Joshua Coonrod (Indiana University)
  • Joshua Coonrod (Indiana University), “”I Wanted To See Your Movie, But The Line To Meet Tom Savini Was SO LONG”: Intersections of Film Festivals and Fan Conventions”
  • Anne Major (University of Texas, Austin), “Powering Premium Content: An Analysis of Ooyala’s Online Video Services”
  • Jesse Balzer (Indiana University), ““Honoring the Stars Who Make the Stars Shine”: The Prestige Economy and Labor of The Hollywood Reporter’s Key Art Awards”

F15: Paratextual Analysis and Global Circulation

  • Chair: Lisa Patti (Hobart and William Smith Colleges)
    Co-Chair: David Richler (Carleton University)
  • David Richler (Carleton University), “Film Festival Paratexts, Digital Circulation, and the Idea of World Cinema”
  • Pavitra Sundar (Kettering University), “Sound and Subtitles: The Paratexts of Lunchbox”
  • Melissa Gelinas (University of Michigan, Ann Arbor), “Trailers and the Transnational Circulation of Multilingual Films”
  • Fan Yang (University of Maryland, Baltimore County), “House of Cards in China: Paratexts and Transnational Circulation”

M15: French Cinema at the Margins: Forgotten Sites, Practices, and Discourses, 1920-1960

  • Chair: Eric Smoodin (University of California, Davis)
  • Eric Smoodin (University of California, Davis), “The Last Amateurs of Pure Cinema: Ciné-Clubs and French Film Culture, 1927-1945”
  • Annie Fee (University of Washington, Seattle), “Educational Cinema Between Art and Social Activism: Competing Cinephilias in 1920s Paris”
  • Jennifer Wild (University of Chicago), “Beyond the Margin: Against Avant-Garde Film c. 1930”
  • Brian Jacobson (University of Toronto), “Industrial Film Festivals and the Cultural Politics of Postwar Business”

N11: British Film Cultures

  • Chair: Lindsey Decker (Syracuse University)
  • Robert Shail (Leeds Beckett University), “John Krish and British Art Cinema”
  • Rachel Fabian (University of California, Santa Barbara), ““What Are We Left With?”: The London Women’s Film Group and the Limits of 1970s British Alternative Film Culture”
  • Lindsey Decker (Syracuse University), “The British Are (or Aren’t) Coming: Transnational Influence, Film Festivals, and Middle-Class British Film Culture”
  • Justin Smith (University of Portsmouth), “Ploughing a lonely furrow?: “A Field in England” (2013) and alternative distribution in the UK”
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CfP Queer/ing Film Festivals

Call for contributions

Queer/ing Film Festivals
Special Issue for Studies in European Cinema (Taylor & Francis)

Editors:
Leanne Dawson (Film and German Studies, University of Edinburgh and Scottish Queer International Film Festival) and
Skadi Loist (Media Studies, University of Rostock, Film Festival Research Network and Hamburg Queer Film Festival)

The first LGBT/Q film festival started in San Francisco in 1977 and in the early years, such festivals served as a safe haven, offering a counterpublic space to create community and discuss representation at a time when so few – and often negative – images of LGBT/Q people were available in the mainstream.

Although the first wave of LGBT/Q film festivals were predominantly found in North America and Western Europe, Slovenia helped to lead the way on this side of the Atlantic, with the creation of a gay and lesbian film festival in Ljubljana in 1984. LGBT/Q people in Germany were pioneers with the LesbenFilmFestival Berlin taking place from 1985 to 2004, while the Lesbisch Schwule Filmtage Hamburg | International Queer Film Festival – the latter four words of the name a relatively recent and inclusive addition – has just celebrated its 26th edition. In the UK, Gay’s Own Pictures launched in 1986, was renamed the London Lesbian and Gay Film Festival in 1988, and is now known as BFI Flare. Like the UK, Italy has hosted LGBT/Q film festivals since 1986, with others launching in the Netherlands, Denmark, Belgium and France before the end of the decade.

Indeed the 1980s brought about many changes: the AIDS crisis spurred queer activism and artistic output, including films that B. Ruby Rich would later label the ‘New Queer Cinema’ (1992), which paved the way for the development of the LGBT/Q film market and significant growth of LGBT/Q film festivals, which – with approximately 260 active events – now covers most regions of the globe (see ‘Queer Film Festivals Globally’ map, Loist 2015).

The start of the 1990s saw the arrival of LGBT/Q festivals in Ireland, Norway, Finland, Hungary and Austria. Spain has made up for its slightly later entrance to the LGBT/Q film festival scene – with Fire! in 1995 – by hosting numerous queer film festivals on the mainland as well as the Balearic and Canary Islands. Portugal and Switzerland both launched lesbian and gay film festivals in 1997. Two years later, Greece founded an LGBT/Q film festival as part of Thessaloniki’s International Film Festival, while queer festivals launched in the Czech Republic in 2000, Croatia in 2003, and Romania in 2004. The latter half of the decade saw the start of festivals in Latvia, Poland, Sweden, Slovakia, Hungary, Russia, Bosnia & Herzegovina and Serbia, with Lithuania and Ukraine hosting events from 2011.

Alongside the festivals in this potted overview, there is the Pride of the Ocean GLBT Film Festival on the High Seas, which takes place as part of a cruise ship’s entertainment programme, and LGBT/Q awards as part of A-list mainstream festivals, such as the Teddy Award, which just celebrated its 30th anniversary at the Berlinale; the Sunny Bunny at Kyiv in Ukraine; the Queer Palm at Cannes; and the Queer Lion at the Venice International Film Festival.

The queer film and festival landscape has clearly seen huge changes in the last 39 years, with the growing number of festivals allowing for more diverse programmes, ranging from mainstream to avant-garde and pornographic content, and further consideration of intersections of identity, such as Glitch QTIPOC Film Festival, which, like the Scottish Queer International Film Festival, launched last year in Glasgow. Recently, festivals have also been founded in Africa and the Middle East.

The proposed special issue of the peer-reviewed journal Studies in European Cinema, to be published in celebration of 40 years of LGBT/Q film festivals, is part of a series exploring Queer European Cinema, past and present. We invite articles examining the relation between queer cinema and film festivals today, as well as the function that these festivals serve. Contributions of approximately 6,000 words by academics and/or industry professionals should have a European focus (although content does not need to be exclusively European) and may include, but are not limited to:

  • film festival history, trends, memory;
  • queer film exhibition and curation;
  • queering mainstream film festivals;
  • film festivals and knowledge exchange;
  • community building and/or activism;
  • audience research;
  • other art and performance within LGBT/Q film programmes.

Abstracts of 400 words and a 150 word biography including key publications should be submitted by Monday 4 April 2016 to: Leanne Dawson and Skadi Loist. Final articles are due on Wednesday 31 August 2016.

 

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Queer Academy Film Summit / TEDDY 30 / Berlinale 2016

On the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the TEDDY award, the LGBT/Q film award at the Berlin International Film Festival (Berlinale) the Queer Academy put on a Film Summit to discuss queer archiving and queer film festivals in practice on February 17, 2016 at the Station Berlin,  Luckenwalder Str. 4-6, 10963 Berlin. (See the program below or view the booklet online.)

The Queer Academy is an annual convention of international filmmakers and
festival organizers in the gay-lesbian-transgender context (2015 figures: 180
persons/institutions) at the Berlinale. The Queer Academy aims to establish
itself as an institute of queer cultural memory. The Academy will become an
archive of queer culture and history that binds together queer cultural productions
and cooperates with other organizations. Since memories are essential for
the identity construction, the Queer Academy will offer an opportunity for queer
people to form and find their identity in queer memory.

Summit Programme

10.00am  Opening Wieland Speck, Berlin, Curator of the Panorama at the Berlinale

10.15am  Keynote: Bob Hawk, Film and Festival Advisor

10.30am  Keynote Jan-Christopher Horak, Los Angeles, Director of the UCLA Film & Television Archive

10.45am  Panel 1: Re-imagining the Queer Archive

PANEL 1: Re-imagining the Queer Archive

While researching for the TEDDY 30 retrospective, it only became too clear: Feature films, video art and amateur movies around the world are about to vanish and need to be restored, digitized and distributed. Archives are facing a challenge in order to prevent the analogue film stock from decay. Furthermore, it will be a crucial task to re-invent models of distribution to make our queer film heritage part of our cultural memory.

Participants:

  • Dr. Nanna Heidenreich, host, Institute for Media Studies, Braunschweig University of Art; Arsenal-Berlin, Forum Expanded, Berlin
  • Alice Royer, Legacy Project Manager, Outfest Los Angeles; American Archive for Television and Film, University of California, Los Angeles
  • Prof. Martin Koerber, Head of the Archive at the “Deutsche Kinemathek – Museum für Film und Fernsehen”, Berlin
  • Prof. Dr. Andreas Kraß, Department of German Literature, Humboldt University; Director of the Archive of Sexology, Humboldt University, Berlin
  • Dr. Dagmar Brunow, Institute for Film Studies, Linnaeus University, Vaxjö, Sweden
  • Cheryl Dunye, Filmmaker, Department of Cinema, San Francisco State University, Liberia/San Francisco

1.30pm In Conversation with Christine Vachon, New York, film producer, moderated by Toby Ashraf

Christine Vachon is an “Independent Spirit Award” and “Gotham Award” winner who co-founded indie powerhouse “Killer Films” with partner Pamela Koffler in 1995. Over the past decade and a half, the two have produced some of the most celebrated American indie features including “Far From Heaven” (nominated for four Academy Awards), STILL ALICE (Academy Award winner), “Boys Don´t cry” (Academy Award winner),”One Hour Photo”, “Kids”, “Hedwig and The Angry Inch”,”Happiness”, “Velvet Goldmine”, “Safe”, “I Shot Andy Warhol”, “Camp”, “Swoon” and “I’m Not There” (Academy Award nominated). In television, Vachon recently executive-produced the “Emmy” and “Golden Globe” winning miniseries “Mildred Pierce” for HBO and an upcoming series on Amazon based on the life of Zelda Fitzgerald. Other recent work includes: “Kill Your Darlings”, “Magic Magic”, “Carol” directed by Todd Haynes and “Wiener-Dog” written and directed by Todd Solondz.

2.15pm Panel 2: Queer Film Festivals in Practice – Programming and Curating Strategies

PANEL 2: Queer Film Festivals in Practice

Almost four decades ago, the first Gay Film Festival opened back in the day in San Francisco. Since then much has happened and those now called Queer or LGBTQI* Film Festivals have flourished and expanded in all cultural backgrounds all over the world, most recently new festivals have been founded in Africa and also the Middle East. The growing number of festivals also fostered different and more diverse programs within the Queer Film Festival Circuit. From classical queer/LGBTQI*content to pornography and from the avant-garde to activism; six programmers from different cultural backgrounds will talk about their view on curating and activism on this panel.

Participants:

  • Dr. Skadi Loist, host, Department of Media Studies, University of Rostock; Lesbisch Schwule Filmtage Hamburg | International Queer Film Festival
  • Desiree Buford, Frameline – San Francisco International LGBTQ Film Festival
  • João Ferreira, Queer Lisboa – International Queer Film Festival
  • Alexandra Carastoian, FAQiff – Feminist and Queer International Film Festival, Bucharest
  • Xiaogang Wei, Beijing Queer Film Festival
  • Nosheen Khwaja, GLITCH QTIPoC Film Festival Glasgow
  • Saadat Munir, AKS Film – Art – Dialogue Festival, Pakistan and Denmark
  • Jürgen Brüning, Porn Film Festival, Berlin

3.45pm Break

4.00pm Programmers/Queer Academy Meeting + the Queer Connection

Following the Panel discussions, the annual Programmers/Queer Academy Meeting will take place. This is the place where new festivals are presented, new cooperations established, as well as, organisational and content practices are discussed. Filmmakers and distributors are invited to discuss their works directly with festival makers in the framework of the Queer Connection and therefore to already set the first festival screenings during this event. In addition to filmmakers and distributors, who present the films included in the current Berlinale programme, local Berlin filmmakers and producers are welcome to personally show their projects.

 

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NECS 2015 Update

The NECS 2015 Conference “Archives of/for the Future” taking place in Łódź, Poland, June 18-20, 2015 is featuring a number of papers and panels by members of the NECS Film Festival Research workgroup.

The final program finds some changes to the preliminary program published earlier.  Please refer to the final program here.

Please take note of the Film Festival Research workgroup meeting on Saturday, June 20, 11:00-12:45 in room 2.55, which was added after program finalization and is not listed in the printed program.

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Here is a thematic schedule:

Festival-related papers and panels

C 07 Politics of Archiving and the Writing of Transnational Cultural History
Thursday, June 18, 13:45-15:30h, room 2.51

  • Petr Szczepanik – Chair
  • Rosa Olmos (Bibliothèque de Documentation Internationale Contemporaine): The Living Memories. Audio-Visual Archives of the BDIC Library, Research Material on International Conflicts
  • Caroline Moine (University of Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines): Transnational History of Solidarity Movements in Europe during the Cold War: New Sources, New Archives
  • Viviane Saglier (Concordia University): Diasporic Film Festivals and Trans-Historical Film Economies
  • Dunja Jelenkovic (University of Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines): The Politics of Archiving – The Politics and Archiving: The Case of Yugoslav Documentary and Short Film Festival (1954-today)

F 01 Queer Cinema
Friday, June 19, 11:00-12:45h, room 2.20

  • Dagmara Rode – chair
  • Katharina Lindner (University of Stirling): Intangible Archives? Queer Embodiment and Affect in Cinema
  • Antoine Damiens (Concordia University, Montreal): The Festivals that did not Matter: Queer Film Festivals and their Scattered Archives
  • Nanna Heidenreich (HBK Braunschweig): “Once upon a Future”. Traversing the Archive

H 07 Personal Archives and Documentary Practice
Friday, June 19, 15:45-17:30h, room 2.51

  • Andrea Pócsik – Chair
  • Efrén Álvarez (Universidad de Navarra, Spain): The Archive Effect in the Appropriation of Home Movies in Documentary Films. The Case of “Stories We Tell”
  • Debra Beattie (Griffith University, Australia): The New Woman and Gender Disruption: On Researching the Archives of Daphne Mayo
  • Andrea Pócsik (Pázmány Péter Catholic University, Budapest): Installing, “Inscening” Found Footages
  • Aida Vallejo (University of the Basque Country(UPV/EHU)): Film Festivals and the Documentary Archive

 

Added after program finalization:

J  Film Festival Research workgroup meeting

Saturday, June 20, 11:00-12:45h
Room 2.55

 

K 09 Spaces, Bodies, and Things: On Archives of Emotions
Saturday, June 20, 13:45-15:30h, room 2.54

  • Skadi Loist – Chair
  • Tomasz Basiuk (University of Warsaw): Body’s Archive: Karol Radziszewski’s Homage to Andy Warhol
  • Saige Walton (University of South Australia): Versailles: Archives of Luxury in “Marie Antoinette” (2006) and “The Bling Ring” (2013)
  • Ger Zielinski (Trent University): On Queer Film Festivals as Archives of Feelings

L 04 Critical Film Festival Studies
Saturday, June 20, 15:45-17:30h, room 2.33

  • Liz Czach – Chair
  • Skadi Loist (University of Rostock): Mapping the Circuit: Methodological Considerations of New Empiricism and the Spatial Turn
  • Kirsten Stevens (RMIT): Clutching at Ephemera: Archives, Big Data and Methodological Challenges in Multi-Event Film Festival Research
  • Liz Czach (University of Alberta): Affective Labour and the Work of Film Festival Programming
  • Tess Van Hemert (QUT): Farewelling the Regent: Considering ‘Festival Memory’ in the Face of Change and Innovation
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Festival related papers and panels at NECS 2015

The NECS 2015 Conference “Archives of/for the Future” taking place in Łódź, Poland, June 18-20, 2015 will again feature a number of papers and panels by members of the NECS Film Festival Research workgroup.

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Here is a thematic schedule:

Festival-related papers and panels

B 08 Queer Cinema
Thursday, June 18, 11:00-12:45h

  • Katharina Lindner (University of Stirling): Intangible Archives? Queer Embodiment and Affect in Cinema
  • Antoine Damiens (Concordia University, Montreal): The Festivals that did not Matter: Queer Film Festivals and their Scattered Archives
  • Nanna Heidenreich (HBK Braunschweig): “Once upon a Future”. Traversing the Archive

C 09 Politics of Archiving and the Writing of Transnational Cultural History
Thursday, June 18, 13:45-15:30h

  • Rosa Olmos (Bibliothèque de Documentation Internationale Contemporaine): The Living Memories. Audio-Visual Archives of the BDIC Library, Research Material on International Conflicts
  • Caroline Moine (University of Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines): Transnational History of Solidarity Movements in Europe during the Cold War: New Sources, New Archives
  • Viviane Saglier (Concordia University): Diasporic Film Festivals and Trans-Historical Film Economies
  • Dunja Jelenkovic (University of Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines): The Politics of Archiving – The Politics and Archiving: The Case of Yugoslav Documentary and Short Film Festival (1954-today)

H 07 Personal Archives and Documentary Practice
Friday, June 19, 15:45-17:30h

  • Andrea Pócsik – Chair
  • Efrén Álvarez (Universidad de Navarra, Spain): The Archive Effect in the Appropriation of Home Movies in Documentary Films. The Case of “Stories We Tell”
  • Debra Beattie (Griffith University, Australia): The New Woman and Gender Disruption: On Researching the Archives of Daphne Mayo
  • Andrea Pócsik (Pázmány Péter Catholic University, Budapest): Installing, “Inscening” Found Footages
  • Aida Vallejo (University of the Basque Country(UPV/EHU)): Film Festivals and the Documentary Archive

 

J  Film Festival Research workgroup meeting

Saturday, June 20, 11:00-12:45h
Room 2.55

 

K 09 Spaces, Bodies, and Things: On Archives of Emotions
Saturday, June 20, 13:45-15:30h

  • Skadi Loist – Chair
  • Tomasz Basiuk (University of Warsaw): Body’s Archive: Karol Radziszewski’s Homage to Andy Warhol
  • Saige Walton (University of South Australia): Versailles: Archives of Luxury in “Marie Antoinette” (2006) and “The Bling Ring” (2013)
  • Ger Zielinski (Trent University): On Queer Film Festivals as Archives of Feelings

L 04 Critical Film Festival Studies
Saturday, June 20, 15:45-17:30h

  • Liz Czach – Chair
  • Skadi Loist (University of Rostock): Mapping the Circuit: Methodological Considerations of New Empiricism and the Spatial Turn
  • Kirsten Stevens (RMIT): Clutching at Ephemera: Archives, Big Data and Methodological Challenges in Multi-Event Film Festival Research
  • Liz Czach (University of Alberta): Affective Labour and the Work of Film Festival Programming
  • Tess Van Hemert (QUT): Farewelling the Regent: Considering ‘Festival Memory’ in the Face of Change and Innovation
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CfP Small Cinema: Filming Locations, Malta Sept 2015

Filming Locations: The Fabric of Culture, Myth and Identity in Small Cinema

Valetta, Malta, 24-26 September 2015

The organizers of the Small Cinema Malta conference “Filming Locations: The Fabric of Culture, Myth & Identity in Small Cinema” welcome proposals for individual presentations and full panels at the 6th annual international conference dedicated to small cinemas. This year’s edition of the conference will be held in Valletta, Malta.

Aimed at academics and media industry professionals, this year’s conference revolves around the broad phenomenon of on-location shooting, but is interested in examining this cinematic concept through the lens of “smallness.” The conference organizers are aware that the notion of “smallness” is peculiar, fluid, plural and relational; it can refer to the national context; the devices for cinema production; the status of authors or key figures; ethnic, religious, linguistic minorities, etc. etc.

The conference is interdisciplinary in its perspectives and methods. We welcome proposals field of film (including silent and small gauge cinema), as different disciplines and approaches.

We also accept the submission of organized panels (more than three presenters, not including chair and respondent) and encourage creative presentations. All presentations are to last no longer than 20 minutes, including audio-visuals.

Possible topics include but are not limited to the following:

  • Smaller cinemas relationship to Hollywood;
  • Film Festivals;
  • Co-productions;
  • Runaway, off-shore and location shooting;
  • Production/set design;
  • Film policy;
  • Film business;
  • Film commissions;
  • Film Studios;
  • Migrating Media;
  • Film Tourism;
  • Film Heritage;
  • Globalization and Miniaturization;
  • The historical development of location shooting in a particular context.

Submission Process: A 300 word abstract and a short bio of no more than 150 words should be sent to Charlie Cauchi (info.cauchi@gmail.com). The submission deadline is 20th July 2015.

Conference Format: 3 day conference on the island of Malta. The conference will bring a selection of internationally renowned specialists in the film and the humanities.

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2015 Update to the FFRN Bibliography

In the most recent update to the open-access online bibliography of the Film Festival Research Network (FFRN) nearly a hundred new entries and references have been added since last year’s big overhaul.  This clearly speaks to the continued productivity of the field of film festival studies.

Furthermore, the field is active on a global scale with a number of special issues and dossiers on film festival topics having come out in 2014/2015 in the Czech Republic (Iluminace 26:1 [2014], ed. by Jindřiška Bláhová), the UK (Scope 26 [2014], ed. by Ger Zielinski), Italy (Cinergie 6 [2014], ed. by Monia Acciari and Roy Menarini), Spain (Secuencias: Revista de Historia del Cine 39 [2014], ed. by Aida Vallejo) and Quebec (Synoptique 3:2 [2015], ed. by Papagena Robbins and Viviane Saglier).

Along with the focussed special issues, a number of peer-review journals seem to become stable outlets for film festival studies research, among them are Screen, Transnational Cinemas and Studies in Australasian Cinema, which have in recent issues featured a number of festival related articles.

This year, the first monograph in the new Framing Film Festival series, edited by Marijke de Valck and Tamara Falicov for Palgrave Macmillan, was published: Lindiwe Dovey’s book Curating Africa in the Age of Film Festivals: Film Festivals, Time, Resistance (2015) started off the series.

The bibliography also increasingly reflects the international/transnational nature of the field by surveying not only English-language research.  In the current edition, German, French, Spanish and Italian entries are also listed.  Here, we would like to thank Aida Vallejo, Minerva Campos and Enrico Vannucci for keeping us up to date with recent publications in Italian and Spanish.

As the field and the bibliography are growing, the help of researchers in the field is essential.  Please let us know about new publications!

We wish you productive browsing on the site.  With increasing breadth and depth of the bilbiography the navigation is getting more complex, but the whole site is searchable for keywords and names through the search bar on the top right.  Feel free to send us comments and suggestions to improve the site.

Until then, enjoy the reading!

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CfP ECREA Film Studies Section conference “European Cinemas, Intercultural Meetings” (Nov. 2015)

The FFRN is aiming to submit papers or preconstituted panels to the ECREA Film Studies Section conference “European Cinemas, Intercultural Meetings: Aesthetics, Politics, Industry, History”, which will take place in Copenhagen, DK on 13-14 November 2015.

If you want to be part of a preconstituted panel please get in touch with Skadi Loist by 20 April 2015 with a sketch of an idea for a paper to ensure enough time to organize a preconstituted panel before the conference submission deadline in early May.  You find all necessary information on the conference below:

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CALL FOR PAPERS
A Two-Day International Conference

European Cinemas, Intercultural Meetings: Aesthetics, Politics, Industry, History

Conference date: Friday 13th and Saturday 14th November 2015
Venue: University of Copenhagen, Denmark
Organised by: ECREA Film Studies Section
Deadline for abstracts: 4 May 2015
Conference website: europeancinemainterculturalmeetings.wordpress.com

More radically than ever before, European countries – and even the idea of the continent – are being shaped by international relationships and pressures, and by meetings and clashes of cultures, identities and traditions. Simultaneously, its cinemas are undergoing changes in many respects, in terms of genres and aesthetics as well as of production and distribution. On the one hand, the notion of transnationalism, that has been used for some time to capture these changes and move beyond national frameworks for the study of film, is currently being extended to account for an increasingly cosmopolitan, global imagination that is reflected in contemporary European lifestyles, as well as in the aesthetics of contemporary European cinemas. On the other hand, film production and distribution often transcend national boundaries, and so do the new digital platforms for film dissemination and consumption, thus creating new market configurations as well as new transnational audiences. The growing impact of mobile social media contributes to forming an increasingly participatory, networked transnational spectatorship. EU funding for the cinema is at once adapting to and shaping these trends, as does contemporary EU policy on film and the media.

The objective of this conference is to address and discuss the implications of both novel and past intercultural meetings for European cinemas and their consequences on its history, identity and evolution through discourses of aesthetics, politics and industry.

Keynote Speakers:

  • Professor Daniela Berghahn, Royal Holloway, University of London
  • Professor William Higbee, University of Exeter

Abstracts are invited on topics related to European Cinema, Intercultural Meetings: Aesthetics, Politics, Industry, History, including but not limited to:

  • Intercultural Meetings on European Screens
  • National Cinemas and Diaspora
  • Global Cinema in Europe, European Cinemas in the Global Market
  • Cosmopolitanism and Film
  • Political Cinema, Politics of Cinema
  • Conflict, Violence, Reconciliation
  • Fortress Europe, Borders and Border-crossing
  • Culture and Identity of Contemporary European Cinema
  • European Film Festivals and Politics
  • European Film Financing and Policy
  • The Changing Face of European Co-production
  • Digital Platforms, Interconnected Audiences

Abstract Submission: Please submit your abstract (max 300 words) along with key references, institutional affiliation and a short bio (max 150 words) or a panel proposal, including a panel presentation (max 300 words) along with (no more than four) individual abstracts.

Submission Deadline: May 4th 2015. Please send your abstract/panel proposals to Helle Kannik Haastrup: jxc817@hum.ku.dk.

Conference Details: The Conference is hosted by the Department of Nordic Studies, University of Copenhagen, Denmark.

Registration: 50 Euros (ECREA membership is not required).

Contact Information:
Helle Kannik Haastrup, University of Copenhagen
Anders Marklund, University of Lund
Laura Rascaroli, University College Cork

 

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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 tfalicov@ku.edu.

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 tfalicov@ku.edu!

 

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

Participants:

  • 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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