New film festival books

As the year comes to an end, yearly reviews abound.  Thus, it might be timely to highlight a few new monographs and books in film festival studies. 2011 saw a vast number of new publications.  Here are a few highlights:

In winter, early in 2011 the most recent installment of the Film Festival Yearbook series appeared.  The third volume edited by Dina Iordanova and Ruby Cheung covered the topic of Film Festivals and East Asia. (St Andrews Film Studies).  This spring the volume Festivals and the Cultural Public Sphere edited by Liana Giorgi, Monica Sassatelli and Gerard Delanty stemming from the “Euro Festival: Art Festivals and the European Public Sphere” project came out at Routledge. This summer the dossier on Film Festivals edited by David Archibald and Mitch Miller appeared in Screen journal.

This summer Cindy Wong’s awaited monograph Film Festivals: Culture, People, and Power on the Global Screen appeared at Rutgers University Press.  Another awaited book just came out: SooJeong Ahn’s PhD thesis was published by Hong Kong University Press as the monograph The Pusan International Film Festival, South Korean Cinema and Globalization.

All other new publications on film festivals that came to our attention are listed in the bibliography section on this site and will appear in the next installment of the Bibliography update in Film Festival Yearbook 4, coming out in 2012.

Enjoy the end of the year with new reading suggestions.

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Film festival research at SCMS 2012 Boston

The upcoming SCMS conference taking place in Boston March 21-15, 2012 promises to be the conference with the highest number of film festival papers and panel to be presented, yet.  There are 7 panels, 1 workshop and several single papers on film and media festivals scheduled.

Panels

Wednesday, March 21, 2012 12:00PM-01:45PM (Session B)
B12: Film Festival Studies
Room: Gloucester
Chair: Kay Dickinson (Goldsmiths College, University of London)

  • Boaz Hagin (Tel Aviv University), “Gay Vampires, Orthodykes, and Festival Exoticism: Israeli Queer Cinema in a Global Context”
  • Michael Talbott (New York University), “Placing Prestige: Institutional Values vs. Personal Preferences and Category A Film Festival Juries”
  • Ryan Bowles (University of California, Santa Barbara), “Screening the Human: Frames for Subjectivity at the Human Rights Film Festival”
  • Kay Dickinson (Goldsmiths College, University of London), “Destination or Transit?: The Shopping Mall, the Free Zone, and the Dubai International Film Festival”

Thursday, March 22, 2012 09:00AM-10:45AM (Session E)
E16: The Cultural Politics of the Film Festival
Room: St. James
Chair: Cindy Wong (City University of New York, Staten Island)

  • Ana Gilbert (Oswaldo Cruz Foundation), “Disability Film Festivals: A Heterotopia?”
  • Tilottama Karlekar (New York University), “‘Portable Publics’ in Parallel Realities: Tracking Documentary and Alternative Festivals in India’s ‘Globalization’”
  • Roger Almendarez (Northwestern University), “Mapping the Chicago Latino Film Festival: The Borderlands of Transmedia”
  • Cindy Wong (City University of New York, Staten Island), “Creative Cinematic Geographies through the Hong Kong International Film Festival”

Thursday, March 22, 2012 01:00PM-02:45PM (Session G)
G18: Film Festivals in Latin America, Latin America at Film Festivals
Room: Stuart
Chair: Tamara Falicov (University of Kansas)
Respondent: Misha MacLaird (Independent Scholar)

  • Carlos Gutierrez (Cinema Tropical), “Film Festivals in Latin America: A Historical Overview”
  • Laura Serna (University of Southern California), “The Los Angeles International Latino Film Festival: Screening Global Latinidad in Chicano/a L.A.”
  • Bruce Paddington (Trinidad and Tobago Film Festival), “The Trinidad and Tobago Film Festival (TTFF)”
  • Tamara Falicov (University of Kansas), “Films in Progress (Cine en Construccion): Shaping Latin American Films for a Global Film Market”

Friday, March 23, 2012 09:00AM-10:45AM (Session J)
J12: The Host City 1: Comparative Studies of Media Festivals and Urban Spaces
Room: Gloucester
Chair: Michelle Stewart (State University of New York, Purchase College)

  • Roya Rastegar (University of California), “Arabian Nights – Competing Cinema in the Middle East”
  • Michelle Stewart (State University of New York, Purchase College), “North African Screens: French-Maghrebi Film Exhibition in Marseille”
  • Robert Peaslee (Texas Tech University), “‘Where Buzz Is Born’ vs. ‘Lubbock or Leave It’: A Tale of Two (Host) Cities”
  • Brendan Kredell (University of Calgary), “From City Branding to City Building: The International Film Festival as Urban Development Strategy”

Friday, March 23, 2012 12:15PM-02:00PM (Session K)
K14: The Host City 2: Case Studies of Media Festivals and Urban Spaces
Room: Lexington
Chair: Robert Peaslee (Texas Tech University)

  • Ran Ma (University of Hong Kong), “Celebrating the International, Disremembering Shanghai: The Curious Case of Shanghai International Film Festival (SIFF)”
  • Toby Lee (Harvard University), “Projected Spaces: Re-imagining Thessaloniki through Its Film Festival in Times of Crisis”
  • Ioana Uricaru (University of Southern California), “Outgrowing the Stereotype: Transilvania International Film Festival, Cluj, Romania”
  • Iain Simons (Nottingham Trent University), “Games and the City”

Saturday, March 24, 2012 09:00AM-10:45AM (Session M)
M14: The Place of the Festival and its Impact on Local and Global Film and Media Arts Communities
Room: Lexington
Chair: Skadi Loist (University of Hamburg)

  • Rob Drew (Saginaw Valley State University), “‘Hell’s Half Mile’: Media Festivals and Community – Renewal in the Postindustrial Heartland”
  • Vera Zambonelli (University of Hawai’i), “The ARTS at Marks Garage”
  • Ratheesh Radhakrishnan (Rice University), “Zanussi’s Betrayal: Film Festival, Kerala, and the ‘International’”
  • Dorota Ostrowska (Birkbeck, University of London), “Non-urban Film Festival Locations: Cinema’s Gardens of Eden”

Saturday, March 24, 2012 11:00AM-12:45PM (Session N)
N14: Capital, Distinction, and Film Festivals: On Adaptations of Pierre Bourdieu’s Work to the Study of Film Festivals
Room: Lexington
Chair: Marijke Valck (University of Amsterdam)

  • Marijke de Valck (University of Amsterdam), “Film Festivals, Bourdieu, and the Economization of Culture”
  • Diane Burgess (University of British Columbia), “Why Whistler Will Never Be Sundance, and What This Tells Us About the Field of Cultural Production”
  • Su-Anne Yeo (Goldsmiths, University of London), “Themed Film Festivals and Alternative Capital: Re-imagining the Work of Pierre Bourdieu”
  • Ger Zielinski (Trent University), “On the Play of Distinction in Lesbian and Gay Film Festivals”

Workshop

Saturday, March 24, 2012 03:00PM-04:45PM (Session P)
P16: Film Festival Pedagogy: Using the Film Festival as Film Course
Room: St. James
Chair: Eric Pierson (University of San Diego)
Co-Chair: Roger Pace (University of San Diego)

Workshop Participants:

  • Skadi Loist (University of Hamburg)
  • Ger Zielinski (Trent University)
  • Dorota Ostrowska (Birkbeck, University of London)
  • Lindiwe Dovey (University of London)
  • Logan Walker (University of California, Santa Cruz)

Single film festival papers in panels

Wednesday, March 21, 2012 12:00PM-01:45PM (Session B)
B13: Alt Reception Practices
Room: Holmes
Chair: Marianna Martin (University of Chicago)

  • Casey McCormick (McGill University), “An ‘Uncommon Commentary’: Demystifying Joss Whedon’s Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog”
  • Cynthia Felando (University of California, Santa Barbara), “Cinema Brief: Short Films and Festivals”
  • Marianna Martin (University of Chicago), “The Narrative Aesthetics of the Incomplete in Joss Whedon’s Dollhouse”
  • Bjorn Ingvoldstad (Bridgewater State University), “Jonas Mekas’ Web Archive: ‘Reality Hunger’ Before and After the Internet”

Wednesday, March 21, 2012 02:00PM-03:45PM (Session C)
C10: Cinema and the Remaking of Art
Room: Emerson
Chair: Kaveh Askari (Western Washington University)

  • Natasha Ritsma (Indiana University), “Pioneering the Films on Art Movement: Art Film Festivals and Non-theatrical Exhibition Practices in the Postwar Era”
  • Amy Beste (School of the Art Institute), “The Avant-Garde in the New World: Media Education at the Institute of Design”
  • Kaveh Askari (Western Washington University), “Never Told Tales of a Studio: Lejaren á Hiller, Early Educational Cinema, and the Scene of Painting”

Wednesday, March 21, 2012 04:00PM-05:45PM (Session D)
D12: Institutions of Art and Film
Room: Gloucester
Chair: Chris Robinson (University of Kansas)

  • Laura Ivins-Hulley (Indiana University), “Amateurs, Artists and Radicals: U.S. Experimental Cinema in the 20s and 30s”
  • Kristen Alfaro (Concordia University), “Networks of the American Avant-Garde: Anthology Film Archives, Fluxus, and the Experimental Film”
  • Chris Robinson (University of Kansas), “Legitimizing the Bastard: IFIDA and the First New York Film Festival”

Thursday, March 22, 2012 01:00PM-02:45PM (Session G)
G3: Queer Aesthetics/Global Politics
Room: Beacon Hill
Chair: Karl Schoonover (Michigan State University)

  • Rosalind Galt (University of Sussex), “Cinema of Default: Queer World Cinema and the Argentine Economic Crisis”
  • Patricia White (Swarthmore College), “Circumstantial Lesbianism: Arthouse Sexuality and Transnational Spectatorship”
  • Karl Schoonover (Michigan State University), “Queer or Human?: LGBT Film Festivals and the Liberalism of Global Culture”
  • Homay King (Bryn Mawr College), “Keys to Turing”

Friday, March 23, 2012 12:15PM-02:00PM (Session K)
K10: East Asian Cinema, Urbanism, and Globalization
Room: Emerson
Chair: Doug Dibbern (Independent Scholar)

  • Doug Dibbern (Independent Scholar), “Jia Zhang-ke and the Motifs of Travel and Performance: Globalization and the Aesthetics of the International Film Festival Circuit”
  • Jiwei Xiao (Fairfield University), “The Site of Memory: The Ruins in Jia Zhangke’s Films”
  • Julian Cornell (New York University), “Restructuring the Family Melodrama in Kiyoshi Kurosawa’s Tokyo Sonata
  • Rahul Hamid (New York University), “Modernity and Moral Uncertainty in the Cinema of Lee Chang Dong”

Saturday, March 24, 2012 09:00AM-10:45AM (Session M)
M5: Getting Over the Wall: East Asian Cinema, Hollywood, and the Cold War
Room: Brandeis Room
Chair: Hiroshi Kitamura (College of William and Mary)

  • Christina Klein (Boston College), “Korean Cinema between Japan and Hollywood”
  • Michael Baskett (University of Kansas), “Japan’s Film Festival Diplomacy as Cold War Culture”
  • Dima David Mironenko-Hubbs (Harvard University), “Unexpected Encounters: The Hollywood Origins of the New North Korean Cinema”
  • Hiroshi Kitamura (College of William and Mary), “Representing Mao: The Chairman and the Making of Detente Culture”

We are looking forward to many great panels and discussions.  Please join the panels and the Film and Media Festivals Scholarly Interest Group at SCMS.

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CFP pre-constituted panel(s) on film festivals @ NECS 2012

The NECS 2012 Conference
“Time Networks: Screen Media and Memory”
Lisbon, 21st-23th June 2012
hosted by the New University of Lisbon and the University of Coimbra

In preparation for the sixth annual NECS conference in Lisbon next year we would like to invite scholars working on film festivals (especially members of the Film Festival Research Network & Film Festival Research Work Group) to submit paper proposals for one of more pre-constituted panels.

The panel(s) will be open to papers on all aspects of research relating to film festivals, but we specifically invite papers on the conference theme of ‘screens and memory’.

Panels may consist of 3 to 4 speakers with a maximum of 20 minutes speaking time each. All presenters are obliged to provide a title, an abstract of max 150 words, 3-5 key bibliographical references, name, institutional affiliation and a short bio of the presenter. We ask anyone interested in participating in a film festival panel to send their completed proposal to Marijke (marijke@filmfestivalresearch.org) by JANUARY 15, 2012 to allow time for preparation of the overall panel(s) description(s) and submission before the general submissions deadline on January 31, 2012.

In addition we are thinking about organizing a workshop on the relations and collaborations between scholars and festival(s) (professionals), provisionally entitled “Academics and Festivals: On the Flow of Labour, Expertise and Influence Between”. If you’re interested in contributing to such a workshop, please send an email to Marijke before DECEMBER 22, 2011.

The conference language is English. Conference attendance is free, but NECS membership is required to participate in the conference. For the terms of NECS membership, please see the website. Participants will have to cover their own travel and accommodation expenses. Detailed information on NECS and the Lisbon Conference will be posted on www.necs.org .

Kind regards,

Marijke de Valck
Skadi Loist
Ger Zielinski

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FFRN Part of the 1st Busan Cinema Forum

The Film Festival Research Network (FFRN) is proud to be a part of the First Busan Cinema Forum (BCF) taking place from October 10 to 12, hosted by the 16th Busan International Film Festival (October 6-14).

The Busan International Film Festival strived to advance the film industry and establish networks through diverse programs. The Asian Film Academy (AFA) procures and cultivates talented filmmakers and the Asian Cinema Fund (ACF) financially supports the film productions. The festival has prepared itself in building a strong foundation in theory, academics, and industry to expand the sphere of corporate activity. The Busan International Film Festival will host the Busan Cinema Forum, an international academic conference that gathers film scholars from all over the world.

 The theme for the first Busan Cinema Forum is “Seeking the Path of Asian Cinema in the 21st century: East Asia.” The forum will host representatives from six world film research organizations and a group of critics. Among the participating organizations are Les Cahiers du Cinéma, the Film Studies Association of Korea (FISAK), the Annual Southeast Asian Cinemas Conference (ASEACC), the Film Festival Research Network (FFRN), the Association of East Asian Film Studies (AEAF), and the Society for Cinema and Media Studies (SCMS).  The keynote presenters are legendary Thai director Apichatpong Weerasethakul and Film Studies professor at Yale University Dudley Andrew.

Find out more about the full program and participants by following the links.

 

 

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Film Festival Dossier in the new issue of Screen

The recent issue of leading film studies journal Screen features The Film Festival Dossier, edited by David Archibald and Mitch Miller  and includes these six pieces:

David Archibald and Mitchell Miller. “The Film Festivals dossier: Introduction.” Screen (2011) 52(2): 249-252.

Felicia Chan. “The international film festival and the making of a national cinema.” Screen (2011) 52(2): 253-260.

Miriam Ross. “The film festival as producer: Latin American Films and Rotterdam’s Hubert Bals Fund.” Screen (2011) 52(2): 261-267.

Skadi Loist. “Precarious cultural work: about the organization of (queer) film festivals.” Screen (2011) 52(2): 268-273.

David Archibald and Mitchell Miller. “From Rennes to Toronto: anatomy of a boycott.” Screen (2011) 52(2): 274-279.

Hannah McGill. “Film festivals: a view from the inside.” Screen (2011) 52(2): 280-285.

 

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FFRN at NECS London 2011

At the upcoming annual NECS conference, taking place in London hosted by Birkbeck and King’s College, University of London, 23-26 June 2011, the NECS workgroup “Film Festivals Research” will be present with three panels.

All film festival research panels take place on Saturday, 25 June 2011 at Birkbeck College, University of London.

G6. REGIONAL AND CULTURAL POLITICS AT FILM FESTIVALS
Chair: Ger Zielinski (Trent)
Location: Birkbeck, Room MAL-152 (Malet Street Building, 1st floor)

  • SooJeong Ahn (Seoul): Making a Hub of Asian Cinema: PIFF (Pusan FF)’s Regionalization Strategy
  • Jindřiška Bláhová (Prague/Norwich): The Political Significance of the Butcher in Love: The Role of Marty in the Process of the Restoration of Contact between Hollywood and Czechoslovakia in the 1950s
  • Ger Zielinski (Trent): From LGBT to Queer Film Festivals: On Negotiating the Global within the Local, and Vice-Versa
  • Lindiwe Dovey (London): The Poetics and Politics of Jury Work at International Film Festivals in Africa

H6. TASTE MAKERS: FILM FESTIVALS AND THEIR RELATION TO FILM AESTHETICS AND PROGRAMMING
Chair: Skadi Loist (Hamburg)
Location: Birkbeck, Room MAL-152 (Malet Street Building, 1st floor)

  • Kirsten Stevens (Victoria): The Rise of the Curator‐Star: Celebrity Festival Directors and the Marketing of Taste
  • Niels Niessen (Minneapolis, MN): A New, North Wind: the Cinéma du Nord at Cannes
  • Lalehan Öcal (Istanbul/Marmara) : The Gate between the Film Festivals and Narrative: Prerequisites of Success and Visibility Considering Abbas Kiarostami’s Certified Copy
  • Ryan Noelle Bowles (Santa Barbara, CA): Rights in Translation: Language and Testimony at the International Human Rights Film Festival

I7. THE POWER OF THE CIRCUIT: FILM FESTIVALS BETWEEN DISTINCTION, ACTIVISM AND INDUSTRY
Chair: Marijke de Valck (Amsterdam)
Location: Birkbeck, Room MAL-153 (Malet Street Building, 1st floor)

  • Saër Maty Bâ (Portsmouth): Power/Knowledge and the Turntable: Film Festival Circuit(ing) Matters
  • Skadi Loist (Hamburg): From Activism to Industry? The Role of Queer Film Festivals in the Larger Film Festival Circuit
  • Aida Vallejo Vallejo (Madrid): Festival Feedback: Interactions between Creative Documentary and its Distribution Network in the Context of Europe
  • Marijke de Valck (Amsterdam): Film Training and Festivals

Another panel features a paper on film festivals:

J1. THE LANGUAGES AND PRACTICES OF INTERNATIONAL FILM CULTURES
Chair: tba
Location: Birkbeck, Room MAL-538 (Malet Street Building, 5th floor)

  • Mar Diestro-Dópido (London): Latin-American Filmmakers of the 1960s and 1970s and Film Festivals
  • Per Vesterlund (Gävle): Dear Harry/Dear Paul – Selling the Concept of European Art Cinema in the 1960s
  • Mattias Frey (Cantenbury): Postwar British Film Criticism’s Reaction to Cahiers du cinéma: Sight and Sound and the Establishment of Middlebrow Taste
  • Özge Özyılmaz (Istanbul): Creating Citizens, Creating Audiences: Film Magazines in the Early Republican Period of Turkey

You can download the entire conference program here in PDF format.

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Maastricht University’s Media Culture students launch Project CineMaas

For their second semester in the MA in Media Culture programme, students Clarence Danmarc Ceniza (Philippines), Katerina Ivanova (Bulgaria), Dan Shao (China) and Alis Vakiari (Greece) launched Project CineMaas, a collaborative research initiative that explores how the concept of European cinema is constructed in film festivals and how certain aspects of European identity, such as social and physical environments, are depicted in films.

As part of their research, the students are participating in various films festivals in Europe, including ECU The European Independent Film Festival in France, Made in Europe Film Festival in the Maas-Rijn Euregion and Crossing Europe Film Festival in Austria. The group has recently launched an edublog to showcase their investigations and connect with fellow students, researchers and cinephiles. Visit the Project CineMaas edublog for more information (you can find the edublog also in our right-hand blogroll).

Supported by Lumiere Cinema Maastricht, the project is part of many on-going initiatives that are aimed at contributing to Maastricht’s candidacy for the European Capital of Culture 2018. The project is being supervised by Dr. Jack Post (Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Senior Lecturer) and Mr. David Deprez (Artistic Director of Lumiere).

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Film and Media Festivals Scholarly Interest Group established at SCMS

This year’s large SCMS conference was quite impressive for festival research in its growing variety of topics and approaches. The papers and workshops probed the area in many exciting new ways. Congratulations to everyone concerned!

I would like to acknowledge here the recent acceptance of the “Film and Media Festivals Scholarly Interest Group” by the board of directors of the SCMS and its inaugural meeting. Joining NECS, this will serve as another very useful node for festival researchers from around the world.  At the meeting, Skadi Loist and Ger Zielinski were elected to serve as the first co-chairs for the group, with two- and three-year tenure, respectively.

On the SCMS website your can find the webpage for this new scholarly interest group (SIG).  Please go to the Film and Media Festivals Scholarly Interest Group site to find out more about the SIG’s mission statement, goals and objects as well as the bylaws.  We encourage members of SCMS to add themselves as members via the site.

Should you have any questions regarding the new SCMS SIG, please contact the chairs Skadi Loist or Ger Zielinski directly.

 

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ICO offers film festival training course

The British Independent Cinema Office (ICO) in collaboration with the Motovun Film Festival in Croatia offers a training course for European film festival organizers:

DEVELOPING YOUR FILM FESTIVAL Training course
21-26 July 2011, Motovun Film Festival, Croatia

The ICO (Independent Cinema Office) is delighted to announce the dates of the first Developing Your Film Festival course. With the support of the MEDIA Programme, this course will bring together film festival professionals from across Europe to expand their skills and knowledge and foster collaboration.

Who is it for?

Staff of medium sized film festivals from across Europe working in management, programming, marketing, audience development, fundraising, administration or freelance roles. The course is also open to staff of support or funding agencies working with film festivals.

Find out more

For further information visit the ICO website, email them or telephone +44 (0)207 636 7120.

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Save the London Lesbian and Gay Film Festival

Severe cuts in the arts currently happening in the UK have slashed the BFI and is now threatening the existence of one of the oldest, best organized and audience- as well as industry-friendly LGBT film festivals in the world. There is a petition to support the  London Lesbian and Gay Film Festival (2011 in its 25th edition).

Follow this link to get more background information and to sign the petition.

 

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