[Filmfestivalresearch] Size matters

Greg DeCuir gdecuir at yahoo.com
Fri Sep 20 20:53:33 CEST 2013

It depends where you look. Not all of it is superficial. Maybe Screen Daily can be at times, ditto for Variety - but Variety is the classic model for superficial entertainment journalism. It's more about trade news and insider speak than anything else. Indiewire is a different story. They have a lot of great content and great writers, and many affiliated with the academic world are peppered throughout the various pages. Then you can take a publication like MUBI Notebook as another example. They publish a lot of hardcore theory-cognizant film criticism, also mixed with academic writers, and their festival coverage is excellent if a bit in a poetic and crusading journalistic style. Film Comment publishes a lot of great online festival coverage from many of the usual suspects, as does Cineaste.Ditto for Artforum, but they tend to play the snooty/sarcastic role a bit too heavily. There is a new online journal called The Dissolve that has a lot of detailed
 and smart writing, with some in-depth festival coverage. The only academically-inclined resource I will mention is NECSUS, which has a dedicated festival review section edited by our very own Skadi Loist and Marijke de Valck. Of course there are more. For example, Senses of Cinema flirts with both sides of the boundary, and they have great festival coverage. And forget about mentioning the various blogs run by both professional journalists and academics alike.

It's a golden age. Whatever (and whoever) you want is out there for the finding.


Greg de Cuir, Jr

 From: Dina Iordanova <dina.iordanova at st-andrews.ac.uk>
To: "filmfestivalresearch at listcultures.org" <filmfestivalresearch at listcultures.org> 
Sent: Friday, September 20, 2013 4:31 PM
Subject: Re: [Filmfestivalresearch] Size matters

Great to see these references -- thanks Ger and Skadi.

But I admit -- reading all this stuff, the Screen Daily, Variety,
Indiewire etc. -- which is undoubtedly essential for us to follow, also
leaves me routinely underwhelmed. These guys are always saying valid
things and their observations are valid. But it is just leaving me wanting
for some more depth. It is all extremely superficial -- perhaps the format
does not allow for anything else?

The Archival Film Festivals book which we recently released has a great
interview with Tom Luddy -- check it out. I think it says more about
Telluride's special position on the calendar than many other texts I have

Jeff, are you subscribing to this list? You must have been at Telluride
just recently. Maybe you will say something for the benefit of all of us?


Prof. Dina Iordanova FRSA
Chair in Film Studies
Director, Centre for Film Studies
Publisher, St. Andrews Film Studies
University of St. Andrews, Scotland


On 20/09/2013 15:21, "Skadi Loist" <skadi at filmfestivalresearch.org> wrote:

>And here was another one chipping in on the Telluride positioning...
>How the Telluride Film Festival Cheats the System
>by Eric Kohn
>Skadi Loist
>Co-Founder / Admin
>Film Festival Research Network (FFRN)
>skadi at filmfestivalresearch.org
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>Very interesting, Dina. This one caught my eye earlier "Can Telluride
>Continue to Steal Venice and Toronto¹s Thunder?" by Peter Debruge.
>All kinds of issues and claims going on.
>cheers, ger
>On Fri, Sep 20, 2013 at 8:19 AM, Dina Iordanova <
>dina.iordanova at st-andrews.ac.uk> wrote:
>> Dear all,
>> Over the past days Screen Daily run an interesting exchange which I
>> think would be of interest to people subscribing to this list.
>> See Wendy Mitchell's article Toronto, Just Too Big
>> http://www.screendaily.com/comment/toronto-just-too-big/5060444.articl
>> e
>> And artistic director Cameron Bailey response:
>> http://www.screendaily.com/5060507.article
>> Dina
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>> Director, Centre for Film Studies
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>> University of St. Andrews, Scotland
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