[Filmfestivalresearch] Stories and Films Have (No) Boundaries - Study on the Programming Diversity of the Berlin International Film Festival (1980-2016)

T Krainhoefer_filmfestival-studien.de tck at filmfestival-studien.de
Wed Feb 8 09:27:35 CET 2017

Dear colleagues,


With regard to the forthcoming 67. Internationalen Filmfestspiele Berlin we
would like to draw your attention to 


Stories and Films Have (No) Boundaries
Study on the Programming Diversity of the Berlin International Film Festival

Based on the assumption that film festivals have become a "key force" and
"power grid" in the production, distribution, and reception processes of
movies (Elsaesser 2005; cf. De Valck/Kredell/Loist 2016), this study
exemplarily examines the diversity of the Berlin International Film
Festival's program over the last 37 years. Without any doubt, especially
major competitive film festivals (such as Cannes, Venice, Shanghai, or,
significantly, Berlin) play a substantial role in defining film culture by
cultivating notions of quality, taste, and meaning. Moreover, given the
exponential increase in the annual film production, these festivals must be
considered as important steering instruments in film trade and policy, since
they decide via their curatorial mechanisms which films the distributors see
and possibly buy, and therefore, which filmic oeuvres are allowed to get
public attention on the local and global screen. 


With more than 400 films in the yearly program, nearly half a million
tickets sold, over 16,000 accredited visitors from 122 countries and about
3,800 journalists from 86 countries (figures from 2016), the Berlinale
stresses the societal, cultural and economic plurality as a guiding
principle of its annual film selection. In order to question whether the
Berlinale presents a well-balanced film selection, the quantitative analysis
focused on criteria such as origin, gender, age, and socialization. The
sample includes all short to feature films presented across the festival's
six major sections (Competition, Panorama, Forum, Generation, Perspective
German Cinema, Lola at Berlinale) from 1980 to 2016 (n = 10,024).


The complete study is available for download at:
<http://www.filmfestival-studien.de> www.filmfestival-studien.de

Best wishes

Tanja, Thomas and Konrad





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