[Filmfestivalresearch] FW: [Commlist] Call for Papers - Reframing Film Festivals: Histories, Economies, Cultures - Venice/Bari

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Skadi Loist 


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Gastprofessor*in Dr. Skadi Loist

Produktionskulturen in audiovisuellen Medienindustrien

Visiting Professor Production Cultures in Audiovisual Media Industries


Film University Babelsberg Konrad Wolf

Marlene-Dietrich-Allee 11

14482 Potsdam



office: +49.331.6202.212 | mobile: +49.176.6204.0039

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Project Leader " <http://filmcirculation.net/> Circulation" (BMBF 2017-2021)


 <http://www.necs.org/> necs.org | Steering Committee member European Network for Cinema and Media Studies (NECS) 

 <http://www.filmfestivalresearch.org/> filmfestivalresearch.org | Co-founder Film Festival Research Network 

 <https://www.gfmedienwissenschaft.de/ag-medienindustrien> AG Medienindustrien | Sprecher*in AG Medienindustrien der Gesellschaft für Medienwissenschaft (GfM) 


Recent publications: 

-       Loist, Skadi and Deb Verhoeven, eds. (2019). Gendered Media Production. Spec. Issue of Media Industries 6:1.  <https://www.mediaindustriesjournal.org/> https://www.mediaindustriesjournal.org/

-       Loist, Skadi und Zhenya Samoilova (2019). " <https://www.zfmedienwissenschaft.de/online/blog/digitale-methoden> Open Media Studies und Digitale Methoden: Zur Erforschung von Filmfestivalruns." Zeitschrift für Medienwissenschaft: Open Media Studies Blog, 8. Mai 2019. 

-       Prommer, Elizabeth und Skadi Loist (2019): "Filmindustrie: Branchenkultur mit Gender Bias." Handbuch Medien und Geschlecht: Perspektiven und Befunde der feministischen Kommunikations- und Medienforschung. Hg. Johanna Dorer, Brigitte Geiger, Brigitte Hipfl und Viktorija Ratković. Wiesbaden: Springer VS. S. 1–14.  <https://link.springer.com/content/pdf/10.1007%2F978-3-658-20712-0_28-1.pdf> DOI: 10.1007/978-3-658-20712-0_28-1.

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Call for Papers

Reframing Film Festivals: Histories, Economies, Cultures International Film Studies Conference


Venice, 11-12 February, 2020

Bari, 25-26 March, 2020


Abstract Proposal Deadline: 15 October 2019


Confirmed Keynote Speakers:


Gian Piero Brunetta, University of Padua Jean-Michel Frodon, Sciences-Po Paris Dina Iordanova, University of St Andrews Dorota Ostrowska, Birkbeck, University of London


Throughout the 2000s the number of film festivals has increased all over the world at a tremendous pace. In 2019 FilmFreeway lists about eight thousand festivals as currently active, about twice the amount of less than a decade ago. Various factors prompted such a terrific growth, such

as: festivals orchestrating the (trans)national production and distribution of cinema (Acciari and Menarini 2014; Iordanova 2015; Loist 2014; Wong 2011); festivals pivotally stimulating the touristic and economic development of their hosting community (Ercolano, Gaeta and Parenti 2017; Fischer 2013; Moretti and Zirpoli 2016); festivals acting as cultural arbiters of taste and quality (Bills 1994; Di Chiara and Re 2011; Sassatelli 2011); etc. The scale of festivals today has not passed unnoticed, contributing to the emergence of a specific area of scholarly interest. In the last decade, the field of film festival studies has gained strength and status, focusing entirely on understanding the functions, the history and the role of film festivals (de Valck 2007; Elsaesser 2005; Iordanova 2013).


              Reframing Film Festivals: Histories, Economies and Cultures – the conference organised by the Ca’ Foscari University of Venice and the Aldo Moro University of Bari, in collaboration with the the Apulia Film Commission, the Consulta Universitaria Cinema, and the Associazione Italiana per le Ricerche di Storia del Cinema – seeks to contribute to this field of research through a series of roundtables and debates involving film critics, practitioners and scholars. In particular, the conference is aimed at (re)framing the understanding of these institutions and their nature by proposing three approaches, different but interweaved:


-       A historiographical approach, one set to explore the ways film festivals contribute to shape the writing of film (and media) history, moulding the canon formation and informing aesthetic hierarchies.


-       A culturalist approach, one set to investigate how film festivals, by championing certain discourses of and on cinema and media, contribute to articulate and re-position specific national, cultural, gender identities.


-       An economic approach, one set to analyse the process by which film festivals add value within the film industry as much as to local touristic economies.


In this vein, Reframing Film Festivals: Histories, Economies, Cultures seeks to foster an interdisciplinary and intersectional reading of film festivals, here conceived as a historiographic “dispositive”, as cultural formations and as financial institutions. Within a single and cohesive research framework, the Ca’ Foscari strand will be devoted to the critical-historic and historiographic dimension of film festivals, while at the University of Bari the focus will be placed on their cultural and economic dimension.


   Therefore submissions, with both an empirical and/or a theoretical approach, are welcomed across a range of topics including, but not limited to:


-       The festival-form: histories and theories


-       Film festivals and historiographic paradigms


-       Film festivals, aesthetic regimes and taste cultures


-       Micro-histories of film festivals


-       Politics of selection and programming in film festivals


-       Festival films/films for festivals


-       Artistic directors, jury members, selection boards


-       Editorial outputs of film festivals


-       The audiences of film festivals


-       Film festivals, cinephilia and criticism


-       Film festivals and national identities


-       Film festivals and geopolitics


-       Film festivals, ethnocentrism, exoticism


-       Film festivals and cultural consumption


-       Film festivals and gender


-       Film festivals and race


-       Thematic and retrospective film festivals


-       Archival film festival and contemporary historiography


-       TV and web festivals


-       Virtual reality festivals


-       “Small” film festivals: roles and functions


-       Film festivals and LGBTQI+ cultures


-       Erotic and pornographic film festivals


-       The films festivals’ circuit and the global film market


-       Film festivals: transnational distribution and production


-       Film festivals and film funds


-       Film festivals and digital platforms


-       Business models of film festivals


-       Film festivals and economic satellite activities


-       Film festivals and (cine)tourism


-       Film festivals and the fashion industry


-       Film festivals and celebrity culture


-       Fundraising for film festivals


-       Film festivals and sponsorship


We welcome proposals for traditional 20-minute individual presentations and panel proposals. The deadline for the submissions is 15 October 2019 and interested contributors should send a 300-500 word abstract and a short biographical note at the following email address: 

 <mailto:reframingfilmfestival at gmail.com> reframingfilmfestival at gmail.com

< <mailto:reframingfilmfestival at gmail.com> mailto:reframingfilmfestival at gmail.com>. The accepted proposals will be notified by 31 October 2019. The languages of the conference are Italian and English.







Abis, Mario, and Canova, Gianni (2014) I festival del cinema: Quando la cultura rende, Monza: Johan & Levi.


Acciari, Monica, and Menarini, Roy (eds.) (2014) “Geopolitical Strategies in Film Festivals between Activism and Cinephilia”, Cinergie: 

Il cinema e le altre arti, 6,

 <https://cinergie.unibo.it/article/view/6991/6725> https://cinergie.unibo.it/article/view/6991/6725.


de Valck, Marijke (2007) Film Festivals: From European Geopolitics to Global Cinephilia, Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press.


Di Chiara, Francesco and Re, Valentina (2011) “Film Festival/Film

History: The Impact of Film Festivals on Cinema Historiography. Il Cinema Ritrovato and Beyond”, Cinémas: Revue d’Études Cinématographiques, Vol. 21 (2–3), pp. 131-151.


Elsaesser, Thomas (2005) “Film Festival Networks the New Topographies of Cinema in Europe”, European Cinema: Face to Face with Hollywood,

Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press, pp. 82–107.


Ercolano, Salvatore, Gaeta, Giuseppe Lucio and Parenti, Benedetta (2017) “Individual Motivations and Thematically-Oriented Film Festival

Attendance: An Empirical Study Based on Spectators of the Artecinema International Documentary Festival in Naples (Italy)”, Quality and Quantity, Vol. 51 (2), pp. 709–727.


Fischer, Alex (2013) Sustainable Projections. Concepts in Film Festival Management. St Andrews: St Andrews Film Studies.


Iordanova, Dina (ed.) (2013) The Film Festival Reader, St Andrews: St Andrews Film Studies.


Iordanova, Dina (2015) “The Film Festival as an Industry Node”, Media Industries Journal, Vol. 1 (3), pp. 7–11.


Loist, Skadi (2014) “The Film Festival Circuit. Networks, Hierarchies, and Circulation”, in: de Valck, Marijke, Kredell, Brendan, and Loist, Skadi (eds.) Film Festivals. History, Theory, Method, Practice, London and New York: Routledge, pp. 49–43.


Moretti, Anna and Zirpoli, Francesco (2016) “A Dynamic Theory of Network

Failure: The Case of the Venice Film Festival and the Local Hospitality System”, Organization Studies, Vol. 37 (5), pp. 607–633.


Nichols, Bill (1994) “Discovering Form, Inferring Meaning: New Cinemas and the Film Festival Circuit”, Film Quarterly, Vol. 47 (3), pp. 16–30.


Ongaro, Daniele (2005) Lo Schermo Diffuso: Cento Anni di Festival Cinematografici in Italia, Bologna: Libreria Universitaria Tinnarelli.


Sassatelli, Monica (2011) “Urban Festivals and the Cultural Public Sphere”, in: Delanty, Gerard, Giorgi, Liana, and Sassatelli, Monica

(eds.) Festivals and the Cultural Public Sphere, London: Routledge, pp. 



Wong, Cindy Hing-Yuk (2011) Film Festivals. Culture, People, and Power on the Global Screen, London: Rutgers University Press.




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