[Filmfestivalresearch] (draft) List of Films on Film Festivals

ger zielinski, ph.d. geraldzielinski at trentu.ca
Fri Nov 23 15:28:05 CET 2012

Thank you to those who contributed to assembling this draft list of films
concerning film festivals!

The list of films is quite promising, and I suspect there could be others
still out there. Should any other title come to mind or have details on the
lesser known films below, please email it to me off-list. I will post an
updated draft as needed.


Draft List of Films (primarily documentaries) on Film Festivals (Nov 23,

Almereyda, Michael, co-directed with Amy Hobby. AT SUNDANCE (1995).

Bargh, Peter van. Sodankylä ikuisesti [Sodankylä Forever] (Finland, 2010).
A documentary by the director of the Midnight Sun festival. It's a bit more
about the famous guests at the festival refelecting about film but a lot of
the atmosphere at the festival is captured.

Blumenberg, Hans-Christoph; Holighaus, Alfred. Spur der Bären: 60 Jahre
Berlinale [Trace of the Bears]. (Germany, 2010).
60 anniversary of the founding of the Berlin International FF.

Greyson, John. Covered. (Canada, 2009).
Short documentary reflecting on the brutal closing of the Sarajevo Queer
Film Festival in 2008.
Online http://vimeo.com/6308870

Guerin, José Luis. Guest (Spain, 2010).
A beautiful essay film on the one-year travel of the filmmaker from
festival to festival after he premiered his film "En la cuidad de Silvia"
in Venice.

Huestis, Marc. 25 - A Brief History Of The Festival. (2001).
Anniversary of founding of the San Francisco LGBT Film Festival (aka

Jacob, Gilles. At least four documentaries on Cannes Film Festival.

Johnstone, Iain. Billy Baxter Presents Diary of the Cannes Film Festival
with Rex Reed (TV doc, 1980).

Jong, Mijke de. [on the Rotterdam festival] (Netherlands, late 1990s?)
[details please!]

Keuken, Johan van der. Sarajevo film festival (Netherlands, 1993).
Short documentary on a city and festival under siege.

Price, Phil. The Festival (Canada, IFC TV, 2005–2006).
TV. A verité-satire, The Festival is an ensemble comedy, told from the
perspective of fictional IFC documentarian, Cookie. Cookie's subject: Rufus
Marquez, a quixotic young director embarking on his virgin voyage to the
prestigious Mountain United Film Festival (MUFF.)

Spurlock, Morgan. Committed: The Toronto International Film Festival (2010).
Real-life special narrated and exec-produced by AMC correspondent Jacob
Soboroff follows four filmmakers as they take the journey of a life-time to
debut their films at the Toronto International Film Festival.

Vincent, Samson. Erika Rabau - Der Puck von Berlin [Erika Rabau – Puck of
Berlin]. (Germany, 2008, 87min)
This one is more about the long-term press inhouse photographer of
Berlinale, but quite interesting about behind the scenes stuff at the

Yang, Yang. Our Story: Beijing Queer Film Festival 10 Years (China, 2011).

On Narrative Fiction:

[Feel free to expand this section!]
Fictions shot inside festivals tell a lot too - from Chahine to de Palma in
Cannes, Sophie Letourneur in Locarno, even Hong Sang-soo in a Jeonju-like
invented Festival, etc.

Ger Zielinski, PhD
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