Past memories for a new future: The 70th Mostra Internazionale d’Arte Cinematografica di Venezia

From 28 August-7 September 2013 the Mostra Internazionale d’Arte Cinematografica di Venezia celebrated its 70th edition.[1] It is the oldest film festival in the world and the first ‘international cinematographic art exhibition’[2] to reach that milestone. The ‘Mostra’ certainly does not need an introduction since it is a very well-known event to which several monographic […]

Initiating regional talents: 2013 Sarajevo Film Festival

Initiated in the mid-1990s by a group of enthusiasts during the siege of Sarajevo and the war in Bosnia & Herzegovina, Sarajevo Film Festival (SFF)[1] has developed into one of the biggest Southeast European film festivals along with the Thessaloniki International Film Festival in Greece.[2] Although one could hear some of the locals complaining about […]

Celebrating independence: 54th Thessaloniki International Film Festival

In its fourth year under the leadership of Dimitris Eipides the 54th Thessaloniki International Film Festival (TIFF) affirmed its vision as a festival of independent cinema: (relatively) low-budget, (often) politically motivated, (at times) formally experimental films from around the world were showcased and celebrated. Eipides’ concept of independence is fluid and broad as indeed befits […]

Brazil’s International Disability Film Festival Assim Vivemos

I am I and my circumstance. –  José Ortega y Gasset[1] A blind person and her companion proceed to the information desk at the festival center and request audio description equipment. A sighted person also gets one. Entering the screening hall, the employee in charge of collecting tickets instructs me to do the same. Curious, […]

Oberhausen: An interview with Lars Henrik Gass

by Enrico Camporesi Founded in 1954, the International Short Film Festival Oberhausen (Internationale Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen) is one of the pioneering film festivals for short films and a major venue for experimental, documentary, and artist’s film and video. Throughout the decades Oberhausen has been the site of crucial turning points in film history. In 1962, during […]

Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival: Between the national and the global

The first edition of the Antalya Golden Orange International Film Festival[1] was launched fifty years ago in 1964, at a time when the international success of the director Metin Erksan[2] ignited national support for the creation of a Turkish film festival. Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival has primarily been a national film festival, despite occasional […]

The business of audience festivals: Calgary International Film Festival 2012

In differentiating between two ‘ideal’ models of ‘business festivals’ and ‘audience festivals’, Mark Peranson offers a useful heuristic for thinking about the film festival ecosystem.[1] He describes how the hierarchies of power and relationships among festival actors vary significantly across the two models, a schema that proves very helpful when considering the film festival circuit […]

Trans* film festivals: An interview with Eliza Steinbock

by Skadi Loist and Marijke de Valck On a sunny August afternoon in Amsterdam, Marijke de Valck and Skadi Loist of the Film Festival Research Network met cultural analyst, festival programmer, and filmmaker Eliza Steinbock (currently working as a lecturer and researcher at Maastricht University). The discussion ranged from Amsterdam-based transgender film festivals to issues […]

Indigenous film festival as eco-testimonial encounter: The 2011 Native Film + Video Festival

In struggles for political and cultural recognition many Indigenous groups employ visual media to make their concerns heard. Amongst these various channels for media activism are Indigenous film festivals which, in the words of festival coordinator Amalia Cόrdova, work to convey ‘a sense of solidarity with Indigenous struggles’.[1] Cόrdova’s essay on Indigenous film festivals appears […]

From Chernobyl to Fukushima: The Uranium Film Festival

The Uranium Film Festival (UFF), the world’s only film festival focused on ‘the whole nuclear fuel chain’, is entering its third year in Rio de Janeiro. The organisers Marcia Gomes de Oliveira (Executive Director) and Norbert G. Suchanek (General Director) of the arts and education non-profit Yellow Archives began the festival with the mission of […]

Go east by southeast: 13th Festival of Central and Eastern European Film Wiesbaden

The Festival of Central and Eastern European Film Wiesbaden,[1] also known as ‘goEast’, is a key event on the German film festival calendar. This is perhaps in no small part due to the fact that the festival is organised by the Deutsches Filminstitut, also because it enjoys a dedicated following among enthusiasts of the larger, […]

Alternative Film/Video Belgrade 2011

Alternative Film/Video Belgrade began as a festival of Yugoslav alternative film and video production, with the aim to document and define trends in film theory as well as to identify the values and new creative possibilities in the field. The themes of the festival often set a mandate for exploring various aspects of the term […]

The 37th annual Toronto International Film Festival: Seeking the social in the virtual

There are 11 days in September when the world’s cinematic community turns to Canada for the glitz and glamour of the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF).[1] The streets are flooded with both lay and professional attendees taking in movies, meetings, and the charms of this North American metropolis. However, while there are thousands of people […]

‘The Angels’ Share’ at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival

Subverting the usual touristic signifiers of Scottishness – tartanry, whisky, and so on – The Angels’ Share (Loach, 2012) follows four young people from Glasgow’s impoverished East End as they embark on what might be considered a victimless crime in the north of Scotland. Predominantly comic in tone, the film was shot in 2011 and […]