Festivals, Books, Conferences, Exhibitions

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, […]

Branding Television

Catherine Johnson’s book Branding Television (Abingdon and New York: Routledge, 2012) contributes to television studies by describing, explaining, and illustrating why and how television industries have turned to branding as a response to changes in technology. The book examines the television industries in the United States and the United Kingdom suggesting that, while the evolution […]

Screen dynamics: Mapping the borders of cinema

As the title of Gertrud Koch, Volker Pantenburg, and Simon Rothöhler’s edited collection Screen Dynamics: Mapping the Border of Cinema (Vienna: Austrian Film Museum, 2012) suggests, this volume provides an energetic, enthusiastic, and engaging journey through the particularities (and peculiarities) of cinema. Due attention is given to questions of cinematic spectatorship, the issue of cinema’s […]

Subjectivity and ostrannenie: Key debates in European film studies

Amsterdam University Press recently launched a book series titled The Key Debates: Mutations and Appropriations in European Film Studies. Directed by Ian Christie, Dominique Chateau, and Annie van den Oever, the series aims at focusing on the central issues animating the current theoretical debate within film studies (but with a special emphasis on its relation […]

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 […]