Marijke de Valck and Skadi Loist

in Cinema and Media Studies

ISBN: 9780199791286
Published online January 2013 | | DOI:

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Film festivals are a ubiquitous phenomenon. Estimates vary between five hundred and three thousand film festivals taking place yearly. Yet what defines a film festival is not self-evident. Film festivals have been described as alternative exhibition sites—alternative to regular cinemas and permanent art houses—and are typically conceived of as medium-length events taking place over the course of a couple of days. While there are examples of traveling festivals, most display an intimate relation to one location, returning annually or biannually to a host city. Within these parameters there remains plenty of space for variation, however, in types of films being screened, audiences that are served, outreach to industry, funding, and other aspects. The literature that has appeared on the topic of film festivals, predominantly since the 1990s, addresses these multiple aspects and thus displays divergent approaches to the field. The thematic categories used for this bibliography reflect the material currently available. They are not meant to be definitive, because the field of film festival studies is young and growing. In 2008 and 2009, discussions on the future of film festivals were happening everywhere: in the film business, at festivals, and in academia. Thus a high volume of publications marks these years. The proliferation of work on film festivals can be understood, on the one hand, as a response to the changes in the media production and exhibition landscape that forced professionals to develop new financial models, and, on the other, as part of a growing interest in the creative industry and cultural events landscape on the part of politicians and tourism officials. Despite the surge in publications, the field of film festival studies is still developing. There are not many books that are overviews, for example, nor are there any textbooks or reference works. But there are a great deal of case studies on single festivals. There is also plenty of journalistic writing on film festivals, as well as anniversary editions published or sponsored by the festivals. This bibliography presents a selection of the latter body of work in the Books on Individual Festivals section. In the other sections, only academic work or journalistic work that has a broader scope is included. This bibliography does not include the older tradition of sociological and anthropological study of festivals in general.

Article.  10328 words. 

Subjects: Media Studies ; Film ; Radio ; Television

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