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[ecrea] Film Festivals and Activism - latest installment of the Film Festival Yearbook

Mon Apr 02 12:22:09 GMT 2012

The latest installment of the Film Festival Yearbook series is out now...


edited by
Dina Iordanova and Leshu Torchin

Film Festivals and Activism is available in the following formats:
Paperback: £19.99 (ISBN: 978-0-9563730-5-2)
Hardback:  £50.00 (ISBN: 978-0-9563730-6-9)
Kindle:       £14.99 (ISBN: 978-1-908437-01-3; forthcoming in April)

To order, visit:

Table of Contents

Part 1: Contexts
Leshu Torchin, Networked for Advocacy: Film Festivals and Activism
Dina Iordanova, Film Festivals and Dissent: Can Film Change the World?
Mariagiulia Grassilli, Human Rights Film Festivals: Global/Local Networks for Social Justice and Advocacy
Ger Zielinski and Skadi Loist, On the Development of Queer Film Festivals and Their Media Activism
Amalia Córdova, Towards an Indigenous Film Festival Circuit
David Mitchell and Sharon Snyder, Permutations of the Species: Independent Disability Cinema and the Critique of National Normativity
Leshu Torchin, Traffic Jam Revisited: Film Festivals, Activism and Human Trafficking

Part 2: Case Studies
Igor Blažević, Film Festivals as a Human Rights Awareness Building Tool: Experiences of the Prague One World Festival
Stefan Simanowitz and Isabel Santaolalla, A Cinematic Refuge in the Desert: Festival Internacional de Cine del Sahara
Nick Higgins, ‘Tell Our Story to the World’: The Meaning of Success for A Massacre Foretold – A Filmmaker Reflects
Georgekutty A. L., Voices from the Waters: International Travelling Film Festival on Water
Robert A. Rosenstone, Mediterranean Encounters in Rabat: Rencontres méditerranéennes cinéma et droits de l’Homme
Clare Muller, Human Rights Film Festivals as an Emerging Model of Human Rights Education: The Human Rights Arts and Film Festival (HRAFF), Australia
Patricia R. Zimmermann, Humanist and Poetic Activism: The Robert Flaherty Film Seminar in the 1950s

Part 3: Resources
Leshu Torchin and Dina Iordanova, The Resources: Groundwork Continued
Alex Fischer, From Local to Global: The Growing Pains of the Human Rights Watch International Film Festival: An Interview with Bruni Burres, Festival Director (1991-2008)
Raluca Iacob, Combining the Foreign with the Familiar: An Interview with Jasmina Bojic, Founder and Director of the United Nations Association Film Festival
Alex Fischer, Hot Docs: A Prescription for Reality: An Interview with Sean Farnel, Former Director of Programming at Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival
Leshu Torchin, Just Vision and the Uses of a Festival Circuit:  An Interview with Ronit Avni, Executive Director of Just Vision
Greg de Cuir, ‘Connect Me with Activism and Film Practice, Not Activism and Film Festivals!’: An Interview with Želimir Žilnik, Filmmaker
Leshu Torchin, How to Leverage a Film Festival: An Interview with Judith Helfand, Filmmaker and Co-founder of Chicken&  Egg Pictures and Working Films
Alex Fischer, The Human Touch: A Review of the One World Human Rights Film Festival Handbook
Kathleen Scott, Bibliography: Films, Film Festivals and Activism
Beatriz Tadeo Fuica, Tables
Table 1: Human Rights Film Festivals
Table 2: Indigenous Film Festivals
Table 3: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Film Festivals
Table 4: Film Festivals Related to (Involuntary) Migration
Table 5: Disability and Health-Related Festivals
Table 5a: Deaf Film Festivals
Marijke de Valck and Skadi Loist, Thematic Bibliography on Film Festival Research   Update: 2011

What they said about Film Festivals and Activism:

‘Film Festivals and Activism provides an excellent overview of the field of human rights and other activist film festivals. It combines field-level synthesis by academics with expertise in both film festivals and human rights activism and employs a range of perspectives from key protagonists working in both established and new festival settings.’ (Sam Gregory, Programme Director, Witness, New York, USA)

‘Film Festivals and Activism constitutes a profound acknowledgement of the work carried out by film festivals and contains a wealth of useful information about the ideas behind them. It manages to convey the great diversity of the international film circuit, featuring contributions that range from the traditionally academic to the engagingly essayistic. Film Festivals and Activism clearly demonstrates the need for this kind of publication in academic film studies and, most importantly, provides a valuable resource for anyone planning or working with international film festivals.’ (Bjørn Sørenssen, Professor of Film and Media, Trondheim, Norway)

‘The Film Festival Yearbook project represents a unique opportunity to study the multi-faceted phenomenon of film festivals. It focuses on both global networks and local practices and sheds new light on the artistic, economic and political issues that are currently reshaping the global cultural field. Bringing together academics and practitioners from an impressively wide range of professional and national origins, it embraces both empirical and theoretical analysis. In so doing it provides striking new insights into a hugely significant cultural phenomenon.’ (Jean-Michel Frodon, film critic, Paris, France)

Dr Leshu Torchin
Lecturer in Film Studies
Department of Film Studies
University of St Andrews
99 North Street
St Andrews, UK
KY16 9AD

Tel: 44 (0) 1334 467 476

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