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[ecrea] RFN Unconference and Festival: ​ ​Glasgow

Mon Oct 26 19:25:56 GMT 2015

Radical Film Network - Call For Participants

Over the 2016 May Day holiday weekend (29 April to 2 May), Glasgow will
host the Radical Film Network <>
festival and unconference. This unique and innovative constellation of
events brings together the collective efforts of activists, academics,
and cultural workers from over twenty Scottish-based organisations
engaged with radical film culture. The Glasgow event builds on the 2015
inaugural conference of the Radical Film Network in Birmingham which
explored alternative film cultures and political cinema in the 21st
century. At the inaugural conference, initial steps were taken to open
up spaces for discussion involving academics and participants in film
culture. Grounding itself in Scotland’s vibrant radical film culture,
the 2016 unconference and festival will respond to one another, allowing
for questions and ideas to be explored beyond the conventional
boundaries of academic events and film festivals.

The organising committee invites expressions of interest from anyone
wishing to participate in discussions over the weekend. These
conversations will take the form of an ‘unconference’, in which the
agenda will be decided by the participants according to their interests
and in response to the weekend’s range of screenings and events. Within
this flexible format, participants are invited to share their practical
experiences, research, skills, and insights on any aspect of radical
film culture including
-Your or your organisation’s practice (as filmmaker/s, exhibitors,
researcher/s, activist/s, etc)
-Film exhibition, festivals, community cinemas,
-Consequences and possibilities of new technologies and platforms,
-Political filmmaking,
-Education and radical film practices,
-Critical perspectives on the representation of marginalised groups,
-Radical film history, culture, theory and practice

Possible forms of participation include
-Short illustrated talks (up to 6 minutes)
-Poster presentations
-Digital or printed material that can be distributed at the event

In keeping with the ethos of the unconference, the organisers will
consider proposals for other formats. The unconference will take place
at the University of Glasgow, the University’s Queen Margaret Student
Union, and the Scottish Trades Union Congress’ headquarters, which are
all in close proximity. Across these fully accessible venues, we will
have ample space to facilitate additional activities as requested.
Please contact the organisers if you require childcare facilities or
have any other access questions.

While the support of the University of Glasgow and the STUC allows us to
keep costs to a minimum, in order to provide food and materials for the
attendants the unconference will have a ‘Pay What You Can’ registration
system, with a suggested contribution of £50 from salaried academics and
those with access to funding, but free of cost to all unwaged and
voluntary sector participants.

Glasgow is a city with a rich, radical political and cultural history,
which includes a wide-ranging, alternative film culture. The May Day
Bank Holiday weekend, which takes place in the run up to the 2016
Scottish Parliamentary elections, is the perfect time for the city to
play host to activists and academics – from Scotland, the UK and beyond
– interested in exploring radical film cultures. We’d very much like to
hear from you! Please answer a few questions about your interests using
this form
or download it here <> and send it to
(rfnscotland /at/ <mailto:(rfnscotland /at/> by 31 December 2015.

To see this information on the web:

Organisations supporting and taking part in the Radical Film Network
weekend include:
Africa in Motion Film Festival <>
Bristol Radical Film Festival <>
Camcorder Guerrillas <>
Centre for Moving Image Research (CMIR), University of the West of
England <>
Document Human Rights Film Festival <>
The Drouth: Scotland's Literary Quarterly <>
Glasgow Human Rights Network
Glasgow Short Film Festival <>
Glasgow Refugee, Asylum and Migration Network
Glasgow University Queen Margaret Student’s Union
Glasgow Women’s Library <>
Govanhill Baths <http://Govanhill%20Baths>
Lefty Film Club
​Life Mosaic <>
Liverpool Radical Film Festival
Love Music Hate Racism <>
Open Jar Collective <>
Plantation Productions <>
Radical Film Archive <>
Reel News <>
Room 8 Studios Ltd <>
Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival <>
Scottish Queer International Film Festival <>
Scottish Trades Union Congress <>
Social Bite <>
Take One Action Film Festival <>
University of Glasgow <>

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