What is the importance of film festivals in the context of film culture at large? What logic reigns within the film festival galaxy? Are film festivals tools of power and prestige that make or break the fate of a film? Or do they effectively seal diverse and unique cinema from the wider public whilst simultaneously professing to celebrate it? What are the key features and who are the key stakeholders of the film festival? What, if anything, is wrong with the concept of ‘festival films’? What makes a good film festival good or a bad one bad?
It is these and other questions that are raised and treated in the classic texts included in this collection. Festivals, for so long a key component of film culture, have been ignored in film studies scholarship that is still dominated by textual approaches. They were neither consistently discussed in the public domain nor were they included in teaching related to film history. This is now rapidly changing. Nowadays, we see a proliferation of concrete and general studies on film festivals and the emergence of a fuller understanding of the actual dynamics of film culture. It is in this context that we offer a representative anthology that collects some of the important texts that have fostered the thinking on festivals so far.
Mark Cousins; Daniel Dayan; Marijke de Valck; Thomas Elsaessser; Sean Farnel; Jean-Michel Frodon; Chris Fujiwara; Janet Harbord; Dina Iordanova; Bill Nichols; Abé Mark Nornes; Mark Peranson; Ragan Rhyne; B. Ruby Rich; Nick Roddick; Julian Stringer; Paul Willemen.
Table of Contents
A Note on Language and Referencing
Introduction - Dina Iordanova
On Pesaro (1981 & 1984) - Paul Willemen
Global Image Consumption in the Age of Late Capitalism (1994) - Bill Nichols
Looking for Sundance. The Social Construction of a Film Festival (2000) - Daniel Dayan
Regarding Film Festivals: Introduction (2003) - Julian Stringer
Film Festival Networks: The New Topographies of Cinema in Europe (2005) - Thomas Elsaesser
Film Festivals: Successful or Safe? (2007) - Marijke de Valck
The Film Festival Circuit (2009) - Dina Iordanova
Film Festivals – Time-Event (2009) - Janet Harbord
Film Festival Circuits and Stakeholders (2009) - Ragan Rhyne
Asian Film Festivals, Translation and the International Film Festival Short Circuit (2011) - Abé Mark Nornes
Why Do Film Festivals Matter? (2003-2004) - B. Ruby Rich
Widescreen on Film Festivals (2006) Film Festival Form: A Manifesto (2012) - Mark Cousins
Coming to a Server near You: The Film Festival in the Age of Digital Reproduction (2005-2012) - Nick Roddick
First You Get the Power, Then You Get the Money: Two Models of Film Festivals (2009) - Mark Peranson
The Cinema Planet (2010) - Jean-Michel Frodon
On Film Festivals (2010) - Chris Fujiwara
Towards a Filmmaker’s Bill of Rights for Festivals (2012) - Sean Farnel
While most published commentary on film festivals consists of either glorified press releases or a series of capsule reviews, The Film Festival Reader offers rigorous, analytical assessments of the festival scene. At a time when festivals have become an increasingly vital component of film culture, this book will be of enormous use to both students and professionals.
Richard Porton - Editor, Cineaste Magazine