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Film Studies

Located on the beautiful east coast of Scotland, and housed in a historic 600 year old University, the Department of Film Studies attracts students and scholars from around the world.

 

Located on the beautiful east coast of Scotland, and housed in a historic 600 year old University, the Department of Film Studies attracts students and scholars from around the world.

Film Studies

Cinemas of Paris

Cinemas of Paris

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Paris, more than any other city on earth, offers a feast for cinema-goers. Cinema’s place among the arts is special and far superior to that found anywhere else. The sheer number and variety of theatres dedicated to the diversity of the cinematic art and its pleasures, ensure an enduring festive spirit. Cineastes and cine´philes from the world over gather in Paris to indulge their appetites for film.


Global cinema lives in the city’s screening rooms. This book delights in revealing some of the fascinating details of this life, for to celebrate the film theatres of Paris is to celebrate film culture itself.


Conceived by film scholar Dina Iordanova and film critic and author Jean-Michel Frodon, known here, respectively, as ‘the privileged outsider’ and ‘the cognisant insider’, Cinemas of Paris is a compendium of writings by specialists in both film and the city. Lavishly illustrated tales are told of the unique places where film is screened, chiefly the independent theatres with their often idiosyncratic backgrounds (and occasionally a few ghosts), but also about the city’s unique cultural institutions and its ubiquitous multiplexes. And there are stories, too, of the men and the women who have made these places strongholds of cinematic discovery and delight, and who continue to keep cinema alive.

 

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Coming Soon to a Festival Near You: Programming Film Festivals

Coming Soon to a Festival Near You: Programming Film Festivals

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Coming Soon to a Festival Near You is the first scholarly anthology to examine the fundamental role of programming in film festival culture. Featuring contributions from an impressive range of scholars and festival programmers the book makes a valuable contribution to the growing field of film festival scholarship.

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Digital Disruption: Cinema Moves On-line

Digital Disruption: Cinema Moves On-line

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Digital Disruption: Cinema Moves On-line helps to make sense of what has happened in the short but turbulent history of on-line moving image distribution. It provides a realistic assessment of both the genuine and the not-so-promising methods that have been experimented in response to the disruptions that moving from ‘analogue dollars’ to ‘digital cents’ have provoked in the film industry. Paying close attention to how the Majors have dealt – often unsuccessfully – with the challenges it poses, it also focuses closely on the innovations and practices that have taken place beyond the mainstream, showcasing important entrepreneurial innovations such as Mubi, Jaman, Withoutabox and IMDb. Written by leading academic commentators and experts close to the fluctuating fortunes of the industry, Digital Disruption: Cinema Moves On-line is an indispensable guide to the changes currently facing film and its audiences.

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Film Festival Yearbook 1: The Festival Circuit

Film Festival Yearbook 1: The Festival Circuit

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The first in an annual series, the Film Festival Yearbook 1: The Festival Circuit, published by St Andrews Film Studies, features articles related to the global proliferation of film festivals. This issue focuses on the dynamics of the film festival circuit, including the roles of individual festivals as nodes on this complex network and the cultural policies that shape its channels of film exhibition and distribution. This inaugural volume includes essays by Dina Iordanova, Ragan Rhyne, Janet Harbord, Charles-Clemens Rüling, Rahul Hamid, Kay Armatage, Ruby Cheung, Ma Ran, David Slocum, Mark Cousins, Nick Roddick, Dimitris Kerkinos, Marijke de Valck & Skadi Loist, and William Brown. If you are entitled to a discount as a bookseller, contributor or conference attendee, please select the relevant discount below and then enter your discount code when prompted.
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Film Festival Yearbook 2: Film Festivals and Imagined Communities

Film Festival Yearbook 2: Film Festivals and Imagined Communities

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Film Festivals and Imagined Communities, the second volume in the Film Festival Yearbook series, brings together essays about festivals that use international cinema to mediate the creation of transnational ‘imagined communities’. There are texts about the cultural policies and funding models linked to these festivals, as well as analysis of programming practices linked to these often highly politicised events. The case studies discuss diaspora-linked festivals that take place in Vienna, San Francisco, San Sebastian, Havana, Bradford, Sahara, South Korea, and London and that feature cinema from places as diverse as Nepal and Kurdistan, Africa and Latin America. Authors include Lindiwe Dovey, Ruby Cheung, Michael Guillén, Jérôme Segal, Miriam Ross, Roy Stafford, Yun Mi Hwang, Isabel Santaolalla and Stefan Simanowitz, Mustafa Gündoðdu, and Dina Iordanova. The Resources section features an up-to-date bibliography on film festival scholarship (by Skadi Loist and Marijke de Valck) and an extensive thematically-organised listing of a variety of transnational festivals. If you are entitled to a discount as a bookseller, contributor or conference attendee, please select the relevant discount below and then enter your discount code when prompted.
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Film Festival Yearbook 3: Film Festivals and East Asia

Film Festival Yearbook 3: Film Festivals and East Asia

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The third volume in the Film Festival Yearbook series explores a rapidly expanding but little-studied area of film festivals - Film Festivals and East Asia. The book contains a series of contextual essays, seven case studies and a resources section comprising four interviews with festival insiders, a map, a series of tables and a detailed bibliography. Contributors include James Bell, Birgit Beumers, Felicia Chan, Yun-hua Chen, Ruby Cheung, Dave Chua, Marijke de Valck, Alex Fischer, Chris Fujiwara, Dina Iordanova, Adam Knee, Kong Rithdee, Sangjoon Lee, Seunghee Lee, Skadi Loist, Adrian Martin, Abé Mark Nornes, Ragan Rhyne, Julian Stringer and Tom Vick with additional resources by Andrew Dorman, Yun Mi Hwang, Alex Marlow-Mann and Ma Ran. 

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Film Festival Yearbook 4: Film Festivals and Activism

Film Festival Yearbook 4: Film Festivals and Activism

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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).

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Film Festival Yearbook 5: Archival Film Festivals

Film Festival Yearbook 5: Archival Film Festivals

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Most people associate film festivals with premieres and the dissemination of the latest trends in cinema. However, the past three decades has also seen the rise of festivals dedicated to re-presenting cinema’s past through restorations, retrospectives and rediscoveries. This anthology is the first to chart the development of this phenomenon, while also considering such key issues as: the relationship between archives and festivals, the role of live music and the event screening, canon formation and the impact of digital technologies. Featuring writings by Paolo Cherchi Usai, Ian Christie, David Robinson, interviews with Tom Luddy and Nick Varley, and chapters by festival specialists and scholars, Archival Film Festivals contains a dozen case studies from around the globe, five interviews with festival directors, programmers and distributors, a themed bibliography and a table of archival film festivals from around the world.

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Film Festival Yearbook 6: Film Festivals and the Middle East

Film Festival Yearbook 6: Film Festivals and the Middle East

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This book aims to look in more detail at the large international and smaller national film festivals that take place in the Middle East and North Africa: their programming, audience development and event organisation.

This collection of essays investigates the circuit of films, the impact of festivals and the representation of the Middle Eastern peoples, cultures and languages on international screens.

This is a study of the many festivals that have shaped the cultural identities of the region in the past, as well as the new and vibrant festivals that permeate the region.

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Film Festival Yearbooks - Joint Offer!

Film Festival Yearbooks - Joint Offer!

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Buy any combination of volumes in our Film Festival Yearbooks series and enjoy 20% off! Film Festival Yearbook 1 The first in an annual series, Film Festival Yearbook 1: The Festival Circuit features articles related to the global proliferation of film festivals. This issue focuses on the dynamics of the film festival circuit, including the roles of individual festivals as nodes on this complex network and the cultural policies that shape its channels of film exhibition and distribution. Film Festival Yearbook 2 Film Festivals and Imagined Communities, the second volume in the Film Festival Yearbook series, brings together essays about festivals that use international cinema to mediate the creation of transnational ‘imagined communities’. There are texts about the cultural policies and funding models linked to these festivals, as well as analysis of programming practices linked to these often highly politicised events. The case studies discuss diaspora-linked festivals that take place in Vienna, San Francisco, San Sebastian, Havana, Bradford, Sahara, South Korea, and London and that feature cinema from places as diverse as Nepal and Kurdistan, Africa and Latin America. Film Festival Yearbook 3: Film Festivals and East Asia The third volume in the Film Festival Yearbook series, explores a rapidly expanding but little-studied area of film festivals - Film Festivals and East Asia. The book contains a series of contextual essays, seven case studies and a resources section comprising four interviews with festival insiders, a map, a series of tables and a detailed bibliography
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How the Movie Brats Took Over Edinburgh

How the Movie Brats Took Over Edinburgh

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How the Movie Brats Took Over Edinburgh provides a lively and informative account of a key period in the history of the Edinburgh Film Festival. Charting the influence of French cinéphilia and the theoretical debates surrounding the influential journal Screen, the book makes a strong argument for the Festival’s role in shaping film culture and the film festival agenda. As someone who worked for the Edinburgh International Film Festival for over a decade and has himself organised film festivals, Matthew Lloyd provides an informed and highly-readable account of one of the world’s most important film festivals. If you are entitled to a discount as a bookseller, contributor or conference attendee, please select the relevant discount below and then enter your discount code when prompted.
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Moving People, Moving Images: Human Trafficking in the New Europe

Moving People, Moving Images: Human Trafficking in the New Europe

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Human trafficking has long been a subject of cinema. The silent Traffic in Souls used it to titillate and promote reform movements as early as 1913. Since then, the subject has been revisited at various times and in various contexts. In the past decade, the dramatic rise in migration and the demise of national borders across the ‘new’ Europe have turned human traffic into one of the dominant narratives of contemporary cinema. This study focuses on the current cycle of films that play upon global anxieties about trafficking. Like their subject, the essays in this volume cross national borders to reflect on recent films that depict white slavery, drug trafficking and undocumented labour. The volume considers trafficking films by internationally renowned directors such as Amos Gitaï (Promised Land), the Dardenne Brothers (Lorna’s Silence), Nick Broomfield (Ghosts), Michael Winterbottom (In This World), Ulrich Seidl (Import/Export). A range of documentary and activist films on the topic are also examined, as well as examples from the realm of popular genres, such as Taken (Pierre Morel, 2008). If you are entitled to a discount as a bookseller, contributor or conference attendee, please select the relevant discount below and then enter your discount code when prompted.
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Open Spaces

Open Spaces

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With dynamic, short, exploratory essays, Open Spaces: Speculations on Openings, Closings, and Thresholds in International Public Media posits a provisional theoretical concept of “opening” in independent documentary and experimental work. It examines archives, conferences, convenings, festivals, film, installation, media cultures, new media, performance, symposia, and video art in China, Guinea, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Mexico, Singapore, USA.

A heterogeneous mosaic of people, places, practices, technologies, and ideas, this book asks: Where are the open spaces where technology, people, politics, and dialogue meet? Where are these provisional zones for independent public media? Where do people, places, and technologies converge?

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Sustainable Projections: Concepts in Film Festival Management

Sustainable Projections: Concepts in Film Festival Management

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The first study of its kind, Alex Fischer's Sustainable Projections bases his new theory of film festival management on field-defining theories, interviews with practitioners as well as his own experiences. He realistically portrays the ups and downs, as well as the struggles and rewards of film festival management, as he suggests a flexible framework within which to work and research. In so doing, he opens up a fresh angle on economic, political and social aspects in film festivals, useful for all those involved in, attracted by and enjoying film festivals.


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Telluride in the Film Festival Galaxy

Telluride in the Film Festival Galaxy

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The Telluride Film Festival ranks among the dozen most important and influential film festivals in the world. Despite its prominence, the festival has attracted scant scholarly attention.

Through archival research, interviews, and attendance, this book analyses Telluride's origins and historical development. Structured as a selective case study, this slim volume highlights the festival as a multi-layered institution. It reveals how its practices have conceived of, and defined, film as an art form, the importance of business factors and sponsorship, the heightened nature of its exhibition practices, and changing features of the global festival landscape.

Jeffrey Ruoff is a documentary filmmaker and film historian at Dartmouth College in New Hampshire, USA. He directed Still Moving: Pilobolus at Forty (2012) and edited the anthology Coming Soon to a Festival Near You: Programming Film Festivals (2012). In addition to making films and publishing scholarly articles and books, Ruoff has a public voice in newspapers and magazines.

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The Film Festival Reader

The Film Festival Reader

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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.

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