Seminar on Documentary Film Festivals

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Film and Television Studies at the University of Glasgow
Seminar: “Documentary Film Festivals in Europe: Mapping the Field”

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Speaker: Prof Aida Vallejo, University of the Basque Country
Date/Time: 9 Oct 2014, 5.15pm
Venue: Room 408, Gilmorehill Centre, University of Glasgow
Title: Documentary Film Festivals in Europe: Mapping the Field

In the last two decades documentary film festivals spread throughout the European continent. During this process, different international dynamics of interaction and cultural hierarchies were developed among these events. In this frame, new cultural networks of film circulation were created, and specialized festivals became key agents for the development of new trends in film production and distribution.
In this seminar we will reflect on the role of these festivals in the development of a new documentary culture which has redefined the genre in a period of hybridization and search for new formats. Firstly, we will give an overview of the recent development in the study of film festivals, and analyze the possibilities opened up for research in the specific area of documentary film, and secondly, we will provide an overview of Documentary Film Festivals in Europe from a historical perspective. Departing from the reconstruction of the map of documentary festivals appeared in the last decades, we will identify different phases in which they acquired international relevance.

Aida Vallejo is an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Audiovisual Communication and Advertising of the University of the Basque Country, Spain. She is the founder and coordinator of the Documentary Work-group of the European Network for Cinema and Media Studies (NECS).
She has published extensively on documentary, film festivals, narratology and ethnography of the media, and currently works in the edition of an edited collection on Documentary Film Festivals. She has carried out fieldwork in the Czech Republic, Croatia, Hungary, Greece, Turkey, Kosovo, Finland, and Spain.

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