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Rethinking Film Festivals in the Pandemic Era and After

Palgrave Macmillan
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  • Examines how Covid-19 impacts film festivals by disrupting industry systems & rearticulating their audience relationship

  • Documents how film festivals worldwide responded to the pandemic crisis

  • Argues festivals should rethink their ecological footprint, decolonize their operation, and preserve their history

Part of the book series: Framing Film Festivals (FFF)

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Table of contents (16 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xix
  2. What Happens When Festivals Can’t Happen?

    • Antoine Damiens, Marijke de Valck
    Pages 1-13Open Access
  3. Contaminated Circuits: Covid-19 and the Festival Ecosystem

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 15-15
    2. Scarcity, Ubiquity, and the Film Festival After Covid

      • Brendan Kredell
      Pages 41-58Open Access
    3. Film Festivals on the Small Screen: Audiences, Domestic Space, and Everyday Media

      • James Vail, Theresa Heath, Lesley-Ann Dickson, Rebecca Finkel
      Pages 81-100Open Access
    4. Finding Allies in Pandemic Times: Documentary Film Festivals and Streaming Platforms

      • Aida Vallejo, Christel Taillibert
      Pages 101-127Open Access
    5. Chilean Film Festivals and Local Audiences: Going Online?

      • María Paz Peirano, Gonzalo Ramírez
      Pages 129-151Open Access
  4. Experimenting on the Frontlines: Innovative Responses to the Crisis

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 153-153
    2. Vidéo de Femmes Dans le Parc: Feminist Rhythms and Festival Times Under Covid

      • Ylenia Olibet, Alanna Thain
      Pages 155-175Open Access
    3. Film Festivals in Taiwan: Lurking on the Periphery

      • Beth Tsai
      Pages 211-230Open Access
  5. Never Waste a Good Crisis: (Re)imagining Festivals After the Pandemic

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 267-267
    2. Toward Decolonized Film Festival Worlds

      • Lindiwe Dovey, Estrella Sendra
      Pages 269-289Open Access
    3. Festivals, Covid-19, and the Crisis of Archiving

      • Antoine Damiens
      Pages 291-305Open Access
    4. Greening Film Festivals

      • Marijke de Valck, Ger Zielinski
      Pages 307-328Open Access

About this book

This is an open access book. This edited collection aims to document the effects of Covid-19 on film festivals and to theorize film festivals in the age of social distancing. To some extent, this crisis begs us to consider what happens when festivals can’t happen; while films have found new (temporary) channels of distribution (most often in the forms of digital releases), the festival format appears particularly vulnerable in pandemic times. Imperfect measures, such as the move to a digital format, cannot recapture the communal experience at the very core of festivals. Given the global nature of the pandemic and the diversity of the festival phenomenon, this book features a wide range of case studies and analytical frameworks. With contributors including established scholars and frontline festival workers, the book is conceived as both a theoretical endeavour and a practical exploration of festival organizing in pandemic times.  


Editors and Affiliations

  • Department of Media and Culture Studies, Utrecht University, Utrecht, The Netherlands

    Marijke de Valck

  • Department of Cinema and Media Arts, York University, Toronto, Canada

    Antoine Damiens

About the editors

Marijke de Valck is Associate Professor of film and media studies at Utrecht University, Netherlands, where she co-directs the master program in film and television cultures. Her research deals with film festivals, transnational media cultures, media industries, and art cinema. Her publications include Film Festivals: From European Geopolitics to Global Cinephilia (2007), the co-edited Film Festival: History, Theory, Method, Praxis (2016) and Art and Activism in the Age of Systemic Crisis: Aesthetic Resilience (2020). She is co-founder of the Film Festival Research Network, co-editor of Palgrave’s Framing Film Festivals series and co-editor of the festivals review section in NECSUS.

Antoine Damiens is a Research Associate at York University, Toronto, where they recently completed a MITACs Accelerate Postdoctoral Fellowship. His research examines the politics and history of film festivals, queer film/video, and minoritized archives. Their first book, LGBTQ Film Festivals: Curating Queerness, was published in 2020. Antoine Damiens co-edits, with Marijke de Valck, the Film Festival Reviews section in NECSUS. 


Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Rethinking Film Festivals in the Pandemic Era and After

  • Editors: Marijke de Valck, Antoine Damiens

  • Series Title: Framing Film Festivals

  • DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-031-14171-3

  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan Cham

  • eBook Packages: Literature, Cultural and Media Studies, Literature, Cultural and Media Studies (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2023

  • License: CC BY

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-031-14170-6Published: 05 January 2023

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-3-031-14173-7Published: 05 January 2023

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-031-14171-3Published: 04 January 2023

  • Series ISSN: 2946-3734

  • Series E-ISSN: 2946-3742

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XIX, 342

  • Number of Illustrations: 4 b/w illustrations, 15 illustrations in colour

  • Topics: Global Cinema and TV, Screen Studies

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