22.10. / THURSDAY / 4 PM / PRESS CENTRE SC GALLERY
MEDIA – PRESENTATION ON FILM FESTIVALS
The presentation shall be
organized by the MEDIA desk Croatia in cooperation with Zagreb Film Festival.
As a guest lecturer Ms. Marijke de Valck, assistant professor in the department
of Media Studies at the University of Amsterdam and the author of Film Festivals: From European Geopolitics to
Global Cinephilia (2007)shall be invited.
Film festivals are in a period of transition and turmoil. New distribution
opportunities challenge festivals’ programming practices, industry shifts encourage
closer cooperation between industry professionals and festival organizers and
the trend towards an increasingly participatory culture is redefining audience
engagement with cinema. In this talk Marijke de Valck, assistant professor
in Media Studies at the University of Amsterdam and expert on film festivals,
will put the current transformations in a cultural historical perspective.
Looking at the origins of film festivals, their dynamic development and key
characteristics she will explain why film festivals have been so
de Valck is assistant professor in
the department of Media Studies at the University of Amsterdam. She is the
author of Film Festivals: From
European Geopolitics to Global Cinephilia (2007),
the first comprehensive publication on film festivals. With case studies on Cannes, Berlin, Venice, and
Rotterdam Film Festivals
retraces the development of a phenomenon that began in the midst of
geopolitical disputes in war-torn Europe and showed how festivals nevertheless
developed into a successful global network that addresses issues as diverse as
programming and value addition, national legitimization, city marketing,
glamour, business and cinephilia. Together with Skadi Loist, Marijke founded
the Film Festival Research Network (FFRN), a lose connection of scholars
working on issues related to film festivals. The FFRN aims to make festival
research more available and connect diverse aspects and interdisciplinary
exchange between researchers.