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Film Festival Events: Applications and Research

By Associate Professor Michelle Royer, Dr Andrea Bandhauer and Dr Benjamin Nickl

20 June, 2018

The interdisciplinary Film Festival Events conference and roundtable discussion took place on June 13, 2018 as an all-day event, bringing together film studies researchers, film event practitioners, and LOTE teachers from NSW and Victoria. The event ran in association with the Department of Germanic Studies, French and Francophone Studies, and International Comparative Literature and Translation Studies.

Supported by the School of Languages and Cultures (SLC), Film Festival Events: Applications and Research was successful in bringing together film studies researchers, film event practitioners, and LOTE teachers from NSW and Victoria. The event ran in association with the Department of Germanic Studies, French and Francophone Studies, and International Comparative Literature and Translation Studies. 

In the panel on transnational film, cinema and culture studies researchers from the University of Melbourne, Monash University, and University of Sydney explored the current state of film events, exposing competing trends in local, transnational and global filmmaking as well as in film screening practices. Dr Kirsten Stevens, co-organiser of the Melbourne International Film Festival, discussed the institutionalised branding of nation states and national culture. Dr Claudia Sandberg, award-winning documentary filmmaker and film scholar, presented on East German DEFA film as historical archive of Latin American societies under socialist regimes. Addressing transnational commercialisation in made-for-television film markets, Irina Herrschner showed that the remaking of sentimental entertainment as gendered time-space events has captured the attention of millions of German-speaking viewers.   

Dr Claudia Sandberg, filmmaker and Film History Studies academic from the University of Melbourne's School of Languages and Linguistics

For the panel on Applied Film Pedagogies in LOTE Teaching, teachers from interstate and NSW were invited to add their pedagogical expertise by providing insider perspectives into teaching German, Spanish or French film in Australian primary and secondary schools. Their participation highlights SLC’s potential to bring together research and education projects on language and culture. 

The panel on film festival events in Sydney and Australia brought together the director of the German Goethe Institute Australia, the General Manager of the Alliance Francaise in Sydney, the film festival directors of the Japan Foundation Sydney and the Korean Cultural Centre Australia as well as the director of the Underground Film Festival. Their discussion focused on socio-cultural frameworks of large-scale film festivals such as The Sydney Film Festival. With surprising candour, they commented on their understanding of film as a globalised arena to bring together multicultural Australia while relying on national branding, such as collaborations with relevant industry (e.g. food, fashion and tourism). 

L-R: David Park, Korean Cultural Centre; Margarett Cortez, Program Coordinator (Arts & Culture), Japan Foundation Sydney; Sonja Griegoschweski, Head of Goethe Institute Australia; Philippe Ostermann, General Manager at Alliance Francaise Sydney; Dr Stefan Popescu, Art History and Film Studies, University of Sydney

Panel on World Stories on Screen (L-R): David Park, Korean Cultural Centre; Margarett Cortez, Program Coordinator (Arts & Culture), Japan Foundation Sydney; Sonja Griegoschweski, Head of Goethe Institute Australia; Philippe Ostermann, General Manager at Alliance Francaise Sydney; Dr Stefan Popescu, Art History and Film Studies, University of Sydney

View the full conference program

Multidisciplinary approaches to international film hold the potential for productive dialogue with commercial partners, the entertainment sector, public exhibitors of transnational histories in visual media and language education providers. 

We believe that these aspects present underused sources for critical inquiry in the communication of complex social realities and the lived realities of other national cultures, which will inform related projects. 

Conference convenors: Associate Professor Michelle Royer, Dr Andrea Bandhauer, Dr Benjamin Nickl, Irina Herrschner

Contact:Dr Benjamin Nickl
Email:benjamin.nickl@sydney.edu.au