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Screening the World Research Group

Researching international and foreign language film festivals in Australia
International film festivals are booming in Australia. Yet little is known about the nation's foreign film festival landscape. We aim to offer interdisciplinary insights into the developing film festival industry and how it impacts on local communities.

About us

We promote research into international film festivals and the eventisation of cultures through film festivals in Australia. We are interested in the organisation and mechanisms behind these events, including aspects such as institutional backgrounds, programming and cultural agendas. 

While international film festivals have been discussed in sociology, management and tourism studies, the research focussing on multilingual and ethno-cultural film festivals is still sparse.

What sets international and multilingual film festivals in Australia apart from other film festivals? What defines their curatorship? Which decisions inform their programming? How do they benefit multicultural Australia?

These questions inform our focus on the histories of both established and emergent international and foreign language film festivals of varying scales within the cultural landscape of Australia.

Our people

  • Dr Giorgia Alù, Department of Italian Studies
  • Dr Andrea Bandhauer, Honorary Associate, Department of Germanic Studies
  • Dr Irina Herrschner, Honorary Research Associate, Department of International Comparative Literature and Translation Studies
  • Dr Benjamin Nickl, Department of International Comparative Literature and Translation Studies
  • Dr Fernanda Peñaloza, Department of Spanish and Latin American Studies
  • Associate Professor Michelle Royer, Department of French and Francophone Studies

Current projects

  • Italian film festivals in Australia: Dr Giorgia Alù
  • Korean and Japanese film festivals: Dr Benjamin Nickl
  • Latin American film festivals: Dr Fernanda Peñaloza
  • French film festivals in Australia: A/Prof Michelle Royer and Dr Andrea Bandhauer


Through our research and events, we explore the narratives of a diverse range of film festivals with enquiry into their status as staples of national identity.


Co-organised with Sydney Ideas

Date: 6 November 2018
Venue: Old Geology Theatre, Edgeworth David Building, University of Sydney

We explore the role of international film events in 21st century Australia with Australian film icon David Stratton as well as curators from the French, Japanese, Palestinian, Latin American and Sydney film festivals.

Listen to the podcast | Forum report

Date: 13 June 2018
Venue: Woolley Lecture Theatre 325, John Woolley Building, University of Sydney

The interdisciplinary Film Festival Events conference and roundtable discussion is 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 Departments of Germanic Studies, French and Francophone Studies, and International Comparative Literature and Translation Studies from the School of Languages and Cultures.

View program (pdf, 2.4MB) | Conference report


Associate Professor Michelle Royer
Associate Professor Michelle Royer
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Profile shot of Dr Benjamin Nickl