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.
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.
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.
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.