Call for Papers

Frames Issue 13, Spring 2018

Film Festivals: Aftermaths and Beyond

During the last decade, film festivals gained momentum within both public and academic debate and their practices and strategies have come under scrutiny from various theoretical perspectives. Film festivals stimulate the emergence of innovative approaches within film studies, historiography and theory and, as a result, film festivals are now an established field of research and study, both on a practical and theoretical dimension, that forms and trains new cohorts of festivals’ practitioners and organisers.

This issue of Frames seeks to draw attention to the relationship between film festivals as a practice and as a discourse, with a focus on their reciprocal influence, on the ongoing dialogue between these two polarities and on how they are able to impact one on each other.
We hope to receive papers from different fields engaging with this issue. Themes could include, but are not limited to:

  • How does the film festival circuit determine the fate of a film?
  • How do film festivals contribute to the shaping of a global archive?
  • How do stakeholder dynamics influence the functioning of film festivals?
  • Is there a documentary film festival circuit?
  • What can one learn from the stories of film festivals that failed?
  • What is the role of regional and sub-regional film festivals and circuits in shaping the understanding of world cinema (e.g. European, Latin American, Asian, African cinema)?
  • What is new in our understanding of the historiography of film festivals?
  • We also propose the analysis of practices and strategies deployed by festivals, such as networks, communication strategies, curatorial practices, published and edited materials, organisational and operative structures, etc.

The Guest Editor for this issue is Professor Dina Iordanova (University of St Andrews/ Hong Kong University).

We seek submissions for our features section (5,000-7,000 words) and our POV section (1,000-3,000 words) as well as video contributions engaging with the proposed topics by February 5th 2018. Video submissions may be sent to the editors in the form of a link using an online streaming source (Vimeo, YouTube, etc.)

Proposal abstracts of no more than 250 words (plus brief bio and indicative bibliography) are to be received by February 5th 2018. Please submit your proposal to:


Cassice Last and Sophie Hopmeier (editors-in-chief)


Notification will follow by 12th February. Those included will be required to send the finished draft of the article by 9th April.



About Frames Cinema Journal

Frames Cinema Journal, based at the University of St Andrews, is an online biannual publication offering a space for cutting-edge research and ongoing discussions among media scholars and those interested in intellectual discussions about the ever-changing frames of the field.

ISSN Number: 2053-8812