|dc.identifier.citation||Diestro-Dópido, M. 2014. Film Festivals: Cinema and Cultural Exchange. Queen Mary University of London.||en_US
|dc.description.abstract||Historically the focus of journalistic reports, film festivals have recently
started to attract the attention of academics, applying concepts from crossdisciplinary
fields such as cultural studies and ethnography. As a result, film
festivals are now gradually being institutionalised as a field of study within
the wider discipline of Film Studies. This thesis adds to this growing body of
literature by exploring film festivals as sites of cinematic, cultural, social,
political and economic exchange, as well as the multiple ways in which these
events produce cultural value.
This thesis draws on three detailed case studies: the Buenos Aires Festival de
Cine Independiente, known as BAFICI, in Argentina; the BFI London Film
Festival in the UK; and the San Sebastián International Film Festival in Spain.
Issues of national identity, history and memory inform and become
crystallised in each festival. They acquire a particular resonance in the
tensions between national and regional allegiances in San Sebastián, as well as
the pressures between cinema as culture and entertainment in the case of
London. The focus on BAFICI allows for a development of the argument
beyond critics and academics’ habitual focus on Western film festivals.
Transnational events by nature, all three festivals relate in complex ways to
their own national cinemas and localities, as well as to other festivals within
the international circuit.
My personal experience as film critic and reporter at festivals is underpinned
by academic research, giving this project a dual perspective. With findings
based on extensive interviews (primary research) with the teams responsible
for programming the three festivals, this thesis aims to bring into the public
domain the views of those who have shaped these festivals, creating a new
body of material that can be drawn on by future scholars working in this area.||en_US
|dc.description.sponsorship||Arts and Humanities Research Council
Collaborative Doctoral Award [AHRC AH/I506780/1]; BFI London Film Festival; Queen Mary University of London's Central Research Fund; School of
English and Drama.||en_US
|dc.publisher||Queen Mary University of London||en_US
|dc.title||Film Festivals: Cinema and Cultural Exchange.||en_US
|dc.rights.holder||The copyright of this thesis rests with the author and no quotation from it or information derived from it may be published without the prior written consent of the author||