November saw the inaugural meeting of the Scottish Film Festival Studies Network. Founded by Dina Iordanova and Alex Marlow-Mann and funded by the Royal Society of Edinburgh, this initiative provides a forum for festival scholars and practitioners (both within Scotland and beyond) to interact and exchange ideas.
The first meeting took place on Monday 7th November at the Royal Society of Edinburgh and took the form of an interactive workshop dedicated to Film Festivals in Scotland and Beyond – Activism and Social Impact, a subject closely linked to the fourth Film Festival Yearbook, which is forthcoming in January and will be dedicated to Film Festivals and Activism.
|Diane Henderson, David Cairns |
and Matthew Lloyd during the EIFF panel
Želimir Žilnik in conversation with
Some sixty people attended this event, which proved a stimulating forum for both debate and networking. A second workshop is planned for the same time next year (date and venue t.b.c.)
To be kept abreast of developments, and to join in the discussions on film festival culture, sign up to the Scottish Film Festival Studies Network by visiting: www.jiscmail.ac.uk/sffs