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DWC Announcement - New Title from St Andrews Film Studies - Film Festival Year Book 2

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Karen Drysdale <[log in to unmask]>

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Dear friends and colleagues,

/Film Festivals and Imagined Communities/, the second volume of /Film 
Festival Yearbook/ series is published. Please visit our website 
http://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/filmbooks to order your copy.

If you would like to review the book for a journal, please contact Ruby 
Cheung at [log in to unmask]

Hope it is of interest to you!

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*/Film Festival Yearbook 2: Film Festivals and Imagined Communities/*

Edited by Dina Iordanova with Ruby Cheung

St Andrews Film Studies, 2010

ISBN: 978-0-9563730-1-4 (paperback)

Price: £17.99 (UK), $29.00 (US)

http://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/filmbooks

Film Festivals are usually associated with big cities’ most glamorous 
sites where celebrities showcase designer-branded outfits on miles of 
red carpet, all lit up by press flashlights. But how about the other 
film festivals, those organised by minority groups for minority 
audiences? How about the festivals that do not trade in glamour but 
focus on a variety of political and social agendas instead? There are 
the UK’s largest African film festival held annually in Edinburgh, the 
Migrant Worker Film Festival in South Korea, or the festivals set up by 
ethnic minority or human rights activists to cater to displaced 
populations in the Sahara or promote stateless Kurdish culture in the 
diaspora, as well as grand showcases staged by wealthy industrialised 
nations in extension of their cultural diplomacy efforts. These film 
festivals may be far from the limelight, yet in creating live encounters 
they bring together a host of imagined communities and are of at least 
equal importance in regard to our understanding of the dynamics in the 
global circulation of cinema.

*/Film Festivals and Imagined Communities/* (2010), the second volume of 
the */Film Festival Yearbook/* from St Andrews Film Studies, comes 
timely to shed light on these issues. This latest volume brings together 
essays about festivals that use international cinema to facilitate 
transnationally ‘imagined communities’ for diverse socio-cultural-ethnic 
interactions in a vast range of places, from Vienna, San Francisco, and 
Havana to Seoul, Bradford, and Dakhla. The ‘Contexts’ section includes 
texts highlighting aspects of festival organisation, cultural policies, 
and funding models, as well as analysing programming practices related 
to these often highly politicised events.

The diverse range of contributors and contributions to the volume 
reflect the series’ transnational focus. Authors include Ruby Cheung, 
Lindiwe Dovey, Michael Guillén, Yun Mi Hwang, Dina Iordanova, Miriam 
Ross, Isabel Santaolalla and Stefan Simanowitz, Mustafa Gündog(du, 
Jérôme Segal, and Roy Stafford. The book features the 2009 update of the 
film festival research bibliography by Skadi Loist and Marijke de Valck, 
and an extensive thematically-organised listing of a variety of 
transnational festivals.

‘The very ambitious aspiration of the/ Film Festival Yearbook/ is, quite 
literally, to define a new area of film study.’

– Jonathan Rosenbaum (www.jonathanrosenbaum.com)

‘/Film Festivals and Imagined Communities/ – the second volume in the 
series – opens up new horizons both for those who study media and those 
who create the significant but often overlooked “media worlds” where 
films first get launched: film festivals from the “periphery”.’

– Faye Ginsburg (Director, Center for Media, Culture and History, New 
York University)

Review copies of */Film Festival Yearbook 2: Film Festivals and Imagined 
Communities/* will be sent to various internationally renowned journals 
with global circulation, including /Cineaste/,/ Screen/,/ Film 
Comment/,/ Film Quarterly/, /Historical Journal of Film, Radio and 
Television/,/ Journal of Popular Film and TV/, /Film Criticism/,/ 
Canadian Journal of Film Studies/,/ Senses of Cinema/,/ Positif/, and more.
*
About the editors:*

Dina Iordanova has built an academic career as a specialist on the 
cinema of Eastern Europe and the Balkans. Her more recent work is 
focused on business models and distribution patterns within the 
international film industries. She is Director of the Centre for Film 
Studies at the University of St Andrews in Scotland, where she leads The 
Leverhulme Trust-funded project ‘Dynamics of World Cinema’ 
(www.st-andrews.ac.uk/worldcinema). She is also the publisher of the 
/Film Festival Yearbook/ (FFY) series and writes DinaView.com. Her most 
recent work appears in /Cinema at the Periphery/ (2010) and /Moving 
People, Moving Images: Cinema and Trafficking in the New Europe/ (2010).

Ruby Cheung is The Leverhulme Trust Research Associate at the Centre for 
Film Studies at the University of St Andrews, Scotland, where she works 
with the ‘Dynamics of World Cinema’ team. Her research interests include 
East Asian cinemas, Asian film industries, diasporic film distribution, 
regional and national film policy, Chinese diasporic on-line fandom and 
issues of film promotion. She is the editor of /Cinemas, Identities and 
Beyond/ (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2009). Her latest work includes 
investigations into diasporic on-line fandom of epic cinema as well as 
an anthology on Asian film festivals.

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