Coming Soon to a Festival Near You: Programming Film Festivals is the first academic book to examine film festival programming.
Edited by Jeffrey Ruoff and published by St Andrews Film Studies, it is available now in the following formats:
Paperback: £19.99 (ISBN: 978-1-908437-02-0
Hardback: £50.00 (ISBN: 978-1-908437-03-7)
Table of Contents
Introduction: Programming Film Festivals (Jeffrey Ruoff)
Part I: Finding Audiences for Films
1. Finding Audiences for Films: Programming in Historical Perspective (Marijke de Valck)
2. Memories of a Film Festival Addict (Gerald Peary)
3. Just What Is It That Makes Today’s Animation Festivals So Different, So Appealing? (Marcin Gizycki)
4. See Here Now: Festival Red Carpets and the Cost of Film Culture (James Schamus)
Part II: Finding Films for Festivals
5. Setting the Course: Directors and Directions at the New York Film Festival, 1963-2010 (Richard Peña)
6. Festival, City, State: Cultural Citizenship at the Thessaloniki International Film Festival (Toby Lee)
7. Film Festivals in Turkey: Promoting National Cinema While Nourishing Film Culture (Gönül Dönmez-Colin)
8. 24 Hours @ 24FPS: A Programme Director’s Day (Zoë Elton)
9. Programming the Old and the New: Bill and Stella Pence on the Telluride Film Festival (Jeffrey Ruoff)
Part III: Programming Identity and Themed Festivals
10. A Complicated Queerness: LGBT Film Festivals and Queer Programming Strategies (Skadi Loist)
11. It’s ‘Oscar’ Time in Asia!: The Rise and Demise of the Asia-Pacific Film Festival, 1954-1972 (Sangjoon Lee)
12. Programming African Cinema at the New York African Film Festival (Mahen Bonetti)
13. The Spirit of the Hiroshima International Animation Festival, 1985-2010 (Sayoko Kinoshita)
What they said about Coming Soon to a Festival Near You:
This is an outstanding anthology of work on film-festival programming. Combining theoretical and historical overviews with detailed studies of individual festivals and personal testimonies from experts long associated with film festivals, the book makes a thorough, wide-ranging and insightful effort at covering a field that has been significantly neglected in scholarship. As the first book to make film-festival programming its main focus, the book should be considered an essential contribution to the growing body of published work on film festivals.
Chris Fujiwara, Artistic Director, Edinburgh International Film Festival
By focusing specifically on programming strategies, Coming Soon to a Theatre near You gives a new twist to the frequently discussed topic of film festivals as ‘alternative distribution networks’. The book makes a distinctive contribution to the field by fusing certain preoccupations in the burgeoning area of festival studies with the intricacies of programming.
Richard Porton, Cineaste
Jeffrey Ruoff has tracked down film festival insiders as well as key researchers in the emergent field of film-festival studies. The combination makes for a valuable synergistic anthology that lays bare the inner workings of a world too often trivialized or deified by those who don't realize what transpires 'behind the curtain.' This important collection raises the bar on festival writing, interrogates questions of taste and marketing, and offers a model for the next stage of study.
B. Ruby Rich, Professor of Film and Digital Media, University of California, Santa Cruz
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