UPDATE: [Film] Speaker Announcement: Continuity & Innovation: Contemporary Film Form and Film Criticism

full name / name of organization: 
Lucy Fife

Continuity and Innovation:
Contemporary Film Form and Film Criticism

5th â€" 7th September 2008, University of Reading Film Conference


We are delighted to announce that award winning German director Birgit
Grosskopf will be discussing her work at the conference.

There will be a screening of Birgit’s debut feature film Prinzessin (2006),
which has won various prizes including: German Independence Award at the
Oldenburg Film Festival (2006), the Saarland Minister President’s Award at
the Max Ophüls Film Festival (2006), Edinburgh Film Festival First Steps
Award for best German debut feature (2006).
She is also the director of several short films: Babies in Pockets (1999),
The Pilot (2000), Live Boys (2001), Tabula Rasa (2003).

Further details of other practitioners discussing their work will follow.

Confirmed Keynote speakers are Gilberto Perez, Douglas Pye and Adrian Martin.

This conference seeks to consider the critical challenges contemporary film
form poses for us as film critics and theorists, in an approach rooted in
the detail of the film text itself. In addition, the conference wishes to
reflect and engage with the diversity of contemporary aesthetic choices and
filmmaking practices. On the one hand, the conference will explore the
continuities and innovations in contemporary film style, to move towards an
account of contemporary cinema’s aesthetic practice and the ways in which
these formal elements shape the production of meaning. On the other hand,
the conference will provide an important opportunity to explore and extend
the continuities and innovations possible in contemporary film criticism.

In addition to the familiar pattern of panel discussions and plenaries, the
conference will include workshops in which speakers will present frameworks
for analysis of the detail of a movie, as an introduction to discussion.
Titles of films to be discussed at the conference will be circulated in

A draft programme will be available before 28th July.

Registration forms can be downloaded from the conference website:

Enquiries should be directed to the conference organisers Lisa Purse and
John Gibbs at filmconference_at_reading.ac.uk.

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