Film Festival in South Asia: A dialogic approach (a two-day workshop)

deadline for submissions: 
August 10, 2017
full name / name of organization: 
De Montfort University (Leicester, UK) and English and Foreign Languages University (Hyderabad, India)
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Organisers: De Montfort University (Leicester, UK) and English and Foreign Languages University (Hyderabad, India)

Dates: 7-8 September 2017

Location: English and Foreign Languages University, Hyderabad (India)

Theme: Film Festivals in South Asia - 2 days Workshop

Deadline for proposals: 10 August 2017

Dear Colleagues,

Cinema and Television History Research Centre CATH at De Montfort University (DMU) in Leicester, UK and Department of Film Studies, at the English and Foreign Languages University (EFL-U) in Hyderabad, India, are delighted to welcome you to this transnational workshop on Film Festival Studies, which will be held 7 and 8 September 2017 at the EFL-U campus at Hyderabad, India. The workshop, led by Dr Monia Acciari, a film scholar at DMU specialising on film festivals and South Asian cinema, in collaboration with Dr Hrishikesh Ingle at EFL-U, seeks to combine multiple skills, expertise, and approaches to broaden the interdisciplinary dialogue on film festivals.

Specifically, the workshop will encourage the discussion between the industry and the academic world, and leverage both the theory and practice of film festivals. By bringing together practicing film festival organisers, audience developers, academics, and curators the aim is to expose diverse mechanisms like acquiring films, censorship, publicity, developing curatorial notes, cataloguing etc., operating within and through film festivals, and study how many of these parameters can be ‘culturally’ motivated.

The workshop will provide ample scope for participants to engage with existing theories, historical approaches, and transnational trajectories of film festival studies. Participants would be presenting their ideas on organising a film festival, and learn from interactions with experts, practicing curators, and festival organisers. All the participants will have the unique opportunity to have hands-on experience with the practical aspects of programming film festivals; this experience will be enhanced by the support of audience developers and film festival curators from India and the UK.

Call for Proposals:

1. The workshop intends to select a maximum 10 proposals from PhD research scholars, and independent researchers who have been awarded their PhD degrees in the last two years.

2. Your proposal should include a maximum 2 A4 pages (double spaced, 12pt Times Rew Roman font) write-up detailing: a) the concept of the film festival that you would like to organise, b) a curatorial note that explains where your idea is emerging from, your arguments for deciding which films to select, and a brief explanation of how your festival idea contributes to theoretical/practical aspects of film festival research. Along with this please include a short bio.

3. Last date to receive proposals: August 10 2017. Email your complete application to and

4. EFL-U are trying hard to fund travel by AC3 tier train of selected participants within India. However, this will be confirmed after the selection process is completed.

With kind regards,

Monia Acciari (De Montfort University)

Hrishikesh Ingle (English and Foreign Languages University)