Phone Camera at the Intersection of Technology, Politics, and Transmedia Storytelling

deadline for submissions: 
May 30, 2021
full name / name of organization: 
Frames Cinema Journal
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Phone Camera at the Intersection of Technology, Politics, and Transmedia Storytelling
Issue 18, Summer 2021

Co-Editors-in-Chief: Lucia Szemetová & Jacob Browne

Book Review Editor: Anushrut Ramakrishnan Agrwaal

In view of recent and current global events, the phone camera has emerged as an important and effective political apparatus. The centrality, proliferation, and prominence of phone footage across contemporary screen media and media platforms suggests that the phone camera is no longer just an indulgent phone fixture, but rather, an invaluable truth-telling tool. Practical, accessible, and autonomously used, the phone camera has been an essential technology to the present-day exposures of injustice, violence, and corruption around the world.

Media scholars have examined how the advent of phone camera technology has presented a new communicative strategy, challenged the epistemology of documentary truth, and disrupted prevailing models of representation—as well as present new modes of cinema—via its documenting and creative potential. Building on this body of work, Issue 18 of Frames Cinema Journal seeks to examine the political and inventive power of the phone camera, and its footage, by considering its complex intersections with technology, ideology, and other media. Frames invites considerations of phone footage’s formal, technological, and narrative properties as well as its relation to other networks of media and their transnational dissemination to contribute critically to the flowering academic discourse on the subject.

Topics may include, but are certainly not limited to:

  • Phone footage as evidence/truth-telling medium
  • Phone footage and activism (e.g. human rights, feminist, religious conflict, racial injustice)
  • Phone footage at the boundaries of politics
  • Phone footage as a narrative device in fiction/non-fiction films
  • Phone footage and Marxist critique
  • Phone footage aesthetics and technology
  • Phone footage, and non-normative uses of visual media
  • Phone footage and online social platforms
  • Phone footage and transmedia storytelling
  • Phone footage performance of violence and body politics
  • Phone footage, home movies, and amateur film discourse
  • Phone footage festivals

Notes for Contributors:

Proposal abstracts should be no more than 250 words and must be accompanied by an indicative bibliography. brief third-person bio of approx. 150 words should be provided along with the abstract.

Abstracts should be sent through as Word Documents and titled “Frames Issue 18 Author First name Author Surname” (e.g. Frames Issue 18 Dziga Vertov).

Please submit your proposal to Lucia Szemetová and Jacob Browne at

Frames accepts a variety of written pieces for submission, such as:

  • Feature Articles, which are research essays that engage in theoretical, practical, pedagogical, and/or historical analysis of the visual narrative in film or related digital media. Feature Articles are typically between 5,000-7,000 words in length, inclusive of footnotes, but exclusive of the bibliography.
  • Point-of-View (POV) Featurettes, which are shorter research essays which seek to examine or express a specific critique about a theme in a more succinct fashion. Point-of-View (POV) Featurettes are typically between 1,000-3,000 words in length, inclusive of footnotes, but exclusive of the bibliography.
  • Film Featurettes, which are shorter research essays, discuss and review one film in detail. Film Featurettes are typically between 1,000-3,000 words in length, inclusive of footnotes, but exclusive of the bibliography.
  • (New section!) Scene Reviews, which are shorter research essays, investigate and review one scene in detail. Scene Reviews are typically between 1,000-2,000 words in length, inclusive of footnotes, but exclusive of the bibliography.
  • Book Reviews, which are essays that provide a scholarly critique of the latest texts in the field. The text choice may range from the theoretical and the practical to the pedagogical and the historical. Book Reviews are typically 1,000-1,500 words in length, inclusive of footnotes, but exclusive of the bibliography. If you would like to publish a book review, please contact our Book Review Editor, Anushrut Ramakrishnan Agrwaal, at

Frames also accepts video essay submissions:

  • Video essays can be of varying length and should be discussed with the editors on a case-by-case basis. Video essay submissions must be sent to the editors in the form of a link using an online platform (Vimeo, YouTube, etc.).

All submissions to Frames should not be under consideration elsewhere, and should be original and previously unpublished.

Please refer to our Submissions page for more details.

Timetable for Issue 18:
Abstract Proposal Deadline: 19/02/2021
Abstract Decision Announcement: 01/03/2021
First Draft Deadline: 18/04/2021
Editorial Review: 19/04/2021-02/05/2021
Final Copy Deadline: 30/05/2021
Intended Publication Week: 07/06/2021

Abstracts are to be submitted no later than Friday, February 19, 2021, as they will not be considered after that. Authors should expect to be notified of the editorial committee’s decision by Monday, March 1, 2021.

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact us at

Lucia Szemetová and Jacob Browne
Twitter: @FramesJournal