Film in the Pandemic and Post-Pandemic World

deadline for submissions: 
June 30, 2021
full name / name of organization: 
South Atlantic Modern Language Association
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The Covid-19 pandemic left an indelible mark on both filmmaking and the way in which the general public experienced film. The need for social distancing led film makers and producers to change much of the way films were produced, marketed, and released. Big budget films that would have previously included massive casts had to be adapted, delayed, or sidelined for smaller, easier to produce film projects. Wide-spread theater closures led to the delay of highly anticipated films, elevated the prominence of the independent film industry, and sped the movement of new films to streaming platforms. While many of these changes were simply an acceleration of emerging practices, much of the change profoundly altered the way people create films and will experience them in the years to come. This panel invites papers that explore the many ways the pandemic has affected the film industry. Possible topics include but are not limited to the following:
•Technological advancements in film resulting from the pandemic
•Social distancing’s influence on film content
•Opportunities and challenges created by the pandemic for filmmakers who are female and/or people of color
•The pandemic’s effects on film in the developing world
•Pandemic as a film subject
•The blurring of streaming and cinema boundaries in terms of prestige and content
•Social media’s increasing influence on film and its reception during the pandemic
•Interpretation of films created and/or released during the pandemic
•Fan response to delays of highly anticipated films, particularly those included in large tentpole franchises such as the Marvel Cinematic Universe
•Reception of classic films which were re-released or discovered by new fan bases

Please send an abstract of 250-300 words, a brief bio, and your A/V requirements to Mikki Galliher at by June 30, 2021.