Cinema at International Film Festivals : A virtual conference 7-11 December 2021

deadline for submissions: 
November 20, 2021
full name / name of organization: 
Indian Institute of Technology Madras, India
contact email: 

The virtual conference explores  how contemporary cinema negotiates the spaces at international film festivals. Our scope includes contemporary cinema from different parts of the world, including India and non-English speaking countries. The growing presence and proliferation of film festivals in their varied manifestations leads us to posit: What is the nature of contemporary transnational cinema that is attracting international attention? How does  this intersection play out in global reception, marketing, exhibition and  distribution? What kinds of academic and theoretical interventions can emerge from this development? In what ways does the study of the reception of cinemas at international festivals  add to the domain of contemporary film studies?What are the possibilities for creating more participation and encouraging greater discussion among festival enthusiasts through sustained engagement with the experts and through the creation of a film festival network?


Talks will be delivered by eminent international and national experts.



Panels / Topics for presentations include:


  • Film Festivals: Historical perspectives, Festivals as Sites of Cultural Production and Cultural Capital
  • Film Festivals and The Rise of the Independent Cinema (Indies)
  • Transnational Cinema: Global Reception and Awards
  • Global Cinema at International Film Festivals: Marketing, distributing,  exhibition, screening
  • Celebrity culture and  International Film Festivals: Auteurs, Movies, Stars, fashion choices on the red carpet
  • Cinema of the Global South at the International Film Festivals
  • ​Curating Cinema, Creating Memories




Abstracts for paper presentation


Abstracts in 300 words may be submitted by 20 November 2021 at the following emails

Prof. Aysha Iqbal Viswamohan:

and copy to Prof CS Biju:


Phase 1


Cinema of the Global South  at International Film Festivals: Global Intersections and Interventions

                                               A Virtual Conference

                                                Dates: 7- 8 December 2021


                                                    Time: 6pm-10pm (India time)


Phase 2

Contemporary Cinema at International Film Festivals: Global Intersections and Interventions

                                                   A Virtual Conference

                                                Dates: 9-11 December 2021


                                                Time: 6pm-10pm (India time)



Who should attend


UG/PG students/research scholars interested in films, media, popular culture




All registered participants will be awarded an e-certificate of participation




Prof.Aysha Iqbal Viswamohan

Dept of Humanities & Social Sciences, Indian Institute of Technology Madras



Dr. C.S Biju, St Thomas College, Thrissur

Director, C-PRACCIS