Shadow Screens: Unmade, Unseen, Unreleased Film and Television

deadline for submissions: 
January 31, 2022
full name / name of organization: 
James Fenwick (Sheffield Hallam University) / Kieran Foster (University of Nottingham)
contact email: 

We’d like to remind you of the upcoming conference abstracts deadline of 31 January for the conference “Shadow Screens: Unmade, Unseen, Unreleased Film and Television”.  The conference is to take place on the 23rd and 24th May 2022 at Sheffield Hallam University and will feature keynote talks from Dr Hannah Hamad (Cardiff University) and Professor Sue Vice (University of Sheffield).

We invite papers for submission on any aspect of unmade, unseen, and unreleased film, television, and other screen media. Suggested topics include, but are by no means limited to:

  • Gender / racial inequalities and unmade projects
  • Structural barriers and the unmade
  • The screenplay process: agents, script readers etc
  • The unmade as alternative media history
  • Archival approaches to the study of the unmade, unseen, and unreleased
  • Case studies of unrealised screenplays
  • Development hell
  • Methodologies for using unmade screenplays as a resource for scholarly research
  • Realisations of unmade projects
  • Outtakes and unused footage
  • Forgotten and unseen films
  • Fandom and unmade projects
  • The literary status of unproduced screenplays
  • Industrial perspectives
  • Creative failure
  • Other unmade screen industry projects i.e. videogames

Proposals for twenty-minute presentations to be emailed to Dr James Fenwick ( and Dr Kieran Foster ( Abstracts should be no more than 250 words and include a 100-word biography.

The conference is convened by Sheffield Hallam University and University of Nottingham, hosted by the Centre for Culture, Media and Society (CCMS), and supported by BAFTSS.