This chapter defines the fundamental concepts that are explored throughout the book. The term ‘film’ refers to the phenomenon of a public screening of a film for a paying audience in a film theatre, at a film festival, in a film archive, or elsewhere. A ‘film theatre’ is a venue for film screening through the year, while a ‘film festival’ is a temporary series of film screenings and side programmes presented as a unified event. On the other hand, a ‘film archive’ is an institution dedicated to conserving, preserving, and restoring film heritage. The term ‘film curator’ is used to indicate the person who compiles a film programme, and the term ‘film programmer’ is frequently used in the international film industry. The curator's goal is to obtain a measure of critical acclaim, and provide the highest possible customer satisfaction.
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