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Film ProgrammingCurating for Cinemas, Festivals, Archives$
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Peter Bosma

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780231174596

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231174596.001.0001

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The Network of Intermediaries

The Network of Intermediaries

(p.33) 3 The Network of Intermediaries
Film Programming

Peter Bosma

Columbia University Press

This chapter offers a concise characterisation of the network of intermediaries: film distribution, the issue of copyright, and the phenomenon of film criticism. Film distribution traditionally forms the connection between film production and film exhibition. It determines which films are to be seen where, by whom, and under what circumstances. Film distribution companies are also the main suppliers for a curator. With regards to issues of copyright, a film curator has to acquire the formal permission to show a film in a public screening. Film curating, as well as professional film criticism, is part of a process of creating reputations. The possible similarity between the tasks of a professional film critic and a film curator is that both experts are attempting to provide relevant information to situate a film in its context and to propose structures of reflection, to reveal diverse relations of similarities and connections, to formulate value concepts, and to construct criteria of judgement.

Keywords:   film distribution, copyright, film criticism, film production, film exhibition, film curating, professional film critic, film curator

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