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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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Curating Film Festivals

Curating Film Festivals

(p.68) 5 Curating Film Festivals
Film Programming

Peter Bosma

Columbia University Press

This chapter elaborates on the different aspects of the international film festival circuit. The international film festival is the first curatorial phase in the process of global film circulation. A film festival is a specific kind of microcosm, an isolated setting where film producers, scouts, sales agents, distributors, exhibitors, press, and non-professional visitors gather, and so a leading international film festival is a special habitat of travelling films and spectators. It is simultaneously an individualistic search for satisfaction and a social gathering. The profile of the festival visitor is varied; it is possible to distinguish many subcultures in the festival crowds, such as fanatic film buffs, occasional visitors, cinephiles, and industry professionals. Therefore, the fundamental challenge for the film festival curator consists of getting the attention and dedication of these people during several days or a whole week or more, and in presenting an attractive programme.

Keywords:   international film festival, global film circulation, subcultures, film buffs, cinephiles, industry professionals, film programme

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