Call for papers: Audiovisual Festivals and Exhibitions - looks and perspectives

ISSN 2316-9230

In the past decades, we have watched the growth of academic studies dedicated to discussing the cinematographic festivals phenomenon, a movement certainly driven by the increase in these events’ number in several parts of the world since the 1990s, as well as by the paths opened by the studies of New Cinema History which mobilized research on exhibition circuits, circulation and film culture.

In this context, researchers stood out, mainly in Europe, in the production of pioneer studies, consolidating the first body of papers which sought to define an object, and discuss theories and approach methods (De Valck 2007; Iordanova 2009; Harbord 2009; Wong 2011), and also in the creation of debate and propagation spaces of the research in international networks, from Europe, such as Film Festival Research Network and the workgroup on film festivals of NECS.

In Brazil, we observed the growth of research, especially in the past decade, with emphasis on papers that dialogue with this international bibliography (Dylan 2019; Garrett 2020; Mager 2019, 2021; Mattos 2018; Melo 2018; Pires 2019; Silva 2012). Observing the profile of these reflections, it is possible to notice some particularities of the studies on audiovisual festivals in the country, which count on an extensive circuit of 349 events in 2019 (Corrêa, 2020). A large number of the papers aim at one festival only or at comparative approaches of one or more events, with the exception of diagnostic studies. The international circuits are not, therefore, privileged targets in the research, even though there is the concern of situating the works in relation to global contexts.

Thus, while in other Latin American countries, as highlighted by Vallejo and Peirano (2020), some of the first academic research published about festivals had the objective of thinking the countries’ cinematography in this region in the international festivals circuit, with the objective of analyzing large events such as Cannes, Veneza, and San Sebastián, Brazilian papers aimed a lot more on the comprehension of national context festival dynamics. The relations between national circuits and other regional and global circuits are themes that remain little explored, topics which would allow for us to think about the connections between the trajectories of cinematographic events in Brazil, and the discussions about festivals in peripheral nations and cinematography (Amieva, Peirano 2018; Campos-Rabadán 2020; Peirano 2020; Stringer 2016).

Considering as starting point the Socine em casa live event, on August 2020, “Film festivals as a research object: methods and practices”, the present special session seeks to bring together papers that consider the challenges and matters involved in the study of film and audiovisual festivals, incorporating different methodologies and theoretical approaches. We invite authors to send their contributions, with special attention to texts focusing on audiovisual festivals that happened in Brazil and Latin America, suggesting the following themes:

1. Festival research methodological challenges: sources, objects, and methods;

2. Geography and geopolitics of Audiovisual festivals: the formation of festival circuits;

3. Brazilian/Latin American festivals relations and exchanges with international events, specifically in the Iberoamerican space;

4. Specialized circuits and their sub-circuits including different footages, genres, formats, profiles, and themes;

5. Cultural politics and economy of audiovisual festivals and culture;

6. Audiovisual festivals history and its impact on film history;

7. Curation and schedule of exhibitions and festivals;

8. Festivals, exhibitions, and alternative circuits of the cinematographic exhibition;

9. The Brazilian cinema in international festivals: past and present;

10. Film festivals, tourism, and the city experiences;

11. Theoretical matters in “smaller” festival research and “peripheral” cinematography;

The deadline for article submissions is June 22nd, 2021 and this special session will be published in Rebeca's 20th  edition, July-December, 2021. Norms and submissions:


Izabel Melo

Juliana Muylaert

Tetê Mattos



AMIEVA, Mariana; PEIRANO, Maria Paz. Introducción: encuentro en los márgenes: festivales de cine y documental latinoamericano. CineDocumental. N 18. 2018.

CORRÊA, Paulo Luz. Os Festivais Audiovisuais Brasileiros em 2019: Geografia e Virtualização. São Paulo: Kinofórum, 2020.

DE VALCK, Marijke. Film festivals: from european geopolitics to global cinephilia. Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press, 2007. 276 p.

DE VALCK, Marikje; KREDELL, Brendan e LOIST, Skadi (orgs). Film Festivals – History, theory, method, practice. London and New York: Routledge, 2016.

DYLAN, Emerson. O Festival e a cidade. A Mostra Internacional de Cinema de São Paulo como um espaço de sociabilidade na capital paulista. CSOnline. N. 29. 2019. p. 33-44.

GARRETT, Adriano. A curadoria em cinema no Brasil contemporâneo: festivais de cinema e o caso da Mostra Aurora (2008-2012). 2020. 176 f. Dissertação (Mestrado em Comunicação), Universidade Anhembi Morumbi, São Paulo, 2020.

IORDANOVA, Dina; Rhyne, Ragan (Orgs.). Film Festival Yearbook 1: The Festival Circuit. St Andrews Film Studies, 2009.

MAGER, Juliana Muylaert. É tudo verdade? cinema, memória e usos públicos da história. 2019. 221 f. Tese (Doutorado). Instituto de História, Universidade Federal Fluminense, Niterói, 2019.

MATTOS, Tetê; LEAL, Antônio. Festivais audiovisuais: diagnóstico setorial 2007 – indicadores 2006. Rio de Janeiro: Fórum dos Festivais / MinC/SAv, 2007. 89 p.

________. Painel setorial dos festivais audiovisuais – indicadores 2007 - 2008 - 2009. Rio de Janeiro: Fórum dos Festivais / MinC/SAv, 2011. 63 p.

MELO, Izabel de Fátima Cruz. Cinema, circuitos culturais e espaços formativos: sociabilidades e ambiência na Bahia (1968-1978). 2018. 224 p. Tese (Doutorado em Meios e Processos Audiovisuais) - Escola de Comunicação e Artes, Universidade de São Paulo, São Paulo, 2018.

MORAES, Maria Teresa Mattos de. O Festival do Rio e as configurações da cidade do Rio de Janeiro. 2018. f. Tese (Doutorado em Comunicação), Faculdade de Comunicação Social, Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, 2018.

PEIRANO, Maria Paz. Mapping histories and archiving ephemeral landscapes: strategies and challenges for researching small film festivals. Studies in European Cinema, v. 17, n. 2. 2020. p. 170-184.

PIRES, Bianca Salles. A formação de públicos cinéfilos: Circuitos paralelos, Museus e Festivais Internacionais. Tese (Doutorado). Programa de Pós-Graduação em Sociologia e Antropologia, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, 2019.

SILVA, Marcos. Territórios do desejo: performance, territorialidade e cinema no Festival Mix Brasil da Diversidade Sexual. 2012. 370 f. Tese (Doutorado em Antropologia Social) - Centro de Filosofia e Ciências Humanas, Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina. 2012.

VALLEJO, Aida; PEIRANO, Maria Paz. Editorial Festivales de cine en América Latina: Historia y nuevas perspectivas. Comunicación y Medios. N. 42. 2020.

WONG, Cindy Hint-Yuk. Film Festivals. Culture, people and power on the global screen. London: Rutgers University Press. 2011.

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