Número especial sobre Festivales y sus Contextos Socioculturales

Número especial coordinado por Aida Vallejo y Tânia Leão.

Vol. 8 Núm. 1 (2021): Festivales de cine y sus contextos socio-culturales

Aniki. Revista Portuguesa da Imagem em Movimento



Dossier temático

Introdução: Festivais de cinema e os seus contextos socioculturais
Tânia Leão, Aida Vallejo, 80-100. Em Português (Portugal). https://doi.org/10.14591/aniki.v8n1.789

Rafael Morato Zanatto. O I Festival Internacional de Cinema do Brasil (1954). 101-130. https://doi.org/10.14591/aniki.v8n1.728

Maria Paz Peirano. Festivales de cine en Chile: Configuración de campo y comunidades cinéfilas, 131-157. En castellano. https://doi.org/10.14591/aniki.v8n1.723

Tânia Leão. Para uma Análise dos Festivais de Cinema em Portugal: Génese, institucionalização e desafios, 158-192. Em Português (Portugal). https://doi.org/10.14591/aniki.v8n1.738

Fernando Redondo Neira. Novo Cinema Galego: Recepción crítica y presencia en festivales, 193-218. En castellano. ttps://doi.org/10.14591/aniki.v8n1.721

Juliana Muylaert. A Contribuição do Festival É Tudo Verdade ao Cânone do Documentário Brasileiro, 219-244. Em Português (Portugal). https://doi.org/10.14591/aniki.v8n1.718

Estrella Sendra. Banlieue Films Festival (BFF): Growing Cinephilia and Filmmaking in Senegal, 245-272. In English: https://doi.org/10.14591/aniki.v8n1.734



Número especial sobre Festivales en América Latina


A special issue on Latin American Film Festivals has been just published by the Chilean academic journal Comunicación y Medios. Available open access here: https://comunicacionymedios.uchile.cl/ (articles in Spanish and English).

Acaba de publicarse el número especial sobre Festivales de cine en América Latina en la revista académica chilena Comunicación y Medios. Disponible en acceso abierto aquí: https://comunicacionymedios.uchile.cl/ (con artículos en castellano e inglés).

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Rethinking the Canon: the Role of Film Festivals in Shaping Film History

Vallejo, Aida (2020) “Rethinking the Canon: the Role of Film Festivals in Shaping Film History”. In Studies in European Cinema, 17(2), 155-169.


This article explores the intersections of festivals and film canons to vindicate the active role of the festival site in shaping film history.

The recent growth of film festival studies has demonstrated the importance of curatorial practices and alternative patterns of film circulation for the visibility to cinemas from non-hegemonic geo-political regions, to independent productions, as well as to minor genres (such as documentary or short film).

In this article, I propose revisiting film canons that conform classic film histories, through analysis of programming and awarding practices of key film festivals such as Venice or Cannes. I examine the influence that these events had on

(1) (re) defining film genres– such as documentary–,

(2) bolstering film movements and

(3) discovering cinemas and filmmakers from peripheral regions.

Finally, I argue that world cinema history can be better framed if we call for geolocated history(ies) of cinema, as a way to counter- balance the classic approaches to film history produced in hegemonic centres of academic production. In this context, film festivals are key players whose agency in the articulation of world cinema canons shouldn’t be underestimated.


Documentary from the Festival to the Museum

“From the Festival to the Museum: Expanded Formats in Documentary Film” [paper]

NECS European Network for Cinema and Media Studies Conference. 30th June, 9:00-10:45. Paris, Université Sorbonne Nouvelle Paris 3.

Panel “Between Documentary and Experimental Realms: Avant-Doc, Past and Present.
Co-sponsored by the Workgroups “Documentary Film” and “Cinema & Contemporary Visual Arts”.

Book: Film Festivals and Anthropology

Film Festivals and Anthropology

Edited by Aida Vallejo and María Paz Peirano

See table of contents and intro here (free pdf):

This collection explores the intersections between anthropology and film festival studies. Film and anthropology scholars map ethnographic film festivals and ethnographic approaches to festivals worldwide. The book provides a historical reconstruction of most of the main festivals exhibiting ethnographic film, considering the parallel evolution of programming and organisational practices across the globe. It also addresses the great value and challenges of ethnographic research tools for studying the wide-ranging field of film festivals.

This volume is the first to collect long-term experiences of curating and exhibiting ethnographic film, as well as new approaches to the understanding of film festival practices. Its contributions reflect on curatorial practices within visual anthropology and their implications for ethnographic filmmaking, and they shed light on problems of cultural translation, funding, festival audiences and the institutionalisation of ethnographic cinema.

The book offers a novel perspective on film festivals as showcases for cinema, socio-cultural hubs and distribution nodes. Aimed at anthropologists, media scholars, festival organisers and documentary film professionals, it offers a starting point for the study of ethnographic film exhibition within its cultural and social contexts.

Read reviews here:

Social Anthropology, 26:1 (2018): https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/1469-8676.12458

Frames Cinema Journal: http://framescinemajournal.com/article/film-festivals-and-anthropology/

Zer, n42, 2017, pp. 249-250. https://ojs.ehu.eus/index.php/Zer/issue/view/1546/showToc


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01_idfaycphdox_sedes-940x324Aida Vallejo (2016) “Of calendars and industries: IDFA and CPH:DOX”,
Necsus. European Journal of Media Studies, 9, Spring 2016,
Amsterdam University Press. ISSN: 2213-0217.
See online (free): http://www.necsus-ejms.org/calendars-industries-idfa-cphdox/

Documentary at film festivals in Iberoamerica

Transnational Connections. Film Festivals and Documentary in Latin America and Spain [paper]

NECS conference 2016. The University of Potsdam, Campus Griebnitzsee, in Potsdam (Germany).
Panel A 12: Film Festivals in Latin America and Spain, Sponsored by Film Festival Research Workgroup. Thursday, 28.7.2016, 11:00-13:00 (27-30.July.2016)

Panel organized in collaboration with the research project ‘The transnational relations in Spanish-American digital cinema: the cases of Spain, Mexico and Argentina’ (CSO2014-52750-P), supported by the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness.

Maria Paz Peirano (Leiden University): Training, Networks and Collaboration: Professionalising Latin American documentary film

Minerva Campos (Universidad Carlos III de Madrid): Film Research Through Digital and Online Resources: Working about European Festivals And Latin American Cinema

DOCUtalks at University of the Basque Country

DOCUtalks (14-15 April 2016) at University of the Basque Country

DOCUtalks. Professionals Talk about their International Experience in documentary filmmaking, production and programming.
Download program / Descarga el programa completo / Ikusi programa osoa: docutalks2016



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I-docs at Film Festivals

interactiveidfaAida Vallejo & Stefano Odorico. “Reinventing the Festival Space:  The Challenges of Interactive Documentary Exhibition” [paper]

Panel: i-docs Audiences & Exhibition. Thursday, March 3, 2016. 14:00 (venue: Cinema 2)
I-docs symposium 2016. “Exploring interactive documentary storytelling”
University of the West of England (Bristol, U.K.)

CFS talk at University of St Andrews: Documentary and film festivals

standrewsuniversityCFS Talk: Dr Aida Vallejo (University of the Basque Country):  ‘The Festival Ecosystem as Documentary Breeding Ground’. University of St Andrews (Scotland)

November 3 , 5:15 pm7:00 pm
This event is free and open to the public.
Organizers: Prof. Dina Iordanova, Centre for Film Studies
Venue: Byre Theatre- Studio

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