Archives for September2013

CFP – ‘Thinking Amateur Cinema’

REVISTA LAIKA is an academic journal produced by the Laboratory of Audiovisual Research and Critique (LAICA) of the Department of Film, Radio and Television, located at the School of Arts and Communications of the University of São Paulo, in Brazil. We invite contributions in Portuguese, English, Spanish and French for the special issue dedicated to Amateur Cinema.

Thinking Amateur Cinema (Pensar o Cinema Amador)

In recent years, archivists, film historians and researchers have dedicated special attention to amateur cinema. One could relate this growing interest to the discovery of great amount of those artifacts (i.e. home movies) in a variety of formats (17.5mm, 9.5mm, 16mm, 8mm, Super 8, VHS, Hi-8) in archives and private collections, and their recognition as sources for historical research and creative material for filmmakers and artists. On the other hand, the massive popularization of portable cameras and the dissemination of those images in different sharing platforms through the internet create a new chapter in the history of that cultural practice: the production of films by non-professionals like weekend filmmakers, avant-garde artists, parents that shoot their family events or anonymous cameras that capture and share the daily life on the streets, etc. Between the historical and the contemporary, thinking amateur cinema and filmmaking means to address a complex universe of issues and theoretical perspectives like the place of memory and remembrance through the moving image, the specific aesthetic of the amateur image and its authenticity effect, the technological development and the massification of moving image equipment, the anti-establishment discourse of artists, movie clubs and amateur film festivals and the activity of filmmakers outside the commercial and industrial realm. Revista Laika invites submissions of articles, essays, and home movies which could bring theoretical contributions, analysis and research elements that address one or many of these perspectives regarding amateur cinema in Brazil and around the world.

Deadline for submissions: November 30th. Please send submissions to

Files on Film – short (amateur) film competition

The National Archives is inviting aspiring filmmakers to put its ‘Files on film‘ by entering a short film competition.

The competition, supported by the Friends of The National Archives, is aiming to encourage filmmakers to use the diverse collection of documents and pictures housed at The National Archives in Kew as the inspiration for an original feature.

Ten documents from the archives, ranging from the floor plan of a 19th century ‘lunatic’ asylum to a West Indian view of life in post-war Britain, have been put online and entrants will need to use one or more of them as the starting point for a three-minute short film. It could be a character, a line, or the whole document.

Jenni Orme, Diverse Histories Records Specialist at The National Archives, said: “This is a brilliant opportunity for people to explore the records held at The National Archives in a creative and thought-provoking way. We hope it will highlight how valuable archives are for exploring these ‘hidden histories’ and bring them to life through the medium of film.”

Entries close on 24 September, 2013 and the winner will be chosen by a panel of judges including Oliver Morley, Chief Executive and Keeper, The National Archives and BAFTA award-winning filmmaker David Katznelson whose credits include Downton Abbey and Games of Thrones.

The winning entry will be shown on The National Archives’ website and will receive a cash prize of £450, while one runner-up will receive £200.

Full details of how to enter, terms and conditions and the digitised documents are available on the competition page.

‘Camcorder Cultures’ research project

‘Camcorder Cultures: Media Technologies and Everyday Creativity‘ – an interesting AHRC-funded project. See also ‘Video Cultures: Media Technology and Everyday Creativity’, eds. David Buckingham and Rebekah Willett. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2009.

‘Home movies as personal archives …’

A new article by Efrén Cuevas,’Home movies as personal archives in autobiographical documentaries‘, has been recently published in the Journal of Studies in Documentary Film.

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