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Amateur Cinema SIG (BAFTSS)

The BAFTSS Amateur Cinema Special Interest Group aims to introduce scholars, researchers, and students of amateur cinema studies to wide-ranging and cross-disciplinary evaluations of key histories and theories of amateur media production (incl. home movies), distribution and reception.  Ever since digital media and Web 2.0 became the globally dominant, almost ubiquitous mode of communication and representation, everyday amateur film / media productions have also become the centre of today’s film and media culture.

BAFTSS Amateur Cinema SIG founding members include British and international film and media scholars, archivists and filmmakers interested in advancing current cross-disciplinary studies relevant to amateur film/media studies, from film history to social anthropology, psychology, political history and gender studies.  While encouraging contributions from future members, too, the BAFTSS Amateur Cinema SIG  members will create a forum for debate and best-practice protocols (theory and practice) while aiming to develop educational approaches for teaching amateur cinema/media studies and promote their inclusion in film and media studies programmes.

BAFTSS Amateur Cinema SIG seeks to ensure the following annual events and academic projects which they will design and develop in close consultation with the BAFTSS Executive Committee:

For each BAFTSS annual conference:

– One or two conference panels

– Two special screenings (amateur cinema and new amateur media respectively), each followed by a round table discussion

– One session led by British and international postgraduate students researching amateur cinema /amateur media – case studies (research and practice)

– Online publication of all the BAFTSS Amateur Cinema SIG conference proceedings on ‘Amateur Cinema Studies Network (ACSN), including podcasts when available.

– Live Videocasts of the BAFTSS Amateur Cinema SIG presentations on the ACSN website.

Additional annual contributions:

– Following each BAFTSS annual conference, several BAFTTS Amateur Cinema SIG presentations and papers will be revised for publication in selected academic journals (see, for example, the special issue on ‘Personal films in the Digital Space’ for New Cinemas: Journal of Contemporary Film, Vol. 11, Issue 2-3, 2013).

BAFTSS Amateur Cinema SIG will continue to welcome new members, especially since there is a strong global network of scholars and media professionals interested in amateur cinema / amateur media studies and who will benefit from the opportunity offered by the BAFTSS in developing this collaborative platform.

BAFTSS Amateur Cinema SIG founding members:

  • Dr Annamaria Motrescu-Mayes, Affiliated Lecturer, Division of Social Anthropology, Fellow Clare Hall, University of Cambridge
  • Professor Karen Lury, Professor of Film & Television Studies, University of Glasgow
  • Professor Andreas Fickers, Professor for Contemporary and Digital History at the University of Luxembourg
  • Professor Ian Craven,Theatre, Film and Television Studies, University of Glasgow
  • Patrick Russell, Senior Curator (Non-Fiction), and Lisa Kerrigan, BFI National Archive
  • Dr Heather Norris Nicholson, Film historian, community heritage development consultant and Visiting Researcher, University of Huddersfield
  • Dr Caroline Frick, Associate Professor, Radio-TV-Film Department at The University of Texas at Austin
  • Dr Susan Aasman, Director of the Centre for Digital Humanities and Program coordinator of the Master Digital Humanities at the Groningen University
  • Dr Frank Gray, Director of Screen Archive South East and founder of the Film and Screen Studies course at the University of Brighton
  • Dr Ciara Chambers, Lecturer in Film Studies, University College Cork
  • Dr Abigail Keating, Lecturer in Film and Screen Media, University College Cork
  • Daniel Mauro, Ph.D. candidate in Media Studies and Social Science/Humanities Research Associate II at The University of Texas at Austin
  • Dr. Kiki Tianqi Yu, Associate Professor in Cinema Studies, USC-SJTU Institute of Cultural and Creative Industry, Shanghai
  • Kevin Brownlow, film historian, documentary filmmaker and director of Photoplay Productions
  • Tim Jones, School of Media, Art and Design, Canterbury Christ Church University
  • Dr Kevin Greenbank, Archivist, Centre of South Asian Studies, University of Cambridge
  • Angela Graham, Archive Manager at East Anglian Film Archive (UEA)
  • Phillip Collins, Film archivist, Institute of Amateur Cinematographers (IAC) – The Film and Video Institute
  • Graeme Spurr, Post-Doctoral student, Film and Television Studies Department, University of Glasgow.

The BAFTSS Amateur Cinema SIG is convened by Dr Annamaria Motrescu-Mayes, University of Cambridge. To join the group please contact Dr Motrescu-Mayes (amm230 [at] and register as a member of BAFTSS at




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