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CFP: Amateur Film and the Institution (Film History Special Issue)

See CFP below:

Film History – Special Issue: “Amateur Film and the Institution

Guest Editors: Enrique Fibla, Masha Salazkina (Concordia University)

Deadline for abstracts: October 15th, 2016

In recent years, Film Studies scholarship began to pay more attention to the effects that various non-theatrical film initiatives – such as educational, industrial, and other institutional productions – have had on the way modern life is ordered, experienced and imagined. Although amateur film initiatives have sometimes been included in such debates, their relationship to professional film expressions and institutions has not yet been explored in depth. Shifting discourses on the status of amateurism vs. professional aesthetics have shaped much of film criticism and theory, emerging with particular force at certain moments in history. Yet, usually deemed a mere hobby devoted to recording family gatherings and trips, amateur cinema’s rich history as a vernacular media form, with its own journals, circulation circuits, and particular relationship to actuality is yet to be fully explored. Likewise, the current amateur digital media explosion has gathered scholarly attention, but it remains to be articulated in relation to a more comprehensive history of vernacular media. Such histories can potentially allow for a new map and timeline of moving image production to emerge: countries or regions previously deemed peripheral for film history due to their lack of a strong film industry may become relevant to rethink the space that film occupies in cultural history globally.

With these ideas in mind, the Amateur Film and the Institution special issue looks to discuss the different implications of amateur cinema around the world in relation to the technological, social, cultural, and economic developments that marked its emergence in different contexts. A central task of the special issue will be to interrogate the relationship between amateur practices and broader film institutional developments and open a conversation by addressing a range of questions, such as: What role did amateur production play in the institutionalization of film? What kind of alternative institutions did amateurs create? How does the development of these practices and discourses impact our understanding of the history and geography of moving images?

We invite contributions from scholars and practitioners to submit paper proposal on the history of film amateur practices around the world. Topics may include, but are not limited to:

-Archival institutions and non-professional film
-Non-professional film movements, journals, and festivals
-Amateur pornography
-Political potential of amateur cinema
-Amateur filmmaking and experimental/avant-garde cinema
-Self-made productions and the contemporary digital culture
-DIY technologies and aesthetics
-Amateur film in relation to industrial and educational films
-Histories of critical debates about the status of “the amateur” in film and media
-New geographies of moving image history beyond commercial film
-The impact of the study of amateur cinema on film historiography

Send a 500-600 word abstract and a brief biographical note to  and  by October 15th 2016. The editorial team will notify selected proposals by November 1st 2016. Completed manuscripts (up to 9,000 words) will be due February 1st 2017, and will be accepted for publication pending editorial and external readers evaluation. All submissions will be subjected to double blind peer review.

For further information on Film History journal submission guidelines see: http://www.iupress. CDpath=4

In addition to scholarly articles, we invite submissions of relevant previously unpublished original documents on this topic, in English or in translation, to be included in the special issue.

“No Home Movie”

No Home Movie, dir. Chantal Akerman, 2015 – special screenings at the Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, 24 – 30 Jun 2016.

‘Expo Homeless Movies’

Forthcoming exhibition: ‘Expo Homeless Movies‘ (The House of Alijn, Ghent, BE), 26 June 2016 – 15 January 2017.

‘Home Cinema: from Projector to Smartphone’

Current exhibition: ‘Home Cinema: from Projector to Smartphone’ (Limburgs Museum, Venlo, NL), 27 May – 30 October 2016.

‘The Amateur Cinema Project’

4 May 2016: The Amateur Cinema Project (NYU Tisch School of the Arts)

Des ciné-clubs aux cinémathèques, 7-8 April 2016

Cinémathèque suisse: “Des ciné-clubs aux cinémathèques : l’institution du patrimoine cinématographique” sous la direction de François Albera et Pierre-Emmanuel Jaques, 7-8 avril 2016

Summary: Organisé dans le cadre du projet soutenu par le Fonds national suisse de la recherche scientifique, « Cinémathèque suisse : une histoire institutionnelle », dirigé par François Albera, le présent colloque se propose de revenir sur les modalités d’émergence des archives cinématographiques en Europe et dans le monde, à partir du milieu des années 1930 et au lendemain de la Deuxième Guerre mondiale. Partant du cas des Archives cinématographiques suisses de Bâle (1943-1948) et de la fondation de la Cinémathèque suisse à Lausanne (1948), les chercheuses et chercheurs sont invités à exposer les histoires singulières des organismes (cinémathèques, archives cinématographiques) ayant développé un projet similaire.  Il s’agira à la fois d’en questionner les spécificités et d’éprouver l’existence d’éventuels schémas transnationaux, en confrontant notamment les contextes politiques et culturels, le rôle des ciné-clubs, la part des pouvoirs publics, le poids et la nature des réseaux ou encore la définition des missions que se donnent les cinémathèques en leur début. En stimulant le partage de connaissances sur cette époque pionnière, alors même que les institutions patrimoniales cinématographiques sont nombreuses à affronter aujourd’hui crises de croissance et nouveaux défis technologiques, on interrogera l’histoire d’un passage et d’une institutionnalisation : celle du patrimoine cinématographique, des ciné-clubs aux cinémathèques.

Intervenants: Francois Albera; Alessia Bottani; Christophe Dupin; Marie Frappat; Christophe Gauthier; Pierre-Emmanuel Jaques; Adilson Mendes; André Stufkens; Thomas Tode; Valérie Vignaux. Avec la participation de Freddy Buache, Frédéric Maire.
Le colloque se déroule le jeudi 7 (9h30 – 17h30; projection à 18h30) et vendredi 8 avril de 9h30 à 16h00.

Cine Camera Club de Cannes, 4 June 2016

IAC News: “The Cine Camera Club de Cannes 2016. The Competition is open to non-professional video makers, audio-visual makers, students, film-school students and youth organisations. Any theme or subject will be accepted. The entries will be assessed on creativity and originality. The prize categories are animation, general video or audio-visual sequence. Maximum length 12 minutes. Commentary or dialogue must be in French or subtitled in French.

Deadline for entries is March 15th 2016. There is no entry fee.

The Festival will be on Saturday 4th June 2016.”


Rediscovered amateur film “Venus and Adonis”

Blake McDowell (Smithsonian NMAAHC) will present a paper on ‘Paul Bowles Film Scores and the rediscovered amateur surrealist film Venus and Adonis (Harry Dunham and Jules V. D. Bucher, 1935) ‘ at Orphans X : Sound, April 6-9, 2016.

William O’Farrell Fellowship at Northeast Historic Film in Maine, USA

Northeast Historic Film (NHF) is pleased to invite applicants for the 2016 William O’Farrell Fellowship.  The William O’Farrell Fellowship is awarded to an individual engaged in research toward a publication, production, or presentation based on moving image history and culture, particularly amateur and nontheatrical film.  It honors the continuing legacy of Canadian film archivist William O’Farrell, a long-time advocate for amateur and nontheatrical film collections.

The fellowship is designed to support a month’s study within Northeast Historic Film’s collections.  Awardees must commit a minimum of two weeks to research in residency at NHF.


·  Researchers from all academic disciplines are eligible and encouraged to apply.

·  Applicants may be current graduate students, faculty, or staff at a college or university; archive professionals; film producers; or independent  scholars.

·  The fellowship is open to U.S. citizens and foreign nationals with appropriate visas.

·  Proposed research must be for work intended for publication, production, or presentation with significant research in the collections of Northeast Historic Film.

Selection Criteria

The William O’Farrell Fellow selection committee reviews the following:

·  The significance and interest value of the project

·  The appropriateness of the proposed research to the collections of Northeast Historic Film

·  The applicant’s experience

Available support

·  The program provides a stipend of $1,500

·  Staff support with access to NHF collection and related databases,

·  Use of film and videotape viewing facilities within NHF business hours,

·  Up to 8 hours of transfer and/or editing services, if applicable (fees waived),

·  Copyright releases for educational and research purposes, if applicable (fees waived), and

·  Office space including a computer with network and internet connections, telephone, and photocopier.

·  Housing is not provided, but NHF staff will assist the fellow in identifying lodging if needed.  (Please note, seasonal rentals are plentiful on the Maine coast, but they can be expensive.  Off-season rentals typically start at $400 – $600/week.  Summer rates are higher.  Short-term apartment rentals are difficult to find, but may be available for $600 – $1,200/month.)

How to Apply

The following materials comprise a complete application:

·  Application form (available at

·  Current curriculum vitae

Application materials should be emailed to Jennifer L. Jenkins, Chair, O’Farrell Fellowship Committee,   The complete application must be received no later than March 30, 2016.  The fellowship will be awarded on or before April 15, 2016.

Other Requirements

The fellowship may be assumed any time beginning May 2, 2016 and must be completed by October 31, 2016. The fellow is required to produce an 800 – 1,200 word journalistic article describing activities and findings for the NHF newsletter or blog.

The fellow is required to conduct a minimum of two weeks research on site at NHF and is expected to participate in NHF’s Summer Film Symposium in 2016 and/or 2017. (The award will include, in addition to the $1,500 fellowship, complimentary symposium registration.) More information at:

About Northeast Historic Film

Northeast Historic Film, an independent nonprofit organization, was founded in 1986 to preserve and make available moving images of interest to the people of northern New England (Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, and Massachusetts). We hold ten million feet of film in 8mm, Super 8mm, 9.5mm, 16mm, 28mm, and 35mm and 8,000 analog and digital video recordings that do not duplicate the film holdings.

NHF is located in a 1916 cinema building with newly constructed cold storage and a study center, where the organization hosts an annual Summer Symposium and runs a community cinema.

The William O’Farrell Fellowship was established in 2009 to honor an important individual who contributed in significant ways to the history of NHF.  Bill O’Farrell (1954-2008) worked as Chief, Moving Image and Audio Conservation of the Archives of Canada.  He was a valued Advisor to NHF, providing intellectual and practical support to the archives for many years.

Further information about Northeast Historic Film’s collections can be found at

BIAFF 2016 (British International Amateur Film Festival)

BIAFF (British International Amateur Film Festival): 14-17 April 2016

Deadline for submissions: 31st January 2016

‘The greatest amateur film festival in the British Isles is organised by the IAC. There are no limits on length, topic or style. In the British tradition all entries are pre-judged and the festival is a celebratory showing of a selection of the best movies entered, together with a prize-giving ceremony.

Every entry receives written comments from the judges and is graded.

Entry fees – vary according to length and age. Lower rates for IAC members. Disocunts for early entry (before 21st December) and for entering and paying online.

In 2016 the Festival will be held from 14th-17th April in Harrogate, North Yorkshire.
Details of the competition rules change slightly each year. The rules and entry forms for 2016 are available as pdfs see BIAFF

© 2012 Amateur Cinema Studies Network (ACSN)