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‘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

CFP TiMeDoc Conference

Call for papers:  Time and Memory in Non-fiction Cinema, June 20-22, 2016, Universidad de Navarra, Pamplona, Spain

Deadline for proposals: January 29 2016

The TiMeDoc Conference aims to reflect on the temporal and mnemonic dimensions of non-fiction cinema, from creative documentaries and film essays to transmedia interactive documentaries. In light of the rapid transformation of the media landscape and the growing intersection between traditional formats (intended for movie theaters or television screens) and new formats (intended for online distribution on personal computers or mobile devices), it seems necessary to rethink how both personal and collective identities are being reconfigured through non-fiction cinema in its temporal and mnemonic dimensions. These questions also involve a dialogue with approaches stemming from philosophy, historiography and literary theory, from the use of archives—public and personal—in the construction of audiovisual memories to the contribution of cinema to new historiographical trends.

Topics for consideration could include, but are not restricted to:

– Representing the self: autobiographies, diaries, home-movies

– Historiography and Documentary Studies

– Temporality in non-fiction cinema: the presentness of observational documentaries, the episodical structures of longitudinal docs, etc.

– Ethics, politics and aesthetics of memory in non-fiction cinema.

– Collective memory, cultural identity, and the conformation of emotional communities through non-fiction cinema.

– Trauma and testimony in documentary films

– The role of the archive in non-fiction cinema

– False memories in documentary: remembrance, imagination and obliviousness

– Interactive documentaries: new temporalities, immersive experiences and new ways of building memories.

Keynotes speakers
Jane Gaines (Columbia University)
Philip Rosen (Brown University)
Josep María Català (Universitat Autónoma de Barcelona)
Vicente Sánchez-Biosca (Universidad de Valencia)
Deadline for proposals: January 29, 2016.

Proposals must be addressed to Efrén Cuevas (, and include:

–  a 300 word abstract

–  a brief list of bibliographic references related to the proposal

–  a brief curriculum vitae

Final notification of acceptance will follow in the last week of February.

Book launch ‘Amateur Film Archaeology’

Book launch  Abenteuer Alltag. Zur Archäologie des Amateurfilms [‘Amateur Film Archaeology’].  List of contributors and chapters available at Amateurfilm_Content.

PhD Studentships in Amateur Film (University of Glasgow)

PhD Studentships in Film and Television Studies at the University of Glasgow, 2016-17

Film and Television Studies at the University of Glasgow is pleased to invite applications for PhD studentships, through its involvement in the AHRC Doctoral Training Partnership Scotland. We welcome particularly research proposals which relate to our research strengths in the following areas:

Amateur film and media; childhood on screen; cosmopolitanism and cinema; film production and circulation; digital media; film criticism and journalism; film festivals; film tourism; film philosophy; memory in film and television; music and sound in film; rural cinemas; British film and television; world cinemas. Film and Television Studies scholars and their research specialisms can be found here: (David Archibald, Timothy Barker, Lizelle Bisschoff, Ian Craven, Dimitris Eleftheriotis, Ian Garwood, Ian Goode, Amy Holdsworth, Lisa Kelly, Karen Lury, David Martin-Jones).

Studentships are available to applicants living in the UK and the European Union. Applications for interdisciplinary projects are also very welcome. For full details, please  In addition, the College of Arts will offer a number of scholarships for PhD study in 2016. These scholarships are open to UK/EU and International applicants.  The deadline for all scholarship applications is Wednesday, 6 January 2016. To be considered for an award, candidates must have applied to study at the University of Glasgow and have provided two academic references through the university’s application system.

Further details can be found at

Film and Television Studies has a vibrant doctoral student community (over 20 Film and TV PhD students), who enjoy access to funding for research and conference travel, and to run larger projects (e.g. dedicated workshops). They benefit from the annual Screen Conference every July, the regular Screen Seminars, and various other events (e.g. the Film-Philosophy Conference in 2014, the Radical Film Network in 2016, amongst many others).  Please see here:

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