The Rest and the West: Ripoff or Resourceful Creativity, 7-8 October 2017

Organized by Prof Dina Iordanova along with postgraduate students, this two day conference explored various aspects of the transnational flows in transcultural film remakes, matters of cultural appropriation and other relevant interpretative frameworks, a project in part inspired by German-Turkish diasporic film director Cem Kaya’s film REMAKE, REMIX, RIP-OFF : ABOUT COPYCULTURE AND TURKISH POPULAR CINEMA(2016). The first day of the conference saw a screening of the film and discussion with Kaya, whereas the second day integrated a number of presentation and discussion items from participants, many of who were present in person, whilst some tuned in by pre-recorded videos.

Speakers included a mixture of international scholars, St Andrews academics and doctoral students, such as Prof. Ahmet Gurata (Bilkent University, Ankara, Turkey), Prof. Chris Berry (King’s College, London, UK), Prof. Savas Arslan (Bahcesehir University, Istanbul, Turkey),Prof dimitris Elefteriotis (Glasgow University, UK),Dr Iain Robert Smith (King’s College, London, UK), Prof. Melis Behll (Kadir Has University, Istanbul, Turkey), Natthanai Prasannam (Thailand, PhD student), Darae Kim (South Korea, PhD student), Shruti Narayanswami (India, PhD student), Souraj Dutta (India, PhD student), Dr Anuja Jain (St Andrews, Film Studies), Dr. Dennis Hanlon (St Andrews, Film Studies), and others.

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THE LANDSCAPE OF NEW BRAZILIAN CINEMA offers an encounter with scholar – and now filmmaker – Lúcia Nagib and others, on Tuesday, 30 June 2020.

Participants will be invited to see, in advance, Lúcia Nagib and Samuel Paiva’s 94-min long film PASSAGES: TRAVELLING IN AND OUT OF FILM THROUGH BRAZILIAN GEOGRAPHY (2019, Portuguese, English subtitles), which was presented at the most recent IFF at Rotterdam and other festivals around the world. We will make available the link for viewing for attendees during the weekend preceding the event, so that you can see the film in your own time.

Then, on 30 June 2020, Tuesday, we will convene for a 75 min-long online meeting and discussion with Lúcia Nagib (University of Reading), Samuel Paiva (Federal University of São Carlos), and Tiago de Luca (University of Warwick).

The event will be moderated by Dina Iordanova (University of St Andrews) and the access information will be sent to you in advance. The discussion will take place at 3 pm BST (Please take note of your own time zones respectively, for example 11 am São Paulo, 10 am NYC, 4 pm Paris, Hong Kong/Shanghai 10 pm, Tokyo 11 pm).

This is a free event requiring registration. Everybody welcome (for the Zoom meeting we will admit up to 45 participants; we will send the link to the film to all that register). Faculty and students of the University of St Andrews will have priority, and the rest will be registered on a first come-first served basis. To register, please send a note with your name and affiliation to Julia Lennon at [email protected]. We will be in touch once the list is finalised.

We will close registrations on 25 June and will send out the link to the film to those registered on 26 June, Friday, for viewing over the weekend.

The film’s official trailer can be viewed here:

Looking forward to welcoming you to THE LANDSCAPE OF NEW BRAZILIAN CINEMA.



The inaugural event for the field of Film Festival Studies took place in April 2009 at the Byre Theatre in St Andrews. It was attended by international scholars and festival practitioners and triggered a massive publishing and research programme which evolved in the decade that followed.

A decade later, in 2019, enabled by a grant from our KE/Impact fund and by contributions from the organisations of various participants, we convened in London for a day of discussions that were meant to assess what had been achieved over the past ten years of film festival studies. The event was held at Birkbeck College/University of London and consisted of two parts — there was a closed door discussion of selected core participants, followed by an open session in the afternoon, which took part to an audience of about fifty participants that came to discuss the work and outline new areas for research. The day was also intersperced with the screening of various videos sent in by colleagues who could not attend but wanted to contribute nonetheless, such as Anne-Demy Geroe from Brisbane, Australia, Tamara Falikov from the University of Kansas, and Richard Porton, editor of the Cinaste magazine from New York City — all colleagues who are known to either have run a festival or published a book that deals with matters of film festivals.

The core participants in the session included a group of international researchers and famous festival practitioners, such as Marco Muller (an academic and former director of the festivals in Turin, Pesaro, Rotterdam, Locarno, and Venice and currently director of the Pingyao Film Festival in China), Jean-Michel Frodon, an affiliate of the IGCCC, famous film writer and professor at Sciences Po in Paris, France, Dr. marijke De Valck, Utrecht University — who is widely regarded to be the doyenne of film festival studies, Dr. Dorota Ostrowska of Birkbeck college who has written on a variety of European festivals, and Hannah McGill, film journalist from Edinburgh and former artistic director of the Edinburgh International FIlm Festival. We were assisted by Sarah Smyth, a PhD student at the University of St Andrews, who works on festivals and who since was appointed to be the Executive Officer of Scottish Screen.

For the afternoon session we were joined by numerous mainly London-based participants who are engaged with the study of film festivals in one way or another, such as Anastasia Kerameos from the BFI Library, Prof. Catherine Grant from Birkbeck, Prof. Chris Berry from King’s College London, Dr. Will Brown from Roehampton University, and many others. The discussion was lively and engaging. A recording of it will be made available at a later point.