On the Practice of Film Criticism, with Jean-Michel Frodon

In this workshop on THE PRACTICE OF FILM CRITICISM we will combine viewing of a film an a discussion with renowned French film critic and essayist Jean-Michel Frodon.


Participants will be invited to see, in advance, a 52 min long film, ALLER-RETOUR (2018), in which Jean-Michel Frodon discusses the practice of film criticism with French director Benoit Jacquot (in French with English subtitles). We will make available the link on the weekend preceding the event, so that participants can view in your own time.


Then, on 29 April 2020, Wednesday, we will convene for a 75 min-long online meeting and discussion with Frodon. The event will be moderated by Dina Iordanova and the access information will be sent to you in advance. The discussion will take place at 1 pm GMT (Please take note of your own time zones respectively: 8 am Chicago, 9 am NYC, 2 pm London, 3 pm Paris, Shanghai 9 pm, Tokyo 10 pm).


This is a free event requiring registration and is limited to 50 participants for the live part (the link to the film will be made available to all interested parties). Faculty and students of the University of St Andrews will have priority, and the rest will be registered on a first come-first serve basis. To register, please send a note with your name and affiliation to Julia Lennon at




Issue 13 (May 2018) of FRAMES CINEMA JOURNAL is dedicated to FILM FESTIVALS: AFTERMATHS AND BEYOND, and is guest edited by Dina Iordanova. It opens up with Letter from the Editors, doctoral candidates Cassice Last and Sophie Hopmeier.

Introduced by Dina Iordanova, in a piece entitled The Film Festival: Principal Node in Film Culture it contains new studies related to activist festivals in the spheres of politics and LGBTQ matters


Not Only Projections in a Dark Room: Theorizing Activist Film Festivals in the Lives of Campaigns and Social Movements, by Lyell Davies

Stories from the Margins: The Practicality and Ethics of Refugee Film Festivals by Sarah Breyfogle

Commercialisation as a Tool: The Commercial Transformation of the Hong Kong Lesbian and Gay Film Festival by Heshen Xie

Incestuous Festivals: Friendships, John Greyson, and the Toronto Scene by Antoine Damiens

POINT OF VIEW REPORTS from around the world

Tracing Bodo Film Festival: The Makings of a Local Film Festival by Ankush Bhuyan

A “Farm System” in an Emerging Texas Film Festival Circuit by Ted Fisher

Framed Space and Framing Spaces: 61st BFI London Film Festival in Review by Mina Radovic


Film Festivals and Anthropology by Liz Czach

Activist Film Festivals: Towards a Political Subject by Liz Czach