Dynamics of World Cinema

Transnational Channels of Global Film Distribution

Global Blockbusters The festival Circuit Diasporic Distribution Internet-enabled Dissemination
Dynamics of World Cinema

Dynamics of World Cinema is a major research project undertaken by the Centre for Film Studies at the University of St Andrews and sponsored by The Leverhulme Trust. This two-and-a-half-year-long study examines the patterns and cycles of various distinctly active circuits of contemporary film distribution and exhibition, and the dynamic patterns of complex interaction between them.

Our attention focuses predominantly in four areas of the global circulation of non-Hollywood cinema: the international penetration of international blockbusters mainstream distribution, the film festival circuit, the film circulation via diasporic channels, as well as the various Internet-enabled forms of dissemination. The project's distinctiveness is in the endeavour to correlate these diverse strands and foreground their dynamic interactions.


Film Festival Yearbook 3: Film Festivals and East Asia

Edited by Dina Iordanova and Ruby Cheung

(Forthcoming, January 2011)

The third volume in the Film Festival Yearbook series explores a rapidly expanding but little-studied area of film festivals - Film Festivals and East Asia. The book contains a series of contextual essays, seven case studies, and a resources section comprising four interviews with festival insiders, a map, a series of tables and a detailed bibliography. Contributors include James Bell, Birgit Beumers, Felicia Chan, Yun-hua Chen, Ruby Cheung, Dave Chua, Marijke de Valck, Alex Fischer, Chris Fujiwara, Dina Iordanova, Adam Knee, Kong Rithdee, Sangjoon Lee, Seunghee Lee, Skadi Loist, Adrian Martin, Abé Mark Nornes, Ragan Rhyne, Julian Stringer and Tom Vick with additional resources by Andrew Dorman, Yun Mi Hwang, Alex Marlow-Mann and Ma Ran.

‘This new anthology captures the enthusiasm for East Asian cinema felt by film lovers and film professionals the world over.' (Chris Fujiwara, editor of Undercurrent )

‘A vital contribution to both Asian Film Studies and Film Festival Studies. (Chris Berry, Goldsmiths University of London)


East Asia and Film Festivals: Transnational Clusters for Creativity and Commerce (Dina Iordanova)

Part I: Contexts

Asian Film Festivals, Translation and the International Film Festival Short Circuit (Abé Mark Nornes)

East Asian Film Festivals: Film Markets (Ruby Cheung)

Japan 1951-1970: National Cinema as Cultural Currency (Julian Stringer)

News for Whom? Critical Coverage of the 10th Jeonju International Film Festival (Adrian Martin)

Washington, Pusan, Rotterdam, Udine and Back: Programming East Asian Films for American Audiences (Tom Vick)

Part II: Case Studies

Bulldozers, Bibles and Very Sharp Knives: The Chinese Independent Documentary Scene (Abé Mark Nornes)

Comrades and Citizens: Gay and Lesbian Film Festivals in China (Ragan Rhyne)

Programming Southeast Asia at the Singapore International Film Festival (Felicia Chan and Dave Chua)

Taipei Film Festival: Creation of a Global City (Yun-hua Chen)

Tourism and the Landscape of Thai Film Festivals (Adam Knee and Kong Rithdee)

North Korea's Pyongyang International Film Festival (James Bell)

Between Europe and Asia? A Chronicle of the ‘Eurasia' International Film Festival (Kazakhstan) (Birgit Beumers)

Part III: Resources

The Resources: Necessary Groundwork (Dina Iordanova)


1. ‘We believe in "film as art"' An Interview with Li Cheuk-to, Artistic Director of the Hong Kong International Film Festival (HKIFF) (Ruby Cheung)

2. A Platform to the World: An Interview with Kim Ji-seok, Executive Programmer of the Pusan International Film Festival (PIFF) (Seunghee Lee)

3. ‘It's very simple. We like to give the audience the chance to see good films' An Interview with Hayashi Kanako and Ichiyama Shozo of Tokyo FILMeX (Chris Fujiwara)

4. Do Vodka and Sake Really Mix? An Interview with Natalia Shakhnazarova, Executve Director of Pacific Meridian: Vladivostok International Film Festival of Asian Pacific Countries (Alex Fischer)


Location Map (Alex Fischer)

Table 1: The Asia-Pacific Film Festival (from 1954) (Sangjoon Lee)

Table 2: East Asian Festivals by Decade (Ruby Cheung and Alex Fischer)

Table 3: Festivals Featuring Significant East Asian Cinema Content (Andrew Dorman and Alex Fischer)

Table 4: Film Festivals in Mainland China (Ma Ran)

Table 5: Film Festivals in Hong Kong (Ma Ran)

Table 6: Film Festivals in Taiwan (Yun-hua Chen)

Table 7: Film Festivals in Japan (Alex Marlow-Mann)

Table 8: Film Festivals in South Korea (Yun Mi Hwang)

Table 9: Film Festivals in Singapore (Dave Chua)

Table 10: Film Festivals in Central Asia and the Asian Part of the former USSR (Birgit Beumers)

Table 11: Documentary Film Festivals in Asia (Abé Mark Nornes)

Table 12: GLBT Festivals in Asia (Ragan Rhyne)

Table 13: Monetary Value of Awards at Top Festivals in East Asia (Alex Fischer)

Bibliography:  Film Festivals and East Asia (Alex Fischer)

What is New in Film Festival Studies - Thematic Bibliography on Film Festival Research: Update 2010 (Marijke de Valck and Skadi Loist)


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