Dynamics of World Cinema

Transnational Channels of Global Film Distribution

Dr Alex Fischer

Research Associate, Dynamics of World Cinema

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I specialise in analysing film festival operation. It is my goal to develop a systematic means of predicting film festival longevity. I was awarded a PhD from Bond University (Queensland, Australia) for my thesis entitled ‘Basic Film Festival Operation: An Open System Paradigm'.

My work on The Levernulme Trust project ‘Dynamics of World Cinema: Transnational Channels of Global Film Distribution' is in line with the project's examination of film festivals performing as an alternate distribution network.

I have practical experience in organising and operating film festivals having been the Festival Director the Gold Coast Film Fantastic and Programme Manager of the Brisbane International Film Festival. In addition to first hand experience I have also conducted numerous interviews with film festival organisers that have been subsequently used for case studies examining the function of film festivals in contemporary cinema.


Selected Publications


The Open System Model of Film Festival Operation (Forthcoming , 2011)

Published Interviews

'Do Sake and Vodka Really Mix? An Interview with Natalia Shakhnazarova, Executive Director of the Pacific Meridian - Vladivostok International Film Festival', in Dina Iordanova and Ruby Cheung (eds) Film Festival Yearbook 3: Film Festivals and East Asia. St Andrews: St Andrews Film Studies, 2011 (forthcoming)

TOKYO FILMeX - An Interview with Ichiyama Shozo, Programme Director, TOKYO FILMeX', Dynamics of World Cinema. On-line (forthcoming).

'JVC Tokyo Video Festival - An Interview with Toshiharu Yamamoto, Department Head, and Akihito Nakakuki, Event Manager, JCV Tokyo Video Festival', Dynamics of World Cinema. On-line.

'Short Shorts Film Festival - An Interview with Seigo Tono, Office Manager Short Shorts Film Festival', Dynamics of World Cinema. On-line.

Journal Articles

'Act Your Age: The Portrayal of Secondary School Students in Their Own Films', Australian Screen Education (2004, 37, 40-43).


Book Review of Dina Iordanova and Ruby Cheung (eds) Film Festival Yearbook 2: Film Festivals and Imagined Communities, in Screening the Past, Issue 28, September 2010.

 On-line Articles

‘Connecting the Communal Dots at the Vladivostok International Film Festival', Dynamics of World Cinema. On-line (forthcoming).

Conference Presentations

International Film Festival Summit (Europe) April 2010

International Film Festival Summit (North America) forthcoming December 2010


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