Farewelling the regent: Considering 'festival memory' in the face of innovation and change

Van Hemert, Tess (2015) Farewelling the regent: Considering 'festival memory' in the face of innovation and change. In European Network for Cinema and Media Studies (NECS) Conference, 18-20 June 2015, Lodz, Poland. (Unpublished)


The rapid expansion of the international film festival circuit has included the loss of smaller, but well established festivals, often due to the perceived need for constant innovation and change. The Brisbane International Film Festival was founded in 1992. After considerable disruption to the festival’s leadership, programme and location due to economic and socio-political changes, it was held for the last time in 2013. Nafus and Anderson cite the term ‘lieux de memoire’, meaning ‘sites of memory’, as a place of “remembrance that exist(s) in a social world that constantly seeks to get ahead of itself, to “innovate” (Nafus and Anderson in Cefkin 2009, 141). The concept of ‘festival memory’ has not yet been explored in any depth, but such significant shifts in festivals such as BIFF are arguably sites where festival histories and identities, and film knowledge itself, can be irretrievably lost.

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ID Code: 91996
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: film festivals, film culture, 'festival memory'
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING (190000) > FILM TELEVISION AND DIGITAL MEDIA (190200)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Current > Schools > School of Media, Entertainment & Creative Arts
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2015 [Please consult the author]
Deposited On: 19 Jan 2016 04:45
Last Modified: 22 Jan 2016 15:04

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