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Gender-based violence has always existed as an urgent point of discussion in global and Greek feminist movements, and from time to time acquired prominence in public debate, informing political and legislative contexts and cultural production.

In recent years, feminicide hasreached epidemic proportions in Greece. The rise in violence against women and feminicide has beensometimes framed as being a consequence of socio-political and financial crises, or the result of unprecedented restrictionsand pressures due to the pandemic;and has even reigniteda public ‘debate’ in some of the popular press reporting on right wing political views, with deeply misogynist roots, on whether to recognise the killing of women by men as feminicide at all.

At the same time, movements such as #MeToo in Greece and feminist activism have sought to resist misogynist narratives and push back against long-standing masculinist systems of oppression and violence. [...]

This is a call for expressions of interest in hosting/organising the 5th Contemporary Greek Film Cultures
conference in 2023 at your institution. This conference will mark the 10-year anniversary of the event, which has regularly brought together Greek Film Studies scholars from around the world.

The fourth Contemporary Greek Film Cultures international conference: Cultural Neighbourhoods and Co-productions in South East Europe and Beyond, took place in August 2020, and was hosted online at the University of Macedonia by Eleni Sideri. Amid COVID-19 travel restrictions and lockdowns, the organisers delivered a truly inspiring event, which has helped further expand our understanding of Greek Film Cultures and added to the successes of the preceding international conferences (University of Vienna, Vienna 2018, University of Washington, Seattle 2015 and Universities of Reading and Glasgow, London 2013). Browse the conference’s social media page for further information on all the events.

Contemporary Greek Film Cultures has established itself as a regular feature in the Greek Film Studies calendar internationally, thanks to your support. The aim is to bring together the international community of Greek film scholars to share and discuss new research in the field every 2-3 years, at a different location each time. In addition, every conference is followed by at least one publication of selected, peer-reviewed papers, expanding and enriching the bibliographical corpus of Greek Film Studies in English. Most of all, this is an initiative that seeks to enhance collaborations and networking between scholars with interest in Greek cinema, as well as to become a bridge between industry and academia, sparking productive dialogues (in all conferences so far, key industry professionals have participated with keynote addresses, Q&As, screenings of their work). [...]

Μετά τη μεγάλη επιτυχία των προηγούμενων διοργανώσεων, οι Γυναίκες στον Κινηματογράφο και στην Τηλεόραση – Ελλάδα (WIFT GR) και η Ταινιοθήκη της Ελλάδος παρουσιάζουν το 5ο ΦΕΣΤΙΒΑΛ WIFT GR 50/50 ΙΣΟΤΗΤΑ ΚΑΙ ΣΤΟΝ ΚΙΝΗΜΑΤΟΓΡΑΦΟ , το οποίο πραγματοποιείται φέτος σε συνεργασία με το Φεστιβάλ Κινηματογράφου Θεσσαλονίκης, υπό την αιγίδα και με την υποστήριξη του Υπουργείου Πολιτισμού και Αθλητισμού, και υπό την αιγίδα της Γενικής Γραμματείας Δημογραφικής και Οικογενειακής Πολιτικής και Ισότητας των Φύλων, στις 24-28 Νοεμβρίου, με την ευκαιρία της Παγκόσμιας Ημέρας Εξάλειψης της Βίας κατά των Γυναικών (25 Νοεμβρίου).

Το Φεστιβάλ θα περιλαμβάνει μεγάλο αφιέρωμα στη γενναία ντοκιμαντερίστρια Kim Longinotto, με σειρά προβολών και masterclass ανοιχτό στο κοινό, καθώς και το στρογγυλό τραπέζι «Όχι, δεν είναι η ιδέα σου!», με συμμετοχή της Σοφίας Μπεκατώρου και φεμινιστικών οργανώσεων. Θα προβληθούν συνολικά 20 ταινίες μικρού και μεγάλου μήκους.

Όπως κάθε χρόνο, όλες οι προβολές και εκδηλώσεις του Φεστιβάλ προσφέρονται δωρεάν. Εξαιτίας των συνθηκών που διαμορφώθηκαν λόγω της πανδημίας, με απόλυτη προτεραιότητα την ασφάλεια του κοινού και των μελών του, το ΔΣ του WIFT GR αποφάσισε το Φεστιβάλ να διεξαχθεί διαδικτυακά, στην πλατφόρμα της Ταινιοθήκης της Ελλάδοςonline.tainiothiki.gr.Με φυσική παρουσία θα διεξαχθεί μόνο η πρεμιέρα του Φεστιβάλ, την Τετάρτη 24 Νοεμβρίου, στις 19:00, στην μεγάλη αίθουσα της Ταινιοθήκης της Ελλάδος, με το ντοκιμαντέρ Σάλμα. [...]

Guest editor: Tonia Kazakopoulou, University of Reading, UK

Olympia Dukakis (1931 – 2021) has been a prominent cultural agent of the Greek/American diaspora. Her work in film, television and theatre has garnered critical acclaim and multiple awards. Her feminist activism, in the USA and Greece, is noteworthy and has informed her career in significant ways. Dukakis was keenly aware, and critically dismissive, of the limitations imposed on her as a performer by her ethnicity and her gender, both by American cultural industries and the Greek-American community. [...]

deadline for submissions:
October 1, 2019
full name / name of organization:
Dr. Sotiris Petridis and Dr. Penny Bouska, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece
contact email:
sotospetridis@yahoo.gr

Call for Chapter Proposals – ReFocus: The Films of Antoinetta Angelidi

Edited by Sotiris Petridis and Penny Bouska

Antoinetta Angelidi is a Greek film director and visual artist. Her work is unique and has had a significant impact on experimental cinema. She has directed four full-length fiction films – Idées Fixes / Dies Irae (1977), Topos (1985), The Hours: A Square Film (1995) and Thief or Reality (2001) – which have been screened at international film festivals and contemporary art museums, while she has also shot several short films and created visual installations. She is a member of the European Film Academy (E.F.A.) and a founding member of the Hellenic Film Academy (H.F.A.), of which she was the vice-president from 2009 to 2011. The inversion and juxtaposition of codes, as well as the dream-mechanism and the uncanny, constitute her main creative strategies. The complexity of cinematic heterogeneity and the narrative multiplicity of different filmic elements characterize her work. [...]

Digital technologies are rapidly transforming the modes of production, distribution and consumption of screen media worldwide. This special issue will focus on the impact of such developments on Greek screen industries, especially cinema, television and video-on-demand. We are seeking abstracts for articles that will examine any aspect of these screen industries, from a national, transnational and/or diasporic perspective. We welcome innovative methodologies, and explorations of distinctive industrial practices that situate local practices in a global context. [...]

Luisa Rivi (2007) argued that in the last decades cinema turned into a privileged space for the examination of European identities. The shift to the ‘economy of signs’ (Lash and Urry 1993) reconfigured the ties of culture with economy. In the EU context, culture became a policy-oriented field (Shore 2006) supporting the processes of Europeanisation. At the same time, new borders transformed the European landscape and (re)drew the attention to south East Europe. The notion of ‘neighbourhood’ (Appadurai 1996) became significant both in the reconsideration of space in a more socially and culturally sensitive way and in the process of Europeanisation. In this framework, although co-productions were often defined as economic ventures, nowadays, they are considered a much more complex space of interwoven economic, cultural and political relations. This space often draws from past affinities, cross-border geographies, media policies, economic exigencies, political agendas as well as creative visions. [...]

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The Study Day, under the title “Greece in the Cinematic Turmoil. In Search of the Political Gaze in Times of Crisis?”, is organised by Evgenia Giannouri (Paris 3, IRCAV), Mélisande Leventopoulos (Paris 8, ESTCA) and Achilleas Papakonstantis (University of Lausanne). It focuses on contemporary Greek films and their regard to issues of politics. Despite the country’s current situation of economic precariousness and social unrest, the Greek political film seems to constitute an impossible genre. Yet, it used to be a major part of the New Greek Cinema of the 1970s and 1980s, whereas it represents one of the most prevalent expressions in the field of documentary. [...]

International Conference “Balkan Cinema on the Crossroads: From Nitrate to Digital”, organised by Faculty of Dramatic Arts, takes place from 11th to 13th of June, 2017 in Belgrade, Serbia in Yugoslav Cinematheque during Nitrate Film Festival .

The conference is organized with the support of: Ministry of Culture and Information of Republic of Serbia; Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development of Republic of Serbia; Secretariat for Culture, City of Belgrade; Yugoslav Cinematheque; Film Centre Serbia and Filmkultura.

50 scholars and researchers from 17 countries (Netherlands, Romania, Serbia, UK, Greece, Austria, Hungary, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Italy, Spain, Croatia, Turkey, Germany, USA, FYROM, Bulgaria) explore the trajectory of Balkan cinema from the early nitrate days to the contemporary digital era, by highlighting connections, similarities and comparable patterns across the cinemas of the region. As keynote speakers papers will present Giovanna Fossati, Professor of Film Heritage and Digital Film Culture at the University of Amsterdam and the Chief Curator of EYE Filmmuseum; and Dr Lydia Papadimitriou, Liverpool John Moores University. [...]