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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.

Conference “Balkan Cinema on the Crossroads: From Nitrate to Digital” follows on from the first International Conference on Balkan Cinema that took place in Athens in 2015. This series of conferences aims to develop transnational scholarship, transcend “Balkanism” and exoticism, and offer critical explorations of historical and contemporary manifestations of South Eastern European cinemas. The ambition is both to enlighten the past by proposing new ways of examining the region’s cinema history; and to build foundations for future cross-cultural collaborations and mutual prospects.

The Balkan Cinema Conference aims to build a transnational community of scholars working on the cinemas of the Balkans, South/Eastern Europe, the border and neighbouring region as Central Europe or Near East, works of diaspora or communities in exile in a time span from early cinema on nitrate stock to contemporary digital cinema made across new media and multiple platforms.

Programme Committee: prof. Zoran Popović, Dean of Faculty of Dramatic Arts, Serbia; prof. Nevena Daković, Faculty of Dramatic Arts, Serbia; prof. Predrag Velinović, Faculty of Dramatic Arts, Serbia; prof. Giovanna Fossati, University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam; Electra Venaki, Altcine and Director General of the Greek Film Center, Greece; dr Gergana Doncheva, Institute of Balkan Studies, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Bulgaria; prof. Marian Tutui, Hyperion University, Romania; prof. Predrag Solomun, Academy of Arts Banja Luka, Banja Luka; Boban Jevtić, Director of Film Centre Serbia, Serbia; Aleksandar Erdeljanović, Head of Yugoslav Film Archive, Serbia; prof. Aleksandar Janković, Faculty of Dramatic Arts, Serbia; dr Aleksandra Milovanović, Faculty of Dramatic Arts, Serbia; Maša Seničić, Filmkutura, Serbia.

Conference programme can be found here.