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Between Cinema and Social Networks

The 18th International Bremen Film Conference will take place January 17-20, 2013. The conference will be held annually under the cooperation of the University of Bremen | Department 9 and the Community Cinema Bremen | CITY 46 in association with further cooperators.

Under the headline "Spectators? Between Cinema and Social Networks", the Conference concentrates on the changement of spectatorship.

Spectators are a constitutive part of film, whether they find themselves in a cinema, at a film presentation in a café, or in some other public place assembled for ‘public viewing’. Today, audiences can also form across social networks. In other words, film is inconceivable without spectators, both as a construction of meaning and as social practice. By way of new forms of presentation and distribution, today the audience is changing and diversifying, and new forms of spectatorship are emerging as has occurred throughout the history of film. The Eighteenth International Bremen Film Conference takes up these transformations and looks at the spectator between the cinema and social networks.


Janet Staiger | University of Texas, Austin || Guillaume Soulez | Université Sorbonne Nouvelle, Paris || Josep Maria Català | Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona || Mattias Frey | University of Kent, Canterbury || Heide Schlüpmann | Goethe Universität Frankfurt || Wolfgang Weileder | Newcastle University

A program for graduate students and doctoral candidates on the same topic proceeds the conference.