Documentary Film Festivals Vol. 1

Methods, History, Politics

  • Aida Vallejo
  • Ezra Winton

Part of the Framing Film Festivals book series (FFF)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxv
  2. Research and Methods

  3. Histories and Origins

  4. Politics and Policies

  5. Back Matter
    Pages 265-296

About this book


This book provides the first comprehensive overview of the global landscape of documentary film festivals. Contributors from across the globe offer in-depth analysis of both internationally renowned and more alternative festivals, including Hot Docs (Canada), Nyon (Switcherland), Yamagata (Japan), DocChina, Full Frame (US), Belgrade (former Yugoslavia), Vikalp (India), and DocsBarcelona (Catalonia, Spain), among others. With a special focus on historical and political developments, this first volume draws a map of documentary festivals operating today, and then looks at their origins and evolution.

This volume is organized in three sections: the first addresses methodological problems film historians and social scientists face when researching documentary film festivals, the second looks at the historical development of this circuit within the wider frame of history of world and national cinemas, and the third reflects on how politics find their way through festival programs and actions. Curatorial, organizational, industrial and political changes occurred in the festival realm addressed in this book help better understand how these affected documentary production, distribution, curation, exhibition and reception up to this day.

Aida Vallejo is Associate Professor at the University of the Basque Country UPV/EHU, Spain.

Ezra Winton is a Visiting Scholar at the ReImagining Value Action Lab at Lakehead University, Canada.



Documentary Film Film Festivals Global Cinema Documentary Festival Circuit Film Festival Organization

Editors and affiliations

  • Aida Vallejo
    • 1
  • Ezra Winton
    • 2
  1. 1.University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU)LeioaSpain
  2. 2.ReImagining Value Action Lab Lakehead UniversityThunder BayCanada

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