Introduction—Volume 1: Documentary Film Festivals: Methods, History, Politics

  • Aida VallejoEmail author
  • Ezra Winton
Part of the Framing Film Festivals book series (FFF)


This introduction provides an overview of key concerns and concepts discussed in this volume, which looks at the nature, dynamics and impact of documentary film festivals worldwide. First, we offer a review of the points of convergence of Film Festival Studies and Documentary Studies, with a thorough analysis of academic and professional literature. Then, drawing on concepts discussed by Bill Nichols, we propose a definition of the documentary festival, deepening on epistemological, socio-political and aesthetic concerns. Finally, we summarise the contents of the three parts of this volume, which focus on research, history and politics, respectively.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU)LeioaSpain
  2. 2.Lakehead UniversityThunder BayCanada

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