What is a Film Festival?
This year I volunteered for the Encounters Short Film and Animation Festival in Bristol. I did this for four reasons:
- I love film. Obviously.
- It gave me an opportunity to network and build up contacts for future projects.
- I was relocating from Bath to Bristol and I reasoned it would be a good way to get to know some other like-minded individuals.
- It gave me an opportunity to do some hands-on research and exploration of the public exhibition field.
|Encounters 2013 Launch Event @ Creative Common.|
Volunteering for Encounters provided me with an opportunity to witness a film festival up front, something I had never done before; as I commented during the festival: “I’m not here for the films, I’m here for research" - see Ways 2 Interface. Examining a film festival (the spectacle) and its outreach to the public (the spectator) was something I wanted to observe in the mists of the current digital re-birth and how that digital upgrade is influencing the purpose of the film festival. Additionally, I wanted to answer a more simple query, something I had never really addressed: I wanted to understand the purpose of a film festival - what is it for?