Centre for Modern Studies
Monday 5 September 2016, 9.30AM to 7 September 5pm
From films like Ida, The Kings Speech, Taken, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Intouchables and The Great Beauty, to television dramas like The Killing, The Returned, Inspector Montalbano, Generation War, Salamanderand Downton Abbey, there seems to be a new vitality to the European audiovisual industries. In the new digital world, it is potentially easier than ever to encounter other Europeans on screen. At the same time, US movies still dominate the European box office, while only a minority of European films – generally big-budget, star-led productions from large producing countries – successfully travel to other European territories. The appetite for non-national European television dramas is slightly stronger, but cultural biases and structural weakness at the level of production and distribution still remain, raising questions about the media’s role in terms of creating a common sense of European identity or reflecting the rich diversity of European cultures and identities.
The European Screens conference will reflect on these trends. Organised by the HERA-funded project ‘Mediating Cultural Encounters through European Screens’ (MeCETES), this three-day event brings together academics, policymakers and industry professionals, and will provide a forum for researchers to discuss their latest research on contemporary European film, television and the audiovisual industries, as well as attend industry debates and keynote lectures (speakers to be confirmed). The MeCETES team – led by Andrew Higson (University of York, UK), Ib Bondebjerg (University of Copenhagen, Denmark) and Caroline Pauwels (Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium) – will also be sharing the findings of their landmark pan-European research project.
Following on from our previous successful academic-industry events at the Ostend Film Festival in 2014 and the Danish Film Institute in 2015, our aim is to establish a dialogue and exchange ideas on the trends, challenges and possibilities facing the audiovisual industries in contemporary Europe.
Plus 40 research papers covering the latest work on cultural diversity, transnational audiences, co-productions, historical drama, national representation, small national cinemas, production, distribution and exhibition.
For more details, including conference programme and registration details, see the conference website
Location: University of York, East Campus