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Module Reading List

Film Programming and Exhibition: Curating for Cinemas and Festivals, 2021/22, Semester 2
Rachel Johnson
Tutor information is taken from the Module Catalogue

Key Resources

Bosma, P. 2015. Film Programming: Curating for Cinemas, Festivals, Archives ISBN: 9780231850827 (e-book); 9780231174596 (pbk. : alk. paper); 9780231850827 (e-book). New York: Wallflower Press.  

Cherci Usai, P. et al. eds. Film Curatorship: Archives, Museums, and the Digital Marketplace ISBN: 9783901644245 (pbk.) : £15.99; 3901644245 (pbk.) : £15.99. Vienna: The Austrian Film Museum.  

De Valck, M. 2014. Film Festivals: From European Geopolitics to Global Cinephilia. Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press.  

Kuhn, A. and Westwell, G. eds. 2012. Oxford Dictionary of Film Studies ISBN: 9780191744426 (ebook) : No price. Oxford: Oxford University Press.  

Ruoff, J. ed. Coming soon to a festival near you : programming film festivals ISBN: 9781908437020 (pbk.); 1908437022 (pbk.); 9781908437037 (hbk.); 1908437030 (hbk.). St Andrews: St Andrews Film Studies  

General Reading List

Allison, D. 2006. Multiplex programming in the UK: the economics of homogeneity. Screen. ISSN: 0036-9543. 47(1), pp. 81-90.

Andrews, D. 2010. Art Cinema as Institution, Redux: Art Houses, Film Festivals, and Film Studies. Scope: An Online Journal of Film & TV Studies ISSN: 1465-9166. 18, pp. 1-21.

Andrews, D. 2013. Theorizing art cinemas : foreign, cult, avant-garde, and beyond ISBN: 9780292747746 (hbk.) : £42.00. Austin: University of Texas Press.

Aveyard, K. and Moran, A. eds. 2013. Watching films : new perspectives on movie-going, exhibition and reception ISBN: 9781841505114 (pbk.). Bristol: Intellect.

Balsom, E. 2013. Exhibiting cinema in contemporary art ISBN: 9789089644718 (pbk.); 9089644717 (pbk.). Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press.

Berg, J. 2015. Sure Seaters Tough It Out. Film Comment. [Online]. Available from:

Biltereyst, D. et al. eds. 2013. Cinema audiences and modernity : new perspectives on European cinema history ISBN: 9780415672788 (pbk. : alk. paper); 9780415672771 (hardback : alk. paper); 0415672775 (hardback : alk. paper); 0415672783 (pbk. : alk. paper). London: Routledge.

Carson, D. 2016. From streaming to cinemas: careful curation with MUBI. ICO Blog. [Online]. Available from:

Cherci Usai, P. et al. eds. Film curatorship : archives, museums, and the digital marketplace ISBN: 9783901644245 (pbk.) : £15.99; 3901644245 (pbk.) : £15.99. Vienna: The Austrian Film Museum.

Christie, I. ed. 2012. Audiences : defining and researching screen entertainment reception ISBN: 9789048515059 (electronic book); 904851505X (electronic book); 9789089643629 (paper); 9089643621 (paper). Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press.

Connolly, C. 2009. The place of artists' cinema : space, site and screen ISBN: 9781841502465 (pbk.) : No price; 1841502464 (pbk.) : No price. Bristol: Intellect.

Rastegar, R. 2012. The Curatorial Crisis in Independent Films. UCLA CSW Update Newsletter. [Online]. Available from:

De Valck, M. 2005. Cinephilia : movies, love, and memory ISBN: 9053567690; 9789053567692; 9053567682 (pbk.); 9789053567685 (pbk.). Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press.

De Valck, M. 2014. Film Festivals: From European Geopolitics to Global Cinephilia. Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press.

De Valck, M. 2014. Supporting Art Cinema at a Time of Commercialization: Principles and Practices, the Case of the International Film Festival Rotterdam. Poetics. ISSN: 0304-422x. 42, pp. 40-59.

De Valck, M. et al. eds. 2016. Film festivals : history, theory, method, practice ISBN: 9780415712477 (pbk.); 9780415712460 (hbk.); 0415712467 (hbk.); 0415712475 (pbk.), Practice. London: Routledge.

Des Forges, C. 2012. Why cultural film is no longer a secret. The Guardian. [Online]. Available from:

Elsaesser, T. 2005. Film Festival Networks: The New Topographies of Cinema in Europe. In: European Cinema: Face to Face with Hollywood. Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press, pp. 82-107.

Evans, E. 2011. Superman vs Shrödinger’s Cat: Taste, Etiquette and Independent Cinema Audiences as Indirect Communities. Participations : journal of audience & reception studies ISSN: 1749-8716. 8(2), pp. 327-349.

Film Distributor’s Association. 2013. FDA Guide to UK Film Distribution. [Guide]. London: Film Distributor’s Association. Available online

Galt, R. and Schoonover, K. eds. 2010. Global art cinema : new theories and histories ISBN: 9780195385632 (pbk.) : £16.99; 9780195385625 (hbk.) : £55.00; 0195385624 (hbk.) : £55.00; 0195385632 (pbk.) : £16.99. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Gann, J. 2012. Behind the screens : programmers reveal how film festivals really work ISBN: 9781477692516; 1477692517. Washington, DC: Reel Plan Press.

Gomery, D. 1990. Shared Pleasures ISBN: 0851703143; 9780851703145; 0851703143 : History of Movie Presentation in the United States ISBN: 0851703143 (pbk) : £14.95. London: BFI.

Harks, I.R. ed. 2002. Exhibition, the film reader ISBN: 0415235189 (pbk.); 0415235170 (hbk.). London: Routledge.

Harris, L. 2015. Film distribution as policy: current standards and alternatives. The international journal of cultural policy. ISSN: 1028-6632. 24(2), pp. 236-255.

Iordanova, D. and Rhyne, R. eds. 2009. Film Festival Yearbook 1: The festival circuit ISBN: 9781906678043 (pbk.); 1906678049 (pbk.). St Andrews: St Andrews Film Studies.

June, J. 2004. Defining Queer: The Criteria and Selection Process for Programming Queer Film Festivals. CultureWork8(2), pp. 1-5. Available online

Lucia, C. and Hamid, R. eds. 2017. Cineaste on film criticism, programming, and preservation in the new millennium ISBN: 9781477313411 (pbk. : alk. paper); 9781477313404 (cloth : alk. paper); 9781477313428 (library e-book); 9781477313435 (non-library e-book). Austin: University of Texas Press.

MacDonald, S. 2008. Canyon Cinema: The Life and Times of an Independent Film Distributor. Berkeley: University of California Press.

MacDonald, S. 2009. Adventures of perception : cinema as exploration : essays/interviews ISBN: 9780520258563 (pbk. : alk. paper); 9780520258549 (cloth : alk. paper); 0520258541 (cloth : alk. paper); 0520258568 (pbk. : alk. paper). London: University of California Press.

Marks, L. U. ed. 2004. Film Programming Dossier. The moving image. ISSN: 1532-3978 4(1), pp. 1–88.

McDonald, P. 2010. What’s on? Film programming, structured choice and the production of cinema culture in contemporary Britain. Journal of British cinema and television. ISSN: 1743-4521; 1755-1714. 7(2), pp. 264-298.

Parks, S. 2012. The Insider's Guide to Independent Film Distribution. London: Routledge.

Rees, A.L. 1999. A History of Experimental Film and Video. London: BFI.

Smits, R & Nikdel, E. W. 2018. Beyond Netflix and Amazon: MUBI and the curation of on-demand film. Studies in European cinema. ISSN: 1741-1548. [Online]. Available from:

Sørensen, I. 2014. Channels as content curators: Multiplatform strategies for documentary film and factual content in British public service broadcasting. European journal of communication. ISSN: 0267-3231. 29(1), pp. 34-49.

Stuart, H. 2007. From silent screen to multi-screen : a history of cinema exhibition in Britain since 1896 ISBN: 9780719069451 (pbk.); 0719069440 (hbk.); 9780719069444 (hbk.); 0719069459 (pbk.). Manchester: Manchester University Press.

Thomson, P. 2003. Clutterbusters: Programmers at Five Leading Festivals Expound on Heady Process of Selecting Films. Variety. [Online] Available from:

Twomey, J. 1956. Some Considerations on the Rise of the Art Theater. Quarterly of Film Radio and Television ISSN: 1549-0068. 10(3), pp. 239-247.

Waller, G. ed. 2002. Moviegoing in America : a sourcebook in the history of film exhibition ISBN: 0631225927 (pbk. : alk. paper); 0631225919 (alk. paper); CIP entry. Oxford: Blackwell. 

Willinsky, B. 2001. Sure seaters : the emergence of art house cinema ISBN: 0816635633 (pbk); 0816635625. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota.

Willis, A. 2010. Cinema curation as practice and research: the Visible Secrets project as a model for collaboration between art cinemas and academics. Screen. ISSN: 0036-9543. 51(2), pp. 161-167.


Vagabond (Agnès Varda, 1985)

Wendy and Lucy [videorecording]. (Kelly Reichardt, 2008)

The rider [videorecording]. (Chloé Zhao, 2018)

The arbor [videorecording] (Clio Barnard, 2010) 

Songs My Brother Taught Me (Chloé Zhao, 2015)  

Acting Out: 25 Years of Queer Film & Community in Hamburg (Ana Grillo et al., 2014)  

Daisies (Vera Chytilovà, 1966)

Riddles of the Sphinx (Laura Mulvey and Peter Wollen, 1977)

Dog star man [videorecording] (Stan Brakhage, 1961-64)

Experimental films by Maya Deren [videorecording]. Meshes of the Afternoon (Maya Deren & Alexander Hammid, 1943)

The watermelon woman [videorecording]. (Cheryl Dunye, 1996)

Daughters of the Dust (Julie Dash, 1991)

Tomboy (2011) (Celine Sciamma, 2011)

I am not a witch [videorecording]. (Rungano Nyoni, 2017)

Roma (Alfonso Cuarón, 2018)  

Okja (Bong Joon-ho, 2017)  

Jeanne Dielman, 23, Quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles [videorecording]. (Chantal Akerman, 1975)

The pearl button (Patricio Guzman, 2015)

The Gleaners & I (Agnès Varda, 2000)

This list was last updated on 27/01/2019