Australian Film Festivals: Audience, Place and Exhibition Culture

Kirsten Stevens

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This is the first book to offer an in-depth examination of the history, operation, and growth of film festivals as a cultural phenomenon within Australia. Tracing the birth of film festivals in Australia in the 1950s through to their present abundance, it asks why film festivals have prospered as audience-driven spectacles throughout Australia, while never developing the same industry and market foci of their international fellows. Drawing on over sixty-years of archival records, festival commentary, interviews with festival insiders and ephemera, this book opens up a largely uncharted history of film culture activity in Australia.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationNew York NY USA
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages270
ISBN (Electronic)9781137581303
ISBN (Print)9781137586377
Publication statusPublished - 2016

Publication series

NameFraming Film Festivals
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan


  • Australasian Cinema
  • Australasian Culture
  • Film History
  • Media and Communication

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