Conference Programme

Programme Small Cinemas Conference 2021. From Celluloid to Streaming: Conservation and Circulation of Small Cinemas

October 28
09:00-09:30 Conference Opening 

Keynote lecture: “A little land, on demand: The heyday and digital afterlife of Danish post-war informational short films”

Speaker: Claire Thomson. University College London

Respondent: Mette Hjort. Hong Kong Baptist University



Panel 1. The flow centre/periphery in post-globalization and small cinemas

Bolesław Racięski (University of Warsaw): “Small cinemas and big money. New perspectives on studying problematic relationships between small Latin American cinemas and European film funds”

Ecem Yildirim Gunes (Concordia University): “Transnational Coproduction Under a New Lens: The Circulation and Repositioning of New Turkish Cinema in the International Market”

Álvaro Lema Mosca (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid): “Between Europe and North America: Uruguayan cinema as a production industry”

Jowe Harfouche (Network of Arab Alternative Screens): “Networks as techonologies of solidarity”

Karolina Ginalska (University of Birmingham): “Power, Authority, Legitimacy: The Representation of Indigenous People of Latin America and the Gulf on Screen in Milk of Sorrow/La teta asustada and Aseel”


Panel 3. Archives and small cinemas. Avoiding the invisibility of small and peripheral cultures.

GraxI Irigaray, Josu Martínez (University of the Basque Country): “Immaterial cultural and audiovisual heritage: the results of the archiving project “Our forgotten images” in the Basque Country. Methodological presentation and presentation of the Ynchausti’s films collection”

Christel Taillibert (Université Côte d’Azur): “Amateur Cinema: Online Valorisation Strategies for a small cinema”

Daylenis Blanco Lobaina, Philippe Meers, Paolo Favero (University of Antwerp): “The rise and fall of neighborhood cinemas in the city of Santiago de Cuba. A new cinema history study on cinema exhibition and cinema-going as cultural heritage”

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12:00-12:30 Coffee break

Panel 2. The festival circuit and the positioning of small cinemas

Skadi Loist, Zhenya Samoilova (Film University Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF): “Circulation of Small Cinemas on the International Film Festival Circuits”

Sebastián González Itier (Universidad de Los Andes): “Film Festival circuit from small cinemas. The Chilean case”

María Paz Peirano (Universidad de Chile): “Other cinephilias: Chilean Film Festivals and local film cultures”


Panel 4. Experiences of conservation and exhibition of small cinemas

Mª Soliña Barreiro (Universidade de Santiago de Compostela); Aina Fernàndez, María Luna, Carlota Frisón (Universitat Pompeu Fabra); Elena Fraj (Universitat de Barcelona): “Històries del Punt: A small cinema for recovering an invisible archive of working class women”

Beli Martínez (Universidade de Vigo): “Proxecto Socheo: A collaborative initiative to protect the visual heritage of a Galician fishing village”

Carolina Cappa (Independent researcher): “Notes on ‘Nitrato argentino’ and why minor films also help us write History”

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14:00-15:30 Lunch

Round table. The cinematheques of small cinemas. Catalan Cinematheque, Basque Cinematheque, Portuguese Cinemate and Galician Cinemateque. 


October 29

Keynote lecture: “Small film distribution playbook: reaching audiences in the post-pandemic era”

Speaker: Elena Neira. Universitat Oberta de Catalunya



Panel 5. Effectiveness of public policies for the circulation of small cinemas

Konrad Klejsa (University of Lodz): “From Balkans with love? Distribution of feature films from Southeast Europe in People’s Republic of Poland in 1970s”

Enrique Castelló, Antía María López, Roi Méndez (Universidade de Santiago de Compostela): “Think Small: Big Challenges for Small Cinemas in the Horizon Europe 2021-2027”

Caitriona Noonan (Cardiff University): “Netflix is not the film world […] They are not television either. They are a new part of the mix”: Small Cinema Screen Agencies and their relationship with SVODs”

Mariana Liz (University of Lisbon): “Five Questions about Portugal’s New Cinema Law”

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Panel 6. The impact of Covid19 on the circulation of small cinemas

Zebunnisa Hamid (LUMS, Lahore): “Negotiating Censorship, Circulation and Competition: New Pakistani Cinema in a post-Covid World”

Ana Ribeiro (University Paris Nanterre): “After the End of the World : Release strategies for European Small Cinemas in France, 2020-2021”

Amaya Izquierdo, Miguel Fernánez Labayen (Universidad Carlos III de Madrid): “Atomization of cinematographic VOD exhibition in Central America as a result of Covid-19 crisis”


11:45-12:15 Coffee break

Panel 7.  Looking for a ‘natural’ audience for small cinemas

Lenuta Giukin (Oswego State University of New York): “The Romanian New Wave and the Global Market”

Benjamin Olin (Hong Kong Shue Yan University): “Shadowplay: The Circulation of Artists’ Television and the Production of Imagined Counterpublics”

Camilo Porras Sandoval (Johannes Gutenberg-University Mainz): “Holding the Mirror Back: Pacífica Grey and the Small Cinema Distribution in Small Cinema Markets”

Miguel López Calzada (Universidade de Santiago de Compostela): “Reaching for an audience. Distribution and exhibition strategies in peripheral cinemas: the case of En todas as mans”

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Panel 8. The impact of Video on Demand on small cinemas

Liz Harvey-Kattou (University of Westminster): “To Win Over the Nation or to Travel the Globe?: The Distribution Dilemma for Central American Cinema”

Karolina Kosińska, Anna Taszycka (Institute of Art, Polish Academy of Sciences): “Erotica 2022: Failed Feminist Manifesto, or the First Polish Netflix Movie”

Xosé Pereira Boán (Oswego State University of New York): “Off/Main Streaming Peripheral Landscapes: From New Galician Cinema to New Galician Noir”

Beatriz Zabalondo, Marijo Deogracias, Patxi Azpillaga (University of the Basque Country): “Toward accessibility of basque language on VOD platforms and cinema”

Aydın Çam, İlke Şanlıer (Cukurova University): “‘Every exhibition was the premiere for these villagers’: The historical audience of a Taurus highland village’s open-air cinema”


14:00-15:30 Lunch

Books, journals and projects presentations



Film projection + Q&A with filmmaker – Os días afogados [The drowned days] (César Souto Vilanova, Luis Avilés, 2015)


October 30
11:00-13:00 Guided cultural visit in Santiago de Compostela