Keynote Speakers

Claire Thomson

Claire Thomson is the Director of Film Studies at UCL (University College London) and, from 1 October 2021, Professor of Cinema History. Her publications include the monographs Thomas Vinterberg’s Festen (University of Washington Press, 2013) and Short Films from a Small Nation: Danish Informational Cinema 1935-1965 (Edinburgh University Press, 2018), and the edited volumes Northern Constellations: New Readings in Nordic Cinema (Norvik Press, 2006), and A History of Danish Cinema (ed. with Isak Thorsen and Pei-Sze Chow, Edinburgh University Press, 2021). She is an editor of the journals Scandinavica and Kosmorama, and an occasional translator. A cinema historian and specialist in Danish film, her recent research has centred on public health films, and on unfinished and unrealised films and their afterlife in the digital archive.

Mette Hjort


Mette Hjort is Chair Professor of Humanities and Dean of Arts at the Hong Kong Baptist University, Affiliate Professor of Scandinavian Studies at the University of Washington, and Visiting Professor of Cultural Industries at the University of South Wales. Her current research focuses on moving images as they relate to public value, and on film in the context of health and well-being.

Elena Neira

Elena Neira holds degrees in Law and Audiovisual Communication. Her research is devoted to the new models of audiovisual distribution. She is lecturer in the degree of Communication Studies in the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, and member of the research group GAME. She also teaches Audiovisual Distribution in the Universitat Internacional de Catalunya. Neira authors several books about distribution and spectatorship. Her more recent publication is Streaming Wars: la nueva televisión (Libros Cúpula).