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CFP: NESCUS film festival review section

2015 July 29
by smonani

The festival review section of NECSUS: European Journal of Media Studies is accepting submissions for the Fall/Winter 2015 issue.  Deadline: 1 September 2015.

NECSUS is an international, double blind peer-reviewed, open-access journal of media studies connected to NECS (European Network for Cinema and Media Studies) and published by Amsterdam University Press. The journal is multidisciplinary and strives to bring together the best work in the field of media studies across the humanities and social sciences, publishing research that matters and that improves the understanding of media and culture inside and outside the academic community.

The NECSUS film festival review section publishes critical writing on film festivals. It offers a platform for writing that falls between the fast and prolific genre of individual festival reports and the slow and rigorous labor of film festival research. Rather than merely reviewing the latest festival edition, contributors are asked to take a critical distance and reflect upon one or more thematic issues that are relevant to the professional field and/or for media studies. Reviews can be motivated by current affairs but should also tackle issues that tend to remain hidden in the midst of festival buzz. Contributors should not be employed by the festival they are reviewing.

In addition to reviews of single festivals we encourage reviews covering a range of festivals.  We also feature interviews with festival programmers, directors or critics.

For an overview of previous reviews in the section, check here:

General NECSUS submission guidelines apply.  Additional festival review guidelines:

• Maximum 2,500 words

• Focus on up to 3 film festivals

• Include short introductions of the festivals discussed

• Choose one or more issues/themes to structure your critical review

• Provide URLs of the mentioned festivals

• Include your name and affiliation at the end of the review (no short bios needed)

If you are interested in writing a festival review please contact the section editors Marijke de Valck ( and Skadi Loist (

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