Essay Film SIG



​Convenors: Romana Turina (Arts University Bournemouth), Jill Daniels (University of East London)

List of founding members


The practice and formal analysis of the Essay Film form within the field of film, television and screen studies is an established academic area that is developing quickly with impactful contribution in the way the moving image is studied today. This group focuses on building on these foundations and exploring how the study of the essay film practice can develop within BAFTSS. The group aims to disseminate research and evaluate how the essay film can contribute new knowledge to the field of film studies in terms of its novelty, significance and narrative impact. The group also explores innovative methods of academic dissemination, public engagement and impact.


We are very pleased to announce that our members, Dr Brenda Hollweg and Dr Igor Krstič recently co-edited a wonderful collection of essays on World Cinema and the Essay Film: Transnational Perspectives on a Global Practice (Edinburgh University Press, 2019) Our warm congratulations!  - Dr Romana Turina (Arts University Bournemouth).

Previous Events


The Essay Film Form and Animation: Intersectionality in Motion

June 2019, Birkbeck, University of London and The Derek Jarman Lab

Event website

The Essay Film and Animation (BAFTSS Funding Report)

Dr Bartek Dziadosz interviewing Andy Hol
A general view of the Essay Film Form an

Dr Bartek Dziadosz interviewing Andy Holden at the Essay Film Form and Animation Conference

A general view of the Essay Film Form and Animation Conference, 2019

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The Essay film is defined as a very special kind of non-fiction, which employs fictional techniques. There is very little research on the way these films are scripted and how screenwriting comes into play in the phase of the film’s development. Documentary scripts rarely make it into the BFI library archives, as their minor collection testifies. The first aim of the symposium was to address this problem and develop an understanding of the work done in this area. The second aim of the symposium was to develop collaborations for the fostering of further research. You can read a report on the symposium here, and see more photos of the event here.

Essay Film and Narrative Techniques: Screenwriting Non-fiction

19th November 2017, The Interdisciplinary Centre for Narrative Studies, University of York

Keynote Speaker: Professor Laura Rascaroli

Report on Activities 2017-2018

BAFTSS Essay FIlm SIG Report 2019

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