Special interest group:
French and Francophone Cinema
Over 200 French and Francophone films are distributed each year, making this one of the world’s most important national cinemas, while French television series are increasingly reaching global distribution. This SIG is partnered by the only journal world-wide devoted entirely to French and Francophone audio-visual media, French Screen Studies (formerly Studies in French Cinema). Launched in 2000, the journal provides academics and students with a consistent quality of scholarly investigation across the full breadth of the subject. French Screen Studies is committed to a broad range of interpretations: aesthetic, theoretical, political and cultural. Nevertheless, some core principles underline its approach, notably in two areas. First, the journal aims to promote an equal balance between auteur and popular cinema: while the auteur is undoubtedly a core element of French and Francophone cinema, at home and especially abroad, its visibility at festivals and in critical practice has often eclipsed the still thriving mainstream production of French genre films and television series, which deserves full recognition. Secondly, the journal encourages a strong focus on gender and sexuality as well as on racial and ethnic diversity, both in terms of the topics considered and the range of writers. French Screen Studies considers that its mission is to promote rigorous analyses of French and Francophone films and other audio-visual products and to foster debate.
French Screen Studies: The Susan Hayward Prize
Since 2010, the Susan Hayward Prize (named after the founder of the journal) has been awarded annually by the Editorial Board for the best article published in the journal in the previous year by an author who was registered as a Doctoral candidate at the time of submission. From this year, the Prize consists of a £200 award. Results are announced in the Spring/Summer for the essays published in the previous year.
Browse French Screen Studies here.