The International Circulation of European Cinema in the Digital Age

COMUNICAZIONI SOCIALI n. 3/2018

The International Circulation of European Cinema in The Digital Age

Edited by Damiano Garofalo, Dom Holdaway and Massimo Scaglioni

From a political-economic perspective, the global market is dominated still by major international cinemas: Hollywood in particular – whose major studios (20th Century Fox, Warner Bros., MGM, Sony) maintain control locally through national subsidiaries – but also Bollywood, Nollywood and the Chinese industry in certain regions. European productions, on the other hand, remain for the most part confined to national successes alone, with only few exceptions – such as Bienvenue chez les Ch’tis (Dany Boon 2008), The King’s Speech (Tom Hooper 2010) and, albeit to a lesser extent, Gomorra (Matteo Garrone 2008). In the meantime, the influence of media convergence and the proliferation of digital platforms has demonstrated a series of content circulation strategies that differ to the classic windows of the distribution industry; strategies that have since become central to contemporary debates on film distribution.

In academic studies, these mutations have contributed to broadening focus beyond theatrical distribution, in order to account for the circulation of films via alternative, formal or informal channels too (Tryon 2009; Iordanova and Cunningham 2012; Cunningham and Silver 2013). Some recent studies have emphasized in particular how contemporary research on film distribution can no longer exclude informal or non-linear circulation channels (Lobato 2012; Crisp 2015; Lobato and Thomas 2015).

With the aim of studying how this new technological context is changing current tendencies, and taking root in the “national interest research project” (PRIN 2015) on the international circulation of Italian cinema, the special issue No. 3/2018 focuses on the strategies and outcomes of European cinema distribution beyond national borders.

Index

DAMIANO GAROFALO – DOM HOLDAWAY – MASSIMO SCAGLIONI
Introduction: The International Circulation of European Cinema in the Digital Era

ANDREW HIGSON
The Circulation of European Films within Europe

HUW D. JONES
Crossing Borders: The Circulation and Reception of Non-National European Films in Italy

DOM HOLDAWAY – MASSIMO SCAGLIONI
From Distribution to Circulation Studies: Mapping Italian Films Abroad

ROSSELLA CATANESE – EMILIANO MORREALE
Italian Cinema in Film Journals in France and United States

MICHELE FADDA – DAMIANO GAROFALO
The Distribution of Contemporary Italian Cinema in the United States: The Films of Luca Guadagnino and Paolo Sorrentino

LUCA BARRA – MARTA PERROTTA
The Contemporary Circulation of Italian Cinema across US Television and Digital Platforms: Methods, Limits, Main Paths

STEFANO BASCHIERA – VALENTINA RE
National Screen Productions and Global SVOD Services: The Case of Netflix in the UK and Italy

INÊS REBANDA COELHO
Blockchain: A New Way of Distribution, Promotion and Improvement of the Artistic, Economic and Cultural Situation of a Film in the EU

Here you can find the introduction of the whole issue.

Here you can download and read the single essays.