Alida Tomaszewski: aspiring writer, culture vulture, film buff and new media fiend.
Herzlich willkommen, and welcome to the World Film Festivals blog. From April 15 to 26 I will be covering the 2009 Audi Festival of German Films (AFGF) – exploring issues of programming and funding, publishing and festival image, target and peripheral audience, and distribution/exhibition networks.
It was during my final BA year whilst studying at UCLA that I first volunteered (and acted as unofficial paparazzo) for both the AFI Fest and Film Independent’s L.A. Film Festival.
For the purposes of this blog I will concentrate on how the AFGF reconciles the needs of the local audience while fulfilling its raison d’être and supporting national German culture. Furthermore, how do the historical and socio-cultural contexts of these productions yield different readings, and what meanings might I, as an Australian, unearth that wouldn’t be found by critics from the same culture as the text? I will explore questions of cultural specificity and more importantly how this fits into a now global film culture.