The lure of the cinema: the role of the internet in amateur and independent filmmaking

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    In this essay, I shall explore how the internet plays a key role at almost every stage of the life of a contemporary film, in particular examining how and why amateur and independent filmmakers use film festival submission websites in order to find audiences for their films. My argument will be that amateur and independent filmmakers are encouraged to buy into the naturalised logic of wanting to become increasingly visible, or cinematic, and that they thus pay various sums of money to give their work a chance of garnering attention, for example at film festivals. Nonetheless, I shall examine how this competition in some senses always already favours existing professionals. In other words, while amateur and independent filmmakers pursue recognition at film festivals, typically in pursuit of becoming a professional, the essay will critique the exploitative nature of film festival submission websites, and what we might call the professionalisation of amateur filmmaking. That is, amateur filmmakers are encouraged to pay ever-greater sums of money in order to find audiences for their work, thereby contributing to the creation of what Maurizio Lazzarato has termed the ‘indebted man’ (Lazzarato 2012).
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationContemporary Cinema and Neoliberal Ideology
    EditorsEwa Mazierska, Lars Kristensen
    Place of PublicationLondon
    PublisherRoutledge: Taylor & Francis Group
    Number of pages72
    ISBN (Print)9781138235748
    Publication statusPublished - 2017

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