Film Policies in Transition: Globalization, Digitization, Protectionism

Film Policies in Transition: Globalization, Digitization, Protectionism

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April 132017
River Room, King’s College London, Strand Campus
Michael Curtin, keynote speaker

Organised by Nobuko Kawashima (Doshisha University and Tokyo University, Japan), John Hill (Royal Holloway, University of London) and Paul McDonald (King’s College London)

In response to both economic globalisation and technological developments, the past two decades have witnessed major changes in the film industries worldwide. Following on from the publication of a special issue of the International Journal of Cultural Policy (22: 5, 2016) on ‘Film Policy in a Globalised Cultural Economy’ (guest edited by John Hill and Nobuko Kawashima), this symposium will discuss the economic, technological and political shifts shaping the global film industry and consider their impact upon the formation of film policy in Asia, Europe and the US. With speakers presenting on a range of international contexts, the symposium aims to offer comparative perspectives on creative industries policies with a special focus on film as both an economic and cultural activity.


10:30-10:45 Arrival: tea and coffee
10:45-11:00 Welcome and Introduction: Paul McDonald and Nobuko Kawashima
11:00 -12:00 Keynote: Michael Curtin (UCSB) "Global Film Policy: The Turn to Labour" (Chair: Paul McDonald)
12:00-12:45 Lunch
12:45-14:30 Panel One: Globalisation and Regionalisation (Chair: Nobuko Kawashima)

Diana Crane (University of Pennsylvania) "Cultural Flows and the Global Film Industry: A Comparison of Asia and Europe as Regional Cultures"

Darrell Davis (Lingnan University) "Two Systems Differential: Informal Media and Decolonization in Hong Kong"

Emilie Yeh Yueh Yu (Lingnan University) "Policy and Economy of Co-productions: Hong Kong Cinema in the China Market"

14:30-15.00 Break – tea and coffee
15:00-16:45 Panel Two: Globalisation and Europe (Chair: John Hill)

Bill Grantham (Loughborough University London) "The Tax Break Trap: Hollywood, Britain and the EU"

Mette Hjort (University of Copenhagen) "Ethnic Diversity and Gender Equity as Goals for the Film Industry: What are the Policy Implications, Especially in the Context of Small Nations?"

Duncan Petrie (University of York) "Small Nations or Global Hubs? Opportunities and Challenges for Film Policy in Scotland and Ireland"

16:45-17:00 Concluding Remarks: John Hill
17:00-19:00 Reception