English texts

Introduction Kino Klub Goethe

Peter Bosma
update: november 2017
My intention with the monthly screenings of Kino Klub Goethe is to offer visitors an exciting and surprising introduction to the rich history of German cinema. 

Screening Eliso (1928) in the Netherlands

The kiss of life for a silent film exists of a screening on a big screen, with live musical accompaniment and a vast audience. However, the way to resurrection of a silent film is long and paved with many obstacles. Behind each screening there is a story to be told about choices and challenges. Here follows the inventary of one case study: the presentation of the Georgian silent film Eliso (1928) in the Netherlands.

The Memory of Film Festivals

An advocacy for a curated database as source of archiving film festival experiences
Peter Bosma – February 2018 - circa 2,700 words
The subject of this proposal is how to archive festival programmes and also possibly upgrade the quality of the film festival experience of visitors by creating a curated database online. This database should contain selected high quality open source documentation and give access to it in a user-friendly way. It should also give an opportunity to cherish memories and get lost in reveries. Voices from the past have a meaning today.

Some of my favorite films

List challenge: Some of my favorite films
Some of my favorite films are situated somewhere between ‘Classical Hollywood’ and ‘Art Cinema’. Here are some examples.
How many of these films have you seen? Which films would you recommend to add? More

Book review Napper (2017)

Peter Bosma
October 2017 – circa 750 words
Lawrence Napper, senior lecturer of King’s College London, published an inspiring introduction to silent cinema as part of the Short Cuts series of Wallflower Press. 

book review Stufkens (2016)

Published in Journal of Film Preservation no. 96 (April 2017) p. 122-125.
Stufkens, André (2016) Redder van de tiende muze: Jan de Vaal en het Nederlands Filmmuseum 1946-1987. Utrecht: Uitgeverij IJzer.
The EYE Film Institute Netherlands in Amsterdam has become a dynamic ‘House of Film’, with a spectacular presentation building (since 2012) and a collection of building within walking distance (since 2016). The basis for the current success was established 70 years earlier, with the foundation of the Nederlands Filmmuseum in 1946. Such a round number is a good reason to look back. 

book review Lobato (2012)

Mapping unexplored territory in the realm of the circulation of films
Peter Bosma
Lobato, Ramon - Shadow Economics of Cinema: Mapping Informal Film Distribution - London: BFI / Palgrave MacMillan, 2012 

Director statements of Kiarostami

Peter Bosma
July 2017
Circa 1,000 words
It is a challenge to describe the essence of the cinema of Abbas Kiarostami (1940-2016). What did the master himself say about his intentions? 

Additional Notes

In June 2015 my book about film programming was released: Film Programming: Curating for Cinemas, Festivals, Archives, publishedby Wallflower Press (London)/Columbia University Press (New York) in their series ‘Short Cuts’. The series ‘Short Cuts’ has a reasonable limit of 40,000 words. Initially, to compose a text of this range sounded to me like an enormous task but in practice I had to condense and restrict the content I had in mind. It was a satisfying learning experience because a well-balanced conciseness makes every message stronger. However, there are still some matters to complete and even only after two years there are new publications and new insights. Therefore, I present some additional texts and references. It is a chance for me to elaborate on some topics concerning film programming.

In the arrangement of my various afterthoughts I follow the chapter structure of my book (see the pdf attached). It is a work in progress. This update is made in the winter of 2016-2017. It has grown into a total of circa 12,000 words. Totally free of charge, but I hope not gratuitous. 


Genesis and Growth of the Holland Animation Film Festival (HAFF): A Concise Survey of Critical Condi

Peter Bosma
September 2016
Circa 6.000 words
What are the critical conditions for animation film festivals to be able to function as a key factor in the circulation of films and influencing the construction of reputations? Gizycki (2012) answers this question in a case study of Animator International Festival of Animated Films (Pzonan, Poland). Kinoshita (2012) gives a personal review on the origins and development of the Hiroshima International Animation Festival and Rüling (2009) discusses the history of the Annecy International Animated Film Festival and Market. These reflections are supplemented here with a historical institutional research of another specific case study: the genesis and growth of the Holland Animation Film Festival (HAFF). This event functions already for several decades successfully in the Dutch film culture and also gained early recognition in the international film festival circuit. Between 1985 and 2015 seventeen editions of the HAFF were held. Analysis of internal sources and external reviews connected to this trajectory reveals the existence of several curatorial choices and dilemmas for the festival staff, especially how to safeguard the artistic identity and simultaneously adapt their event to altering circumstances.
Institutional Research; Curating Animation Film Festivals; Safeguarding artistic identity; Construction of reputation; Accountability; Critical success factors; Holland Animation Film Festival.

Looking forward to Cinema 2020

A very brief personal view on prospects for curating cinema and audience experience in the near future
Peter Bosma
(independent researcher, based in The Netherlands)
March 2016
c. 800 words

How will things look for cinema exhibition in 2020: will the next four years see an upward or downward trajectory? Will there be more or fewer opportunities to create alluring film programmes? Will cinema audiences grow or shrink? These are not easy questions to answer. 

Read on ... in this pdf:

Alternative Content in Cinemas

Peter Bosma
April 2016 - circa 2,000 words
Table of contents
1. Line up of already existing and interesting Alternative Content
2. ‘Broadcast Cinema’
3. ‘Expanded Cinema’: Screening Media Art

Bibliography Film Programming - Curating for Cinemas, Festivals, Archives (2015)

Available in: Bosma, Peter (2015) Film Programming: Curating for Cinemas, Festivals, Archives. London: Wallflower Press/ New York: Columbia University Press, pp. 122-135.
This extensive bibliography contains the list of references used in my recently published book Film Programming: Curating for Cinemas, Festivals, Archives.
Inevitably additions are necessary because new relevant literature has been published and also some essential reading recommendations were overlooked. At the end of the bibliography I added a list of further reading. This remains a work in progress. Suggestions and comments are welcome.
Update: August 2015

Summer Film College 2015

Summer Film College 2015
A report by Peter Bosma (August 2015 - circa 1,500 words)
The Summer Film College is a bi-annual educational event that is as immersive as a film festival, but also presents film archival presentations and contains public screenings as part of the programming of Cinema Zuid. It is a platform that assembles the best of both Flemish cinephilia (Photogénie, Sabzian, Rekto Verso, KASK Cinema) and academia (University Antwerp, St. Lucas Art School, University Ghent).
The program of 2015 consisted of three strands: Burt Lancaster, Masterpiece in context and late Godard. The Royal Belgian Film Archive presented also their restoration of Pollyanna (Paul Powell, 1920). 

Diversity of Cinema Programs in the Digital Age

Peter Bosma
Independent film researcher and film programmer, based in The Netherlands
Published at European Digital Cinema Forum (www.edcf.net) - 9 December 2015
Table of Contents
1: Introduction
1.1 The condition to secure a diversity of cinema theatres
1.2 The need to negotiate a new distribution deal, to explore alternative business models
1.3 The target to address and to attract an audience for every screening
1.4 The urgency to curate an artistic diversity of cinema programs
2: Six Strategies of programming
2.1 Luxury Cinema: creating comfortable settings
2.2 Movie Nostalgia: conserving old settings
2.3 Event Cinema: organizing alternative settings or alternative content
2.4 Cinema Club: ‘social cinema’ – stimulating to like, share, interact and participate
2.5 Niche Film Festivals: catering to target taste groups.
2.6 Film Heritage: expressing a personal view on film history.
3. Discussion
3.1 The Never-ending Development of Strategies
3.2 Some Critical Thoughts about ‘Home Cinema’
3.3 To Conclude
References Examples Author Bio More

Digitization of Film Exhibition: A Chronological Bibliography

Digitization of Film Exhibition: A Chronological Bibliography
Peter Bosma
update March 2016
1.1 Some recent and relevant publications on digital cinema distribution and exhibition.
1.2 International analysis of copyright and digital cinema exhibition.
1.3 Digitalization, Digitization and Film Heritage.
2.1 Film Distribution.
2.2 Relevant websites (digital film exhibition and distribution).
2.3 Looking back in melancholy.
2.4 Some documentaries about cinemas. 

The Dutch Animation Collection: a Work in Progress

Dutch animation film has a history that goes back to the first decades of the 20th century. Over the course of history many Dutch animation filmmakers have been internationally successful; their work shown at major festivals and receiving many awards.
This text looks at why many of these films are unknown, essentially lost to contemporary audiences and film heritage.
(please continue reading in the pdf, attached here below)

The filmprogrammer as mediator in a mediated world


Film Summer College 2013

Summer Film College 2013
A report by Peter Bosma
published in the  Photogenie blog of the Flemish Service for Film Culture (VDFC).
URL:  http://www.photogenie.be/photogenie_blog/blog/summer-film-college-2013-report
The most recent edition of the biennial Summer Film College was held in 2013 at Cinema Zuid in Antwerp, organized by the Flemish Service for Film Culture and the Royal Belgian Film archive.
What follows is a short impression of this inspiring week of film studies.
The Summer Film College lasted eight days, filled from early morning until late at night with lectures and film screenings. The curriculum was divided in three parts: ‘Masterpiece in context’, ‘Runaway Hollywood’ and a selective retrospective of director Yasujiro Ozu.

Film Summer College 2011 (Antwerp)

Summer Film College 2011
A report by Peter Bosma
(circa 1400 words)
The biennal Summer Film College was held in Antwerp, organized by the Flemish Service for Film Culture of the Royal Belgian Filmarchive. Here follows a short recap of this inspiring week. 

The Birth of Cinema

The Birth of Cinema: 19th Century Visual Culture
September 2014, circa 2,000 words
Peter Bosma
Institutional film researchers and film curators are both operating in a tradition that started in 1895. Both groups should have a basic idea and feeling about the roots of cinema, the body of work and its context. The point of departure is the question: Where and how did the cinema start as medium and art form? And what are the consequences of these historical developments for our time?

Basic Notes on Film Analysis

These introductory notes are meant for students of art academies and film academies, to stimulate them to get an informed view and fresh perspective on contemporary cinema and film heritage. 

Introduction A few basics about film festivals

Introduction – a few basics about film festivals
by Peter Bosma

Written for the occassion of the Talk show ‘The Digital IFFR: Feed - Trust or Kill the Tiger?’
39th International Film Festival Rotterdam, 3 February 2010.

Time Machines in Cinema

Jumping back and forth in time
Peter Bosma
This text is published in the catalogue of Architecture Film Festival Rotterdam 2013: http://affr.nl/news/jumping_back_and_forth_in_time.html

Talkshow Digital IFFR 2010, a report

Talk show ‘The Digital IFFR: Feed, Trust or Kill the Tiger?’
39th International Film Festival Rotterdam,  Wednesday 3rd February 2010
a report edited by Peter Bosma (Cinematheque programmer Lantaren/Venster) and Melissa van der Schoor (IFFR).


Respons to Dekalog 3 On Film Festivals

The compilation of ‘slow criticism’ and personal comments on film festivals, edited by Richard Porton, offered a wide range of thought provoking insights and dilemmas.

People on Sunday (1930)

Menschen am Sonntag (English title: People on Sunday) is eternally top of the bill for me. It might seem surprising to have a silent film as one of my favourite films of all time, but I want to argue here that silent films could present gripping stories and views, perfectly recognisable to viewers of today. In the case of the German silent film People on Sunday the connection to current relevance are indeed easy to make. 

Check out the pdf attached

Book review of Thompson (1988)

Neoformalist Film analysis, or Designing a New Bookcase
(book review published in 1989)

book review Seyed-Gohrab & Talattof (2013)

A.A. Seyed-Gohrab & K. Talattof (eds) Conflict and Development in Iranian Film (Leiden University Press) 2013
150 p., € 44,95, ISBN 978 908 72 8169 4
(Full text online: http://dare.uva.nl/document/469933)

Inventory Dissertations Film Studies (NL and B)

Update: January 2018
Peter Bosma
Intention: to offer a full overview, from the eighties till the present.

Bibliography of Film Studies


Storytelling and documentaries

How to speak about documentairies?
Documentary filmmakers have three major choices:
would you like to be clearly visible and present, interact with the reality before your camera, OR do you want to be as invisible as possible? would you like to be a neutral observer, OR do you want to find  facts, discover the truth, build an argument? would you tell a particular, personal story, about an individual, OR do you want to tell a general story about a society, reflect on social phenomena and trends? More