International Journal of Film and Media Arts Vol. 5 No. 2 (2020): GEECT Special Issue: Mapping Artistic Research in Film

Editors: Manuel José Damásio and Jyoti Mistry 

The latest issue of the International Journal of Film and Media Arts – IJFMA, in partnership with the GEECT (Groupement Européen Des Écoles de Cinéma et de Télévision/The European Grouping of Film and Television Schools), is now available online.

This special issue is an entrée that maps out some of the artistic research in cinema, in  collaboration with several GEECT schools. The papers provide examples of transdisciplinary approaches and methods in technology, pedagogy, representational politics and aesthetic enquiries in film practices.

Drawing from the GEECT conference in January 2020 on Artistic Research and Film Practice, this special issue is enriching to see the active participation and interest it has aroused in the various schools, resulting in the publication of several articles representing some of the best film schools in Europe. The development of a film research environment is essential for the creation of a culture of film research and this objective is captured by the breath and scope of the practices with, in and through film and contributes to the ongoing debates on the relevance and impact of artistic research

The launch of this special issue was coordinated by Manuel José Damásio, president of GEECT and director of the Film and Media Arts Department at Lusófona University, and Jyoti Mistry, professor and researcher at HDK-Valand Academy, University of Gothenburg, Sweden, who worked together on the edition of this issue.

IJFMA, recently accepted for indexing at Scopus, is a biannual publication of the Film and Media Arts Department focusing on all areas of film and media research and criticism, such as animation, television, media arts and video games, and their various social and cultural forms of expression and materialization.

Link for Vol. 5 No. 2 (2020): GEECT Special Issue: Mapping Artistic Research in Film.
Axes of Tension: Navigating craft, institution and industry as an art-researcher in film and new media

The Aesthetics and Perception of Documentary Film: A mixed methods approach and Its implications for Artistic Research

Pedagogical Experiment with Portrait Lighting in Combination with different Actor’s intent in the case of novice Actors

Video Essays: Curating and Transforming Film Education through Artistic Research

Towards a Participatory Approach: Reversing the Gaze when (re)presenting Refugees in nonfiction film

Confronting Realities – First Steps Working on Cinematic Autosociobiographies

Contracts of making, viewing and listening: Researching in and through films

Asymmetries : Iterative Cinematic Cartographies
view this email in your browserEditors: Manuel José Damásio and Jyoti Mistry
Editorial Manager: Anna Coutinho
Editorial Board
Berber Hagerborn, Bert Beyens, Daniel Cardoso, Denis Pellerin, Elke Weissmann, Filipe Luz, Francisco Javier F. Esteban, Helle Kannik Haastrup, Inês Gil, Jorge Martins Rosa, José Bragança de Miranda, José Gomes Pinto, Juan Francisco Gutiérrez Lozano, Kenneth Dancyger, Laura Rascaroli, Lothar Mikos, Luís Cláudio Ribeiro, Manuel José Damásio, Manuela Penafria, Margarida P. Prieto, Michael Rabiger, Nuno Borges de Araújo, Paulo Viveiros, Sheenagh Pietrobruno, Suzanne Buchan, Victor Flores 

International Journal of Film and Media Arts (ed) Manuel José Damásio and Jyoti Mistry to be Launched on Tuesday, Nov. 18th, 11:00 CET (see ZOOM link below)

Special issue: Mapping Artistic Research

Drawing from the GEECT conference in January 2020 on Artistic Research and Film Practice this special issue is an entrée that maps out some of the artistic research being conducted at various film schools, primarily across Europe. The papers provide examples of transdisciplinary approaches and methods in technology, pedagogy, representational politics and aesthetic enquiries in film practices. The development of a film research environment is essential to creating a film research culture and this objective is captured by the breath and scope of the practices within and through film and contributes to the on-going debates about the relevance and impact of artistic research. 

Contributing schools: Baltic Film, Media, Arts and Communication School – Tallinn University (Estonia); Film University Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF (Germany); Film and Screen Studies at SOAS, University of London (UK); Film and Television Head of Department: Wits School of the Arts (South Africa); Zurich University of the Arts ZHdK (Switzerland); Institute for Film and Television – Film Academy Vienna, mdw – University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna; HDK-Valand, University of Gothenburg; The Norwegian Film School, Centre for Exclusive in Fil and Interactive media Arts (Norway); Aalborg University Copenhagen (Denmark); The Norwegian Film School, Storm Films

Zoom link:

Geect Conference Spring 2021: Call for Papers

Remembrance of Things to Come
Re-imagining the Past and Constructing the Future in the Film School Archive

This GEECT conference will be held in London on June 20th to 23rd, at the University of Westminster’s Harrow campus (20 minutes by tube from central London). We will use student accommodation (en-suite single rooms) to keep costs low; the halls are two minutes’ walk from our lecture theatres, studios, post production and scanning facilities.

Many film schools have significant archives of student work (as well as teaching materials and other records) going back many years. We want to consider their historical, cultural and social significance, not just as of early works of important film makers, but also as a record of the responses across time of young people to the world at large, and to their local community around their University. This can be of interest to researchers in many fields.

We will also consider the practice of the preservation and restoration of these collections, the cataloguing of associated metadata and contextual information, and making the material accessible to students and researchers and online. Westminster has a scanning and restoration facility with a Lasergraphics 5K scanner and Phoenix restoration software. We will schedule hands-on workshops for those that want them, to demystify film scanning and allow participants to scan a film from their own archive, with professional support.

  • Conference sessions on the nature and importance of archives in general, of film school archives and memory in particular.
  • Conference sessions on the aesthetics and science of imaging, looking at scanning, preservation and restoration; subjectivity and objectivity in assessing image quality.
  • Short school presentations of their current approach to archiving (from thorough to negligible?). Individual school archives may be relatively small, but collectively they are significant.
  • As well as practical workshops on film scanning and the chance to ‘scan a film from your archive’, we hope to present our project to build a low cost Kinograph scanner with our students, and will compare the technical and aesthetic quality of its output both with the new Lasergraphics scanner and an older Northlight MK1.

We would like to invite proposals for 20 minute panel presentations.Please provide 200 word abstracts plus biography of 50 words.
Please re-submit abstracts that were submitted for the June 2020 conference.  Please send all submissions to Peter Hort 20th January 2021.Please also feel free to suggest potential keynote speakers from outside GEECT/CILECT.
 We plan to invite ‘School overview presentations’ (5 minutes maximum) from each participating school: brief overviews of what individual schools are doing with their archive.
Survey: we will circulate a questionnaire prior to the conference to allow us to gain an overview of what GEECT schools are doing in the area of archiving and preservation.

Please see the next page for a more detailed list of potential subject areas.

The Significance and Preservation of Film School Archives: Themes and ideas

What is an archive; What and who is it for? What should be kept?

  • Methodologies of selection and classification; decisions about metadata will influence what can be discovered. Memory and history is constructed from what we have in the present.
  • Is ‘a film’ the master? A viewing copy? The components to allow re-mastering?
  • The evolving nature of the screen: how should we watch material from an archive?
  • Theoretical perspectives and reflection on the practice of archiving.
  • Legal and copyright questions around public access and streaming.

The specific relevance of film school archives

  • What is the interest of student films? Student film as a cultural and historical practice that can give outside views of specific places and contexts.
  • Time capsules of how people of film school age have interpreted the/their world without commercial pressures.
  • Access to past work enables students and schools to situate themselves in a tradition that can be continued or questioned.
  • Not necessarily just films: classes; teaching philosophies; backgrounds of students.
  • Links between National Archives and film schools. A network of film school archives?

Film Preservation & Archiving

  • Physical storage and preservation. Can ‘passive archiving’ (e.g. leaving a film can in a cupboard) happen in a digital age?
  • Organising and integrating film archives with other archives within and outside the organisation.
  • IT implications and long term digital storage.
  • Preservation or restoration?

Aesthetics and imaging technology

  • Methodologies for evaluating image quality: the boundary of science and aesthetics.
  • From preservation to restoration and enhancement (e.g. HDR or remastering). The opportunities and the tensions brought by technological advance. 
  • Scanning, now and the future. Will a scanned ‘archive master’ become the ‘original’?
  • Videotape restoration.

Workshops/’hands on’ sessions

  • Comparison of Lasergrapics, Northlight and Kinograph scanners.
  • The practice of scanning: bring and scan your film with professional support.
  • Kinograph self build scanner project: demo of a student built low cost scanner.
  • Possible visits to labs and archives close to London.

See also the Ecole Louis Lumière’s publication ‘Audio-Visual Archives and Memory in Schools’ (2015), on which we would like this conference to build:

Developments in Hungary: Higher Arts Education Networks’ SZFE Solidarity Statement

AEC, Cumulus, EAAE, ELIA and GEECT stand in solidarity with colleague institutions in Hungary and SZFE Budapest in particular. 

As European higher arts education networks, we express our deepest concerns regarding the recent direction and implementation of Hungarian policy, which is severely affecting free development of education in the arts. We particularly condemn the undermining of the autonomy of the University of Theatre and Film Arts (SZFE), a renowned 155-year-old higher arts education institution. Free development of education in the arts, together with freedom of artistic expression and freedom of research are cornerstone values of European societies and cannot be negotiated. 

We urge the Hungarian government and policymakers to guarantee freedom of development and organisational autonomy for SZFE and all higher arts education institutions in the country. 


Invitation to Regional Assembly, Oct. 5th, 10:00 a.m.

Dear GEECT members.

We are pleased to invite you to attend the Regional Assembly of our association that will take place on October 5, 10 am CET via Zoom.
Please join the meeting 10 min beforehand to check the connection works for you. The Zoom link to the meeting will be sent to you in an e-mail.

The following issues will be on the agenda:
» Board: Present situation and future options
» Budget 2021
» Future events and publications

We are looking forward to (virtually) seeing you in this meeting. Please send your confirmation to

Best regards,
Manuel José Damásio

Chair of GEECT

The Vienna Declaration on Artistic Research

GEECT – GROUPEMENT EUROPÉEN DES ÉCOLES DE CINÉMA ET DE TÉLÉVISION – THE EUROPEAN GROUPING OF FILM AND TELEVISION SCHOOLS is happy to present the Vienna Declaration, a Policy Paper advocating for the full recognition of Artistic Research across Europe. More than one year ago, the main organisations and transnational networks dealing with Artistic Research at European level and beyond decided to join forces to increase the visibility and recognition of this strand of research. The Vienna Declaration, co-written by Manuel José Damásio, is the first outcome of this important collaboration. The initiative is open to the involvement of other international organisations proving legitimate interest.

Plese find the full text of the declaration here: