Research Summary

The research project focuses on the position women’s film festivals inhabit on the global film festival circuit. Informed by qualitative research conducted through fieldwork and interviews, the research investigates the roles and purposes women’s film festivals within the greater network of alternative film distribution at film festivals.

The research initially addresses the problem of defining “women’s cinema” and “women’s film festival”. It outlines a historical overview of the development of women’s film festivals that spans from the 1970s until today.

Considering the recent wave of new film festivals focussing on the exhibition of films by women, feminist films or films about gender (in-)equalities, the research will also investigate contemporary women’s film festivals in Europe and North America. The research aims to challenge established concepts and theories of film festivals and discuss their suitability when applied to the research of women’s film festivals.




    • 2015-2018: AHRC Doctoral Training Partnership Scotland Studentship, University of Glasgow
    • 2015-2018: College of Arts Postgraduate Scholarship, University of Glasgow


    • 2016: Postgraduate Workshop, NECS Confernce, Potsdam
    • 2017: Screen Conference, Glasgow
    • 2017: NECS Conference, Paris

    Additional Information


    • 2014: EUP Prize for FTV Studies, University of Glasgow