Ms Justine Atkinson

  • Lecturer (LTS) in Film & Television Studies (Theatre, Film & Television Studies)
  • Affiliate Film & Television Studies (School of Culture & Creative Arts)


Justine is reading a PhD entitled, 'Collaborative Curation: In pursuit of a non-hierarchical practice'. This thesis shifts and expands this definition of film curation, proposing the model collaborative curation - which aims to create a non-hierarchical process of curation, moving beyond the centricity of the individual towards collective forms of film curation. Through analysing three case studies that traverse a variety of realms within the film sector she looked at how this model has been applied to film festivals, distribution and the film sector workforce more broadly through a focus on traineeships.

Justine is the founder and director of Aya Films, an international distribution company with a focus on African cinema and also media education and training. She has worked on the creation of an app – Curate-It – which is a platform for learning about film curation and provides participants with all they need to know for implementing their own screening event, film festival, or film series. It has been designed to ensure that knowledge of film curation is easily accessible within the digital space. She worked as the Festival Producer of the Africa in Motion film festival between 2013-2019.


  • MSc in Film Curation
  • MSc Festivals

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