Building on the successes of the Live Cinema Conference held at King’s College London in 2016 and the Live Cinema Summit at Sheffield Doc/Fest 2018, the Live Cinema Festival of Research and Innovation 2020 will address artistic and technological advances in the field of live cinema: film screenings augmented through live or immersive elements, including site-specific locations, technological intervention and digital participation. This festival will profile the growing prominence of live cinema phenomena within the global film experience economy and will highlight contemporary artistic and technological innovation as well as situating these current phenomena within their appropriate historical contexts.

The festival will take place over 4 days in the week commencing 18th May and will feature cutting edge academic research, master classes, workshops, a programme of screenings, Q&A sessions and world premieres of exclusive live events.

Drawing on the format established in the innovative and highly successful Live Cinema Talent Pool 2017 – 2018 we will also be recruiting new artist associates to participate in a series of development activities and workshops starting in February 2020. The talent pool process will challenge the increasingly popular notion that the future of film spectatorship will be dominated by digitally enabled home viewing and streaming, and will instead explore the possibilities provided by the cutting-edge innovations in Live Cinema Production and Exhibition that respond to audiences’ increasing desire for live and collective cinematic experiences. These Festival Artist Associates will then pitch for funding to take a project forward for development and showcase at the festival itself in May.

Live Cinema III: Festival of Research and Innovation is a collaboration between Live Cinema UK, King’s College London and the University of Nottingham. For further information contact Professor Helen W. Kennedy, Department of Cultural, Media and Visual Studies at the University of Nottingham. Helen.Kennedy@Nottingham.ac.uk.

Look out for further details in our call for participation for the Festival and the talent pool in early January.