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MeCETES PhD Student shortlisted for Dutch film industry prize

PhD student Roderik Smits was shortlisted for the inaugural Dr Joachim Ph. Wolff Thesis Prize at a special Dutch film industry event earlier this month. The prize, awarded by the Dutch Film Research Foundation (Stichting Filonderzoek) in partnership with the Dutch Association of Cinema Operators (NVB) and the Dutch Association of Film Distributors (NVF), recognizes postgraduate research that benefits the Dutch film industry.

Roderik presenting his research

Roderik presenting his research on ‘the selection process of films by Dutch distributions in the global market’ at the Eye Film Institute, Amsterdam.

Roderik, whose current PhD research on the distribution of ‘crossover’ films is affiliated with the MeCETES project, was one of five nominees invited to present their research to an audience of film producers, distributors and cinema programmers at the Eye Film Institute in Amsterdam. His presentation examined the selection process of films by Dutch distributors in the global market.

Roderik just missed out on the €2,000 prize – which went to Astrid Grootson for her research on the introduction and development of the ‘Cineville card’ in Amsterdam and its effect on art house audiences – but was praised by judges for the high quality of his work. Research on trends and motivations in Dutch cinema audiences were amongst the other shortlisted papers.

A summary of Roderik’s presentation, based on his Masters thesis Uncertainty in the field of film distributors: the selection process of films by Dutch distributors in the global market, can be read here.

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