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An International Conference on Film, TV Drama and the Audiovisual Industries in Europe

September 5-7, 2016

MeCETES_ConferenceLogo_ComplexSponsors_ColourUniversity of York, UK

From films like Ida, The Kings Speech, Taken, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Intouchables and The Great Beauty, to television dramas like The Killing, The Returned, Inspector Montalbano, Generation War, Salamander and Downton Abbey, there seems to be a new vitality to the European audiovisual industries. In the new digital world, it is potentially easier than ever to encounter other Europeans on screen. At the same time, US movies still dominate the European box office, while only a minority of European films – generally big-budget, star-led productions from large producing countries – successfully travel to other European territories. The appetite for non-national European television dramas is slightly stronger, but cultural biases and structural weakness at the level of production and distribution still remain, raising questions about the media’s role in terms of creating a common sense of European identity or reflecting the rich diversity of European cultures and identities.

The European Screens conference will reflect on these trends. Organised by the HERA-funded project ‘Mediating Cultural Encounters through European Screens’ (MeCETES), this three-day event brings together academics, policymakers and industry professionals, and will provide a forum for researchers to discuss their latest research on contemporary European film, television and the audiovisual industries, as well as attend industry debates and keynote lectures (speakers to be confirmed). The MeCETES team – led by Andrew Higson (University of York, UK), Ib Bondebjerg (University of Copenhagen, Denmark) and Caroline Pauwels (Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium) – will also be sharing the findings of their landmark pan-European research project.

Following on from our previous successful academic-industry events at the Ostend Film Festival in 2014 and the Danish Film Institute in 2015, our aim is to establish a dialogue and exchange ideas on the trends, challenges and possibilities facing the audiovisual industries in contemporary Europe.


Plus 40 research papers covering the latest work on cultural diversity, transnational audiences, co-productions, historical drama, national representation, small national cinemas, production, distribution and exhibition.

Download a copy of the conference programme and the abstracts for parallel panels and plenary panels.


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Refreshments and lunch will be provided each day and there will be a reception for delegates after the days’ events have finished on Tuesday.


The conference will be held in the Department of Theatre, Film and Television and the School of Law and Management, both of which are located on the University of York’s Heslington East campus. Click here for directions and travel information on how to get to Heslington East.


We have booked some University of York bed & breakfast accommodation (single, en-suite rooms) for delegates which are available on a first-come, first-served basis at Alcuin College at a cost of £44.40 per night. Alcuin College is on Heslington West campus. There is a free bus service between Heslington West and Heslington East campus. Visit our online store for booking information.

There are also lots of hotels to choose from in York city centre. See for more details.


Department of Theatre, Film and Television | University of York | Baird Lane | Heslington East | York | YO10 5GB | UK

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