One thing that is clear is that both the repertoire of genres and their relative importance keeps changing. Although some basic types of film remain, some new genres (or variations on old recipes) emerge in order to capture the imaginations of new audiences. This one-day conference, will look at the state of genres in contemporary cinema. Submission for proposals are invited, particularly those addressing issues such as:
How have new technologies and cinema going habits affected genre?
Which emerging trends can be identified?
How do new trends relate to audience demands? How do new variations become established?
Transformation of classical genres. What innovations have been introduced in traditional genre conventions.
Are genres less stable than in the classic period?
Are there art film genres? How do independent filmmakers react to the classical genre repertoire?
Are there any genres which are more specific to European film cultures?
Cross fertilization between specific world cinema practices and mainstream Hollywood (i.e. Slumdog Millionaire or Moulin Rouge! assimilating Bollywood).
Influence of Hong Kong action movies on Hollywood.
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