Our project provides an interface that aids scholars in analyzing the distribution networks of the global film festival circuit, which has proven to be instrumental in impacting both the commercial success of a given film and the visibility of national cinemas. With the aid of the GIS mapping software CartoDB, users are invited to geographically pinpoint the locations of prominent festivals as they proliferate over time. Similarly, the interface provides a distribution of the various nationalities represented for a given festival year.
The versatility of this interface and the breadth of information contained within it are intended to encourage to scholars to reconsider many of the political, commercial, and historical narratives surrounding the role of film festivals. We aim to provide the researcher with new tools for interrogating the models of Eurocentrism that have dominated our perceptions of the circulation of films. In doing so we strive to unearth previously marginalized films, filmmakers, festivals, and trajectories of distribution.