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Tournaments of values at the European film market

Smits, Roderik 2018. Tournaments of values at the European film market. Arts and the Market 8 (1) , pp. 64-79. 10.1108/AAM-01-2018-0001

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With film sales markets becoming increasingly popular events where the film business gathers several times each year, the purpose of this paper is to demonstrate that they should be understood as events where important gatekeeping process are taking place. That is to say, sales markets are the point where important decisions about films are made, where sales agencies negotiate access to international markets, and where they exert influence over the sort of access given to specific films. Design/methodology/approach Drawing on qualitative methods such as participant observation and interviews, the author develops a case study of the European Film Market (EFM) in Berlin. The author analyses value creation processes at the EFM, focussing specifically on the disposition of exhibition space and the importance of film screenings. Findings Drawing on the literature about tournaments of value, the author demonstrates that sales markets endow films with significant values, exercising a powerful role over the process of enabling cultural flow. The author also demonstrates that there is a symbiotic relationship between the EFM sales market and the Berlin International Film Festival, providing a context from which films can generate attention. Originality/value The author provides new insights into film sales processes within sales markets, and the role of sales agents in influencing such processes. The author argues that sales markets exert an important influence over gatekeeping by creating social and cultural hierarchies that impact on the sales process of films.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Published Online
Status: Published
Schools: Cardiff Institute Tissue Engineering Repair (CITER)
Journalism, Media and Culture
Publisher: Emerald
ISSN: 2056-4945
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 20 November 2018
Date of Acceptance: 16 March 2018
Last Modified: 11 Mar 2020 08:06

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