The Radical Film Network was founded in London in 2013 when a group of activists, academics, filmmakers and programmers involved in radical film culture met to discuss the ways in which they could work together to support its development, growth and sustainability. Since then the RFN has grown rapidly, and now consists of nearly one hundred organisations across four continents. Affiliated organisations range from artists’ studios and production collectives to archives, co-ops, distributors, film festivals and exhibition venues.
In February 2015, the Radical Film Network held its inaugural conference. In April/May 2016 the second annual gathering took place in Glasgow. The event comprised an ‘unconference’ – a radical re-working of the conventional academic conference hosted by the University of Glasgow, and a major film festival. The festival showcased a diverse range of work in alternative exhibition spaces across Glasgow and was supplemented by satellite screenings in venues throughout Scotland. This unique and innovative constellation of events and screenings brought together the collective efforts of activists, academics, and cultural workers from over thirty organisations engaged with radical film cultures. It was the first radical film event ever organised on this scale in Scotland.
Currently we are working towards a new festival on similar, collaborative lines, for May 2018.
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