Call for Papers 2014

5th Edinburgh International Film Audience Conference (EIFAC)
27th - 28th March 2014
Filmhouse Cinema, Edinburgh

Edinburgh International Film Audience Conference (EIFAC) returns in 2014 with a new conference team but still upholding its predecessors’  focus on exciting audience research taking place within academic film studies and within the film industry. The two-day conference will shine the spotlight on film cultures and film audiences by showcasing an expanding pool of scholarship, which moves away from classical textual modes of research to include empirical fieldwork. The event will debate how different methodologies and perspectives can help further our understanding of the most important people in the world of film – the audience. There is a lot to be learned from other subject areas, therefore, this year sees the call for papers reach out to non-film disciplines by encouraging scholars in television and game studies to share their empirical research.

The conference has been praised for creating an arena where new and experienced researchers in academia can come together to share their enthusiasm for audience research in a friendly and supportive environment. Whilst the conference may well appeal primarily to academics, it invites contribution from those working in the film industries (production, distribution, exhibition, policy-making). Collaborative projects have been created between academics and industry insiders at past EIFAC conferences and it is the aim of the new organising team to further enhance the dialogue between academia and industry. The conference will be a platform where researchers can better understand the challenges faced by practitioners in ‘knowing and engaging their audience,’ where practitioners are shown the value of empirical scholarship as a cost-effective resource available to them, and where collaborative partnerships can come to life.


All papers should be concerned with empirical research on screen audiences. We are particularly interested in papers that explore the following issues/themes, however, we also welcome papers on other interesting topics:

  • The challenges facing the empirical researcher
  • Film festival audiences and communities
  • Statistical literacy in empirical research
  • Researching child and youth audiences
  • Rethinking cinephilia, developing audience taxonomies
  • Contemporary cinema audiences
  • Film, fandom and merchandise
  • Cult film and cult audiences
  • Digital and online film cultures
  • Transnational film audiences
  • Film exhibition and the construction of audience
  • Film policy and audiences
  • Exhibition and/or consumption of short film
  • Empirical research methods in television studies
  • Empirical research methods in game studies

Work in Progress

We continue to offer a showcase for work in progress. This is a great opportunity for Masters and PhD students to share research they are working on and receive helpful feedback from their peers. This work will be displayed in our social area throughout the conference in either printed poster or electronic poster format (a short PowerPoint slide show or similar multimedia format).

Submitting Abstracts

Paper proposals should include title, abstract, 3-5 key bibliographical references, and the name/s of the presenter/s and institutional affiliation/s, which collectively should be no more than 300 words. We also ask potential presenters to include a short biography (maximum 100 words).

Work in progress proposals should include title, short abstract, 2 key bibliographical references, and the name of the presenter and institutional affiliation, which should collectively be no more than 200 words. We also ask work in progress presenters to include a short biography (maximum 50 words).

Abstracts should be submitted as virus-free Word or rtf attachments to Ana Moraes ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) no later than 5pm on Friday 29th November 2013 DEADLINE EXTENDED to Friday 6th December 2013.  Please note the category you are submitting for in the email subject line (‘Paper Proposal’ or ‘Work in Progress Proposal’).

External referees will review abstracts and all contributors will be notified of the outcome by early January 2014. Abstracts that are longer than prescribed will not be considered.

Please note that we are conscious that abstract deadlines are very tight this year. This is the result of the conference handover and the new board’s strong desire to deliver the 2014 event in spite of the brief timescale. Deadlines will be extended for the 6th EIFAC in 2016.

Conference Paper Deadlines (please read before submitting your abstract)

We differ from many other conferences by providing delegates with copies of all papers. Therefore, we require all papers in advance of the conference by 5pm on Friday 14th March 2014. If you are unable to commit to this date, we ask that you do not submit an abstract. Further details of the final paper submission process will be sent to successful presenters along with their ‘paper accepted’ email.

Student Bursary

There will be a bursary for the best student paper, which can include undergraduates as well as postgraduates (subject to proof of status). The winner of the best student paper will have their costs refunded at the conference.

Conference Dates and Location

The conference will take place over two days (27th and 28th March 2014) in the heart of Edinburgh. One of the main attractions for participants is that we only run single track sessions – no more difficult decisions about who to go and listen to or the awful experience of presenting to just a couple of people whilst everyone else has gone to hear the famous speaker! Everyone is guaranteed a decent audience plus 30 minutes to present their paper followed by 15 minutes of questions. We operate a strict time-keeping policy and all papers must remain within the allocated 30 minutes.

Key Dates

  • CFP Submission Deadline – 5pm on Friday 29th November 2013 EXTENDED to Friday 6th December 2013
  • Acceptance/Decline Notifications – Mid-January 2014
  • Preliminary Conference Programme – Mid-January 2014
  • Conference Registration Deadline – Thursday 20th February 2014
  • Final Paper Submission – 5pm on Friday 14th March 2014
  • Conference Dates - Thursday 27th and Friday 28th March 2014

Organising Committee

  • Ana Moraes
  • Lesley-Ann Dickson
  • Marc David Jacobs
  • Neil Chue Hong