Call for papers Vol. 1 No. 1


Vol. 1, No. 1

The first number of the International Journal of Film and Media Arts is dedicated to documentary animation. Its purpose is to commemorate "The Sinking of Lusitania" (1918) by Winsor Mcay, which is considered the first animation film with documentary content. It narrates the fall of the Lusitania ship, torpedoed during the 1st World War, in 1915.

Documentary animation is a theme of present-day relevance after gaining visibility with feature films such as "Waltz with Bashir" (2008) by Ari Folman and"Persepolis" (2007) by Marjane Satrapi. Its interest is also evidenced by contemporary literature, with highlights in publications by Judith Kriger (Animated Realism, Focal Press, 2012) and Annabelle Honess Roe (Animated Documentary, Palgrave, 2013).

The IJFMA is accepting papers that reflect on documentary animation as a film genre or language; analyses of particular films; and testimonies or interviews with directors who work in this genre or use this language.


Special Section

In addition, this number includes a section about Portuguese animation film. 2015 marks the first time a national fund was established to support the production of animation feature films. The selected project, to be concluded in 2018, is "Nayola" by José Miguel Ribeiro — awarded the Cartoon d'Or in 2000 with "A Suspeita" ("The Suspect").

The IJFMA also invites submissions of papers that analyze Portuguese animation productions, including works by José Miguel Ribeiro, Regina Pessoa, Pedro Serrazina, Abi Feijó, Zepe, or other important directors of international recognition.


Curatorial Section

The curatorial section provides researchers and artists with open, experimental and creative presentation tools of media arts' research and provides readers with interactive research experiences. It combines inter-media modes of display using multiple text design mixed with image, motion and sound linking solutions. Contributions regarding documentary animation and Portuguese animation are accepted.


Important Dates (updated)

Call for papers: 15 April to 4 September 2015. Early submission is encouraged.

Communication of decision to authors: 16 October

Publication: November 2015


Submit paper here.