RAI Film Festival 2023 – Conference Call for Papers

The Call for Papers is now open. It will close on 31 October 2022.

The RAI Film Festival conference will be held 6-10 March 2023 online.

Please browse the full list of panels and decide where to propose your paper. All proposals must be submitted via the online form that can be found on each panel page.

There are three formats for the panels at this conference. There are traditional panels with 15-minute papers, roundtables with shorter presentations and longer discussions, and workshops. Workshops include work-in-progress feedback sessions for creative work such as film, multimodal projects, sound, illustration, websites, VR, amongst others.

Proposals should consist of a title, a (very) short abstract of <300 characters and an abstract of 250 words. On submission of the proposal, the proposing author (but not any co-authors listed) will receive an automated email confirming receipt. If you do not receive this email, please first check the login environment to see if your proposal is there. If it is, it simply means confirmation got spammed or lost; and if it is not, it means you need re-submit, as the process went wrong somewhere.

A paper can only be submitted once and only one paper can be submitted per person.

Proposals will be marked as pending until the end of the Call for Papers. Convenors will then be asked to make their decisions over the papers proposed to their panel by 15 November 2022 and to communicate those to the proposers, marking them up within the login environment. Papers that are neither accepted nor rejected, but marked for ‘transfer’, will then be considered by the Conference Committee to see where else they might fit in the conference programme. There is no guarantee that such papers can be re-housed. We aim to resolve all transfers by 1 December 2022.

Other useful information for after you’ve proposed your paper

Paper authors can use the login link at the top right of the page to edit their proposals. Co-authors cannot be added/removed nor can papers be withdrawn through this environment – please email info@therai.org.uk to do this.

Pre-circulation of papers
RAI has no rule about this; however, some convenors may be keen to pre-circulate completed papers. To facilitate this and save on loads of email traffic, authors can upload PDFs of their papers within the login environment, which will then show as a downloadable file beneath their abstract on the public panel page on this site.

Timing of presentations
Convenors are reasonably free to run their sessions as they like. For panels, the norm is to allot each presenter 15 minutes for their paper. Roundtables have shorter presentations and more time for discussion. The format for workshops will be indicated by the convenors. We are unable to represent specific intra-panel timings in our programme. Delegates reading the programme will have to work on the assumption that papers will be evenly distributed through the

Communication between authors/convenors
Convenor/author email addresses are not shown on the panel pages for anti-spam reasons. However, there is an in-built secure email messaging system. If this does not work for you, please email info@therai.org.uk to obtain relevant email addresses.

Any queries with the above please email info@therai.org.uk.

All participants in the conference will have to register and pay the conference fee. Registration opens on 3 February 2023.

Conference Fee:
Fellows & Members: £90
Non-Fellows: £150
Concessions (students, unemployed and retired persons): £50
Delegates with low income from Low-Income Countries: £35

Paying the conference fee will automatically give you access to the online film festival (3 – 31 March 2023) and to the in-person film festival (23 – 25 March 2023) which will be held in Bristol (UK).