The Role of Independent Cinema in the Age of On-Demand Culture

Fully-Funded Collaborative Doctorate with Watershed Cultural Cinema Bristol, UWE Bristol and Exeter Universities.

The closing date for Expressions of Interest (EoI) is 17:00 on 03 January 2019.

If selected through the EoI process, the closing date for funding applications submitted via the SWW2 application system is 23.59 on 18 January 2019.

About the studentship

An exciting opportunity has arisen to undertake a collaborative doctorate analysing the role of independent cinema in the age of on-demand culture, beginning in October 2019. The project explores independent cinema’s approach to curation, audience development and community-building; its relationships with funders and policymakers at local, regional, national and international levels; and the strategies it has developed to survive in the face of far-reaching changes to the ways in which films are distributed, exhibited and consumed notably the emergence of Subscription Video on Demand (SVoD) services. The project will focus on the role of Watershed Cultural Cinema in Bristol but also engage with the UK independent film exhibition centre as a whole.

You will be jointly supervised by Mark Cosgrove, the Film Curator at Watershed, Professor Andrew Spicer at UWE Bristol and Dr James Lyons at Exeter University. The studentship is fully funded for three years within the South, West and Wales (SWW2) Doctoral Training Partnership and you will enjoy all the advantages of working within that collaborative framework that includes a number of training events.

For further information please see the SWW2 information for prospective applicants.

If you have any questions or queries about this doctorate, please contact Andrew Spicer in the first instance:

Funding details and Eligibility

The studentship will start on 1 October 2019 and consists of an annual tax-free stipend of £14,777 (18/19 rates - 19/20 rates TBA), subject to satisfactory progress, for three years. In addition, full-time tuition fees will be covered for the length of the funding period.

Please see the South, West and Wales Doctoral Training Partnership Eligibility and Residency Guidelines.

How to apply

Please submit an Expression of Interest in the first instance, by completing the SWW2 UWE Bristol Application Form, which must be returned to both  and Professor Andrew Spicer.

Please also complete the Equal Opportunities monitoring form and complete the first section of the Graduate School application reference sheet before sending to your nominated referees.

Closing date

We need to receive your Expression of Interest by 17:00 on Thursday 3 January 2019 at the latest. Please note that you must be available to be interviewed in Bristol on Friday 11 January 2019

If, following this funding interview, you are invited to submit a full application, please do so before 18 January 2019.

Further information

The start date of this PhD studentship is 1 October 2019.

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