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Film Theory, Film Criticism and Studies

A comprehensive directory of film theory and film criticism websites

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Film Criticism

See also: Film reviews and blogs


CinemaSpace, Berkeley University, California.
Devoted to all aspects of cinema and new media; the primary link for resources from the UC Berkeley Film Studies Program.

An ezine for media theory, criticism and culture. Reviews and essays.

Criticism and theory.
Film criticism and theory directory, a very generalized index from The Open Directory Project.


Film Criticism
Founded in 1976, Film Criticism is the third oldest academic film journal in the U.S..

Movie reviews, film criticism and funk. CinemaFunk is a website dedicated to providing high-quality movie reviews, in-depth film criticism and analysis. It also wants to develop a film canon of films considered 'best ever'.

The Film Journal
The Film Journal is a Central Ohio-based, independently produced, online film publication, which seeks to contribute to the community of serious-minded film websites by being a forum for eclectic film criticism, study and discussion.

Film Philosophy
Film-Philosophy is an international peer-reviewed academic journal dedicated to philosophically discussing film studies, aesthetics and world cinema.

Film Studies links from Cinema s p a c e, Berkeley University.


Los Angeles Film Critics Association award list.

Compares reviews between critics. Film ratings based on a weighted average of various individual reviews.


New York Film Critics Circle Awards

New York Film Critics Circle Awards (IMDB)

New York Times film reviews and news.



The Permanent seminar on history of film theory.
The Permanent Seminar on History of Film Theories is an open network of film scholars interested in re-discovering and re-reading historical contributions and debates on film. A special attention is devoted to the early writings on cinema, as well as on the more recent reconsiderations of film's role in the new media landscape.

Psychoanalytic Study of Film
A non-profit organization providing opportunities for people interested in psychoanalysis and film to exchange ideas via screenings, conferences and a magazine.

Critics' choices for best films

Greatest Films (Filmsite.org)
Interpretive, descriptive reviews, commentary and historical background on Hollywood and American classic films. Film reference material and hundreds of vintage film posters.
Film Studies


Bright Lights
A journal of film analysis.


Film and Television Career Connection
On-the-job training in major film/video studios and television stations.

A scholarly journal on Film and Media.


Images Journal
Film and popular culture.


The New York Film Academy
Designed for the new generation of filmmakers who share a common passion and want to learn by making their own films immediately in a hands-on intensive program.An international institute with schools in such places as New York, Universal Studios, California, Boston, Chicago, Miami, London, Paris,Tokyo and soon in Mexico.


Prague PCFE Film School
provides practical instruction in filmmaking for motion pictures and television. Cross-disciplinary in approach, the school aims to create informed auteurs and well-rounded specialists.

Psychoanalytic Study of Film. A forum.



Society for Cinema and Media Studies

Strictly Film School
Dedicated to the analysis of landmark world cinema from an academic perspective.

Film theory, film and philosophy

See also: Film Journals


Arnheim, Rudolf. Rudolf Arnheim, Wikipedia entry.

Association Française de Recherche sur l'Histoire du Cinéma. I895, revue.

Auteur theory of film.
Wikipedia entry.


Bazin, Andre. André Bazin. Divining the real (page on BFI)


CinemaSpace, Berkeley University

Cinetext is a bilingual internet forum for film and philosophy located at the University of Vienna (Austria) addressing students, researchers, scholars, and anyone with an interest in the thoughtful exploration of cinema, film, and television.

Contemporary Film theory in China, by Hu Ke.

Culture Court
Film reviews.

A bilingual internet forum for film and philosophy located at the University of Vienna (Austria) addressing students, researchers, scholars, and anyone with an interest in the thoughtful exploration of cinema, film, and television.


Deleuze, Gilles. Gilles Deleuze
Deleuze and Guattari, Web Resources
Gilles Deleuze
Wikipedia entry.

Gilles Deleuze Bergsonian Film Project

Eisenstein, Sergei. Sergei Eisenstein

Sergei Eisenstein
Wikipedia entry.

EServer Film and Television, U.K. Essays and interviews.


Feminist film theory

Feminist film theory websites.
Open Directory Project

Feminist Film Theory, by Anneke Smelik.

Laura Mulvey

Laura Mulvey
Wikipedia entry.
Film sound theory.
The Art and Analyses of Film Sound Design

Film theory. Scholarly articles on film from OffScreen Zine

Forum for the Psychoanalytic Study of Film


Gilles Deleuze Bergsonian Film Project


Kracauer, Siegfreid. Siegfried Kracauer
Wikipedia entry.


Offscreen film journal.

Open Directory Project list of film theory and criticism websites.


Senses of Cinema
An online film journal devoted to the serious and eclectic discussion of cinema.

Strictly Film School
A journal of landmark cinema, examining universal themes, symbols and imagery, historical and artistic genres.


Truffaut, Francois. Francois Truffaut


Wikipedia entry on film theory.

Women's film reviews. Feminist film reviews.
Part of the Women's Studies Database at the University of Maryland.


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