Call for Submissions

Issue 104: World Poll

In preparation for our annual World Poll, Senses of Cinema invites authors and audiences to reflect on their cinematic highlights of 2022.

In your opinion, what constitutes best practice in terms of filmmaking and film going in 2022? As ever, watching movies is a dynamic and non-heterogeneous experience across the globe. Our last rotation around the sun saw some audiences reunite in front of the silver screen, while others continue to oscillate in and out of lockdowns relative to their geo-political context. In this call, we invite you to reflect on your film viewing in 2022, and collate your cinematic highlights.

We ask you to categorise your lists according to

  1. Films released for the first time in 2022 (festivals, cinemas, streaming services)
  2. Older films encountered for the first time in 2022 (seen in festivals, cinematheques, re-releases, home entertainment, streaming channels, etc)
  3. Any online or hybrid festivals you ‘attended’ and that you felt presented a really good program and experience (and why?)

There is a 1000 word limit per entry. Contributors are to curate their lists, from 5 to 10 films. Be selective! We want to know what stood out to you. Submissions can consist of lists of films, which may be briefly annotated or not according to your preference, and can be organised however you see fit (alphabetically, ranked, grouped etc).

See previous World Poll submissions for a blueprint of what formatting should look like. Film titles should be in italics, followed by director’s name and year of release in parentheses. Example: Wake in Fright (Ted Kotcheff, 1971). For non-English language films, list the original title first followed by the English title in parentheses. Example: Il deserto rosso (Red Desert, Michelangelo Antonioni, 1964). Thereafter use the English title. The only exception to this is if the film is commonly known in English by its foreign title, such as La Jetée. Contributions that do not follow our style guide will either be rejected or returned to be corrected

Please remember to include your author by-line. No more than one line, please.

The deadline for contributions is Thursday January 5, 2023. However, Senses would greatly appreciate submissions as soon as possible. Late submissions will not be published.

Please email your submissions to worldpoll@sensesofcinema.com  

Entries will be published at Senses of Cinema’s discretion. All submissions will receive an acknowledgement of receipt by Thursday January 5, 2022. The world poll will be published on Senses of Cinema in January 2023. If you wish to review previous World Polls, they can be accessed at http://www.sensesofcinema.com/category/world-poll/

Thank you, and we look forward to your contributions.

Issue 105: Cinema and Piracy

Senses of Cinema is accepting proposals for a dossier on Cinema and Piracy, to be featured in Issue 105 of the journal. The dossier will propose that piracy has facilitated the accessibility and creativity of cinema in different geo-political contexts (for example: in Asia, Africa, Eastern Europe, and Latin America), in a way that the local legitimate cinema infrastructure has not, crossing censorial, transcultural, and economic barriers. This dossier will foreground the heterogeneous practices of piracy that are integral to an alternative cinema and public culture. This alternative cinema and public culture propelled by piracy foreground on-demand film spectatorship and small-screen consumption, allowing a challenge to the cinema cultural hegemony channelled by amateur/cinephilic/artistic initiatives. The editors welcome proposals for articles that emphasise piracy’s democratic/grassroots aspirations, socio-cultural experiments, and aesthetic potential in the global context. Potential topics can include, but are not limited to:

Piracy and accessibility to cinema
Piracy in the context of censorship
The relationship between piracy and national cinema
The dissemination and reception of piracy
The influence of piracy on independent/amateur filmmaking and video art
Piracy and cinephilia
Piracy infrastructure and creativity

Please note that we do not accept completed works at the proposal stage. Due to the amount of proposals we receive, we kindly ask that you only submit finished pieces at our invitation. If you would like to contribute to this dossier, please email:

xiang@sensesofcinema.com with 250 words that succinctly states:

A suggested title
What your article will be about
The argument or perspective you plan to take
Why it will be of interest to the Senses readership
Links to any previously published work you have written

The deadline for proposals is 30 November, 2022. Commissioned works will need to be sent to relevant editors by 15 February 2023. Our desired word count is between 2000 and 5000 words. If you would like your work peer reviewed, please let us know when you submit your initial proposal. Peer reviewed articles on Senses of Cinema are normally between 3000 and 5000 words. Contributions will need to follow our Style Guide. Additionally, Senses of Cinema is a labour of love and we don’t have the funds to pay contributors. Please note that by submitting a proposal for consideration for publication in Senses of Cinema you agree to the terms and conditions set out in our Writers’ Agreement.