About

The Centre for World Cinemas and Digital Cultures sponsors cultural events, seminar series, conferences and research projects in all aspects of world cinemas and digital cultures. It also currently offers a range of undergraduate and postgraduate modules and programmes in aspects of film studies, as well as undergraduate modules in digital cultures. (Taught programmes in digital cultures may be offered in the future).

The Centre was known as the Centre for World Cinemas from its inception in 2000 until July 2015. The first of its kind in the country, it has distinguished itself by taking a positive, inclusive and democratic approach to film studies, specialising in the situated study of cinematic forms. Since August 2015 the Centre has expanded its remit to embrace digital cultures. This is in recognition of the huge importance of digital technologies for film production and distribution, as well the need to engage with the wealth of creativity that new media has provoked in all sorts of different cultural contexts.

For more information on what we do, please contact Professor Paul Cooke at p.cooke@leeds.ac.uk

World cinemas and digital cultures in the local area

Both Leeds and neighbouring Bradford have longstanding traditions in the promotion of cinema and have more recently taken the lead in the promotion of local digital culture. Leeds hosts a major international film festival every autumn and boasts a historic art-house cinema, the Hyde Park Picture House. In the field of digital culture, Leeds hosts a digital festival every Spring as well as a number of live coding 'algoraves' and hacking events. Bradford is home to the National Media Museum (formerly the National Museum of Photography, Film and Television), which also has gallery space dedicated to the development of the internet (Life Online), and houses the National New Media Collection. 

Leeds Creative Labs also promotes collaboration between academics and local cultural institutions and creative innovators. One of its main aims is to help understand how the arts and technology can inform and support research relevant to contemporary society.