What is the importance of film festivals in the context of film culture at large? What logic reigns within the film festival galaxy? It is these and other questions that are raised in the classic texts included in this collection. Festivals, a key component of film culture, have been ignored in film scholarship. This is now rapidly changing. There is a proliferation of concrete and general studies on film festivals and the emergence of a fuller understanding of the actual dynamics of film culture. It is in this context that we offer a representative anthology that collects some of the important texts that have fostered the thinking on festivals so far.