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August News Brief

Tuesday, August 9, 2011   (1 Comments)
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Welcome to the new conference submission pages, which are finally up and running! You will find (re-designed) proposal forms for pre-constituted panels, workshops, open call papers, and screenings on the website. Please follow instructions carefully, and check the FAQs if you are in doubt. The deadline for proposal submissions is September 1 at 5 pm (CT). We strongly encourage you to submit your proposals before that date if possible.

Hot tip: On the proposal forms, you will need to enter your name – and, if you are proposing a panel or workshop, the names of other participants – exactly as it/they appear in the Members Directory

Please note that you do not need to be an SCMS member to submit a proposal. However, if you are not an SCMS member, you must register as a temporary member of the SCMS website by August 31, 5 pm CT, in order to submit a proposal. This membership is good for 30 days only. (All temporary registrations require approval by the Home Office.) If your proposal is accepted, you will need to become an SCMS member for 2011-2012 and register for the conference by December 16. We strongly recommend that dues-paying new members also register by August 31, 5 pm CT. Renewing members do not require approval but we urge you to submit your proposal before the final deadline as well.


We encourage all current SCMS members to renew their membership by September 1, at the start of the new membership year. For directions on how to renew, please visit the "Renew Your Membership” section of the website (you must be logged in to access this page.)


As part of the annual membership renewal process, we urge you to donate to one of several SCMS funds. Our organization really does rely on member support to meet our mission. You have several options -- donate to the general fund, to travel funds, and/or to any of a number of earmarked awards. No donation is too small -- or too large! However you can help, please do so. (Donations are tax deductible if you itemize.) Donations can be made here.  


After a year and a half of developing specific, concrete strategic planning initiatives, the Board of Directors has accomplished a great deal. We now have a good sense of short-, medium-, and long-range goals needed to ensure SCMS' continued growth and service to cinema and media faculty and students around the world. Some of our immediate objectives include:


We are currently seeking a short-term Research Assistant to help with data collection and specific strategic planning tasks. Applications are due August 15. Details can be found on the website.

We also welcome applications by September 30 for the influential position of Cinema Journal Editor. Details are posted on the website.

We continue to clarify and streamline Board member, Home Office staff, and consultant responsibilities and are working on developing an efficient management structure that will facilitate organizational flow and meet staffing needs in deliberate and timely ways.


The SCMS website is a labor of love and a work in progress. A new committee comprised of Board members, SCMS members, and IT Committee members will begin reviewing the content, functionality, and organization of our website’s various pages this fall. We welcome your comments, and we thank all who have sent specific suggestions for improvement. To submit specific comments, please feel free to use the online form. Our Strategic Planning Consultant, Justin Wyatt, will interview individual SCMS members to obtain their input later in the year. We are also thinking about long-term maintenance and development of the website. And we are exploring other communication venues for members as well (e.g., Twitter, Facebook, online publication).

Good News: We have arranged for wi-fi connections in all meeting rooms in the 2012 conference hotel.


Our membership is now over 2500 worldwide and growing. Our budgets have become more complex. The Board of Directors is currently reviewing SCMS budgets with an eye to consolidation and clear oversight. This will provide us with more readily accessible information about actual and projected income and expenses.

International Outreach:

Several exciting international initiatives are underway. These will be the subject of the October newsbrief.


Vivian Sobchack, UCLA School of Theater, Film & Television says...
Posted Tuesday, August 9, 2011
For the Web Site Committee: Please remember that not all the members, albeit not Luddites, have the latest computers, bells and whistles, nor know how to use them. Most of us visiting the site go for clear and direct access to information re SCMS matters and members and are not particularly interested in anything that would make this less accessible and easy to get. Thanks for your consideration.

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