Dr. Roderik Smits
His research focuses on the changing nature of the film industry. It provides a spotlight on film distribution and film exhibition as rapidly developing research areas in the context of the digital revolution. He is particularly interested in the role of gatekeepers who exert control over the process of enabling and disabling access to films in international markets.
His research project ‘Online Platforms and Film Circulation’ draws on in-depth analysis of online platforms, expert interviews and audience research. The project examines how VOD platforms engage with and support non-mainstream, specialised films to exploit their potential in the online market.
• Smits. R. (forthcoming in 2022). Circulation Patterns, Abundance, and Scarcity: Film Availability in the Online Era. Media Industries.
• Smits, R. (2019). Gatekeeping in the Evolving Business of Independent Film Distribution. Monograph. Palgrave Global Media Policy and Business book series. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 278 pp.
• Smits, R. and Nikdel, E.W. (2018). Beyond Netflix and Amazon: MUBI and the Curation of On-Demand Film. Studies in European Cinema, 16(1), pp. 22-37. Special issue about Corporate Agency in Contemporary European Cinema.
• Smits, R. (2016). Gatekeeping and Networking Arrangements: Dutch Distributors in the Film Distribution Business. Poetics, 58, pp.29-42.
Roderik Smits completed his PhD in Film Studies at the University of York (2014-2018) and subsequently worked as post-doctoral researcher at Cardiff University (2019). He was awarded a Postdoctoral Research Fellowship by Postdoc Network Brandenburg in 2020.