Tamara L. Falicov, PhD

Tamara Falicov
  • Professor
  • Associate Dean for Research in the Arts and Humanities, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
  • College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, School of the Arts, Film & Media Studies

Contact Info

Summerfield Hall, Room 124C


Tamara Falicov is a professor of film studies and has worked at KU since 1998. She received her doctorate in Communication from UC San Diego, where she wrote a dissertation on state cultural policy in relation to the contemporary film industry in Argentina. She also received a degree in sociology from UC Berkeley. She received a Fulbright student research award to study the film industry in Buenos Aires, Argentina for the 1997-98 academic year. Falicov was awarded a Docking Young Faculty Fellowship for mid-career scholars at KU (2013-2016) and served as Chair of Film and Media Studies from 2009-2015. Dr. Falicov has previously served as a visiting Professor at the University of Medellin in 2010 and 2016.

Professor Falicov’s specialty is the study of Latin American film industries and she is a significant contributor to the KU Center of Latin American and Caribbean Studies. She is the recipient of a Fulbright scholarship to Argentina, the result of which is the book The Cinematic Tango: Contemporary Argentine Film (London: Wallflower Press/Columbia University Press, 2007) which was selected as a CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title, 2008. Her book on Latin American film industries (Bloomsbury/British Film Institute, 2019. Professor Falicov has written multiple essays on co-productions, the cultural politics of Programa Ibermedia, Cine en construccion (Films in Progress) and the importance of European film funds such as Hubert Bals Fund and World Cinema Fund which support Global South filmmakers. Two essays on film festival research have been published in anthologies for Wiley-Blackwell (Companion to Contemporary Latin American Film) and Routledge (Companion to Latin American Cinema). Professor Falicov is the co-editor of the book series Framing Film Festivals for Palgrave Macmillan with Marijke de Valck (University of Utrecht, Netherlands). In addition to her Fulbright award, she was the recipient of an NEH Summer Stipend and was a Fulbright Specialist to Portugal in 2018. She has also worked at the Icaro film festival in Honduras and Guatemala (2018, 2019) and has judged films for the Icaro film festival in El Salvador in 2020.


Ph.D. in Communication, University of California, San Diego
B.A. in Sociology, University of California, Berkeley
High Honors


Research interests:

  • Latin American film industries
  • Argentine cinema
  • Co-productions
  • Cuban cinema
  • Film festivals
  • Political Economy of Film and Television Industries
  • Film festival research


Teaching interests:

  • Latin American Cinema
  • Argentine Cinema
  • Cuban Cinema
  • Southern Cone Cinema
  • Political Economy of Film and Television Industries
  • Israeli Cinema
  • Basic Video Production

Selected Publications

Falicov, Tamara L. Latin American Film Industries. Ser. ed. Michael Curtin, Ser. ed. Paul McDonald. British Film Institute (BFI)/Bloomsbury Academic. Forthcoming. International Screen Industries.

Falicov, Tamara L. "Falicov T.L (2018) Diversifying Public Film Funding Policies in Latin America. ." Murschetz P., Teichmann R., Karmasin M (eds) Handbook of State Aid for Film. Media Business and Innovation. Springer, Cham. Ed. Paul Murschetz, Ed. Roland Teichmann, Ed. Matthias Karmasin. 2 April 2018.

Falicov, Tamara L. "The Interlocking Dynamics of Domestic and International Film Festivals: The Case of Latin American and Caribbean Cinema." Routledge Companion to Latin American Cinema. Ed. Marvin D’Lugo, Ed. Ana Lopez, Ed. Laura Podalsky. Routledge, 2017. 266-278.

Falicov, Tamara L. "“Film Funding Opportunities for Latin American Filmmakers: A Case for Further North-South Collaboration in Training and Film Festival Initiatives”." A Companion to Latin American Cinema. Ed. Stephen Hart, Ed. Maria Delgado, Ed. Randal Johnson. New York: Blackwell-Wiley, 2017. 85-98. Blackwell-Wiley Companions to National Cinemas.

Falicov, Tamara L. "'The Festival Film': Film Festival Funds as Cultural Intermediaries." Film Festivals: History, Theory, Method, Practice. Ed. Marijke de Valck, Ed. Brendan Kredell, Ed. Skadi Loist. Routledge, 22 March 2016. 209-229.

Falicov, Tamara L. The Cinematic Tango: Contemporary Argentine Film. London: Wallflower Press (Distributed by Columbia University Press), 2007.

Selected Presentations

Falicov, T. . (05/25/2017). "Central American (and Paraguayan) Cinema: Artisanal and DIY Approaches" . International Communication Association Annual Conference. San Diego, CA

Falicov, T. . (11/23/2016). “Researching Film Festivals: The Case of Cine en construcción” Invited lecture at the University of Nantes (France) School of Foreign Languages. University of Nantes

Falicov, T. . (08/23/2016). Programa Ibermedia: ¿Cine Transnacional Ibero-Americano o Relaciones Públicas Para España? Academic seminar, "Co-productions" at the 14th annual Colombian film festival in Medellin, Colombia. . Medellin, Colombia .

Grants & Other Funded Activity

, , Internationalizing the Curriculum Grant, Office of International Programs, - 12/31/2016) . University (KU or KUMC). Status: Funded.

, , Terra Foundation Travel Stipend. To attend the symposium “Picturing the Americas” at the Crystal Bridges Museum, Bentonville, AR, Nov. 13-14, $300, - 11/30/2015) . Foundation. Status: Funded.