Dr Acciari studied Film Studies at University of Bologna (Italy), where she obtained her BA and a first MA in Film History, working on Federico Fellini’s unpublished radio plays. She obtained a second MA in New Media Management from the European Institute of Design in Milan. Dr Acciari’s doctoral research was conducted at the University of Manchester with a fully funded AHRC project entitled “Indo-Italian screens and the Aesthetic of Emotions”.
Her principal research interests lie in the areas of Film and Cultural studies. Her areas of research are: film festivals; Bollywood; new-wave Indian cinema; Transnational cinema and South Asian diasporic cinema; cinema and ethnicity; dubbing and subtitling; international audience studies; film restoration and preservation and Archives in India. Dr Acciari is particularly interested in qualitative research methods, and the use of sociological and ethnographic methodologies as applied to popular culture, in addition to historical and archival research.
Dr Acciari is the Associate Director of the UK Asian Film Festival (Leicester, UK) and senior curator; she is also curator for NORIENT Film Festival (Switzerland), and director of the INDIAN CINEMA ARCHIVE at DE Montfort University (UK).
Besides being part of several international research networks, she is also a writer for FIPRESCI India and one FIPRESCI faculty. Dr Acciari is FIAF trained in Digital archives and preservation of non-film material concerning film cultures.