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Film Festival Cultures (SCRN90006)

Graduate courseworkPoints: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeSCRN90006
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This subject is a study of the development of international film festival cultures and their historical and contemporary role in art house and national cinemas. Through an examination of the history and the basic operations of selected film festivals (such as Cannes, Berlin, Sundance and Melbourne), and by devising and mounting a film festival as a group project, the changing nature of film festival cultures will be considered. The popularisation of film festivals and their role in international event and celebrity culture will be assessed in relation to the increasingly limited and commercialised world of art, experimental and avant-garde cinema. The film festival is thus considered as a key site of international film culture. As a place where all aspects of film culture (art, economic, entertainment) come together, the festival is demonstrated as case study in the business of contemporary filmmaking, its past and its future.

Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of this subject, students should be able to:

  • demonstrate an understanding of the history and development of international film festivals and their role in the history of cinema;
  • examine the nature of the film festival as cultural and civic event; and
  • understand the role of the international film festival cultures in relation to commercial and art house cinemas.

Generic skills

At the completion of this subject, students should gain the following generic skills:

  • have examined the management and basic operations of film festivals;
  • have studied the relationship between film festival management and international film production, distribution and exhibition; and
  • have understood the principles of general event management.

Last updated: 7 August 2019