FILM 3002 - Curation & Cinephilia: The Adelaide Film Festival
North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2022
General Course Information
Course Code FILM 3002 Course Curation & Cinephilia: The Adelaide Film Festival Coordinating Unit School of Humanities Term Semester 2 Level Undergraduate Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 3 Contact Up to 3 hours per week Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N Prerequisites At least 6 units of Level II undergraduate study, including at least 3 units of Level II FILM courses Course Description This course charts the development of international film festival cultures and their historical and contemporary role in art house and national cinemas. In the first part of the course, we will examine in detail the history of selected film festivals (such as Cannes, Venice, Sundance and Toronto) and demonstrate how the year-round festival circuit facilitates global flows of films across the world. Moving from the old to the new, from the national to the transnational, from the state-funded and controlled to the independent and the grass-roots, we shall explore how film festivals involve a number of timely concerns: cultural exchange, political economy, the communal experience of film screenings, and the construction of national identities.
What happens at a film festival? What role does it play? Who chooses what a festival shows? Does it allow audiences to hear new voices in global cinema? Does it offer filmmakers a platform to share their stories? Or is it something akin to 'soft power'; a form of cultural diplomacy that can be expertly used to leverage one nation's agenda over another?
In the second half of the course, we will go behind the scenes at Adelaide's celebrated biennial Adelaide Film Festival to investigate the processes behind the curation, exhibition and distribution of the films selected to appear at the Festival, and the logistical challenges at play during the planning phase. Spending time with Festival staff, students will gain first-hand real-world experience of arts curation and work- integrated learning. In collaboration with the Festival, students will also be given discounted tickets to films of their choice, and then research the origins of their selected films and investigate why they have been selected to appear in the Festival. With input from Festival staff, we will go on to consider the role of the Festival itself, and highlight how such an event can enrich the community in a local and international perspective.
Course Coordinator: Associate Professor Ben McCann
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning OutcomesOn successful completion of this course students will be able to:
1. contextualise the history and cultural imperatives of film festivals and how they operate within local and global environments 2. evaluate the aims of selected case studies of local and international film festivals 3. apply theoretical and critical skills to practical tasks in the running of a film festival 4. explain the professional activities and issues involved in the running of a film festival 5. discuss the importance of a film festival as cultural and civic event 6. demonstrate a creative response to a series of films screened at a film festival
University Graduate Attributes
This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:
University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
Attribute 1: Deep discipline knowledge and intellectual breadth
Graduates have comprehensive knowledge and understanding of their subject area, the ability to engage with different traditions of thought, and the ability to apply their knowledge in practice including in multi-disciplinary or multi-professional contexts.
1, 2, 3, 4
Attribute 2: Creative and critical thinking, and problem solving
Graduates are effective problems-solvers, able to apply critical, creative and evidence-based thinking to conceive innovative responses to future challenges.
1, 2, 3, 4
Attribute 3: Teamwork and communication skills
Graduates convey ideas and information effectively to a range of audiences for a variety of purposes and contribute in a positive and collaborative manner to achieving common goals.
2, 3, 4, 5, 6
Attribute 4: Professionalism and leadership readiness
Graduates engage in professional behaviour and have the potential to be entrepreneurial and take leadership roles in their chosen occupations or careers and communities.
3, 4, 5, 6
Attribute 5: Intercultural and ethical competency
Graduates are responsible and effective global citizens whose personal values and practices are consistent with their roles as responsible members of society.
1, 2, 4, 5, 6
Attribute 8: Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
Graduates are self-aware and reflective; they are flexible and resilient and have the capacity to accept and give constructive feedback; they act with integrity and take responsibility for their actions.
1, 2, 4, 5, 6
Required ResourcesAll reading material will be provided through Canvas.
All films will be screened in the allocated seminar class.
Recommended ResourcesMarijke de Valck, Brendan Kredell, Skadi Loist (eds.) (2016), Film Festivals: History, Theory, Method, Practice, London: Routledge.
Kenneth Turan (2002), Sundance to Sarajevo: Film Festivals and the World They Made, Los Angeles: University of California Press.
Online LearningThis course will use MyUni, Echo360 and other resources to be announced.
Learning & Teaching Activities
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Workload - structured learning Total hours 8 x 1 hour lectures 8 8 x 2 hour seminars 16 4 x 2 hour group consultations 8 14 x 2 hour screenings at the Adelaide Film Festival 28 TOTAL 60 Workload - self-directed learning Total hours 3 hours per week of reading 36 2.5 hours research / lecture preparation per week 30 2.5 hours assignment preparation per week 30 TOTAL 96 GRAND TOTAL 156
Learning Activities SummaryClasses will comprise a mixture of screenings, guest lectures, industry events, internships at the Adelaide Film Festival, mini-lectures, small group activities and writing workshops. For the detailed work schedule, see the Course Booklet (available on MyUni to enrolled students).
Specific Course RequirementsStudents are expected to read the texts set for the given weeks in advance and prepare their answers to any set questions, as required.
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Assessment task Task type Weighting Course learning outcomes Research project Summative and formative 20% 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 Mini research essay Summative and formative 20% 1, 2, 3, 5, 6 Film review Summative and formative 10% 6 Reflective journal Summative and formative 50% 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
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Assessment Description % weighting Research project Students will critically analyse the role and cultural significance of a chosen film festival (c.1000 words) 20% Mini research essay Students will write a 1000-word essay on a specific topic in the course 20% Film review Students will write a 500-word film review on a chosen film screened at the 2022 Adelaide Film Festival 10% Reflective journal Students will develop a portfolio of bibliographic material, interviews, images and stills, and critical analysis on 4 chosen films screened at the 2022 Adelaide Film Festival (c. 2000 words) 50%
SubmissionAll assignments will be submitted electronically on or before the due date.
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M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme) Grade Mark Description FNS Fail No Submission F 1-49 Fail P 50-64 Pass C 65-74 Credit D 75-84 Distinction HD 85-100 High Distinction CN Continuing NFE No Formal Examination RP Result Pending
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