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FILM 3002 - Curation & Cinephilia: The Adelaide Film Festival

Career: Undergraduate
Units: 3
Term: Semester 2
Campus: North Terrace
Contact: Up to 3 hours per week
Available for Study Abroad and Exchange: No
Available for Non-Award Study: No
Discovery Experience – Working: Yes
Pre-Requisite: At least 6 units of Level II undergraduate study, including at least 3 units of Level II FILM courses
Assessment: Research Project 20%, Mini-Essay 20%, Film Review 10%, Reflective Journal 50%

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.

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Critical Dates

Term Last Day to Add Online Census Date Last Day to WNF Last Day to WF
Semester 2 Mon 08/08/2022 Wed 17/08/2022 Fri 16/09/2022 Fri 28/10/2022

Class Details

Enrolment Class: Lecture
Class Nbr Section Size Available Dates Days Time Location
29087 LEC0 50 15 This class does not have any timetabled face-to-face sessions. Please check MyUni or contact your Course Coordinator for details.
Note: This lecture is pre-recorded and can be viewed any time after publication in MyUni. Please refer to MyUni for details once enrolled.
Related Class: Seminar
Class Nbr Section Size Available Dates Days Time Location
22463 SE01 50 15 29 Jul - 16 Sep Friday 2pm - 4pm Barr Smith South, 2032, Teaching Room
7 Oct - 28 Oct Friday 2pm - 4pm Barr Smith South, 2032, Teaching Room