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MFCO330 Special Topic: Film Festivals

Provides an historic, experimental introduction to the world of film festivals, including judging and curating opportunities, plus ‘behind-the-scenes’ tours and attendance at the New Zealand International Film Festival.

The paper is run via a participatory structure, focusing on group work, interactive learning and discussion. A student-chosen long paper and a final presentation are included in the assessments.

Paper title Special Topic: Film Festivals
Paper code MFCO330
Subject Media, Film and Communication
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period Not offered in 2017
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $851.85
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $3,585.00

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Prerequisite
One 200-level MFCO or FIME paper
Schedule C
Arts and Music
Contact
mfco@otago.ac.nz
Teaching staff
Convenor and Lecturer: Dr Davinia Thornley
Paper Structure
  • A historical overview of festivals: historical and industry lineages for specific types of film and cultural festivals will be defined over the first two weeks of lectures, particularly critical studies of how film festivals developed vis-a-vis film culture and history
  • Participation weeks, including advanced practice in field trip/screening report methodology, attendance at the NZIFF and the presentation of condensed field trip/research reports
  • Approaches to film festivals, including aesthetic, critical, event management, geographical, star studies, activist, etc
  • Discussion around what it means to engage with film festivals as a 'lived experience' via ethnographic exploration, including reception case studies of film festivals
Assessment:

Note: This is subject to change before the class commences.
  • Jury participation exercise 15%
  • Curatorship participation exercise 15%
  • Screening reports 30% (10% each for 3 written reports, 1,000-1,500 words each)
  • Research paper 25% (2,500-3,000 words)
  • Research report presentation 15% (5-minute limit)
Internally Assessed Work 100%
Teaching Arrangements
Lectures, practicum tutorials (including film festival curating and judging) and attendance at the New Zealand International Film Festival (dates to be confirmed)
Textbooks
Required:
  • Course pack (available from Uniprint)
  • A NZIFF 5-movie pass (available from the Regent box office, located in the Octagon)
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Critical thinking, Research, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes
  • Students will obtain an understanding of the general importance of the study of film festivals (and festivals more generally) to media and film studies and will be able to contextualise this historically and cross-culturally
  • Students will gain a clear appreciation of the strengths and weaknesses of the main methods currently in use in film festival studies
  • Students will gain the following practical skills: learning how to curate a proposed film festival programme; serving on a mock film festival jury as academic referees; and writing up actual field trip/screening reports
  • Students will have the opportunity to analyse the relationship between theoretical writing on film festivals/audiences and the experience of being a member of such an audience. They should be able to enter contemporary debates about the place of cinema in our lives, in media culture and in various economies

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Timetable

Not offered in 2017

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
Blackboard

Provides an historic, experimental introduction to the world of film festivals, including judging and curating opportunities, plus ‘behind-the-scenes’ tours and attendance at the New Zealand International Film Festival.

The paper is run via a participatory structure, focusing on group work, interactive learning and discussion. A student-chosen long paper is included in the assessments.

Paper title Special Topic: Film Festivals
Paper code MFCO330
Subject Media, Film and Communication
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period Second Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for 2018 have not yet been set
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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Prerequisite
One 200-level MFCO or FIME paper
Schedule C
Arts and Music
Contact
mfco@otago.ac.nz
Teaching staff
Convenor and Lecturer: Dr Davinia Thornley
Paper Structure
  • A historical overview of festivals: historical and industry lineages for specific types of film and cultural festivals will be defined over the first two weeks of lectures, particularly critical studies of how film festivals developed vis-a-vis film culture and history
  • Participation weeks: including advanced practice in field trip/screening report methodology and attendance at the NZIFF
  • Approaches to film festivals, including aesthetic, critical, event management, geographical, star studies, activist, etc
  • Discussion around what it means to engage with film festivals as a 'lived experience' via ethnographic exploration, including reception case studies of film festivals
Assessment:

Note: This is subject to change before the class commences.
  • Jury participation exercise 15%
  • Screening reports 45% (15% each for 3 written reports:1000-1500 words each)
  • Research paper 25% (2500 words)
  • Curatorship exercise 15%
  • Internally Assessed Work 100%
Teaching Arrangements
Lectures, practicum tutorials (including film festival curating and judging) and attendance at the New Zealand International Film Festival (dates to be confirmed).
Textbooks
Required Textbook:
Film Festivals: History, Theory, Method, Practice Eds. Marijke de Valck, Brendan Kredell and Skadi Loist(Routledge 2016)

Additional readings will be made available on Blackboard
A NZIFF 5-movie pass (available from the Regent box office, located in the Octagon)
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Critical thinking, Research, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes
  • Students will obtain an understanding of the general importance of the study of film festivals (and festivals more generally) to media and film studies and will be able to contextualise this historically and cross-culturally
  • Students will gain a clear appreciation of the strengths and weaknesses of the main methods currently in use in film festival studies
  • Students will gain the following practical skills: learning how to curate a proposed film festival programme; serving on a mock film festival jury as academic referees; and writing up actual field trip/screening reports
  • Students will have the opportunity to analyse the relationship between theoretical writing on film festivals/audiences and the experience of being a member of such an audience. They should be able to enter contemporary debates about the place of cinema in our lives, in media culture and in various economies

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Timetable

Second Semester

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
Blackboard

Lecture

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
L1 Monday 14:00-15:50 28-34, 36-41

Tutorial

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
T1 Thursday 10:00-11:50 30-34, 40