FTMFF-Film Programming and Film Festivals

Module Provider: Film, Theatre and TV
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Level:7
Terms in which taught: Spring term module
Pre-requisites:
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Co-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Current from: 2019/0

Module Convenor: Dr Tamara Courage

Email: t.courage@reading.ac.uk

Type of module:

Summary module description:
This is a team-taught module, drawing both on representatives from the industry and on strength across the university. Through a dynamic combination of seminars, workshops and group projects, the module will equip students with advanced knowledge of modes of programming arthouse, alternative and experimental venues, as well as organising film festivals. Film festivals work as an effective (and sometimes unfair) filter of the kind of world cinema distributed to commercial and alternative venues around the world. Winners of Cannes, Venice and Berlin will almost certainly find worldwide distribution, as opposed to thousands of other films, which will run through minor festival circuits in the hope of accessing smaller or niche venues and audiences. Film festivals (such as Sundance, Rotterdam and others) are also closely connected with funding systems for independent filmmakers, who will format their projects with a view to satisfying their requirements. Understanding how both film festivals and film programming work is hence key to understanding the kind of world cinema we watch.

Aims:
The aims of this module are:
•To equip students advanced knowledge of programming arthouse, alternative and experimental venues;
•To equip students with in-depth knowledge of the workings of film festivals, be they major, minor, competitive, non-competitive, thematic, genre-oriented or experimental;
•To offer a critical insight into the filtering process promoted by the pool of world festivals;
•To offer a critical understanding of the consequences of the funding practices promoted by film festivals;
•Through practical projects, to equip students with fundamental skills for becoming film programmers;
•Through practical projects, to equip students with fundamental skills for becoming film-festival organisers.

Assessable learning outcomes:
On completion of this module, students will:
•Have a in-depth understanding of the programming structure of arthouse, alternative and experimental venues;
•Have an in-depth knowledge of the workings of film festivals, be they major, minor, competitive, non-competitive, thematic, genre-oriented or experimental;
•Have a comprehensive understanding of the filtering process promoted by the pool of world festivals;
•Have a critical understanding of the consequences the funding practices promoted by film festivals;
•Be able to develop practical projects in film programming;
•Be able to develop practical projects for film festivals.

Additional outcomes:
•The module will serve as a useful complement to other modules taught in the MA Creative Enterprise;
•It will provide students with critical view of the mainstream and alternative markets for world cinema;
•It will enable them to understand the degree of interdependence that can be ascribed to film festivals and commercial/non-commercial film venues;
•It will provide them with the necessary skills for finding employment in the sector.

Outline content:
1)Seminar: the history and geography of film festivals;
2)Seminar: the history and international development of the arthouse and alternative circuits;
3)Seminar: the logic and consequences of the festival filter;
4)Seminar: the question of independence in arthouse and alternative venues;
5)Seminar: the question of independence in filmmaking;
6)Workshop: arthouse case study;
7)Workshop: major festival case study;
8)Workshop: experimental venue;
9)Group project: preparing a portfolio for a season for the Reading Film Theatre;
10)Group project: proofing copyright and ethical issue.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
This is a team-taught module drawing from academic and industry-based expertise. There will be a combination of theoretical, historical and practical seminars and workshops addressing the main issues in the history, geography and development of film programming and festivals worldwide. Students will be active participants throughout, being the main drive in the conception and execution of the group project and written portfolio.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Seminars 10
Project Supervision 4
Practicals classes and workshops 6
Guided independent study: 180
       
Total hours by term 200
       
Total hours for module 200

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written assignment including essay 40
Portfolio 60

Summative assessment- Examinations:

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:

Formative assessment methods:
Each student will give non-assessed presentations on their written case studies and practical projects.

Penalties for late submission:
Penalties for late submission on this module are in accordance with the University policy. Please refer to page 5 of the Postgraduate Guide to Assessment for further information: http://www.reading.ac.uk/internal/exams/student/exa-guidePG.aspx

Assessment requirements for a pass:
50%

Reassessment arrangements:
Re-submission of failed coursework by 1 September

Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
1) Required text books:
2) Specialist equipment or materials:
3) Specialist clothing, footwear or headgear:
4) Printing and binding:
5) Computers and devices with a particular specification:
6) Travel, accommodation and subsistence:

Last updated: 10 April 2019

THE INFORMATION CONTAINED IN THIS MODULE DESCRIPTION DOES NOT FORM ANY PART OF A STUDENT'S CONTRACT.

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