Film Festival Cultures

Subject SCRN90006 (2016)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2016.

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2016:

July, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 11-Jul-2016 to 20-Aug-2016
Assessment Period End 27-Sep-2016
Last date to Self-Enrol 19-Jul-2016
Census Date 29-Jul-2016
Last date to Withdraw without fail 02-Sep-2016

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 37 hours: 3 days of seminars over two weeks followed by three days of screenings the following week.
Total Time Commitment:



Admission to the Master of Arts and Cultural Management (Moving Image), Master of Arts and Cultural Management.



Recommended Background Knowledge:


Non Allowed Subjects:


Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Description, Subject Objectives, Generic Skills and Assessment Requirements of this entry.

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Dr Mark Nicholls


Subject Overview:

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.

Learning Outcomes:

Students who complete this subject will:

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

Report of 2000 words 40% and 3000 word essay 60% (due in the third week of September).

Students are required to attend a minimum of 80% attendance in order to pass the subject.

Prescribed Texts:

A subject reader will be available.

Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:

Students who successfully complete this subject will:

  • 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.

Intensive taught subject on 13-15 and 20-22 July (inclusive) with the festival held on 19-21 August (inclusive) 2015.

Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: 100 Point Master of Arts and Cultural Management
100 Point Master of Arts and Cultural Management - Moving Image Specialisation
150 Point Master of Arts and Cultural Management - Moving Image Specialisation
200 Point Master of Arts and Cultural Management
200 Point Master of Arts and Cultural Management - Moving Image specialisation

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