ACF206 - Contemporary Topics in Screen Cultures


2023 unit information

Enrolment modes: Trimester 2: Burwood (Melbourne), Online
Credit point(s): 1
EFTSL value: 0.125
Cohort rule:

Students must be enrolled in course A250, A300, A310, A351, D303, D311, D312, D313, D317, D318, D319, D323, D335, D346, D347, D370, D380, D385, D390 or D391





Incompatible with:

ALC216, AMC236

Study commitment

Students will on average spend 150-hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

Scheduled learning activities - campus

1 x 1-hour class (online) per week and 1 x 2-hours seminar per week

Scheduled learning activities - cloud (online)

Independent and collaborative learning activities including: 1 x 1-hour online class per week, 1 x 2-hours online seminar per week


Film festivals are of increasing importance to filmmakers, industry professionals, audiences, and scholars alike. Emerging over 70-years ago to drive the global distribution of film, festivals now play a pivotal role in our understanding of local and international screen culture. Festivals also inform our appreciation of the creative industries economy. This unit offers a critical introduction to film festivals today. Exploring major international festivals (such as the Berlinale, Cannes, Venice, and the Sundance Film Festival) the unit also addresses more marginal and/or online forums (Cinema Ritrovato (Bologna), Le Giornate del Cinema Muto (Pordenone), and Webfests such as the Vancouver and Melbourne Webfest). Topics we will explore include: different types of film festivals and the global festival landscape, festival programming and organization, issues of film production and film distribution, the relationship between festivals and the city, festivals and celebrity culture, Webfests, and the future of festivals.

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