An Insight into the Edinburgh International Film Festival, run in conjunction with EIFF, offers students the opportunity to explore the world's longest continually-running film festival. Students will explore film premieres, in-person events with actors and filmmakers, industry events and press screenings. Now running for over 15 years, the course offers a structured and engaging learning experience with lectures and discussion-based tutorials to explore the films seen at the festival.
About the Edinburgh International Film Festival
The Festival has been a champion of emerging British talent throughout its history, presenting world premieres of formative films by Bill Forsyth, Danny Boyle and Stephen Frears, among many others.
With an emphasis upon new talent, discovery and innovation, EIFF’s vibrant programme of films and events combines a commitment to audiences with a strong ongoing stake in the development of the UK and Scottish film industries.
Carefully selected from the EIFF programme, students will explore films screened during the festival which represent a variety of genres and countries. Tutor-led group discussions following the screenings and public lectures at the Festival will allow students to explore critical concepts.
As part of the course fee, students will be given an EIFF Student Delegate Pass which will give them access to press and industry screenings, the Delegate Centre and many other benefits. The course fee also includes selected public screening tickets, the EIFF catalogue and tickets to the invitation-only Opening Night Gala (film screening) and party.
Final course details, including film screenings and final details of the Student Delegate Pass, will be confirmed in May after the launch of the EIFF 2018 programme.
The course will be taught using a combination of lectures and tutor-led group discussion of films screened at the Festival. Screenings and events are held in local cinemas all within walking distance of Edinburgh city centre and accessible by public transport.
Martine Pierquin teaches Film Studies in the adult education programme at the University of Edinburgh. She has worked with the Edinburgh International Film Festival for over ten years, taking groups of students to the festival. She has published on French director Jean Eustache (The Cinema of France, Senses of Cinema, Sight & Sound). Her current research is on film education.
Pasquale Iannone is a film academic and critic. He teaches film at the University of Edinburgh and is a regular contributor to Sight & Sound as well as various BBC radio programmes. His research interests include film aesthetics (in particular film sound and music), Italian cinema, videographic film and moving image studies and the filmic representation of childhood.
The tuition fee for this 10-day course is £335. This does not include accommodation. If students require accommodation, they are responsible for sourcing their own accommodation for the duration of the course.
Assessment & Pre-requisites
No assessment will take place on this course. No previous knowledge of film studies required.
On completion of this course, students should be able to:
•Better understand Film and its key formal elements (narrative, mise-en-scene, framing, camera movement, sound, editing etc);
•Place the selected films into the context of cinema history, in reference to particular trends and genres;
•Compare and contrast different aesthetic approaches;
•Apply relevant critical concepts when discussing the films
Bordwell, D., Thompson, K., 2010 (or any other edition). Film Art: An Introduction. USA: McGraw-Hill.
Buckland, W., 2010. Understand Film Studies. London: Teach Yourself. Cook P., (ed) 2007. The Cinema Book, Third Edition, London: British Institute Film.
Monaco, J., 2009 (or any other edition). How to Read a Film. Oxford University Press. Novell-Smith G. 1998. The Oxford History of World Cinema. Oxford University Press.
The core readings are recommended but not required as preparation for the course.
If you have questions regarding the course or enrolment, please contact COL Reception at Paterson's Land by email COL@ed.ac.uk or by phone 0131 650 4400.
If you have a disability, learning difficulty or health condition which may affect your studies, please let us know by ticking the 'specific support needs' box on your course application form. This will allow us to make appropriate adjustments in advance and in accordance with your rights under the Equality Act 2010. For more information please visit the Student Support section of our website.