FMST-350 Film Festival Studies
Spring for 2017-2018
Through an immersive learning experience, students will have the opportunity to gain direct, hand-on experience organizing the annual Georgetown Student Film Festival. The former director of AFI DOCS (formerly Silverdocs) and the Newport International Film Festival will lead them through every logistical and theoretical aspect of what it takes to envision, prepare, and execute an ambitious festival event, including areas of focus such as programming, production, and marketing.
Additionally, the course will contextualize our own practice through the exploration of the phenomena of film festivals, including their historical and cultural significance, distinct programmatic identities, and their relationships to an ever-evolving film industry and to particular film themes and genres. From its origins in Venice in 1932 where nine nations presented twenty-five feature films against a climate of geopolitical disputes, to the recent proliferation of specialized and thematic festivals world wide (independent, documentary, experimental, shorts, human rights, queer), this course will look at how festivals do more than just exhibit films, but also serve as important market places and sometimes even the springboard for new artistic and/or political climates in world cinema.
Industry experts and leading filmmakers will periodically visit the class, and in addition to our own creation of a film festival, there will be opportunities to integrate and support established film festivals in the DC region for additional learning.
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