ACF206 - Contemporary Topics in Screen Cultures

Unit details


2023 unit information

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


Incompatible with:

ALC216, AMC236

Typical 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 - 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.

ULO These are the Learning Outcomes (ULO) for this unit. At the completion of this unit, successful students can: Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes

By end of this task students will understand the historical context and function of film festivals today

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO4: Critical thinking


By the completion of this task students will understand the critical approaches developed within Film Festival Studies and will understand the different tasks and issues surrounding the planning, programming, curation, and circulation of film festivals

GLO3: Digital literacy

GLO5: Problem solving


By the completion of this task students will be able to implement and deliver a program for a festival and rationalise their choice of film, location, venue and audience

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO6: Self-management

GLO8: Global citizenship


Assessment Description Student output Grading and weighting
(% total mark for unit)
Indicative due week
Assessment 1 (Individual or Group) - Film/Web-festival presentation 1200 words
or equivalent
(5 minutes for an individual, 10 minutes for a group)
30% Ongoing
Assessment 2 - Program review 1200 words
or equivalent
30% Week 7
Assessment 3 - Plan a short film festival program 1600 words
or equivalent
40% Week 11

The assessment due weeks provided may change. The Unit Chair will clarify the exact assessment requirements, including the due date, at the start of the teaching period.

Learning Resource

The texts and reading list for the unit can be found on the University Library via ACF206
Note: Select the relevant trimester reading list. Please note that a future teaching period's reading list may not be available until a month prior to the start of that teaching period so you may wish to use the relevant trimester's prior year reading list as a guide only.

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