ACF206 - Contemporary Topics in Screen Cultures

Unit details


2024 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.

This will include educator guided online learning activities within the unit site.

Educator-facilitated (scheduled) learning activities - on-campus unit enrolment:

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

Educator-facilitated (scheduled) learning activities - online unit enrolment:

Independent and collaborative learning activities including: 1 x 1-hour online lecture 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

Explain the historical and contemporary contexts and functions of local and international film festivals

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO2: Communication

GLO8: Global citizenship


Evaluate the topics and issues established in film festival studies and the study of screen culture

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities 

GLO4: Critical thinking


Develop and plan a film festival program including themes, sections, logistics, and audience identification

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO2: Communication

GLO3: Digital literacy

GLO6: Self-management


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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