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An Insight into the Edinburgh International Film Festival

Course Times & Enrolment

This course is currently unavailable.

Course Summary

This popular course, run in conjunction with the Edinburgh International Film Festival, offers six film premieres, beginning with the Opening Night, and an exclusive event. There will be tutor-led group discussions every day and four lectures delivered by Open Studies Tutors from the University of Edinburgh.
The course fee also includes the EIFF catalogue. Please note that the course has a limited number of places available so early enrolment is advisable.

Fully enrolled students can purchase an EIFF Student Pass with a special 10% discount. The pass gives access to Press and Industry screenings, the Delegate Centre and has many other benefits (see EIFF website for details).

For further queries please contact the Course Organiser:

Edinburgh International Film festival

Course Details

Pre-requisites for enrolment

No previous knowledge of film studies required.

Content of Course

To be confirmed after the EIFF 2014 programme launch.

Teaching method(s)

Introductory Film Studies lectures with illustrative film excerpts:post-screening tutor – led discussions.

Learning outcomes

By the end of the week, students should be able to:

  • place the selected films in their regional / national contexts;
  • better understand film style and its key elements (narrative, mise-en-scene, camera movement, editing);
  • discuss contemporary films in reference to particular trends and genres;
  • compare and contrast individual directorial approaches to film art;
  • select and apply critical concepts appropriate to the films studied.


Core Readings

Bordwell, D.& Thompson, K. 2010 paperback or any other edition. Film Art: An Introduction. USA: McGraw-Hill
Cook P. (ed), (2007) The Cinema Book, Third Edition, British Institute Film, London.
Monaco, J. 2009 paperback or any other edition. How to Read a Film, London, Oxford University Press.
Novell-Smith G., (1998), The Oxford History of World Cinema, Oxford University Press.

Web Sources

Class Handouts

Handouts will be provided where appropriate.

Student support

Let our Student Support Officer know if you feel you have specific requirements to enable you to study an Open Studies course. Please contact Reception to arrange a confidential appointment with her. Giving us this information will enable us to make arrangements to meet your requirements for studying in accordance with your rights under the Disability Discrimination Act.