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An Insight into the Edinburgh International Film Festival

Course Times & Enrolment

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Course Summary

This popular course runs in conjunction with the Edinburgh International Film Festival, offers six film premieres, beginning with the Opening Night Gala, a festival In-Person event, industry events and press screenings. There will also be lectures and discussion based tutorials to explore the films seen at the festival. The course fee includes the Student Delegate Pass, selected public tickets, and the invitation-only opening film screening and party.

Please note, screenings and events are held in local cinemas (within walking distance from the University and accessible by public transport).

Course Details

Pre-requisites for enrolment

No previous knowledge of film studies required. Please note, that the course has a limited number of places available so early enrolment is advisable.

Content of Course

Films are carefully selected from the EIFF programme by the course tutors to represent a variety of genres and countries. There will be tutor-led group discussions every day and public lectures at the Festival. 

Screenings and events are held in local cinemas all within walking distance and also accessible by public transport from the University.

The Student Delegate Pass gives access to press and industry screenings, the Delegate Centre and has many other benefits (see EIFF website for details).

Teaching method(s)

Introductory Film Studies lectures with illustrative film excerpts, tutorials and group discussions.

Learning outcomes

By the end of the week, 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.


Core Readings


  • 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.

Web Sources

Class Handouts

Handouts and copies of articles will be provided.


If you have questions regarding the course or enrolment, please contact COL Reception at Paterson's Land by email or by phone 0131 650 4400.

Student support

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.