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An Insight into the Edinburgh International Film Festival

Course Times & Enrolment

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Course Summary

This popular course, run 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.


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).

Wednesday 19th


17:45 FT BOYZ IN THE WOOD (UK)(88 minutes)

Thursday 20th

11:00 FH2 VENEZIA (Argentina)(74 minutes)

14:00 LLTC Discussion (90 minutes)

20:50 VUE In Person: Danny Boyle (90 minutes)

Friday 21st

11:00 LLTC Discussion (60 miniutes)

13:35 OD2 THE TOBACCONIST (Austria)(114 minutes)

18:05 FH3 Lecture: Spanish Cult Cinema (75 minutes)

20:35 VUE THE DEAD DON’T DIE (USA)(104  inutes)

Saturday 22nd


11:30 OD1 THE SOUVENIR (UK)(121 minutes)

15:00 50 GS Discussion (90 minutes)

18:05 FH3 Lecture: Grabbing the Spotlight

20:45 OD VARDA BY AGNÈS (France)(116 minutes)

Sunday 23rd

Reading Day

Monday 24th

09:30 LLTC Discussion (60 minutes)

11:10 OD4 PHOTOGRAPH (India)(110 minutes)

18:30 OD LAILA AT THE BRIDGE (Canada, Afghanistan)(97 minutes)

20:30 FH3 Lecture: Kino Cuisine (75 minutes)

Tuesday 25th

09:20 OD2 THE VAST OF NIGHT (USA)(90 minutes)

14:00 LLTC Discussion (90 minutes)

18:00 OD EXTREME JOB (Korea)(112 minutes)

Wednesday 26th

11:10 FH2 THE WIND (USA)(87 minutes)

13:30 LLTC Discussion (90 minutes)

15:30 LLTC Acting Masterclass with Jamie Robson (90 minutes)

18:00 OD RAPTURE (Spain)(105 minutes)

Thursday 27th

09:10 OD2 ALICE (USA/France)(104 minutes)

13:00 LLTC Discussion (90 minutes)

18:05 FH1 In Person: Icair Bollain (90 minutes)

Friday 28th

10:00 LLTC Assessment Workshop, 1 to 1 tutorials (180 minutes)(ISS only)

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.