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DRPS : Course Catalogue : School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures : European Languages and Cultures - Hispanic Studies

Undergraduate Course: Exhibiting Spanish Cinema (ELCH10076)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Literatures, Languages and Cultures CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 4 Undergraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryFilm festivals are not only of cultural value in themselves but also sites of cinematic, artistic, social, political and economic exchange (Mar Diestro-Dópido, 2021). Exhibiting Spanish Cinema provides an overview of the historical development and role of film festivals in the Spanish-speaking world (including those focused on minority languages). The course offers practical skills applicable to various events. This course could be immensely beneficial for individuals seeking to enhance their communication abilities in diverse contexts.

In addition to introducing the key role of film festivals in the dissemination and circulation of contemporary cinema, this course teaches students about the principles, pressures, and practicalities of festival curation and organisation using the Edinburgh Spanish Film Festival as a case study.

The course also addresses key aspects of twentieth and twenty-first-century Spanish and Latin American history, culture, society, and politics, as reflected in films shown in past years at the Edinburgh Spanish Film Festival.
Course description Students will be introduced to the basic principles and practical elements of curating and running film festivals, and to the history of Hispanic film festivals, and the Edinburgh Spanish Film Festival in particular.

Students will be encouraged to consider the current place of film festivals in the economic and cultural ecosystem of world cinema via a range of readings, before addressing the practical side of curating and running a film festival. In particular, there will be an emphasis on how to create and produce a successful inclusive and sustainable festival programme. Students will learn about many of the other components ¿ including cultural events and exhibits, music, photography, and illustration ¿ that might also make up a film festival.

Students are expected to think of themselves as curators and will be introduced to the practical aspects of creating, curating, and running a film festival. This will include discussion of the film selection process of previous years of the Edinburgh Spanish Film Festival, considering how questions of representation intersect with issues of finance, prestige, and other industry pressures. These previous programmes include both films in Spanish (from Spain and Latin America) and some of Spain¿s regional minority languages (Basque, Galician, Catalan).

The course will be conducted in Spanish, with readings in Spanish and English ¿ and with core materials available online via Learn. Weekly tutorial discussions may be complemented by screenings and other activities will include group research and presentations the production of a podcast, and the creation of their own festival programme (or themed strand).

In addition to weekly two-hour tutorials, students will have the chance to attend the Edinburgh Spanish Film Festival, either in person or online, and to incorporate their experiences of the Festival into their coursework.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2024/25, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  18
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 20, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 176 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 35% A portfolio oral group presentation (week seven) . Students will present their proposal for a film festival; each student will be expected to speak for a minimum of five minutes with the support of a power point. «br /»
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65% Final project essay, 2000-2500 words (based on a film, director, region, or on marketing strategies and target audiences), due at the end of the module.
Feedback Feedback will be provided throughout the course, based on tutorial discussions and class engagement. Feedback will also be given on all assessed coursework.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the economic, political, social, aesthetic, and linguistic factors that influence the creation, curation and exhibition of film festivals, with particular reference to Spanish cinema.
  2. Identify and analyse why and how certain films are screened at film festivals.
  3. Utilise advanced knowledge of Spanish cinema, and in particular key figures (ie directors) and films, and the ways in which these reflect their place in twentieth and twenty-first-century history.
  4. Build and present clear, sustained arguments ¿ based on films, themes, and questions discussed throughout the course ¿ both individually and as part of a team.
  5. See the applicability of their own academic skills and learning to a practical, professional field.
Reading List
Mar Diestro-Dopido, Film Festivals : Cinema and Cultural Exchange .(Cambridge 2021)
Duncan Wheeler's 'The Malaga Festival: Cinema, Celebrity, and Culture.' Film Quarterly 1 September 2019; 73 (1): 85¿91
Jordi Balló and Ivan Pintor Iranzo. ¿Exhibition Cinema: A Crossroads Between the Cinema and the Museum in Contemporary Spanish Filmmaking.¿ Hispanic research journal 15.1 (2014): 35¿48.
Sergi Mesonero Burgos. ¿A Festival Epidemic in Spain.¿ Film International 6: 4, (2008): 8¿13.

María Antonia García de León, Teresa Maldonado:Pedro Almodóvar:la otra España cañi:sociología y crítica cinematográfica. (Ciudad Real 1989)
Guillermina Royo Villanueva:Tamaño natural:el erotismo Berlangiano-(Sevilla, Renacimiento 2021)
Miguel Angel Villena: Berlanga;vida y cine de un creador irreverente.(Barcelona,Tusquests 2021)
Fernando Canet and Duncan Wheeler: Creative, Critical and Commercial Practices in Contemporary Spanish Cinema.(Intellect 2014)
Santiago Fouz Hernandez and Alfredo Martínez Expósito :Live Flesh: the male body in contemporary Spanish cinema-( Lonlon Tauris 2007)
Santiago Fouz Hernandez :Spanish erotic cinema (Edinburgh University Press:2018)
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills On this option the students will be expected to:

think critically and reflectively about issues of cultural production and capital.

develop an active curiosity into the links between the theories and practicalities of cultural production.

develop confidence in public speaking and learn how to present a creative project, improving their oral and written presentation skills.

build practical team-work skills.

expand their individual research skills (in another language).

develop a practical understanding of how to use modern media such as podcasts, blogs etc.; develop interviewing skills.

Students will use and learn a number of techniques which will be useful for job applications and interviews in the future.
KeywordsFilm Festivals,film studies,programme,film curation,regional cinema,cultural studies,cultura
Course organiserMs Marian Aldaz Arechaga
Tel: (0131 6)50 8305
Course secretaryMrs Vivien MacNish Porter
Tel: (0131 6)50 3528
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