CDM 167 – Topics in Film Genres – Topic: Global Film Festival Circuit
Lecture/Discussion—3 hour(s); Film Viewing—3 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): CDM 001; or Consent of Instructor.
Study of one or more of the film genres (such as musicals, film noir, screwball comedy, or westerns), including genre theory and the relationship of the genre(s) to culture, history, and film industry practices.
How do film festivals function in the global film industry? How have they been impacted by the pandemic?
This course examines a central phenomenon of the global film industry — the film festival circuit — and investigates what has happened to this transnational phenomenon in light of COVID-19. The course will cover the history of the film festival circuit, the commercial and critical roles it plays in the international film industry, and then explore how film festivals and the industry have changed with the pandemic. The pandemic has underscored just how important festivals are to the industry, even as festivals have changed in all kinds of ways in the last year.
Given the impact of the pandemic, one central topic will be the interplay between the film industry and streaming services like those of Netflix, Hulu, Amazon etc. We will study the history of festivals with a number of case studies of filmmaker whose careers would have been unimaginable without the festival circuit, including: Chloe Zhao, Steve McQueen, Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Wong Kar Wai, Agnes Varda, and the Dardenne Brothers. Given recent history and contemporary concerns, gender parity and minority representations in the major festival competitions will also be front and center in the class
May be taught abroad. May be repeated up to 2 time(s) when topic differs. GE credit: AH, VL. Effective: 2021 Winter Quarter.