An Insight into the Edinburgh International Film Festival

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Each year, University of Edinburgh partners with EIFF to run this a popular film course offering six film premieres, beginning with the Opening Night, and a special event.

Incorporating films from the Festival programme, this exclusive course includes tutor-led group discussions every day and four lectures delivered by Open Studies Film Tutors from the University of Edinburgh.

The course kicks off with the Opening Night film and Sundance hit, Breathe In and entrance to the Opening Night Party.

We spoke to Dr Pasquale Iannone about this year's offering:

How long has the course been running?
An Insight into the Edinburgh Film Festival has been running for over a decade now. It was originally set up by Martine Pierquin of the University of Edinburgh’s Open Studies programme. I started teaching on the course in 2005 so this year will be my ninth edition.

What can participants expect from the course?
The course provides a great opportunity for film fans of all ages, backgrounds and interests to get a taste of EIFF and to discuss a selection of films in depth. We always get a wide range of students from all over the world with several returning each year. The course is curated by Martine and I, in close collaboration with EIFF’s Knowledge and Learning Manager Nicola Kettlewood and Artistic Director Chris Fujiwara.

How do you choose the films?
We offer six film premieres (including the opening night film and party) as well as a special event. Once we’ve selected the titles, we build lectures and discussion sessions around them. We try to come up with as broad a range of films as possible (fiction films, documentaries, experimental films, shorts). Last year for instance, our line-up included William Friedkin’s Killer Joe, Miguel Gomes’ Tabu and Peter Strickland’s Berberian Sound Studio as well as Fengming: A Chinese Memoir by Wang Bing. We go for films that are sure to stimulate discussion (love it or hate it, last year’s opener Killer Joe worked brilliantly in this respect).

Tell us a bit about this year's titles.
This year, we’ve gone with what I think is one of our strongest selections of recent years, with titles from filmmakers as diverse as Sofia Coppola, Philippe Grandrieux and Lee Hyun-jung. We’ve also got, Maldone, a silent masterpiece from Jean Grémillon and Mark Cousins’ eagerly-awaited A Story of Children and Film.


Along with this exclusive selection of film screenings, daily group discussions will be a fantastic way to share and discuss films with your fellow students. Course attendees will also take advantage of a series of lectures on topics including 'Art of the Widescreen Cinema' and 'Cinema and Sensation' from University of Edinburgh's film experts to get your film senses tingling.

Tickets to all events are included in the course fee of £135. The course fee also includes the EIFF 2013 catalogue. Registration ends this Friday, 15 June so book now to avoid disappointment.

Check out the official timetable and enrol go to the University of Edinburgh webpage.

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