The Cannes Film Festival is the world's most prestigious and publicized film festival with admission by "invitation only" for film industry professionals. This program, which combines an on-campus course with a workshop abroad, will offer students access to festival official selections, non-competitive programs, sidebar festival, tributes, master classes and director's showcases.
In recent decades, film festivals have become important venues for generating international audiences by simultaneously fostering aesthetic communities and creating marketing opportunities. This course, which includes both on- and off-campus components, considers the purpose and function of the film festival by examining the singularly influential festivals of Cannes. We will read about the culture, politics, and commerce of the festival, and compare Official Selection films with the more unorthodox choices of the parallel sections: A Certain Regard and Directors’ Fortnight.
Spring Course: Cannes Film Festival: Introduction and History (1 credit - Course Number TBD)
Workshop Abroad: Cannes Film Festival(2 credits - AS.061.388.30)
The course 'The Cannes Film Festival: Introduction and History' course will meet five times during the spring semester for one graded credit. It is open to all undergraduate years and majors. This course is required for students participating in the two-credit hour workshop abroad, which will take place at the Cannes Film Festival in May.
The course will be taught by Dr. Laura Mason, a Senior Lecturer in the Department of History and in the Program in Film and Media Studies at JHU. This will be Dr. Mason's sixth time leading the program.