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Webinars: Asian cinema - how to talk and write about it?

How to write a good essay or a great review? How to analyze the film, taking into account its production value, political and cultural contexts, narration, and the portrayal of the protagonists? And how to avoid stereotypes and orientalization in the process? How was Asian cinema written about before, and how it is being narrated today?

The webinars have been prepared by experts from film festivals involved in the Asian Cinema Education project. The course consists of 40 webinars, divided into three thematic parts.

Do journalist skills come in handy while organizing a film festival? How to avoid boring, stereotypical questions while interviewing a filmmaker? How to introduce a film without giving away its ending? How to write effective press releases and work with the media? How to create promotional texts and manage social media content? What do you need to know to put together an exciting video essay and record an inspiring podcast?

These are just some of the topics that will be raised during the Asian Cinema Education International Course in Film Journalism and Criticism, the first open online course of the kind. Its creators believe that it will invite its participants on a fascinating journey, inspiring them to continue their professional popularization of Asian cinema, which is still not receiving enough attention worldwide.

The course consists of 40 webinars, divided into three thematic parts. Part one is devoted to the analysis and interpretation of Asian films and longer written forms. Part two focuses on journalistic skills needed while working for a film festival. Part three is a fascinating journey in time, the history of film journalism on Asian cinema.

The webinars have been prepared by experts from film festivals involved in the Asian Cinema Education project. They include Łukasz Mańkowski and Marcin Krasnowolski from Five Flavours Asian Film Festival, Matthew Scott from Udine Far East Film Festival, Tom Mess, Jasper Sharp and Nancy Fornoville from CAMERA JAPAN Festival, Eija Niskanen and Panos Kotzathanasis from Helsinki Cine Asia. The experts will share their extensive experience and the secrets of the journalistic trade with the participants.

The course is designed for anyone interested in writing and talking about Asian cinema – future film journalists, bloggers, film critics, programmers, festival organizers, and Asian cinema enthusiasts.

There are two ways of participating in the webinars: active participation and auditing. In order to become an active participant, you need to fill in the registration form. You can register for one, two, or three parts of the course. Participating in each of them requires filling in a separate registration form. Registered participants will be able to interact with the lecturers, and their works will be graded and commented by the experts. The authors will receive participation certificates.

All webinars will also be available for unregistered auditors, but they will not be able to interact with the lecturers.

All webinars will be conducted in English only – this is the working language of the whole course.

Film Criticism – Long Written Forms  
  • Film analysis, essay and review
  • 15 webinars
  • Available from September 1
  • Registration August 1 – 20, 2021
Festival Skills – Short Written and Non Written Forms 
  • Communication and audience development
  • 15 webinars
  • Available from October 1
  • Registration September 1 – 24, 2021
Journalism on Asian Cinema
  • Its history and contemporary challenges
  • 10 webinars
  • Available from November 1
  • Registration October 1 – 22, 2021

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