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Journalism on Asian Cinema. Its history and contemporary challenges

The third and final block of the Asian Cinema Education International Course in Journalism and Film Criticism, which tells the story of journalism on Asian cinema.

Available from November 1
Open Call: October 1 – 22, 2021

Journalism on Asian Cinema - course info

The basic premise is to chart the evolution of both Asian cinema and critical appraisal of Asian cinema, looking at the films and the people who have taken Asian cinema to the world – and digging into how they have done so. The end result should provide attendees with both a solid grounding in the history of Asian cinema and the foundations needed to critically appraise Asian cinema. The course is hosted by Mathew Scott, Asia-based writer and editor, who initiated the Far East Film Festival Campus for young journalists in Udine, Italy, an educational programme and cultural exchange which each year hosts aspiring writers from Asia and from Europe.

Course program
  • Introductory Session
  • The History of Asian Cinema (1900 to 1960): From the First Filmmakers in the Early 1900s and the First Films to Emergence of Major Studios
  • The History of Asian Cinema (1960 to Now)
  • When East Meets West: A look at the History of Film Criticism
  • Movers and Shakers: A Deep Dive into a Selection of Films, Filmmakers and Critics from Asia
  • Far East, Far Out: A Look at the Theme of "Exoticism"
  • Festivals ... and Beyond: The Emergence of Festivals Across Asia 
  • Then and Now: How Retrospectives and Archives Are Preserving the History of Asian Cinema
  • Talking Asian Cinema: How to Formulate Thoughts into Discussion and into Written Form.
  • Course Summary: Expert Comment on Participants’ Assignments (available from December 29). 

Important information
Who can participate in the courses?

The course is open to everyone interested in talking and writing about Asian cinema – future film journalists, bloggers, critics, members of selection committees, festival organizers, and Asian cinema enthusiasts. We invite people of all  ages who want to develop their interests, gain new skills and get to know Asian cinema.

What are the requirements for completing the course?

To complete the course and receive a participation diploma, you have to write an assignment: a film description, an essay, or a review, and present it to the expert in charge of the course. The assignment, in its final form, should be accepted by the expert. The best works will be published.

How long does the course last?
  • The courses is available: from November 1, 2021
  • Assignment deadline: December 15, 2021
  • Webinars with experts’ comments on the assignments handed in throughout the course available on December 29, 2021
What is the language of the course?

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

How much does it cost to participate in the course?

Participation in the course is free of charge


To actively participate in the course, you need to fill in the registration form with the necessary data and write a short comment on a film of your choice.

Registration: October 1-22, 2021

You can register for one, two or three parts of the course. Participating in each part will require a separate registration. The registered participants will be able to interact with the lecturers and their works will be assessed and commented on by the experts.

You can also watch all the webinars without registering.


Questions? Please contact us!

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