Miradas críticas sobre los festivales de cine: historia, cultura y política

01.Sep - 03.Sep

Cod. K07-20

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In the last decade, the field of “festival studies” has developed new critical approaches to film festivals. Beyond superficial readings focusing on spectacle and glamour, festivals have been understood as fundamental pieces in film culture, with important social, political, and economic repercussions.

This course proposes an introduction to festival studies, establishing dialogues between past, present, and future. On the one hand, the lectures will engage in a historical analysis of different international film festivals to explore their relationship with the main contemporary social and political transformations. On the other hand, roundtables will open a space of discussion about the present and future of film festivals. Addressed to general audiences, the course aims to become a meeting point between researchers and film professionals, triggering discussion and thought from a critical, historical, and comparative perspective.


Introduction to the critical and comparative study of film festivals.

Understanding the relations between festivals, film culture and the main contemporary historical and social transformations.

Case studies based on research on international film festival’s archives.

Discussion and critical reflection on the political and social role of festivals.

Activity directed to

  • University student
  • Teachers
  • Professionals
  • All public


  • Gipuzkoako Foru Aldundia / Diputación Foral de Gipuzkoa
  • Elías Querejeta Zine Eskola
  • Donostia Zinemaldia / Festival de San Sebastián / San Sebastian International Film Festival
  • Eusko Jaurlaritza - Hezkuntza Saila
  • Course
    • Art and culture
    • Courses for everyone
  • 01.Sep - 03.Sep
  • Miramar Palace
  • Spanish
  • Academic Validity: 30 hours