Curating Film Festivals

Español 599
(Class number: 9053)
Otoño 2017
Martes 5:30 p.m.-8:15 p.m.
202 Humanities
Dr. Manuel F. Medina

Office: 329B Bingham Humanities Building
Phone number: 502-852-0501
Office Hours: M 1:00 - 1:50 p.m. and T: 4:00 - 5:00 p.m. and by appointment

Class website:


Completion of Spanish 401,402, 403, or 404 or with instructor's approval.

Course Description:
This class studies the history, theory, method and practice of Latin American film festivals (or film festivals dedicated to Latin American film) within the context of national identities and technical and thematic tendencies.

Course objectives:

Learning outcomes:

Required Texts:

Valck, Marijke de, et al., editors. Film Festivals: History, Theory, Method, Practice. London, Routledge, 2016.

Please, order directly from publisher ( or from

Additional materials:
All additional materials made available via the class website and Blackboard.

Optional text: Giannetti, Louis. Understanding Movies 11th ed. Upper Saddle River, New Jersey: Prentice Hall, 2008. Or any edition, since the 9th.

Teaching Methods:

This class demands active student participation. I expect you to contribute to the class discussions. Be sure to complete the assigned reading and watch the film before each class. Otherwise, you will be unable to take effective notes and to take part in the discussions. While lectures will cover the general topics, the assigned readings will provide you with complimentary information.

Grading Policy and Distribution

Grades are final and not negotiable

1. Class Participation & attendance: . . . . . . 10%

Reading, analytical thinking, questioning, challenging old beliefs, expressing one's own opinions and writing represent the main components of this course. Please, make sure to complete all the assigned reading before class so you can participate in class discussions.

Attendance: I expect you to be present in all class sessions. If you don’t attend class, you’ll miss important information that will help you better understand the subject matter, the readings and to do well on the exams. You will also loose class participation points.

I will deduct points from your grade for every un-excused absence, after the first two, using the following scale:

Note: Please, contact me regarding excused absences such as medical and family emergencies, jury duty, and other I could include in this category.

2. Quizzes, and other assignments . . . . . . 15%

These assignments must be submitted at the beginning of class.

3. Two Exams: . . . . . . 35%

The midterm (20%) and the final exam (15%) will each consist of answering short questions, and writing essays. Your answers must incorporate ideas and issues addressed in class, along with your own points of view. The exams will measure your knowledge of the assigned readings, the class lectures, and the material introduced in class discussions.

4. Oral Presentation . . . . . . 10%

I have posted information in the class website.

5. Final Project. . . . . . 30%:

I have posted information in the class website.

Submitting work: You must submit your paper and related assignments at the start of the class on the date stated in the assignment schedule. I will not accept late papers unless you and I have mutually agreed upon an extension before the paper's deadline. I very seldom grant extensions.

Grading scale:

95.5%-100% A+

92.5%-95.4% A

89.5%-92.4% A-

85.5%-89.4% B+

82.5%-85.4% B

79.5%-82.4% B-

75.5%-79.4% C+

72.5%-75.4% C

69.5%-72.4% C-

65.5%-69.4% D+

62.5%-65.4% D

59.5%-62.4% D-

0%-59.4% F

Letter Grade Definitions

100 to 90 = A, Exceptional

Student strongly exceeds all requirements as provided by the instructor. The work product not only meets the requirements of the project but also goes above and beyond the scope of work.

89 to 80 = B, Above Average

Student completes all requirements as provided by the instructor. Student is well prepared for every class, with daily assignments as requested by the instructor and participates in class discussions. Written work demonstrates good craft with acceptable attention to detail.

79 to 70 = C, Average

Student completes all requirements as provided by the instructor. The work products reflect basic comprehension of class objectives and work is completed to meet requirements only. Student is prepared for most class sessions with assignments as requested by the instructor.

69 to 60 = D, Poor

Student does not complete all requirements as provided by the instructor. The work products fail to reflect basic class principles and demonstrate lack of comprehension of course material. Student is often ill-prepared for class sessions. Written work and assignments are incomplete, poorly crafted and show a lack of attention to detail.

59 to 0 = F, Failing

Student completes a small portion of requirements as provided by the instructor. The work products fail to reflect basic class principles and demonstrate lack of comprehension of course material. Student is generally ill-prepared for class sessions. Written work and assignments are incomplete, poorly crafted and show a lack of attention to detail.

Student Academic Rights and Responsibilities:

Every student is expected to be thoroughly familiar with the University's Code of Student Rights and Responsibilities and Student Conduct which can be found in the General Information section of the Undergraduate Catalog.
Along with preparing for and attending class, each student has the responsibility of promoting high academic standards. Students are expected to cooperate in all classes with the instructor to achieve an optimal learning environment. The College of Arts and Sciences does not tolerate cheating, fabrication, falsification, multiple submission, plagiarism, or complicity in academic dishonesty. The College of Arts and Sciences has a statement of academic discipline for action against students who cheat or plagiarize.

Student Sexual Misconduct Policy

The Student Sexual Misconduct Policy ( outlines options for a student who believes he/she may have been or currently is a victim of sexual misconduct by a student, university visitor or employee within the university community.

University Policy on Discrimination and Sexual Harassment:

Title IX/Clery Act Notification

Sexual misconduct (including sexual harassment, sexual assault, and any other nonconsensual behavior of a sexual nature) and sex discrimination violate University policies. Students experiencing such behavior may obtain confidential support from the PEACC Program (852-2663), Counseling Center (852-6585), and Campus Health Services (852-6479). To report sexual misconduct or sex discrimination, contact the Dean of Students (852-5787) or University of Louisville Police (852-6111).

Disclosure to University faculty or instructors of sexual misconduct, domestic violence, dating violence, or sex discrimination occurring on campus, in a University-sponsored program, or involving a campus visitor or University student or employee (whether current or former) is not confidential under Title IX. Faculty and instructors must forward such reports, including names and circumstances, to the University’s Title IX officer.

For more information, see the Sexual Misconduct Resource Guide


Code of Student Conduct

The Dean of Students Office (DOS) meets with students to assess situations of possible non-academic misconduct as described in the Code of Student Conduct, ( The University's Code of Student Conduct is promulgated to give students general notice of non-academic prohibited conduct. The Code should be read broadly and is not designed to define non-academic misconduct in exhaustive terms. Students are responsible for adhering to the Code of Student Conduct and should familiarize themselves with the Code. In order to protect and preserve a quality educational environment for the campus community, the DOS offers education and support for students struggling with a crisis, concern or behavioral issues.

Policy on Instructional Modifications or accommodations:

I encourage students who have a disability or other educational, physical or mental limitations or conditions which may impair their ability to complete assignments or otherwise satisfy course criteria to meet with me to identify, discuss and document any feasible instructional modifications or accommodations. Please notify me no later than the end of the second week of the semester or no later that the end of the second week after you get diagnosed with a disability or condition, whichever occurs first. You may contact the Disabilities Resource Center for information and auxiliary aid.

The University of Louisville is committed to providing access to programs and services for qualified students with disabilities. If you are a student with a disability and require accommodation to participate in and complete requirements for this class, contact the Disability Resource Center (852-6938) for verification of eligibility and determination of specific accommodations.