Short Courses

Asian Independent Film Appreciation

Ever since the Oscars spotlighted world filmmakers such as Bong Joon Ho, Hirokazu Koreeda, Jia Zhangke, Alfonso Cuaron and Yorgos Lanthimos, mainstream cinema-going consciousness has slowly opened up to cinema auteurs and arthouse films produced outside of the Hollywood studio system. There is an entire industry of independent films exhibited on the film festival circuit that is looking to discover the next big director. These independent arthouse films are rarely found in theatres, but often break new ground and offer an alternative, or even more profound, experience to commercial Hollywood films. 

This course aims to heighten an appreciation of independent Asian cinema by introducing participants to the basics of cinematic language exemplified in the wealth of contemporary Asian short films. Through the watching and discussion of relevant work, the course will address film form and theory as well as context and poetics in which independent filmmakers employ sound and image to construct deeper meaning or narrative. The course is a space to analyse, debate and form arguments about contemporary issues presented through the storytelling, the effectiveness of audiovisual construction or the impact of emotional, intellectual or visceral responses onto the audience. By demystifying the term arthouse, the course will refine your taste for film language and aesthetics, allowing for more tools for interpretation, discourse, experimentation and introspection as a viewer.


No. of classes Days Dates Time
5 Every Wednesday 29 Sep – 27 Oct 2021 7:00pm – 9:00pm

Application Information

Course materials

Notepad and writing materials.

Who should attend

Art students, prospective art students, art enthusiasts, docents, teachers and/or anyone interested in film, in general.

Eligible schemes / subsidies:
Claimable under SkillsFuture Credit