Smolny Beyond Borders

A Liberal Arts Initiative

Film Diary: Archiving of The Everyday



Course Schedule:

June 10, 2024 - July 3, 2024 | Monday; Tuesday; Wednesday 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM EDT

Term: June 10, 2024 – July 3, 2024
Schedule: Monday; Tuesday; Wednesday 10:00 AM – 12:30 PM EDT
Language of Instruction: English
Subject: FILM (Film)
Max Enrollment: 22
Credits: 3 US / 6 ECTS
Prerequisites: The students have to have a basic knowledge of filmmaking: how to shoot and how to edit films.

It’s a semi-practical seminar dedicated to diary film as an archival practice of the everyday. We will watch and discuss films that fall under the categories of “film diaries,” “diary films,” and “film letters” as well as engage with texts of filmmakers, poets, and scholars who orient themselves towards experimental cinematic worldmaking and storytelling. Moreover, we will make our own diary films trying to put together bits and pieces, scraps, and traces of our everyday into a film form.

Guidelines for the Statement of Purpose:
Craft a reflective statement of purpose explaining your interest in the Smolny Beyond Borders online course. The file should be saved with your name and course title as the filename and uploaded accordingly. Your statement’s clarity and substance will significantly influence our selection. Convey your motivations and aspirations for this course succinctly but thoroughly. Kindly write your statement in the course’s Language of Instruction.

Application Portal Instructions:
1) Use the Latin alphabet for all entries on the portal, including your name. If the Language of Instruction is Russian, you may use Cyrillic only within the Statement of Purpose file, and the title of the file should still be in English.
2) Refrain from using email addresses associated with Russian or Belarusian educational institutions.
3) While completing the “Required Information” section, ensure you fill in the “Province” field for your address.
4) Provide an address outside Russia or Belarus in both the “Required Information” and “Geographic Location Confirmation” sections of the “Online Course Application”. This ensures we can send your transcript.
5) You must press the “Sign” button twice during the application.
6) If you hold a bachelor’s degree, select “4th+” in the “Academic Year (online)” section.
7) Applicants either unaffiliated or affiliated with educational institutions in Russia and Belarus should list ‘Smolny Beyond Borders’ as their educational institution.
8) In the student ID section, enter ‘SBB’.
9) Consider drafting your motivation letter ahead of time. Save it as a separate file with this format: LastName_FirstName_CourseTitle for a smoother application process.

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