On Thursday 10 March, the Year 12 film cohort presented their New Wave and Experimental films in the QACI theatre. These films were created at the height of the COVID pandemic last year. The filmmakers themselves, their friends and family gathered to celebrate their work and experience a touch of avant-garde cinema.
While struggling with the difficulties of the pandemic itself, students explored their creativity with original ideas and concepts – drawing on their knowledge and understandings of the experimental movements of early 20th century in European cinema (German Expressionism, French Impressionism, and Spanish Surrealism).
Earlier last year, they studied the stylised techniques of these films in depth as well as the extensive impact that the movements had on the rise of cinema, influenced by (national) tragedy, culture, and social issues. When it came to creating their own films, the filmmakers' collaborative process was constricted by the implications of COVID. As filmmaking consists of sharing ideas and skills – this meant a massive change in the flow of the river.
Although communication and teamwork were limited, the film teachers guided the students through these foreign grounds with constant care and support. It was a pleasure and delight to watch the work of these filmmakers, and we look forward to seeing their final pieces this year as they start to complete their IB film journey at QACI.
...article written by Kelsey Kim, Year 11