Elías Querejeta Zine Eskola invites you to participate in an adventure of cinematographic transformation
The course begins on the first day of the San Sebastian Film Festival, the third week in September, and ends on the last day of the Festival the following year. The festivals, which frame the course as a beginning and an end – both a point of origin and a destination for EQZE - form part of what makes this school unique. The journey comprises 56 weeks of onsite teaching. The months between the start of the Festival and mid-June focus on the taught part of the course, the personal project and work placement.
The summer phase principally focuses on work placement and author workshops. In addition there is a period set aside for completing and defending the personal projects in December of that year. This is a period of no contact hours, during which students are expected to finish their projects. The second Festival represents a point of arrival for EQZE, but it also serves as a launch pad for our new students.
Each module lasts between five and seven weeks. Modules are individual units, each with their own teaching structure. All the activities during the period covered by a module revolve around a common, central theme for each speciality. Between each module there is a week without lessons or classroom contact hours that is set aside for personal work and work placement activities.
There are core subjects for all three specialities, specific subjects for each speciality, and common meetings, conferences and seminars. There is a minimum of 500 classroom contact hours. The scheduled and cultural activities of the Filmoteca (film library), Tabakalera and the Film Festival form part of the teaching programme and are incorporated into all three post-graduate courses.
During the course, students will gain a minimum of 100 hours practical experience in the Filmoteca, Tabakalera and the Film Festival. Starting in the second module, and making the most of the fact these organisations and EQZE are found in the same building, the work placement will be carried out in parallel to the classroom teaching.
All projects are tutored by one or more industry professionals, depending on the speciality, needs and the interests of each student. The projects of all three programmes are presented publicly and for evaluation through the Hipótesis (Hypothesis) project in and around December.
Although each candidate must enrol in a specific speciality, they can complete their teaching programme by choosing a certain number of subjects from another programme, seminars, meetings and screenings. In this way, they can form their own personal pathway, that is completely different from other students’. The timetable for each module is precisely designed to ensure that there are no subjects that overlap with each other so that it is possible to follow this pathway. The free-style “credits” must be chosen at the beginning of the course.
The participation of students from one speciality in subjects of another speciality is usually not as intense and demanding. In general terms, they can attend as unregistered students without the obligation to have to do practical training or take assessment tests.