Elías Querejeta Zine Eskola's educational project is concretised in three programs: Film Conservation Studies, Film Curating Studies and Filmmaking Studies
The purpose of the EQZE is to train filmmakers in the broad, cross-cutting sense of the term; filmmakers that can actively confront and interact with the cinema of the past (through research and preservation), with the cinema of the present (through curating and programming) and with the cinema of the future (through creation) developping a comprehensive unitary vision.
We like to refer to the EQZE as precisely the school of the three ages of cinema, because the three institutions that worked together to set it up aim to study and work, precisely, on the past (Film Library), the present (the Festival) and future of creative cinema (Tabakalera). EQZE pictures this educational project through three postgraduate programs: Film Conservation Studies, Film Curating Studies and Filmmaking Studies. As a whole, these three postgraduate courses identify and define our idea of cinema.
2020-2021 course estructure
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.