Spring 2020 - CA 334 D200

Selected Topics in Film and Video Production (3)

Skoden Indigenous Film Festival 2020

Class Number: 9079

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Tu 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
    GCA 3750, GOLDCORP

    Th 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
    GCA 4390, GOLDCORP

  • Prerequisites:

    CA (or FPA) 231 and prior approval.



This course will cover a specific topic within the field of film and video production not covered in depth in regularly scheduled courses, such as optical printing techniques, film and video editing, experimental film and video production, or documentary film and video production. Students may repeat this course for further credit under a different topic.


This is an introductory film course, where prior experience with film exhibition and programming is not required.  However, the ability to work independently and in groups is vital.  Students will be called upon to be in committees that determine locations, fundraising, publicity, programming, exhibition and projection and other areas needed for a successful festival.  The focus of the programming is on Indigenous film from Canada, and through this class we hope to offer another avenue for practicing decolonization and providing a platform for under represented filmmakers and artists. This is an interdisciplinary course and we welcome students from outside the School for the Contemporary Arts.  Interested students must email the instructor for approval.


Used by Indigenous communities from coast to coast to coast, Skoden is a unifying word that transcends a single language. Skoden is slang for “let's go then”. It’s an attitude and a battle cry and we’ve decided to take it to heart. Skoden is a film festival featuring the works of Canada based Indigenous filmmakers and talent. The festival was created to showcase Indigenous filmmakers and to Indigenize the SFU community.

Held within the heart of Musqueam, Sḵwxwú7mesh, and Tsleil-Waututh territories, the Skoden Indigenous Film Festival will feature indigenous cultural traditions including a welcome ceremony and witness. We welcome new traditions and invite anyone who is interested in making our community more inclusive to come, learn, and share with us in the spirit of Skoden.

This course is designed to facilitate the Skoden Indigenous Film Festival. Working collaboratively, students will take an active role in organizing and running the festival. This involves learning about presenting films in a cinema space, details around exhibition, skills as a projectionist, programming and screening film submissions, fundraising, and what it’s like to work in the film festival industry. Students who have taken CA 334 under a different topic can take the course again for further credit.


  • Performance & Participation (Including performance on 2 committees) 60%
  • Guest Response papers 15%
  • Film Festival research report 15%
  • Final individual review and wrap report 10%


Attendance: Points will be taken off the final grade if there are attendance issues during class and the festival.

Registrar Notes:

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