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This subject will be offered at Higher Level. Film is both a powerful communication medium and art form. The IB Film course aims to develop students’ skills so they become adept in both interpreting and making film texts.

Through the study of film texts and exercises in film-making and analysis, the course explores film history, theory and socio-economic context. The course will develop students’ critical abilities, enabling them to appreciate the multiplicity of cultural and historical perspectives in film.

Students will also develop the organisational and technical skills needed to express themselves creatively in film. This course emphasizes the importance of working both individually and as a member of a team.

The Film course syllabus at Higher Level consists of four compulsory parts:

  • Part 1: Comparative Study -  Film Theory and History - The study of films and film-making traditions from more than one country 
  • Part 2: Textual Analysis - The detailed study of film sequences
  • Part 3: Film Portfolio - Undertaking a variety of film-making exercises in three roles
  • Part 4: Collaborative Film Project - The development of creative, analytic and production skills within film-making through the filming a complete narrative short film


  • Part 1: Comparative Study -  A recorded documentary (10 mins)
  • Part 2: Textual Analysis - 1750 word essay
  • Part 3: Film Portfolio - 9 min Film Reel and 9 Portfolio Pages (write-up)
  • Part 4: Collaborative Film Project - 7 min film and 2000 word write-up
  • NB - there is no Film exam

Any questions ~ please see Mr Griffin

This is a final production piece from last year’s Film IB Year 13 class (March 2019), entitled ‘The Gallery'. The students’ brief is a simple but demanding and inspiring one: to script, storyboard, rehearse, shoot and edit an entirely original short narrative (7 mins max). We tend to encourage the development of simple, high-concept pieces that get them telling stories largely through visuals and filming in interesting and challenging locations. We hope you enjoy it, and/or have the ambition to make something even better during your studies of Film IB at BGS!


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