IB Film SL

IB Film SL I

IB Film I is the first half of the IB Diploma Program Film course. The curriculum recognizes that film is both a powerful communication medium and an art form, and aims to develop students’ skills so that they become adept in both interpreting film texts and developing productions of their own. The students explore the history, theory, and socio-economic contexts behind various crucial mainstream film movements such as German Expressionism, Soviet Montage, Italian Neo-Realism and French New Wave.

As they analyze each historical movement they isolate one specific component of the filmmaking process and thoroughly engage with it through formal academic and experiential exercises. The combination of historical, analytical and practical understanding culminates with the students combining in groups to complete a short film production during trimester three.


Expanding on the foundation laid in Film I, this course continues to follow a globally historical, analytical, practical knowledge approach. In Trimester 1, students are encouraged to work together to develop, produce and edit their final productions. Following this, they hone their analytical skills at a collegiate level, and conduct independent study covering themes ranging from documentary studies, to genre studies, to counter cinema.