Aims and scope

Film is a distinct medium with a distinct history and, as such, it requires a distinct pedagogy. The Film Education Journal (FEJ) is the world’s only publication committed to exploring how teachers and other educators work with film, and to involving other participants – policymakers, academics, researchers, cultural agencies and film-makers themselves – in that conversation.

We distinguish film from wider media. In consequence, pedagogical approaches inherited from other subjects, such as the textual study of literature, are not always appropriate for analysing film. In many parts of the world, the study of film is not yet recognized as a discrete subject and has not become a fully integrated part of the curriculum. FEJ aims to lead and shape the developing conversation about the place of film education in diverse educational contexts.

We have identified four groups routinely involved in the practice of film education: theorists, educators, film practitioners and policymakers, each coming from a different background yet sharing a common interest. FEJ exists to occupy the productive middle ground between these groups. We take particular inspiration in this respect from international film cultures that have developed a more holistic sense of how theory, practice, policy and pedagogy speak to each other, for example the post-war film culture in France. In bringing together the diverse voices engaged in film education within a single publication, FEJ will explicitly encourage a greater degree of exchange between theory, practice, policy and pedagogy.

The journal has two key aims:

  1. To further understandings of the diverse approaches to film education around the world by exploring how educators, practitioners and policymakers are responding to the questions of film education in different international contexts: in primary schools, secondary schools, universities and film schools, and in programmes of education taking place outside institutions such as community projects and clubs.
  2. To develop a critical discourse around these diverse approaches by considering how the work of relevant theorists casts light upon film education practice, and encouraging film practitioners and educators to reflect critically upon their practice.

The journal’s editors will pursue a number of strategies to foster a sense of dialogue between articles written by academics and those written by educators, film-makers and policymakers outside the academy. We are particularly interested in pairs of articles looking at an issue or area of film education from academic and non-academic perspectives.

Publication frequency: Film Education Journal is published twice a year, in June and November.


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Article publication charges

UCL Press journals do not levy an Article-Processing Charge (APC) for submission or publication in Film Education Journal. Contributors to Film Education Journal will not be required to make an APC payment for submission or publication of their article.

Open access policy

All articles published in Film Education Journal are licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution Licence (CC-BY) 4.0 international licence agreement and published open access, making them immediately and freely available to read and download. The CC-BY licence agreement allows authors to retain copyright while allowing others to copy, distribute, and make some uses of the work. Further information regarding this can be found at https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0 and licensing terms and conditions can be found in our Journals Editorial Policy https://journals.uclpress.co.uk/site/editorial_policy.

Peer review

Film Education Journal operates double anonymised peer review, where both the reviewers and authors are anonymised to each other during review. Authors should submit an anonymous version of the manuscript, stripped of all identifying references to the author(s) for peer review. Reviewers cannot be from the same institution as the author, based at any funding bodies connected to the paper and cannot be recommended by authors or anyone else connected to the paper. Author(s) should submit an anonymous version of the manuscript, stripped of all identifying references to the author(s) for peer review.

Articles published as ‘Perspectives’ are subject to internal editorial review only.

Further information regarding peer review can be found on the UCL Press editorial policy pages (https://journals.uclpress.co.uk/site/editorial_policy).

Journal information

ISSN: 2515-7086


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Contact the journal

All general enquiries should be sent to the Editors at filmeducationjournal [at] ed.ac.uk.