The CILECT Congress, Cape Town


CILECT is the worldwide network of film schools: “The International Association of Film and Television Schools (Centre International de Liaison des Ecoles de Cinéma et de Télévision – CILECT) was founded in Cannes, France in 1955, the brainchild of the two leading figures of the French film school IDHEC (Institut des Hautes Études Cinématographiques) – Marcel L’Herbier (IDHEC President) and Rémy Tessonneau (IDHEC General Director). By 2013 CILECT includes over 160 audio-visual educational institutions from 60 countries on all continents with more than 9,000 teachers and staff who annually train more than 55,000 students and communicate with an alumni network of more than 1,330,000. More than 65% of the world’s highest box-office film and television creators are graduates of CILECT member schools.”

Alan Cilect Cape Town

Upon my appointment as Professor of Film in 2009 I initiated the extensive application of the TUT Department of Drama and Film/Film and spoke on its behalf at the CILECT Congress of 2012 in Cape Town. This was in keeping with one significant remit of my appointment: “The appointment of Dr Taylor is one of the strategic measures that were taken to position the Film Programme as the preferred programme in this field nationally, but also to establish recognition for the programme internationally. Dr Taylor is a renowned academic and professional and he will undoubtedly play an important role in assisting the Faculty to make this dream a reality.” TUT Vice Chancellor’s 2009 report.

At the CILECT Congress, Cape Town, 2012.

At the CILECT Congress, Cape Town, 2012.

Congress, Cape Town, 2012

Congress, Cape Town, 2012

This is the presentation that accompanied the talk that secured our membership.

Finally, the students put together this silent movie about the history of the Film Programme since its beginnings in the 1970s

Sample collaborations: FilmHaus, Frankfurt/Main (screenwriting workshop leader, Script Lab 5); Cinemasports (Event Organiser); Berlin Kulturring (Workshop Leader, Teaching the Teachers); Filmwissenschaft, the Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz (Guest Lecturer and Dr. phil research); the Department of Communication the New Bulgarian University (Guest Lecturer); the Department of Education, University of Oxford (Country Champion); The Film Programme, Tshwane University of Technology, South Africa (Professor, Lecturer, Conference Speaker, Research Supervisor); Open Window, Pretoria (External Verifier); The Council of Higher Education, South Africa (Course Verifier, film and media); CANSA, South Africa; International Academic Publishers Peter Lang GmbH (Book Author); JournalistenVerlag, Berlin (Member); JournalistID (Commentator/Reviewer); the Culture Department of the John F. Kennedy Institute of North American Studies, Free University, Berlin (Guest Lecturer US film and television histories – genre, technology, ownerships and narratives); and CILECT.


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