An Original and Effective Methodology

One of the partners’ toughest challenges was to create an open pedagogy, flexible enough to adapt to different contexts and audiences, such as young people, teachers and mediators – both novice and experienced. Inspired by the pedagogy used in the pioneering programme Cinéma, cent ans de jeunesse (international cinema education programme started by La Cinémathèque française), this methodology uses pooled approaches and matches the different requirements of each CinEd partner.

A shared approach for an open, sensitive and active pedagogy

The partners worked together to write a common charter that introduces all pedagogical files. This charter is a framework that establishes reference points and principles, and guides participants in cinema and image education in Europe.

  • Cinema is art and a cultural object that helps conceive the worldit helps young people (from a very young age) form an identity and understand the world.
  • Learn from and through cinema requires good methodology and tools​, for both students and instructors. In order to teach a young audience how to watch a film, it is necessary to take the new habits of young Europeans into account (multiple screens, fragmentation of viewing, use of social media, digital tools) and to integrate the study of excerpts.
  • Learning is comparing and making connections between different cinematographies, and between films and other arts.
  • Understanding is absorbing a pedagogy that encourages young students to be active and creative (choosing, confronting, describing, creating) and isestablishing a strong link between analysis and practice.

Adapted Pedagogical Tools

CinEd proposes different tools to prepare for and accompany screenings and activities with young audiences:

  • One pedagogical file on each film for teachers and mediators
  • Five cross-sectional thematic videos, in order to facilitate comparative analysis of excerpts dealing with cinema issues and motifs.
  • One worksheet with activities and images from the film for each student (a new tool developed by the partners in 2017)
  • One media kit containing different complementary documents: glossary, screenshots, script, press articles, etc. (to be gradually expanded)
  • List of web resources about the transmission of cinema or providing tools and complementary pedagogical suggestions. 

These tools and resources were designed to be used both for training teachers and mediators and for direct sessions with young people, to accompany screenings and activities. 

Pedagogical Booklets

These are intended mainly for teachers and mediators, but are also accessible to students who want to learn more or organize screenings themselves.

These unique files are organized around four central themes :

  • Highlight the resonance of national contexts and European destinies: bring to light how filmmakers from each country capture or have captured our common European history, from World War II to the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, up to the present day; help students understand how certain cinematographic movements had truly European trajectories, as if through capillary action (for example, the New Wave started in France and then influenced Romanian, Czech and German cinema).
  • Establish connections and compare films, creating dialogue between them : the films were chosen with common, recurring themes in mind (initiation, learning, generation gap, escape, etc.) which are a common thread in the files and facilitate the interpretation of each film, not individually but echoing other films. This approach gives each student or teacher an opportunity to interpret the film and instigates dialogue.
  • Learn to observe and describe : an essential step in analysis. We look at the films on different scales –entire film and excerpts (screenshots, shots, sequences). We thus distinguish the specifics of each unit as related to time and to editing.
  • Have a creative and interactive approach to the film by using simple exercises to be conducted independently (with cell phones, cameras, etc.). These exercises are suggested in the pedagogical pathways and soon in the activity and photo worksheets that will be provided to each student.

Thematic Pedagogical Videos: a study of excerpts 

These videos were made by La Cinémathèque française and are aimed at instructors, teachers and students in order to facilitate comparison of the films. Each video contains excerpts from films in the CinEd collection that showcase similar motifs (Car Trips, At the Table, Escape, Conflict ) or issues in cinema (Gaze, Distance).

These videos support film analysis and help make connections between excerpts of films from different cinematography eras. They bring to light the director’s choices and challenges. They allow to question cultural similarities and differences, social mutations (e.g. eating behaviors and traditions at the table); repeating motives can also be analyzed in the story (e.g. car trips, meal scenes). Watching these videos inspires young students to see other films in the collection in their entirety.

These thematic  pedagogical videos are available in several languages with individual presentation sheets (also translated), intended to guide teachers and mediators as they introduce students to image analysis.

Web Resources from Around the World

Cinema Education online resources  

National sites

A selection of websites for cinema education developed nationally (France, Spain…) <click on the logo>

European and international websites

A selection of film education projects developed in cooperation by several countries