The Institut Français has teamed up with ARTE Education to put together the European Film Factory, a project that will allow schools across Europe to access a catalogue of 10 European films reflecting European identity in its diversity.

Through the European Film Factory, pupils and teachers in all the Creative Europe programme Member States will have access during at least 3 years to a catalogue of 10 films on an interactive online platform accessible via desktop and mobile devices. The platform and all its content, including the films, will be available in German, French, English, Italian, Spanish, Polish, Romanian and Greek, covering thus 8 of the 10 most spoken languages in the European Union.

The catalogue of films will be diverse in terms of production years, genres, nationalities, topics and gender, representing thus a fine share of Europe’s best arthouse films. The titles will be selected by a jury composed of film education experts coming from institution such as European cinematheques, while involving a wide range of representatives of the film industry to ensure the best quality and diversity of the catalogue.

In order to reach as many schools as possible, a top-down and bottom-up dissemination strategy will be implemented, by reaching out directly to European ministries of education and by involving teachers actively in the dissemination process.

Background

This project has been selected under the Creative Europe call for proposals on film education.

The project was submitted by the Institut Français, a renowned public industrial and commercial organisation founded in 1907 by the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs to promote French culture abroad. It has been the recipient of a MEDIA - Film Education grant for the last 4 years to foster EU films through the web platform 'Cined' for non-commercial screenings of recent and heritage films, complemented with film education initiatives.

This year Institut Français has teamed up with ARTE Education, the pedagogical arm of the famous French-German TV Broadcaster and the European Schoolnet (a network of 34 Ministries of Education (MoE) across Europe), which operates European services in education on behalf of member MoE, the European Commission, and industry partners.