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Film Education

EFAD members promote film literacy and are engaged in different types of national and cross border project to bring European cinema to a young audience.

The Film Education Working Group was established in 2015 with a mandate to address:

  • Film Education and the development of a fair and transparent copyright regime for film used for educational institutions and services
  • Exchange of policies, strategies and best practices in order to develop an EFAD position on the relevance and impact of film education for children and young people in the 21. century



Eszter Lányi
Head of Training
National Film Institute, Hungary



  • 2022- Audiovisual Material in Europeana Classroom: You can find here the final report of the Audiovisual Material in Europeana Task Force, which was established by the Europeana Education Community in early 2021. The Task Force (TF) has been composed of European experts representing both the education and GLAM (galleries, libraries, archives, and museums) sectors focusing on audiovisual and audio heritage with the aim to investigate how to increase the availability and reusability of audiovisual material in the Europeana Classroom and for educators in general. The paper provides a set of recommendations put together based on a survey that received answers from 118 primarily preschool, primary and secondary school teachers, academics or educators working in the GLAM sector and six case studies designed by the Task Force members.
  • 2020 Online course (MOOC) developed by the BFI and its partners its partners from DFI, Cinémathèque Française and Vision Kino. The course is for educators working in the film or media education but also for policymakers, cinema and festival workers, archive educators, strategic bodies and agents who are looking for good practice and good examples of international film education.
  • 2020 Report about Film Literacy in Estonia "Points of Departure for Film Education in Estonia"
  • 2015 Report for the European Commission "Showing films and other audiovisual content in European Schools. Obstacles and best practices"
  • 2014 CNC Report "For a European Film Education Policy"
  • 2011 BFI Report "Screening Film Literacy: Film Education in Europe"
  • Blogsite of the Film Literacy Advisory Group

European projects

  • European Film Factory, MEDIA-funded project, a platform for film education, available in English, French, German, Greek, Italian, Polish, Romanian & Spanish for students and teachers across Europe
  • Cinemini Europe 2: Cinemini Europe 2 is a film education initiative supported by Creative Europe. It started in 2019 with Das Österreichische Filmmuseum, Deutsches Filminstitut & Filmmuseum, Eye Filmmuseum, Kinodvor Cinema Ljubljana, Taartrovers. In 2021 it has continued, with three new partners: Baltic Film, Media, Arts and Communication School (BFM), European Children’s Film Association and Serralves Foundation. Cinemini offers to children aged 3-6 years old, their parents and educators the possibility to explore the world of the moving image in an innovative way. On 2 and 3 December, the projects, films and pedagogic concepts of this initiative will be presented in detail. It is a two-day training for film festival staff from programming and education fields, for freelancer educators and presenters (here).
  • MEDIA-supported project Framework for film education in Europe
  • Kino Magistrala (Croatia): A new network of Croatian cinemas, Kino Magistrala, was created, covering the entire coastal region of the country. The project aims to display a range of content for a wider audience. Creating a joint school programme in all partner cinemas is part of the project, which will be implemented in cooperation with primary and secondary schools. The project is supported by Europa Cinemas, Creative Europe through the MEDIA programme, and the Croatian Audiovisual Centre (here).

EFAD members initiatives


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Belgium (NL)

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  • Archive for Education offers an online image bank for teachers with short films, videos and image and audio fragments from national and regional broadcasters, cultural and heritage organizations (and soon also fragments of creations supported by the Flemish Audiovisual Fund). The database is completely tailored to the final attainment levels and curriculum objectives of education (here).
  • Cultuurconnect, a Flemish service provider working on the digitalization of the local cultural field, is currently developing a film streaming service for all public libraries in cooperation with a distributor. The content focuses on art house, world cinema, local productions, ...The project is still in the experimental phase, in which 12 libraries are participating and share a supply of 300 titles, including over 100 short films. In a second phase, the offer will be further expanded to more libraries. In order to offer a wider and regularly renewed range of films, other streaming platforms will be addressed in this second phase (here).
France "Ecole et cinéma" schemes
Greece CINEDU – Digital Movie Platform for Schools

The Greek Film Centre introduces CINEDU, in the context of the project “Digital Movie Platform for Schools”, co-financed by Greece and the European Union (European Social Fund-ESF), through the Operational Program “Human Resources Development, Education and Lifelong Learning 2014-2020”.
CINEDU is a new streaming platform just for schools, designed to introduce cinema as an innovative educational tool! Teachers and students from schools all over Greece will have free access to a wide catalogue of films and educational kits, specially curated to be screened and studied within classrooms. It offers a wide range of a minimum of 92 contemporary Greek and international films - fiction, animation, documentary, short and feature length - each accompanied by educational resources and linked to the courses of the primary and secondary education’s curriculum. Teachers will be able to use films to enrich the teaching of their courses, whilst enabling their students to better engage with the lesson, by watching acclaimed, hand-picked films.
The educational kits consist of a variety of material in the form of multimedia and interactive content, aiming to adapt to the needs and practices of the educational process. In addition to the film catalogue and the educational kits, CINEDU will offer 10 specially created short films that will introduce students and teachers to the world of cinema and film production. The platform’s content will be available to teachers and students upon registration, while technical support will be continuously provided through a helpdesk. To secure equal access, films will be subtitled, while films for younger audiences will be dubbed.
Τhe platform is expected to be launched soon.

Core Films and Klassz educational and youth programme – Classics in the Classroom

Since 2018, the Hungarian National Film Institute’s Film Archive has been building their website named Alapfilmek (Core Films), to demonstrate important works of Hungary’s cinematic history in a comprehensive, yet richly detailed manner. The website introduces different genres, eras and the oeuvre of film artists, and provides an opportunity to showcase the treasures within the Archive’s collections in connection to films. Fan favourites and unfairly forgotten masterpieces equally make their appearance, from every genre and type of film. The gradually expanding film history website currently offers intriguing and diverse content about 460 cinematic pieces.
The NFI – Film Archive’s educational programme for young audiences (age 3–25) is Klassz programme is based on the ‘Core Films’ ( project, the Film Archive’s website on the history of film. The programme offers educational materials and online games developed by pedagogues (literature, visual arts, history etc.), NFI – Film Archive organizes screenings, workshops, events at cultural festivals, competitions, lectures and camps for young audiences and workshops, conferences for educators.
NFI, Hungary has been funding the Great Hungarian Film Test for Students, a unique program that promotes Hungarian film history, as well as the film industry as a whole. The contest format - developed by the Association of Students and Youth Journalists - conveys the message to young people aged 14-20 in an innovative and creative way on their favorite and most used devices (smartphones, laptops) and platforms (social media).
The Great Hungarian Film Test for Students is based on a 3-round competition series format. The first round is an online test based on which contestants can gain entry to the semi-final and final competition taking ó place at a cultural venue in Budapest.
The 6th edition of the Great Hungarian Film Test for Students in 2023 reached more than 23,000 contestants throughout Hungary.


The Icelandic Film Centre hosted a conference on 28 and 29 October 2022 on creating content for young audiences, with workshops and lectures from renowned experts, academics, and producers in the field of children's media. The conference focused on lectures and presentations on Thursday 27th, and workshops on Friday 28th, intended for teachers and filmmakers (here).


Since 2015, cinema and audiovisual became a fully-fledged part of the curriculum of schools of all levels, as specific disciplines to contribute to the construction of a common audiovisual culture and to the formation of learning environments. With Cinema and Audiovisual Law no. 220 of 14 November 2016, the National Cinema and Images for Schools Plan, signed by Directorate General for Cinema and Audiovisual of the Ministry of Culture and the Directorate General for Students, Integration and Participation of the Ministry of Education, was created. The regulation stipulates that 3% of the National Film and Audiovisual Fund, amounting to at least 12 million euros, will be allocated each year, to be used according to the intervention plan for each school year. The actions of the National Plan Cinema and Images for Schools are oriented towards the promotion of film and audiovisual language teaching and the acquisition of tools and methods of analysis that foster knowledge of the grammar of images and awareness of the nature and specificity of their functioning. The Plan envisages: training activities for teachers aimed at introducing a new target figure into the school system, the visual education operator; the launch of calls for tenders addressed to schools of all levels and to operators in the sector to support the inclusion of film and audiovisual education within educational pathways, also through workshop activities in cooperation with professionals in the sector, and to promote festivals, reviews and innovative educational initiatives dedicated to the school world. is the first institutional web platform, promoted by the two Ministries, dedicated to the world of cinema and audiovisual at school. In the website, all the initiatives promoted by the two Ministries as part of the National Cinema and Images for Schools Plan are presented: opportunities, calls for proposals, teaching materials, audio-visual materials, learning objects, training courses and any other useful tool for launching visual education paths at school.

In August 2021 the Ministries of Culture and Education signed a three-year Memorandum of Understanding allocating resources of at least €12 million per year to implement the Cinema Law. Financial allocations from the previous two-year period left unspent due to the Covid pandemic have been added to the €36 million earmarked for the three-year period.

In March 2022, the third National Plan for Cinema and Images in Schools, which has allocated €54 million for the 2022/2023 academic year. The goal is to boost knowledge and awareness of cinematographic and audiovisual language in schools of every level.

Slovakia See page 5-7: here 
  • Two projects are run by Filmoteca Española, which is a Sub-directorate General of the Instituto de la Cinematografía y de las Artes Audiovisuales (ICAA).
    • Educa Filmoteca is an educational project directed at students of different levels of education (secondary, upper secondary and vocational training) whose aim is to stimulate the critical thinking of learners and to promote audiovisual literacy (i.e. knowledge of film language and modes of filmmaking). Educational activities are organised around the exhibition of films, the development of pedagogical materials and the holding of colloquia moderated by experts. While activities are normally delivered through face-to-face sessions, Educa Filmoteca has been providing online events and activities for high schools during the pandemic.
    • The activities of Filmoteca en familia are designed to bring families and children closer to film. The aims of this project are twofold: firstly, to draw attention to the joys of the film experience, and, secondly, to turn children (ages 2 to 12) into active and lasting audiences. Moving beyond the conventional viewing of a film in a cinema, Filmoteca en familia proposes filmgoing and film viewing as experiences connected to education and to the experimental. Sessions include the projection of a feature film or a set of shorts and a guided practical workshop to foster the learning of the conventions and techniques of film language.

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