La Cinémathèque française

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The Cinémathèque Française is a not for profit organisation supported by the Ministry for Culture and Communication. It was founded in 1936 by the good will of Henri Langlois and a handful of far thinking individuals who wanted to save films from the silent era.

Its mission aims are:  to preserve and restore films and archives; to program classic cinema, screening retrospectives and tributes to filmmakers, actors, producers, film composers and film technicians; to enrich and showcase the exceptional collections of the Film Museum; to organize innovative temporary exhibitions of national and international scope.

One of the Cinémathèque’s aims, since its inception, has been to assure the dissemination of cinema and cinematographic culture.  This aim was strengthened in 1993, with the creation of its own education department, which focused on young audiences and schools. The education department has now opened out its offer to all ages and audiences, offering conferences, film lessons and other creative cultural events. Marking the centenary of the birth of cinema in 1994 the Cinémathèque created le Cinéma, Cent Ans de Jeunesse, an experimental educational project that invited participants in to the world of the Cinémathèque from outside. 

The Cinémathèque coordinates the project internationally, and is the cultural partner for workshop groups taking part in the Ile de France region.