Head of Cinéma, cent ans de jeunesse
La Cinémathèque française
Created in 1995, Cinéma, Cent Ans De Jeunesse offers an educational experiment of cinema which conciliates the sharpening of perception with the creative experience. Each year it sets up training groups in schools and extracurricular environments where young people get the chance to work with cinema practitioners on a regular basis.
The project takes place throughout the whole school year. Workshops take place in schools, middle schools and high schools and are lead jointly by a teacher, or teaching team and a filmmaker.
Throughout the course of the year the sessions mix the watching of film excerpts in class with practical exercises, culminating in the making of a short film created by the group itself.
A Question of Cinema, Rules of the Game
The project’s originality lies in its definition of a framework of approach to a specific ‘question of cinema’ and the formulation of rules of the game to address this ‘question’, developed in consultation with its international partners. Regardless of age or location all the participants work on the same question, unifying their investigations, leading to a discovery of cinema. Previous topics for investigation have included: Colour; point of view; hidden/shown and camera movement, etc. Paying specific attention to one detail of cinematic dimension, such as those mentioned above, and being mindful of the interplay of the related elements of cinema, we invite the participants to enlarge their approach to cinema. After viewing films in cinemas and having analysed pre-prepared clips on the topic the participants perform individual filmmaking exercises. It is only when everyone in the group has worked their way through the challenges the exercises proposed that the whole group begins to work towards its collective film, following the simple story areas outlined in the final exercise.
Exchanges and Meetings
Training for Adults
The adults involved in the workshops - the teachers and filmmakers - come together at three times during the course of the year:
September/October: 2 days of training and reflection at the Cinémathèque Française to address and refine that year’s topic, which will establish the narrative thread running through the work of all the groups, by viewing and comparing film clips from across the history of cinema with its different cinematographic approaches.
March-April: Midterms screenings, at the Cinémathèque Française, or at other partner organisations in other regions or countries.
June: Public screening of the films from all the groups which have taken part in the project, in front of the participants, brought together at the Cinémathèque Française from all over the world. Screenings in partners' organisation then take place in their own country or region.
All the teachers, filmmakers and cultural partners involved in the project form a strong community, which reflect on the project, sharing their teaching perspectives, exercises and methodologies with each other.
An international blog for students to share their experiences
Throughout the course of the year, the project blog allows the participants to correspond with each other and share their experiences of the project. For more information, please see the blog page of the current year.
Screenings for all participants in June
In June, the Cinémathèque plays host to the project’s participants, both adult and young people, roughly 900 people in total, for three days of screenings. Participants of all ages from all across the world gather to discuss and debate the cinematographic choices in the work that they are presenting and have just seen. Discussing their experiences is made easier by the fact that they all have worked around the same theme. Their films bare witness to the world in all its diversity of climates, light, rhythms and ways of being.
A Project That Speaks to Everyone
One of the points of interest with this project is the great diversity of its participants. They come from a range of ages, from 7 to 18 years old, and a wide variety of different locations and languages. We have groups in a dozen different countries, in tiny villages, in great metropolises, in suburbs and on islands. Our participants have a variety of ages, from primary schools all the way up the school system, to vocational schools.