One way or another, all of DFF’s activities ultimately pursue a common, central goal: the mediation of film culture and film aesthetics, the training of perception, the encounter with film art. Whether through our exhibitions, at our cinema, in the museum’s educational workshop area, at our festivals or in projects, the DFF’s goal is to familiarise children, youth and adults with film as an art form and cultural asset. For us, film education is an integral part of cultural education.
Strengthening skills and competences and getting children and youth in particular enthusiastic about film as an art form is an important starting point for talking about film aesthetics. The DFF’s spectrum ranges from museum educational programmes, model projects such as the MiniFilmclub, the multimedia guide or Blickwechsel Jetzt! to LUCAS – International Festival for Young Film Fans and the state-wide SchulKinoWochen Hessen.
We see us as a place of cultural exchange, where film, its history and impact can be experienced first-hand. Our goal is to provide our visitors with new approaches to film by means of our diverse range of educational offerings. In our permanent exhibition we incorporated functional models and interactive stations that help understand often complex connections that exist in filmmaking. Beyond the more classical educational work, the DFF also offers training courses for teachers and supports teachers on request in the conception and implementation of film educational projects. We do so in individual workshops and projects, which we develop and carry out together with the teachers.
Film Education for All
A number of special projects contribute to bringing film education out of the museum and into schools and other educational institutions, both in Frankfurt and throughout the state of Hesse. This way we also reach groups who do not usually visit museums as much or at all.
An important multiplier here are the annual SchulKinoWochen Hessen (Hesse School Cinema Weeks), which we organise together with the nationwide initiative VISION KINO. Beyond that the DFF is closely collaborating with schools and is active as a partner in a number of different projects in Frankfurt and the whole of Hesse.
School in Museums - Museums at Schools in Frankfurt and Hesse
We want the excursion to the DFF to be a highlight for all students and therefore offer school classes guided tours and workshops as well as a variety of other programmes. At Filmanalyse im Kino (Film Analysis in Cinema), students and film educators watch and discuss short films and pupils learn about how films are made, how and to what end (aestethic and narrative) means are used and and how great the suggestive power of images really is. The film series BRITFILMS and Cinéfête combine the fascination that film exerts on pupils with the promotion of language competence. At the DFF cinema and other Frankfurt cinemas, thousands of students watch original English and French-language films with German subtitles every year. The combination of foreign language and film opens up new approaches to language and considerably increases motivation for learning.
FILMmobil: FILM Education on the road
In one of our newer pilot projects “FILMmobil: FILMbildung mobil in Hessen” (funded by the Hessian Ministry of Science and Art (HMWK)), we aim to teach children and young people throughout Hesse about film as an art form and to strengthen cinema as a cultural location in general. Thanks to the support of the HMWK and its funding programme “Kulturkoffer”, a workshop format of FILMmobil that enables students to engage with films in meaningful ways, has already been established in recent years during the annual SchulKinoWochen Hessen (HMWK School Cinema Weeks). In addition, in our “Film & Dialog” series, we organise film talks and present extraordinary films from past editions of “LUCAS – International Film Festival for Young Film Fans” in cinemas throughout the state of Hesse.
“Film & Dialog” enables young cinema-goers outside of Frankfurt and in rural areas to gain insight into international non-commercial filmmaking. We also offer specific courses such as “Stummfilm & Musik”, “Filmanalyse” or “Praktisches Filmen”.
The project relies on active participation in the region and sees itself as a platform for film mediation. We invite professionals from the cultural sector and filmmakers to add to the project with their experiences and we would love to hear from pedagogues at schools or extracurricular institutions about their wishes and needs for teaching film.
Film History in Action
When people think about film usually current productions come to their mind, perhaps also some films they remember from their youth. Since film history goes back much further than just the second half of the 20th century, we see it as one of our core tasks to create awareness of the prehistory and early history of film and to keep early cinematic traditions alive. At irregular intervals, we organize magic lantern shows in our cinema, where historical images are brought to life in a fascinating way. Accompanied by music, magic lantern narrators present short and long, sentimental and comic stories in a unique, enchanted atmosphere.
For preschool children we recommend Laterna Magica as a variation of a guided tour through the permanent exhibition.
As the result of the project SpielFilmPioniere (Fiction Film Pioneers) , in 2012 the DFF presented a historical silent film performance with music, sounds and narrative voices created by pupils of different age groups.
Film Culture: Studies, Science, Research
Combining academic film studies with the practical work of a film heritage institution: that was the idea when the DFF and the Goethe University Frankfurt joined forces to launch the Master’s Degree Course “Film Culture: Archiving, Programming, Presentation” in 2013. Over a period of four semesters in theory and practice, students are trained for a professional career in institutions of film and media culture. The course covers a diverse range of topics ranging from archiving film to its presentation in the cinema, at festivals, in museums or on digital platforms.
The participation of the DFF in the conception and teaching of the course enables students to be directly connected to the actual work of film culture: Central seminars take place in the museum and in the archives of the DFF. The museum’s collections are open to students and play an integral part in teaching and studying. They are linked to theoretical reflection and current discourses. Students also complete an extensive practical semester at the DFF or another film heritage institution and benefit from DFF’s international network.
Beyond the Master’s programme, the DFF also maintains various cooperations with universities on a national and international level: be it as a partner of international research projects, as a place for excursions and workshops for student groups in film, media and cultural studies or as an organiser and host of film conferences and congresses. Around 80 students also complete an internship each year in the departments and projects of the DFF.