Film Education in European Context
Do preschool children need films with identification figures and a linear narrative? Or are they also open to abstract films? The DFF did investigate these questions in the pilot project “MiniFilmclub,” sponsored by the Robert Bosch Stiftung, whose goal is to find out how children between the ages of four and six can learn about film as an art form and aesthetic experience. Since September 2014, the children from two Frankfurt preschool institutions have been regularly visiting our museum in order to learn about film as an art form and cinema as a specific performance venue. After viewing avant-garde films, they learned about aesthetic principles of filmmaking in interactive seesions to then return to the cinema with an enhanced perception.
The ABCinema project took the idea of the MiniFilmclub on a European level. Project partners are six leading European film libraries and institutions: Fondazione Cineteca di Bologna, Cinémathèque Royale de Belgique, Les enfants de cinema Paris, EYE Film Institute Netherlands, Watershed Bristol) and the DFF.
The project’s goal is to make the next generation of cinema-goers curious about film as an art form and as an important part of our cultural heritage.To this end, the partner institutions, all of which have been working successfully and innovatively with various target groups in the field of film education for years, share best practices.