ERASMUS+ Project: “Exploring, Cinéma cent ans de jeunesse” (E*CCAJ)

The love of cinema unites people from all over the world. Its unifying power is demonstrated by the international film education project “Le Cinéma, cent ans de jeunesse” (CCAJ), which has anchored film alongside the other arts in French aesthetic education.

CCAJ was founded in Paris in 1995 by a collective led by filmmaker and film theorist Alain Bergala and educator Nathalie Bourgeois, founder of the film education department of the Cinémathèque française, and was run by the Cinémathèque française for over 25 years.

Since 2021, the program has been managed by the association “Cinema, cent ans de jeunesse! (CCAJ) and is supported by the DFF and the institutions “Documentaire sur grand écran” and “Ciné 104, Pantin”.

Under the leadership of the DFF in Frankfurt, CCAJ’s decades of pioneering work in film education will now be evaluated over the next three years in an Erasmus+ project, accompanied by two universities. “Exploring, Cinéma cent ans de jeunesse” (E*CCAJ) is the name of the project, driven by a consortium of cultural institutions and schools from Germany, France, Bulgaria and Portugal, as well as Sorbonne Nouvelle Paris and Bremen University. The project was launched on March 16 at the Sorbonne University in Paris.

The new project will extend and deepen the French educational program of the CCAJ. A particular focus will be the evaluation of the impact of aesthetic film education and cultural participation on the development opportunities of young people. The participating schools (IGS Herder in Frankfurt, ObU “Neofit Rilski” in Dermantsi/Bulgaria, Collège THOMAS MANN in Paris/France, Escola Secundária Marquês de Pombal in Lisbon/Portugal) were selected according to the “Diversity and Inclusion” objectives of the Erasmus+ program. These CCAJ workshops will be followed by the universities during the school years 2022/23 and 2023/24, and participants will be interviewed in order to evaluate them. A publication on the CCAJ is planned for the year 2024.

As part of the Erasmus+ project, the final event, which will still take place in the Paris region in the summer of 2022, will move to Wiesbaden/Frankfurt in the summer of 2023 and then to Lisbon in 2024. Students from the eleven countries participating in the CCAJ program worldwide will then also travel there.

In addition to the DFF, the partners actively involved in E*CCAJ are Arte Urbana Collectif (Bulgaria), Os Filhos de Lumiere – associacao cultural (Portugal), the Center for Media, Communication and Information Research (ZeMKI, University of Bremen) and the Institut de Recherche sur le Cinéma et l’Audiovisuel (IRCAV, Université Sorbonne Nouvelle) in Paris.

The Atelier 2021/22 of the IGS Herder is made possible by the Kulturfonds Frankfurt RheinMain in the project KUNSTVOLL.

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“Exploring Cinéma, cent ans de jeunesse” is supported by ERASMUS+ and the BHF Bank Foundation.

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