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

Across all borders, the love of cinema unites people from all over the world. Just how great its unifying power is is demonstrated by the international film education project “Le Cinéma, cent ans de jeunesse” (CCAJ), which has anchored film alongside the other arts in school-aesthetic education in France.

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 the responsibility of the Cinémathèque française for over 25 years.

Since 2021, the program has been run by the association “Cinéma, cent ans de jeunesse!” (CCAJ) and is supported by the DFF – Deutsches Filminstitut & Filmmuseum and the institutions “Documentaire sur grand écran” and “Ciné 104, Pantin”.

Under the leadership of the DFF in Frankfurt, CCAJ’s pioneering, decades-long film education work 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, which is being driven by a consortium of cultural institutions and schools from Germany, France, Bulgaria and Portugal, as well as the universities Sorbonne Nouvelle Paris and the University of Bremen. The launch took place on March 16 at the Sorbonne University in Paris.

The new project will expand and deepen the French educational program CCAJ. A particular focus is on assessing 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 objectives “Diversity and Inclusion” of the Erasmus+ program. These CCAJ workshops will be monitored by the universities in their work during the school years 2022/23 and 2023/24, and their participants will be interviewed in order to conduct an evaluation. A publication on CCAJ is planned for 2024.

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

Alongside 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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