Dance of Colours and Play with Stones: Experimental Films for the Youngest
Do preschool children need identification figures and a narrative-oriented story when they see films? Or are they also open to abstract films? What happens when they are shown Len Lyes’ experimental animated film RAINBOW DANCE (GB 1936), Norman McLaren’s BEGONE DULL CARE (Trübsal Ade, CA 1949) or Jan Švankmajer’s HRA S KAMENY (Spiel mit Steinen, AT 1965)?
In the MiniFilmclub at the DFF, children between the ages of four and six explore the permanent exhibition on the prehistory and early history of film on eight dates and watch short avant-garde, art, and experimental films from the film edition specially developed for the MiniFilmclub in the cinema at the DFF. After the screenings at the DFF, the film edition is given to the day-care centers, where it is placed alongside the picture books on an equal footing so that it can be pulled out and used further at every opportunity.
In 2018, the DFF – Deutsches Filminstitut & Filmmuseum launched a model project – funded by the German Federal Cultural Foundation and with a renewed grant from the Robert Bosch Stiftung – to share the expertise it has gained in shaping cultural participation nationwide. In cooperation with the Arsenal – Institute for Film and Video Art in Berlin, the Filmmuseum Potsdam and their daycare partners EKT “Regenbogen-Kidz” Berlin and the AWO daycare center “Kinderhafen” Potsdam, new complementary formats were created. A pilot project for transfer to other nationwide cinemas and daycare centers was developed and tested together with Lichtburg Filmpalast Oberhausen, Kino Endstation Bochum and Filmhaus Nürnberg and their partner daycare centers.
Since 2021, the MiniFilmclub has been available to cinemas and daycare centers nationwide. The DFF provides on-site training for film educators and pedagogical staff so that cinemas and daycare centers can run the MiniFilmclub independently and expand the MiniFilmclub network. The successful transfer starts with a one-day training course on early childhood film education for pedagogical staff and on-site facilitators. Afterwards, the MiniFilmclub is transferred to the cinema during a one-week intensive training by a DFF facilitator and accompanied by daily reflections and coaching.
Article in Betrifft Kinder 01-02/2021
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