Dissemination and film education
By contrast to the passive and insulated consumption of media via PCs, television and mobile phones, the museum presents a social venue in which the visitors may themselves be active and engage in mutual discussion. In this way, the many facets of film may be understood and experienced.
Education activities offered by the Deutsches Filmmuseum include guided tours through the permanent and current exhibitions, children’s birthday parties and summer holiday specials.
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Apprehending and understanding
The Centre for Film Education on the fourth floor of the museum building consists of a film studio, two workshop rooms and a seminar room. Here visitors, particularly the younger ones, have the opportunity to expand their media competence through playful practical experiments. With the help of a “blue box” they may transport themselves to fictional worlds and tramp into the sunset with Charlie Chaplin, share a box of chocolates with Forrest Gump or take a daring flight over Frankfurt. One’s own fantastic film ideas can also become real in the well-equipped modern studio, at animation tables and digital editing suites.
Schools in the Museum – the Museum goes to School
The Deutsches Filmmuseum sees itself obligated to meet this interest by involving children in daily museum activities, addressing them through special projects and promoting their curiosity about film. In the Filmmuseum, school classes can take advantage of a wide variety of offers in addition to the guided tours and workshops.
At Film Analysis in the Cinema schoolchildren watch and subsequently discuss short films with film educators. They learn about the making of films, the medium’s narrative resources and the great suggestive power of the image.
The film series BRITFILMS and Cinéfête link the fascination that film exerts on schoolchildren with the promotion of language skills. Every year, in the Filmmuseum’s cinema and in other Frankfurt cinemas, thousands of schoolchildren watch age-appropriate films in the original English and French with German subtitles. The combination of foreign languages and film opens new points of language access and considerably increases the motivation for instruction.
The annual SchulKinoWochen Hessen (Hesse School Film Weeks), organised by the Deutsches Filminstitut together with the VISION KINO initiative, active throughout Germany, may be seen as an important multiplicator in this effort. The SchulKinoWochen Hessen invites school classes and teaching staff to watch a film programme, attuned to the study plan and structured according to subjects, age recommendations and curriculum-relevant topics, in 80 cinemas throughout the state. Educational material to accompany the screenings is provided for all films.
Additionally, the Filmmuseum is a participating partner, together with a Frankfurt comprehensive school, in the project Kultur.Forscher! (Culture.Researcher!), a joint programme of the German Foundation for Children and Youth and the PwC Foundation. It encourages schoolchildren to deal with the cultural aspects of their environment and shows that investigative learning is also possible in the area of culture.
Film history comes to life
One of the Filmmuseum’s core missions is to create a consciousness of the pre-history and early history of film and to keep early film traditions alive.
At irregular intervals the museum holds magic lantern shows in its cinema, at which troupes of showmen bring the historical pictures and equipment back to life in a fascinating way. With musical accompaniment and storytellers, they present stories both long and short, sentimental and hilarious in a unique, enchanted atmosphere.
In 2012, as part of the project SpielFilmPioniere, children were able to learn that “silent” films were never really silent. Schoolchildren of different ages from three Frankfurt schools held a screening of historical silent films, presenting the early silents in the Filmmuseum’s cinema with an accompaniment they had prepared, including music, sound effects and narration.