Film Literacy Activities and Education Department

Whether in the exhibitions, in the cinema, in the museum’s educational workshops or in projects outside the museum, the Deutsches Filmmuseum is always in pursuit of its original goal: to acquaint children, youth and adults with film as both art form and cultural legacy and to increase their consciousness of the ways in which moving images produce their effects.

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.

Children in a workshop

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Multimedia guide

After three years the Deutsches Filmmuseum has developed a multimedia guide together with children and young people. The young participants decided on the core content of the guide and contributed to the displays which they selected for their targeted group – children, young adults, and families.

Since Saturday, the 2 September, visitors can use the guides to explore themes relating to film, film history, and linguistic devices through a wide range of interviews, audio clips, film excerpts, photographs, and games. A core aim of this process-orientated project was to open up new approaches to the content, themes, and exhibits of the Deutsches Filmmuseum by means of a multimedia guide and to make the museum accessible for other target groups. In addition, the project sought to discover how children and young adults responded to the museum’s attractions and which objects particularly appealed to them.

Multimedia guide


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Apprehending and understanding

The Filmmuseum sees itself not merely as a “showroom,” but as a space for interaction and experience. The many working models and interactive stations that are central to the concept of the permanent exhibition thus make the complex contexts literally tangible: one can turn a Faraday’s wheel in order to understand the stroboscopic effect. And by creating one’s own film sequence out of unedited footage, it is easiest to understand how film editing works.
boy with wheel

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.

Greensreen forrest gump


Kleine Besucherin in Ausstellung


At weekends the Centre for Film Education is open to all visitors without prior reservation, offering activities that add to the exhibition: from creating one’s own optical toys to filming with special effects.
School classes, as well as other interested groups, can participate in the various professionally-led workshops and seminars that take place here.


Schools in the Museum – the Museum goes to School

An excursion to the Deutsches Filmmuseum is always a highlight for schoolchildren – in fact, one of the most beloved. Every day school classes come to the museum from Frankfurt, the Rhine/Main area, the whole of Hesse and from neighbouring states. There is no mistaking the instinctive and unusually strong interest that children and youth bring to their encounters with the moving image.

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.

Children discussing in cinema

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.

An array of special projects assists in bringing film education beyond the museum’s facilities into schools and other educational institutions. Thus, in keeping with motto of “film education for all,” groups are also reached that would not otherwise find their way to the museum.

Schulkinowochen children

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

When one thinks of film, one often thinks of the images of current productions, perhaps also of films from one’s youth – from the 1990s, the 70s, or maybe the 50s. Film history, however, does not begin in the second half of the 20th century.

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.

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