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ABCinema

Film education as an European exchange

Do children of pre-school age require films that have characters with which they can identify and a linear plotline? Or are they also open to abstract films? These questions are being investigated by the Deutsches Filminstitut in the pilot project „MiniFilmclub“, funded by the Robert Bosch Stiftung, which aims to find out how one may transmit film as an art form and as an aesthetic experience to children aged between four and six. Children from two Frankfurt nursery schools have been regularly visiting the Deutsches Filmmuseum since September 2014, in the process getting to know film as an art and the cinema as a specific performance venue. Following a screening of avant-garde films they deal with the aesthetic principles of film-making in activity units and subsequently return to the cinema with a heightened perception. On a daily basis, film (in the form of DVDs) enters the facilities with a standing equal to that of the children’s books on offer.

And now the MiniFilmclub becomes European. Together with five more leading European cinematheques and film institutions (Fondazione Cineteca di Bologna, Cinémathèque Royal de Belgique, Les Enfants de cinéma Paris, EYE Film Institute Netherlands, Watershed Bristol) the Deutsches Filminstitut is participating in ABCinema, a project funded by the European Union.

The project aims to stimulate the curiosity of the next generation of moviegoers about film as an art form and as a significant part of our cultural heritage. At the same time the foundations should be laid for future cooperation and a best-practice exchange between the institutions achieved. All the partners have been successfully and innovatively working with various target groups in the field of film education for years.

Whether in its exhibitions, in the cinema, in museum education or in projects outside the museum, the Deutsches Filminstitut pursues the central goal of transmitting film culture. This involves enhancing the visitors‘ perceptions and increasing their sensitivity to the ways in which moving images achieve their effects, thus strengthening their film literacy.

 

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