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« Exploring Cinéma, cent ans de jeunesse » (E*CCAJ)

The DFF (Deutsches Filminstitut & Filmmuseum) in Frankfurt am Main (Germany) is putting an ERASMUS + project into action: Exploring Cinéma, cent ans de jeunesse. E*CCAJ brings together a consortium of cultural institutions and schools from Germany, France, Bulgaria and Portugal, as well as the universities Sorbonne Nouvelle-Paris 3 and the University of Bremen.

This new project aims to broaden and deepen the French educational project "Cinéma, cent ans de jeunesse" (CCAJ), which has been led for more than 25 years by filmmaker and film theorist Alain Bergala, with educational manager Nathalie Bourgeois, in association with an international network of partners.

The participating schools were selected according to the diversity and inclusion objectives of the Erasmus+ programme. In each of the four schools (IGS Herder in Frankfurt - Germany, ObU Neofit Rilski in Dermantsi - Bulgaria, Collège Thomas Mann in Paris - France, Escola Secundária Marquês de Pombal in Lisbon - Portugal), a duo comprising of a teacher and a filmmaker will work with a group of students on a question of film aesthetics throughout the 2022/23 and 2023/24 school years. Presentations of the films made in the workshops will be organised in Paris (summer 2022), Frankfurt (summer 2023) and Lisbon (summer 2024). They will be joined by other students from eleven countries around the world.

This new Erasmus+ project aims to organise a reflection on the long running, prestigious Cinéma, cent ans de jeunesse, project in consultation with two universities. It also offers an opportunity for the participants to question the pedagogical evolution of this project. A "Digital Lab", in synergy with the CCAJ's resources website, encourages the sharing of thoughts and the exchange of experiences between teachers. A publication is planned to trace the history and specific nature of the project and contribute to its dissemination and subsequent recognition.

The aim is to enable other agents in arts and cultural education (European institutions, teachers, etc.) who share the same inclusive objectives to benefit from the results of the project in the long term.

The active partners of E*CCAJ are the DFF - Deutsches Filminstitut & Filmmuseum, Frankfurt am Main, the Arte Urbana collective (Bulgaria), Os Filhos de Lumiere - associacao cultural (Portugal), the University of Bremen and the Université Sorbonne Nouvelle in Paris. "Exploring Cinéma, cent ans de jeunesse" is supported by ERASMUS+ and the BHF Bank Foundation.

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Université Sorbonne Nouvelle Paris 3

Université Sorbonne Nouvelle Paris 3   

The Sorbonne Nouvelle is a major scientific and cultural agent in Paris: it facilitates a multidisciplinary training offer which mixes high level qualifications and multiple research activities, centred around languages, humanities, social sciences, arts and media. It offers a collaboration between a site of experimentation in languages and the arts, with a focus on cinema, and a space which experiments around the training of gaze and pedagogy of creation, which leads to very fertile work.

This contribution will be established within the Cinema and Audiovisual department of the UFR Arts and Media. This department is closely linked to the history of Cinéma, cent ans de jeunesse, Alain Bergala - who co-created the project with Nathalie Bourgeois - having been an associate professor at this university. In 2007, Bergala also set up a professional training course entitled: "Didactics of the image: creation of pedagogical tools and the art of transmission" within the Cinema and Audiovisual master's degree to train students in cinema education. Thus, notably with the help of the Image Didactics course, but also in close collaboration with the IRCAV laboratory, Institute of Research on Cinema and Audiovisual, the professors involved have excellent means to ensure the advancement of exploration in Cinéma, cent ans de jeunesse.


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University of Bremen

The University of Bremen (Universität Bremen) will, in cooperation with the University of Sorbonne Nouvelle, evaluate the impact of the aesthetic education carried out within the framework of Cinéma, cent ans de jeunesse, and to participate in the reflection on the project’s evolution.

This participation will be based at the IKFK (Institut für Kunstwissenschaft-Filmwissenschaft-Kunstpädagogik: Institute for Art - Film - and Art Pedagogy), which trains students in the fields of science of art, film studies and arts education, and at the ZeMKI (Zentrum für Medien-, Kommunikations- und Informationsforschung: Centre for Media, Communication and Information Research), which conducts research in the field of film and media, from an aesthetic and historical perspective amongst others.

The University of Bremen was one of the first universities in Germany to integrate film - in its aesthetic and historical dimension - into the teaching of future art teachers and other agents in the cultural sector. Furthermore, in the last 15 years it has contributed to the establishment of research on the transmission of cinema in Germany, notably with a series of publications – the German translation of Alain Bergala's L'Hypothèse cinéma (Kino als Kunst, 2006), Learning from the cinema, International perspectives on film education (ed. Bettina Henzler, Winfried Pauleit et al. 2010), Filmästhetik und Vermittlung (Bettina Henzler, 2013): a study of the aesthetic approach to film education presented in L'Hypothèse Cinéma (2002), at work in the experience of Cinéma, cent ans de jeunesse.