Le Cinéma, cent ans de jeunesse today



Presentation: 2 or 3 things we know about CCAJ



When the Cinémathèque Française withdrew from the project in 2021 hundreds of film professionals, archivists, academics and participants in the project all made their voices heard to express their desire that the project should continue. The CCAJ has worked to ensure that it can continue to offer workshops from the start of the 2021 school year.
The ACE (Association of European Cinematheques) has committed itself to this pioneering project, on which several film archives in Europe and worldwide have been actively collaborating for many years.

Le Cinéma, cent ans de jeunesse is now managed by the CCAJ! association, in partnership with Documentaire sur Grand Ecran, Ciné 104 in Ile de France, as well as with the Deutsches Filminstitut & Filmmuseum (DFF) in Frankfurt.

The DFF will soon launch the Erasmus + project "Exploring Cinéma, cent ans de jeunesse" (E*CCAJ). It brings together a consortium of cultural institutions and schools across Europe, in Germany, France, Bulgaria and Portugal and involves universities, Sorbonne Nouvelle - Paris 3 and Bremen.

E*CCAJ aims to extend and deepen the CCAJ’s offer, to implement a reflection on film education through its impact and its evolution in cooperation with the universities.

Atelier Portugal Clap

I remember...

...when I took part in a CCAJ's workshop, of my first shot, of the screening of my film at the Cinematheque française, and many other things that left me a vivid memory! For the 25th anniversary of the program, some boys and girls give their impression here and on the blog.

Noah, Sainte-Anne, France

Zacharie, Saint-Martin-d’Hères, France

Lucia, Barcelona, Spain

Tiago, Serpa, Portugal

Noémie, Emma and Alice, Paris, France

El Hadji, Paris, France


Rio de Janeiro



1995 marked the centenary of the invention of the Cinematograph by the Lumiere Brothers.

At the start of the project, there was a desire from certain film practitioners, teachers and institutions to develop a system of teaching cinema which developed the basis of a cinematic regard alongside the practical experience of creating films. Three archival centres, La Cinémathèque Française, L’Institut Lumière and La Cinémathèque de Toulouse and one cinema, L’Eden-le Volcan in Le Havre came together to create a project called le Cinéma, Cent Ans De Jeunesse, which was included in the Premier Siècle du Cinéma initiative. The founding members of the project were: Alain Bergala, Nathalie Bourgeois, Carole Desbarats, Ginette Dislaire, Thierry Frémaux, Béatrice de Pastre and Catherine Schapira. The first workshops took place throughout the 1994-95 school year, in 4 regions of France.  
From this experience was born the film Jeunes lumières [Young Lumieres], which was presented at the Cannes Festival in 1995 and then shown at various other festivals and cinematheques. The film brought together 60 Lumiere Minutes, sourced from 300 films made by children and adolescents on Super 8 in their workshops throughout France.  
It was co-directed by Nathalie Bourgeois and Valérie Loiseleux (60’, 35mm, France, 1995, a co-production between Cinéma, Cent ans de Jeunesse and Agat Films & Co.).


The project becomes permanent. La Cinémathèque française funds and coordinates the project, developing its education and outreach work for young people in doing so. 
From 1996 to 2005, several regions of France come on the project's board, some staying for the whole journey, others dipping in and out.


In the context of the Mission d'éducation artistique et d'action culturelle (Arts education and cultural mission) established by Jack Lang, Alain Bergala published a reference book: « The Cinema Hypothesis: Teaching Cinema in the Classroom and Beyond » (by Cahiers du cinema, 2002 ; translated in numerous languages).


L'hypothèse cinéma


All the questions


Lumière Tendancy / Méliès Tendancy

Otherness in cinema

Off-screen sound

Filming gestures

Real and filmic space

Real and filmic time

The place of the actor in mise-en-scène

The shot

Editing and linking shots


Relation between figure and background

Point of view


Camera movements


The place of reality in fiction


The sequence-shot

The interval



Places and stories

The situation

The sensation

The time

The motifs

Centred / Decentred

Filming the Other - The Documentary Gesture




Le Cinéma, cent ans de jeunesse opens up to European partners, with the addition of Spain and other Mediterranean nations, soon to be joined by other Western European countries, then Northern nations and finally central Europe and Eastern European countries.


The project becomes international and develops in Latin America, Brazil, Cuba and Mexico.
 French territories come aboard with the addition of the French Antilles.


La Cinémathèque française, by way of Le Cinéma, cent ans de jeunesse, takes part in new European projects, receiving the support of Europe Creative – Framework for Film Education / CinEd / Inside Cinema.


The Cinéma, cent ans de jeunesse website launches, offering a host of educational resources inspired by the project’s experimental history and for the first time is free for any one anywhere in the world to access. The site is translated from French into English through partnership with Scottish Film Education and the British Film Institute.
The question of climate in cinema, how weather features in film, is addressed by the project throughout the course of the year, in association with the COP21 conference, which took place in Paris.


Asia joins the CCAJ project for the first time with the inclusion of partners from India and Japan.

Paulo Pastorelo’s film Viva o Cinema! (83 mins, produced by Escola Carlitos & Ebisu films) follows the course of a year in the life of a group working on the project in Sao Paulo, is released in Brazil and features in the 30th Tokyo International Film Festival.


The CCAJ website becomes trilingual french/english and spanish, thanks to the partnertship with the French Institute of Argentina.

The CCAJ is now present: in Europe (Germany, Belgium, Bulgaria, Spain, Finland, France, Greece, Italy, Lithuania, Portugal, United Kingdom: England and Scotland), in South America (Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Uruguay), Canada, India and Japan.                         As well as in 8 regions in France:  Ile de France; Occitanie; Région Sud-Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur; Grand Est; Nouvelle Aquitaine; Corse; Guadeloupe and Martinique.                                  An international network of around forty structures (associations, archives, cinemas, national stages, etc.) associated with the Cinémathèque Française in the delivery of the project.

At the end of the 2020-2021 season, the Cinémathèque française decided to disengage from the programme.


Viva o Cinema

« A nous le cinéma ! »

« A nous le cinéma ! » ["Our cinema!"]  - The project participants come together from across the world in June for 3 days of sharing along with their teachers and filmmakers. All films made as part of the programme are shown at the Cine 104. Last trailers for the sharings:

A nous le cinéma ! 2023 Trailer

A nous le cinéma ! 2019 Trailer