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



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.


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 Cinémathèque. Last trailers for the sharings:

A nous le cinéma ! 2019 Trailer

A nous le cinéma ! 2018 Trailer