The European Union’s film education programme, CinEd, which aims to facilitate access to European filmic heritage and expand cinema-related education across the European continent, was presented by the Greek Film Archive on Thursday.
CinEd is designed to familiarise young people with European cinema, taught by a broad range of participants such as cultural experts and cinema audiovisual professionals including teachers, who will help students also develop their comparative and critical thinking. It is directed to European youths aged 6 to 19.
The Greek Film Archive (GFA) is one of 16 cultural and educational organizations that participate in the CinEd 2.1 Consortium across 45 countries, and offers a unique educational package for students in Attica schools. GFA’s package, which requires on-site attendance, offers Attica school students free viewing of all subtitled films in the CinEd collection, tours of GFA’s Film Museum, and screenings of early historic masterpieces such as those by the Lumiere brothers or Georges Melies.
So far, 21 films are available to watch on cined.eu, the initiative’s main portal, and a wealth of teaching aids is also available covering a broad range of considerations relating to film studies: Civic Inclusion and Gender Equality, Geography and Landscapes, Intergenerational Relations, Cinema as Heritage, and Environment & Economics.
Apart from GFA’s customized package, CinEd’s programme can be accessed and watched online by all schools in Greece. Educators in the northern Greek region of Drama have expressed keen interest, it was reported.
CinEd was created in 2015, and is co-funded by the Creative Europe / MEDIA programme of the European Union, “Support for film education”.
In 2020 the Cinemateca Portuguesa was entrusted with the leadership of the CinEd Consortium, which in 2022 expanded to 16 partners and associated partners from 12 European Union member countries.