Engaging in many and diverse ways, Film is a powerful learning tool. This is Film Vault’s point of departure - the great learning potential of Film and of Film Education.
Linked to almost all curriculum subjects, film broadens teaching horizons and as it re-negotiates the learning process, opens up student discourse and establishes greater understanding of the world, of human nature. Issues of extreme complexity, though, challenge today’s European youth, and its ability to meet these issues will be determined by its understanding of a shared European identity, a collective identity that is.
It is to Film Vault’s belief that this kind of understanding should be primary educational goal and that it may achieved through Film Education. .Challenging and ever-evolving, Film Education seems to grasp the attention of youth, to engage even the distant ones, to speak in many voices and languages. Film Vault, our digital learning environment is a Film Education space where European national film histories and cultures meet school, where attempts to build next generation, sophisticated European film audiences are made.
Committed in connecting European cultures, broadening perspectives, working towards a multidimensional teaching practice, setting a model for Film Education, Film Vault aims in shaping meaning, and, thus, in increasing cultural awareness.
EUFORIA PROGRAMME: FILM VAULT
A beyond the walls infrastructure, FILM VAULT is an online film service familiarizing school with European Film and Film Education. FILM VAULT is one of the creative outcomes of EUforia Programme, the transnational cultural partnership between the Thessaloniki International Festival, SAN and Laterna Magica, made possible through funding by European Commission’s MEDIA program.
The transnational network, in which FILM VAULT belongs, possesses long experience and expertise in the fields of film festivals, film heritage management and film education. It is on the basis of this transnational cultural investment that FILM VAULT outreaches for new, alternative and sustainable European audiences.
And although, partner-countries are characterized by low audiovisual and geographical capacity, their film histories and national cinemas have their distinct space in European film history. The legendary School of Lodz has given some of the most emblematic European films and directors. The Bela Balazs Hungarian Film Theory School has influenced European and international film theory, while the Manakia Brothers Cinema led to the development of Greek Cinema and of prolific works such as those of Theo Angelopoulos. The partnership’s geographical diversity and multicultural profile allows, through the FILM VAULT, audience access to a significant proportion of European film - an almost unknown, unexplored territory for some.
EUforia Programme, which is ideas driven and applies strategic thinking in view of Film Education and Audience development, has brought together a dedicated, target-oriented team of professionals for the realization of FILM VAULT.
People from diverse disciplines and skills-based backgrounds from around the network have been matched to craft film activities and resources for the FILM VAULT. Film Educators, Film Professionals, Film Festival Specialists, Media Experts, Education and Cultural Advisors; collaborate to ensure FILM VAULT's goals and objectives. This is a group of experts that the network wishes to maintain and reinforce by adding new specialties broadening thus research interests and range of film collections.
FILM VAULT's main aim is to provide guidance and resources on the ways in which film may be linked to secondary education to enhance student learning experience. Nevertheless, its ultimate goal is to promote and consolidate a shared European identity. By communicating to youth what European Screen Culture is, how it correlates with world culture, and to what extent it captures European reality, FILM VAULT aims in contributing to a greater awareness of what it means to be European.
EUFORIA PARTNERS: FILM VAULT FAMILY
Thessaloniki International Film Festival, the leading film festival in South-Eastern Europe, is the main coordinator of EUforia Programme working in partnership with Spoleczna Akademia Nauk – SAN and LATERNA MAGICA. Established in 1960, the Thessaloniki International Film Festival is the oldest Balkan Film festival supporting and promoting the works of emerging international filmmakers, while showcasing the annual Greek production. A non-profit organization supervised and supported by the Greek Ministry of Culture, it operates 12 months a year, nationally. It is well-known for its two major, Film & Documentary, festivals, its special screenings and its extensive educational programmes, designed and delivered by its audience outreach collaborators and sub-sections, the Thessaloniki Cinematheque and the Thessaloniki Cinema Museum & Library. With stable funds coming in from both public and private sources, it operates on an annual budget of approximately 4 million euro.
The Thessaloniki Cinema Museum – Cinematheque, established in 1997, collects, preserves and displays Greek film culture and history. TIFF’s educational branch, it operates on the basis of research, documentation and archiving through its library and digital platform – www.myfestival.gr, it runs a series of successful Film Education Programmes for primary and secondary school, and performs community outreach through sophisticated screening programs paying tribute to emblematic directors, genres and cinematography. The Thessaloniki Cinema Museum – Cinematheque has a significant number of collaborations with cultural organizations and educational institutions. It runs 3-4 educational programs a day and is visited by approximately 17.000 students annually. Cinematheque numbers more than 6.000 members, maintains a Film Archive and apart from screenings, it organizes lectures on European filmmakers, national cinemas, and film currents. The Film Library’s collection contains over 13,000 film-related books and magazines and all the 200 Thessaloniki Film Festival publications.
The Warsaw-based University Spoleczna Akademia Nauk – SAN offers a degree in Film & the Audiovisual Arts focusing on the Direction & Production of Films, TV & Commercials, Photography in Film, TV & Commercials, Acting etc. SAN is committed in delivering in-service teacher training through active co-operations with associations such as NEONEA, the Association for Promoting Media & Cultural Education. Through EU projects such as E-HISTO, SAN has delivered critical media skills to teachers and secondary school students.
LATERNA MAGICA designs and delivers demanding and unique cultural and educational projects in Hungary and abroad. By providing consultation and assistance, it helps cultural and educational institutions achieve their goals and expand their activities. LATERNA MAGICA’s expertise covers the followings fields: syntax of applications, formation of action plans, promotion and implementation of projects, as well as recording and disseminating results. A prolific partner of various Hungarian educational and professional institutions, the organization has supported amongst others over the years curriculum development, pedagogical growth, public-education administration. The national organizer of the European Home Movies Network project, involving film festivals and research conducted in 6 EU counties, LATERNA MAGICA is also managing in partnership with MaNDA, the Hungarian National Digital Archive & Film Institute, film educational programmes, exhibitions and digitalization projects.
A beyond the walls infrastructure, FILM VAULT is EUforia's tool for familiarizing school with European Film and Film Education.
FILM VAULT is a digital learning environment where the network’s partners co-exist in order to exchange information, do research, disperse knowledge on their national and European Cinemas, provoke youth’s creativity.
In view of film education and audience development, FILM VAULT delivers knowledge through sophisticated film learning collections with a focus on European cinema. European film narratives drawn from partner countries and the rest of Europe become available through a curated online film catalogue suitable for youth and for teaching in classroom.
Designed and supported by group of experts coming from the fields of Film, Cultural studies and school education, this is an online film service directly aimed at secondary education.
FILM CATALOGUE – FILM LEARNING COLLECTIONS
Aimed at young people between 12 and 18 years old, the selection, which consists of 150 films, is accessed by genre, theme, year of production and is the point of departure for teachers in search of films to inspire and support curriculum subjects or film educators looking for resources to filmmaking seminars.
To promote the use of film in classroom and advance film education attempts in high-school, there exist film learning collections, 50 film titles some of which are complemented with a variety of teaching aids such as Film Study Guides, Film Reviews, Articles. Aspiring to motivate film learning experiences inside and outside classroom, the collections bridge film with Literature, History, the Arts and Sciences and embrace a critical approach to knowledge. Entering the learning environment of the platform teachers, educators, and the public in general, may choose from a safe environment a range of: lesson plans, archival material and documents, photographs.
Provide access to sophisticated film lists and film-learning collections with a focus on European cinema.
Access to Film Education resources.
Create an incentive for learning history, literature, the arts and sciences through film.
Contribute to a deeper understanding of European film heritage, especially amongst the partner-countries.
Nurture an appreciation for culture and for European culture and aesthetics in particular.
Renegotiate the teaching process and the teacher-student relationship through inspiring film learning activities.
Provide insight with regards to current education policies within the network in view of shaping, national education plans inclusive of film education.
Film is a powerful means for learning. Filmmaking takes things even further. It is, therefore, within Film Vault’s scope, to develop, in teachers and students alike, an understanding of how meaning is shaped through stories told by film.
For this to happen, Film Vault intends to run European-added value, hands-on projects and other youth activities using film as a vehicle for creative expression. Becoming themselves creators of meaning teachers and students are expected to engage in current European problems, and compel us to make a difference.
Through these projects trainees achieve an all-round judgment over film and film-making that enable them, amongst other things, to assess film’s overall potential in the assimilation of knowledge and in generating sincere and meaningful discourse within society.
Expand understanding of film as an art-form through the recognition of the meaningful units of film language.
Provide access to moviemaking tools and encourage use of new technologies.
Innovate through hands-on, film-making activities dealing with themes from European and national realities, localized conceptions of place and identity as opposed to a common one.
Make projects available to more schools.
Assist in the acquisition of creative filmmaking skills helping thus students and teachers to actively involve in the making of art and in culture.
Present challenging views of national identity and European-ness.
Develop an awareness for film's fundamental role in making sense of the world and of current European issues.
Renegotiate the teaching process and the teacher-student relationship through inspiring filmmaking activities.