For the fourth consecutive year, the Young European Cinema Meetings Festival will offer a variety of cinema education activities for the youngest. Since its inception, the festival has been working in this direction and offers new practices inspired by the French tradition, where cinema is taught as a subject at school.

During the festival, a specially designed program for students will be held between 19 and 25 June, which will allow young people to watch films, participate in discussions with professionals, part of the film's artistic teams and mentors. the festival team, and completely free of charge.

The program for students aged between 15 and 19 is included Italianata classics The Place on Hermano Olmi, the bulgarianт shelter movie on directorа Dragomir Sholev, two films of the popular young French director Damian Manivel - The Park and Sunday Morning, and the theme around them will be the one about cinema sound.

Venue / Director: Ermano Olmi

Venue / Director: Ermano Olmi


Shelter / Director: Dragomir Sholev

Shelter / Director: Dragomir Sholev


Two more Portuguese films are included in the youth program: "End of the World" by director Pedro Pinhowon an award at the last Cannes Festival and the Classics Pocket Stone by Joachim Pinto.

As the organizers strive to show the widest possible range of aesthetics, formats and authors to the young people, they have also prepared two programs of short films, among which Bulgarian: The Son on directed by Hristo Simeonov и "Before I fall asleep" on Nikolay Todorov, as well as the Cesar Award-winner for Best Short Film in 2017 - To Alice Tenderness. It will be premiered and French-Bulgarian production "Almost" with French director and Bulgarian cast.

Before I fall asleep / director: Nikolay Todorov

Before I fall asleep / director: Nikolay Todorov


Son / Director: Hristo Simeonov

"For us, this is a process that we work all year round through various film education programs. During the festival we do an intensive studio - a small festival in the festival for the youngest and we are very pleased when the young people recognize the event as their own, as a place for meetings and conversations on the topic of cinema - says the main organizer of the festival, Ralitsa Asenova.

All teachers and students who wish to participate in the free screenings can register for participation. Especially for teachers, the festival, in association with the Seven Association, organizes бfree training within the European project CinEd - European cinema for young people. The will be held on 23 June (Friday) and 24 June (Saturday) 2017 at the French Institute, Sofia.

The first part of the training (on 23.06 - from 10: 00 hours to 13: 00 hours), will take place within the festival, in the form of a screening and in the presence of students,

The second part (of 24.06 - from 10: 00 to 16: 30) will introduce the teachers to the project and methodology CinEd

During the training, the program's online platform will be presented CinEd, coordinated by the French Institute in Paris. Participants will get acquainted with the way it works, with the collection of European films it offers. These elements will be used for the practice of non-formal film education among children and young people, by teachers, professionals in the field of cinema and culture, cultural mediators and others. Participants in the training will have the opportunity, thanks to CinEd, to work for equal access to cinema at national level, to enhance the visual and film culture among adolescents in the country, to promote good practices in working with children and young people.

On 21 June (Wednesday) at the French Institute a working meeting will be held on the cinema development strategy presented by the Sofia Municipality. Sofia - a creative city of cinema, aims to increase access to cinema in schools and universities, кin this way it includes new audiences - a mandatory element for the development of the film industry in general. During the meeting, participants will focus on the priority of affordable film education and will present their expertise and practice in the field. The aim is to exchange experiences and ideas between all professionals working for the development of youth audiences. Festivals, experts from Sofia Municipality, the National Film Center, the Ministry of Culture, the Ministry of Education and Science, the Sofia Inspectorate of Education, representatives of non-governmental organizations, universities, cultural institutes, etc., will be invited to join the discussion and present their projects.

The idea is to foster cross-sectoral partnerships for the dynamic development of cinema education for young people. A special guest of the event will be Mr. Jean-François Caso, Head of the Cinema and Audiovisual Directorate of the Academic Delegation for Artistic Education and Cultural Activities (Inspectorate of Education - Bordeaux, France).

The full program of the festival can be found here:

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