The focus this year is the Cinema at School forum 

For the sixth consecutive year, the festival will take place "Young European Cinema Meetings"organized by an association Arte Urban Collective. From 21 to 23 June at Slaveikov Hall of the French Institute in Bulgaria we expect a program of films, discussions and the first ever Cinema at School forum. Festival director Ralitsa Asenova said that the focus this year will be on cinema education at the school and the arts, which, in her opinion, is as important as teaching mathematics in the modern world. 


The forum participants will be able to get acquainted with the point of view of teachers and cultural practitioners who successfully practice cinema programs at school, show films and shoot films, discuss the cinema language of classical and contemporary cinema. Discussions will be held based on their experience, a candid account of their work with students of different age groups, pedagogical materials and a collection of films provided by the film education program CinEdsuccessfully implemented in Bulgaria by the festival team. The results of the program will be presented by teachers working with it in order to exchange experiences and analyze working models. In parallel, films made by students will be presented in the presence of their authors.

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For several years, the organizers of the festival have been working hard on the idea of ​​making cinema a general education subject in the Bulgarian school. This will benefit mostly children learning about cinema, classics and contemporary films, part of European and world cinema. They will enhance and develop their intellectual abilities, as well as learn more about seventh art, similar to their peers from different countries in Europe, where film education at school is already a fact. 


The French Institute in Paris has undertaken an ambitious program for cinema to take its place at school. His program CinEdfunded by the program Creative Europe / MEDIA, already covers ten European countries. Each country is presented with one or two films, translated and accompanied by pedagogical materials, to facilitate teachers in their work with students.


Thanks to the association Arte Urban Collective for the last 4 years, nearly 5000 students in Bulgaria have watched at least one European film from the platform. We are witnessing that studying cinema at school enables every student, even if left behind in the classical teaching system, to interpret what has been seen on the screen, as well as to build tools to understand and filter the images they are constantly confronted with. . 

Teacher Daniel Simeonov, an active participant in the program, shares: "I like the platform's suggestions CinEd for pedagogical work after the films - creating a poster different from the one we saw before the screening, writing a letter to the director or the main character… The possibilities are many and the most effective is improvisation by a teacher who has met in advance with the film and knowing his students arouses their interest, while at the same time imperceptibly educating himself in an aesthetic attitude to the seventh art.


Meetings of Young European Cinema FestivalTrue to its principle of offering the latest cinema achievements in Europe, he will present contemporary films and classics in his program. First, two Clementine Kozhitore films - Gallant Indies and Bragino, nominated for the Cesar Award, will be shown in the Best Short Film category in 2019.              

Excerpts from the movie "Bragino"

The selection is complemented by films illustrating the theme of the Cinema at School festival. Among them is Jean Vigo's film Zero for Behavior and Jacques Rosier's The First School Day.


The documentary The Theo Formula by director Nikolay Vassilev will also be shown. One of the questions the film raises is: "What is important for a good education?" And "Does a successful physicist need to know Hölderlin's poetry?" The tape provokes a broader discussion on "Access to quality education".


Another film from the selection, Director Hundreds of Children on a Train, by director Ignacio Aguero is a poetic story about a group of children in a poor neighborhood in Santiago, Chile. Every Saturday, the Church of Hermida turns into a movie theater, and children who have never gone to the movies make a movie after designing the devices that led to the invention of the Seventh Art.

"One hundred children waiting for a train"

Zero for Behavior

"First day of school"

In his film - a self-portrait of the unique Jean Luc Godard, he says: "As a rule, there is an exception. Culture exists as a rule and art as an exception. Everyone repeats the rule: computers, T-shirts, television, no one makes an exception, it does not. It is written - Flaubert, Dostoevsky. It is composed - Gershwin, Mozart. It draws - Cezanne, Vermeer. It is being shot - Antonioni, Vigo. " 

In this sense, art is not taught, it is met, experimented with, transmitted through other ways - through discussions, forums and festivals. The Sixth Edition of Young Cinema Meetings is one of them. Don't miss it!


All events and screenings are admission free after pre-booking at

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