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Film Education: A User's Guide

Find out all about film education with this course from BFI, and its partners DFI, Cinémathèque Française and Vision Kino.

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Film Education: A User's Guide
  • Duration4 weeks
  • Weekly study4 hours

Learn how to design and start your own film education programme

The BFI is a world leader in film education. On this course, you’ll discover why film education matters and learn how agencies across Europe have successfully advocated for film education.

From experienced and knowledgeable practitioners from the UK, Germany, Denmark, France, Spain, Slovenia, Italy, Greece and more, you’ll discover how to design, organise, and manage film education programmes for your learners or community.

You’ll learn from people working in prestigious film archives and festivals, those training teachers, and those running school-cinema programmes and film education NGOs.

What topics will you cover?

  • Rationales behind film education - why it matters
  • Approaches to watching and choosing, analysing and making film - practices that work
  • Case study on film education with pre-schoolers
  • Practice in cinemas, festivals and archives
  • National strategies and why they work
  • How to evaluate the impact of film education

When would you like to start?

Start straight away and learn at your own pace. If the course hasn’t started yet you’ll see the future date listed below.

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Explain the core and common rationales behind film education: why teachers and other educators think film education is valuable, and the arguments they use to advocate that value
  • Explore the wide range of film education approaches that exist, and how they differ between countries, and between age groups and different sectors
  • Identify how different cultures and education systems manage and promote film education, and how they evaluate its impacts and benefits
  • Propose and advocate for film education programmes of your own, in your own country or setting
  • Demonstrate a strong grasp of the key approaches to teaching about film, and how different skills like film analysis and production mutually enhance and support each other

Who is the course for?

This course is designed for educators working in the film or media education who are looking to broaden their knowledge and expertise, try out new ideas, and learn about great practice.

This course is also designed for policymakers, cinema and festival workers, archive educators, strategic bodies and agents who are looking for good practice and good examples of international film education.

This course is co-funded by the Creative European MEDIA Programme of the European Union.

Who will you learn with?

I've been working at the BFI in London for nearly 20 years, looking after a range of education programmes and projects. Before that I taught in schools in south London as an English and Media teacher

Ian is a teacher, author, producer, screenwriter and director and has worked on a number of European projects, including the Framework for Film Education. He has won 2 BAFTA's.

My primary working field is developing hands on film activities for schools and preschools – both in the film studios FILM-X and in schools, libraries and daycare institutions.

I'm looking after film education at La Cinémathèque française, especially involved in european and international programmes.

Martin Brandt-Pedersen works at the Danish Film Institute as a consultant in film education and educational manager for Filmcentralen/Education, a learning platform and a streaming service for schools

Editor of film education, Danish Film Institute. Main focus is the streamingsite and learning platform Filmcentralen/Education. Developed and facilitated courses in film educaction for many years.

Charlotte Giese works as Special Advisor at the Danish Film Institute, focusing on Film Education for Next Generations –with key areas such as Creative Film Studios, Pre-School and European programs.

Sabine Genz has been part of the VISION KINO Team and is, among other things, responsible for teaching material, monthly film recommendations for education and copyright issues.

Who developed the course?

The British Film Institute (BFI)

The British Film Institute (BFI) was founded in 1933 and is a charity governed by a Royal Charter. It has three priorities – education, supporting the UK film industry and unlocking film heritage.


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