FilmEd – Film Education in Europe
Showing Films and other audio-visual content in European Schools – Obstacles and Best Practices
The research “Showing films and other audio-visual content in European School – Obstacles and best practice” aims to support the European Commission in its current efforts to develop a European wide media literacy policy, especially on the inclusion of European films in school curricula. It will be carried out by a Consortium composed by the Autonomous University of Barcelona, the European Think Tank on Film and Film Policy, CUMEDIAE – Culture and Media Agency and Europe and AEDE -The European Association of Teachers. The study will last until October 2014 and will cover the 28 Member States of the European Union, the EEA Member States and Switzerland.
Media and Film Literacy can contribute to empower people to exercise more informed choices on the audio-visual market and better react and adapt to the information society challenges. Not only this, but, Media and Film literacy have also a role to play in the reinforcement of a strong and innovative audio-visual sector in Europe.
In fact, the new programme of the European Commission, Creative Europe, has given a particular attention in its objectives to Film Literacy. Film Literacy as a subset of Media Literacy it is meant to provide, notably to young European audiences: better awareness and knowledge about our film heritage; increase interest in recent European films and heritage films; promoting the acquisition of audio-visual media production and creativity skills; understanding the importance of copyright from the perspective of both consumers and creators of content.
In this regard, the research’ general objective is to provide a study with reliable data on the situation of the educational use of audio-visual content in schools and, in particular, specifying the obstacles and good practices within the field, considering three angles: the educational, the legal, and the relationship with the film industry.
Accordingly, the objectives of the research are three-fold:
Firstly, a European-scale study identifying and analyzing the existing situation concerning the use of audio-visual content in schools throughout Europe. It will include both curricular and extra-curricular use of such content in schools paying exclusive attention to primary and secondary schools.
Secondly, identification of obstacles and good practices for the use of films and other audio-visual content in schools, including licensing models for education use;
And thirdly, the elaboration of recommendations on how to strengthen the commission’s work within the context of media literacy policy and in other policy fields.
These objectives can be synthesized in four dimensions or factors:
In this table is shown the global methodology that the Consortium is going to follow in order to achieve the above objectives.