Symposium European Film Factory

By: Elif Cevik

The European Film Factory is celebrating its first year of existence with a symposium on film education from July 26 to 28, 2021 in Cluj-Napoca (Romania) in partnership with the EducaTIFF section of the Transylvania International Film Festival (TIFF).

This European meeting will be divided in two parts, and it will be an opportunity to highlight the importance of film education in the school and extra-curricular life of young Europeans. On July 26, the meeting will be introduced by H.E. Ms. Laurence Auer, Ambassador of France in Romania, and the President of the festival, Mr. Tudor Giurgiu.

  • The morning will focus on the current situation of film and media education in Romania and the willingness of professional actors to advocate the importance of film education in the school curriculum.
  • The afternoon discussion will adress this issue on the European level with a panel on the challenges of film education in Europe.

The European Film Factory is inviting the following participants to address this issue: Anna Kasimati, Head of Creative Europe MEDIA Desk Greece / Head of Research and Programs Office, Greek Film Centre (Greece); Leopold Grün, Director, Vision Kino (Germany); Ana Đordić, Program selector at Four River Film Festival and Film educator at Film EDUcation, Croatian Film Association (Croatia); Pamela Giorgi, main researcher, INDiRE (Istituto Nazionale di Documentazione, Innovazione e Ricerca Educativa – Italy) ; Marion Thevenot, Head of French cinema unit, Institut français (European Film Factory) (France), EFF consortium; Anamaria Ghiban, teacher, European Film Factory Focus Group (Romania).

This discussion will take place in English and will be available on this link from 1pm (GMT+1):

The following day, Tuesday 27 July, there will be a screening of the film Brendan and the Secret of Kells (from the European Film Factory catalogue) followed by an online Q&A with film director Tomm Moore. The afternoon will be devoted to a film education workshop for teachers from the European Film Factory focus group – 12 teachers from 8 European countries invited to the festival – and local teachers.

The EFF Symposium, one of the highlights of the project, is organised by the Institut français with the two consortium partners, ARTE Education and European Schoolnet.

Supported by the MEDIA strand of Creative Europe, European Film Factory is an innovative scheme to promote film education in Europe.

European Film Factory is led by the Institut français, which has joined forces with two partners at the forefront of digital innovation in schools: ARTE Education, a subsidiary of ARTE, the European cultural television channel, and European Schoolnet, a non-profit organisation that brings together 34 Ministries of Education in Europe.

The European Film Factory programme gives students aged 11 to 18 and teachers from all Member States of the Creative Europe programme a free and secured access to an online catalogue of films from Europe’s film heritage.

The European Film Factory platform ( is available on all devices (computers, tablets, smartphones). Designed as a real tool for film education, it is available in 8 languages and offers innovative educational tools based on films: mind maps and possibility to annotate scenes or create extracts.

Symposium European Film Factory

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