Rising Cinema: a New Generation of European Film Ambassadors

Rising Cinema: a New Generation of European Film Ambassadors

The project aims to create a new model of film education. In it, young people aged 15-20 get to know European cinema more closely, learn to watch and appreciate it, by taking knowledge from specialists, during theoretical and practical classes. In a special program, they become ambassadors of European cinema in each of the three cities. Together, they create a podcast and a blog, with the help of which they share their knowledge and insights with the general public. The project is implemented by the Kaunas Cinema Center "Romuva" together with partners Cinema Insuflavel (Porto, Portugal) and Ceniclube de Tavira (Faro, Portugal).

During the project, a six-month educational program for young programmers is being implemented. During the meetings, students together with film professionals discuss such topics as film language, film genres, directing, composition, the work of a film programmer, the principles of creating a podcast, the development of audiences, etc. 

There is also a series of lectures on the history of film intended not only for young programmers, but also for the general public. During each screening, film critics and creators introduce the audience to the history of European cinema from its origins to the present day. This cycle features classical and contemporary European films: "Nuovo Cinema Paradiso" (1988), "Roma" (1972), "Kynodontas" (2009), "Cléo de 5 à 7" ( 1962), "Festen" (1998), "Todo sobre mi madre" (1999), "Meistras Ir Tatjana" (2014), "Diamantino" (2018).

In each project partner's cinema, 15-20 young people participate in the educational program and become ambassadors of European cinema not only among their peers but also in their city. Participants are encouraged to get involved in many activities carried out in the cinema - communication, film criticism, and work with distributors. Young programmers can have a say in creating a program of repertory cinema screenings. 

During the entire program, students create their own podcast, where they talk about the project program, the films they watched, and discuss current events in cinema. They also write articles about the films they have seen. The articles are posted on a specially adapted website used by all project partners. 

Students from all countries participating in the project will create a cycle of three films. They will search for pictures they want to show, communicate with distributors, prepare screening descriptions and communication. All the films selected by the young programmers will be shown in each cinema participating in the project.

The project is financed by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union.

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