Lithuanian Film Centre supports and sponsors film education development initiatives, coordinates and develops visual literacy training in order to ensure that cinema becomes as accessible as possible both as a leisure time activity and as a means of self-expression and world cognition.
Film education is a part of visual literacy training, where the skills to “read”, critically evaluate and create visual information are developed. The film education of children and young people is particularly important: visual literacy training encourages creativity, critical thinking and perception of visual culture of children and young people, and thus, an intellectual audience of film viewers is on the increase.
Film Education Resources Database
Film Education Resources Database is the continuous film education program. Its priority is Lithuanian national cinema. The aim is to encourage teachers to use the films as independent sources of information not only as illustrations, watch, analyze and evaluate the films together with students in the classroom.
The database was launched in December 2013. It consists of three film programs including more than 30 films.
The programs are developed to different age groups (students from 12 to 18 years). Each program contains feature films, documentaries, animation and short films. Each film has the teaching resource. All films and teaching resources are available only in Lithuanian language.
Film Education Resources Database runs on Lithuanian Film Centre’s web site. It is available only to teachers, who are registered users. Once registered and logged in to database teachers can download teaching resources and along with their students watch films on-line.
The pilot project “Film Club” is a part of the international project “Licensing European Film Clubs and Schools”, conducted by Film Literacy Europe from United Kingdom. The pilot project started in Spain, Cyprus and Romania in 2015. Lithuania, Latvia and Georgia joined the international project in 2016.
The pilot project involves 120 Lithuanian schools from different districts.
Screening are held once a week. Every film club can choose the film from a film catalog that is available on the website.
The implementation of the pilot project is partly financed by the European Commission’s MEDIA program, coordinated by the Lithuanian Film Center in co-operation with the Ministry of Education.
The aim of this project is to develop film education in Lithuania, paying more attention to children and young people, increasing the availability of European films, expanding the film base and encouraging Lithuanian schools to use it, testing film clubs as a model of film literacy and its relevance to Lithuania.
Young Audience Award
Lithuanian Film Centre has joined Young Audience Award organized by the European Film Academy. Children aged 12-14 have been invited from over 35 European countries to watch films throughout the day and become jury members. After watching films and voting for the film they liked most liked, they watched live broadcasts, when the voting results of all countries were announced, and the award ceremony in Erfurt (Germany). Three feature films of different genres were screened during the event; after each film there was an open discussion and after the most beloved film was chosen. Nearly 100 pupils from different Lithuanian schools voted for the best European youth film.
Audiovisual archives of the 20th century in the classroom
This is the pilot film education project initiated and implemented by the Lithuanian Film Centre with an aim to promote the use of moving images in the teaching process. One of the most important components of the project is digitized audiovisual heritage. The goal of the project is to combine digital creative technologies with audiovisual heritage in order to develop the students’ skills of understanding, interpreting and using moving images to complete the tasks. The pilot project has teaching materials for teachers. The target group is senior school pupils. The partner of the project – Lithuanian Central State Archives and www.e-kinas.lt
Documentary at School
The project aims to to introduce students to documentary and to develop students’ visual language.
Lithuanian Film Centre invites students to create short documentaries and participate in the filmmaking workshops run by film professionals. The topic of the film can become everything that happens in schoolchildren’s life: interesting people (inside or outside school), relationships, special place or event, memories, and more. In the workshops students are given the opportunity to experience how to make a film step by step using real film techniques.
Young Film Critic competition
This project aims at encouraging young people to watch and analyse films as well as at developing intellectual and critical film audiences.
The competition is open to all senior class students of Lithuania. Reviews are assessed in two categories, 15-16 and 17-18 year-olds. Entrants should submit a written film review. This could be a film that the student watched at the cinema theatre during the year or the film from the proposed programs and platforms.
We are looking for powerful, persuasive voices with original opinions.
The competition is held every year in October-November.