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 is the continuous film education program launched in December 2013. 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 consists of four film programs including 52 films. The programs are adapted to different age groups (students from 7 to 18 years). Each program contains feature films, documentaries, animation and short films. Each film has a special teaching resource that teachers can use during lessons. All films and teaching resources are available only in Lithuanian language.
Film Education Resources Database runs on www.keub.lt. It is available only to teachers, who are registered users. Once registered and logged in to the database teachers can download teaching resources and along with their students watch films on-line.
Official website: www.keub.lt
The film education project “Audiovisual archives of the 20th century in the classroom” was initiated and implemented by the Lithuanian Film Centre. One of the most important components of the project is digitized audiovisual heritage. The aim 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 project has teaching materials for teachers. The target group is senior school students. The partner of the project is Lithuanian Central State Archives.
The “Film Clubs” is a part of the international project “Licensing European Film Clubs and Schools”, conducted by Film Literacy Europe from the United Kingdom. The project started in Spain, Cyprus and Romania in 2015. Lithuania, Latvia and Georgia joined the international project in 2016.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.
The project involves more than 200 Lithuanian schools from different districts. Screenings 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 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.
Lithuanian Film Centre has joined the Young Audience Award organized by the European Film Academy. Children aged 12-14 are invited from over 35 European countries to watch films throughout the day and become jury members. Three feature films of different genres are being screened during the event and after each film there is an open discussion. After watching films and voting for the film they like the most, they watch the live broadcast of the award ceremony. Every spring more than 100 students from different Lithuanian schools vote for the best European youth film.