ABCinema Sprint, UK

Available language: en


Age: 16-25
Sessions: 1
Session's duration: 8h 8h 8h


In March 2015, Watershed worked in partnership with Flatpack Film Festival, Into Film, Arts Connect West Midlands, the BFI Film Audience Network and international partners to deliver a 3-day sprint for archive and film exhibition professionals from across Europe. This sprint took place in Birmingham, UK and focussed on innovative approaches to engaging the next generation (16 – 25yrs olds) in film heritage and culture outside formal education. A total of 45 people contributed to the sprint as a participant or a speaker including representatives from Fondazione Cineteca di Bologna (ITA), Cinémathèque Royale de Belgique (BE), Deutsches Film Institut (DE), Les enfants de cinéma (FRA), Eye Film Institute (NL), ACE - Association des Cinémathèques Européennes (BE), cinemas from the BFI Film Audience network, regional archives (MACE, The Scottish Screen Archive) and representatives from the BFI. We explored questions such as why and how should we try to reach those who don’t engage with film heritage? The 3 days were broken up into formal sessions and practical workshops, covering everything from how to co-design a young audience strategy with young people involved to practical case studies of getting films out in innovative ways on and offline. There were also opportunities for networking, knowledge exchange and exploration of events at Flatpack. Young people participated in the programme and also run a parallel workshop with 16-24 year olds that fed into the ABCinema sprint. What did participants think? ➢ 98% of participants reporting that they felt inspired as a result of the event ➢ 98% agreed that it had made them think differently about how they approach their own practice. ➢ 100% discovered new things that they will take back “I discovered different ways of engaging young, especially with new technology and film archives.” "One of the most useful point was that there is no such thing as a hard to reach audience only hard to reach venues.”


The Framework sets out a series of outcomes to which any film literacy programme or project, be it in the formal education or informal education sector, could realistically aspire. It is not expected that any one project could deliver all of the outcomes in the Framework, but rather it is hoped that by placing the critical, creative and cultural dimensions alongside each other that it will be possible for project developers to explore issues and outcomes beyond their own current practice.

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Film Education Framework for Europe
To inspire and equip perople across Europe to be able to access, enjoy, understand, create, explore, and share film in all its forms throughout their lives
Film Sensibility
Key Dimensioms of Film Education
Creative Processes | Practices | Participation
Critical Processes | Practices | Participation
Cultural Processes | Practices | Participation
Areas of Learning
Specificities of Film
Social, personal and collaborative processes
Critical personal response
Wider film engagment
Historic and Institutional context
Reflective learning
Learning Outcomes
Critical thinkers
Adventurous Creators
Expressive individuals
Sensitive contributors
Reflective practitioners
Active collaboration
Confident Explorers
Informed participants
Discerning audiences
Enthusiastic advocates
Independent learners
Engaged citizens
Engage with film in all its form
Experience film in the cinema
Discover film from the past
Experience the art of film
Experience creative opportunities in film making
Reflect on national and world cultures
Identify, question and reflect on ideas and values
Disposition for Lifelong Learning
Connecting to Life and Work
Personal Development
Civic Responsibility