MEDIA-funded education project publishes final report

The BFI have published a final report for their project 'Film: a language without borders', delivered as part of a consortium with the Danish Film Institute and Vision Kino in Germany.

Funded through Creative Europe's Film Education scheme, the programme was aimed at children and young people in schools with an ethnic origin other than German, British and Danish/European, aged 6-18, and children from their host communities. The project aims to explore and share how film education can support the target group to better understand their new communities and neighbours, and the wider traditions, cultures and values that we call 'European'.

The selection of eight European feature films - including Paddington, Billy Elliot and Sing Street -  as well as three classic European short films, were supplemented by study guides which provided students and teachers with opportunities to discuss emotions, identity and the common exploration of European film. 

Throughout 2018, cinemas in the three countries showed the films, contextualised by talks and discussion. Venues included Glasgow Film Theatre, BFI Southbank and HOME Manchester. 

The research methods and findings from this programme have been summarised in a new report, available to read on the BFI website

In its closing remarks, the report concludes that

"In times of political uncertainty, both in Europe, and beyond, the three partners in this project – from Denmark, Germany, and the UK – have found strength in working together around and through film to foster positive attitudes in young people towards the world, themselves, and their peers. Film has truly ‘crossed borders’, not just geographically, but socially, culturally, linguistically, and emotionally."

Image: Paddington, which also received MEDIA funding through the Automatic Distribution scheme, was one of the films used as a teaching resource for the project.