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New EU study recommends film literacy for school curriculum

A new EU study recommends including film literacy in school curricula and creating general rules for licensing schemes, in order to contribute to a wider use of films and other audiovisual content in European schools.

Over three chapters, the study looks at obstacles and best practices when showing films. The first section examines how films are used and how film literacy fits into the school curricula at present.

The main findings demonstrate that film literacy is not currently recognised as a subject in schools, with film serving most often as an illustration of other subjects. The teaching of film literacy is often dependent on the initiative of individual teachers, who also provide the material to be shown on DVD.

The study then addresses the ways in which the industry makes films available for schools. The licencing of films for this purpose is shown to be a low priority for the industry, although very good licencing schemes exist in some Member States. 

The document concludes with a chapter on copyright, analysing the legal framework in Europe for showing films in schools. It states that there is a lot of legal uncertainty on the conditions in which films can be used in the context of teaching, with EU Member States having implemented the "exception for illustration" - the copyright law allowing material to be screened for illustrative, educational purposes - in very different ways.

The study provides guidance on how to better facilitate the use of films and other audiovisual content in schools. These recommendations will be used in the assessment of the Creative Europe - MEDIA programme's Film Literacy support scheme, and will also feed into the discussions on copyright reform.

The study can be viewed in full on the European Commission website.

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