The questions I brought home from Berlin

Links between film education and EU key competences

8 Key competences have been defined at EU level (

Among them there are such competences as cultural awareness and expression, social and civic competences, communication in languages, and digital competence etc.

Maybe it would be reasonable to link film education outcomes with them?
However, if we say that film education should lead towards cultural awareness and self-expression, do we condemn a film to become only a tool for developing key competences? On the other hand, do we really mean that sensitivity to films/cinematic experience shall be our end destination?

What comes first, cinema experience or knowledge and skills?

I like Petra’s argument that “knowledge might be a tool for something more important: experiencing cinema“ (the post on 31st October). However, do we mean that knowledge and tools for experiencing cinema should come first, before cinematic experience? If yes, how can we assure that these knowledge and tools do not channel viewer‘s experience into the direction we have constructed? Maybe relationship between cinema experience and knowledge is not a relation between a reason and an outcome? Maybe it is rather a dialectic process we are trying to grasp?

Intersection between Cultural, Critical and Creative

In the Creative group we admitted that one of the greatest challenges for the project will be the work on linkages between the outcomes formulated by all the groups. Therefore, maybe it would be reasonable to mix the three groups for a couple of hours in the next meeting in order to make the linkages between Cultural, Creative and Critical?

 Short term vs. long term activities

When we speak passionately about film education outcomes, do we mean by film education only a long term process, e.g. film education module at school which is taught for several years? Or do we also think that short-term activities, such as one day film workshop, are also valuable? Then, do we think about the outcomes for short-term projects? Do they differ from the long-term outcomes in the extent of knowledge, skills, and competences? …Or should we neglect them at all?

Film heritage and film education

I would strongly agree with Vitor’s argument that “film literacy should contribute to good preservation and better understanding of our cultural collective memories“ (the post on 31st October). However, when we look at MEDIA financing schemes we come across the contemporary production. Certainly, it is also an important reservoir for our collective memory. Nevertheless, film heritage has to play more significant role in relation to film education and the overall film policy. Therefore, the film education outcomes should also inspire to actualise and revive film heritage.

Looking forward to see all of you again and to continue our discussions in Prague.


One thought on “The questions I brought home from Berlin

  1. I think that the difference between short and long term activities is quite a crucial one here. possibly, one might want to look at the ways in which these might be drawn together. One feeds into the other. It would mean lots of discussions but surely a possibility. Might be worth thinking about for a possible project.


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