La Semaine de la Critique carries on its singular mission: to reach out to ever-broader audiences by favouring screen education initiatives dedicated to the young public. La Semaine organises several year-round educational activities for high school students, apprentices and secondary school pupils from the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region, Île-de-France and from other regions in France as well as for high schools in Germany.
The programme includes: screenings of the selected short and feature films, meetings with film critics and members of the selection committees of La Semaine de la Critique, film analysis, workshops on how to write a film review and an introduction to film criticism.
The Franco-German Youth Office
For the fifth consecutive year, La Semaine de la Critique organises in collaboration with The Franco-German Youth Office (FGYO), a French-German training workshop on film criticism from May 18th to 22nd, held in Cannes during the Festival. Twenty French and German high school pupils from underprivileged areas participate to this workshop. The screenings and writing workshops are meant to encourage the exchange and stimulate intercultural dynamics between France and Germany, to participate to the cultural democratisation by broadening the audiences. It is also dedicated to screen education and training on film criticism for the young generation of viewers.
The Île-de-France Region
La Semaine de la Critique organises a whole day of training to film criticism for the “Lycéens et apprentis au cinéma” scheme in the Île-de France region. For many years, this workshop has allowed twenty high school students to try their hand in writing a review on a feature film screened at La Semaine de la Critique. The workshop will be held in Paris in autumn and will be animated by two professional film critics, in collaboration with the Parisian independent cinemas (CIP).
As part of its action, and in collaboration with the Paris Region’s Artistic and Cultural Training scheme, the French Union of Film Critics and La Semaine de la Critique offer a foundation course in film criticism.
This is a five-day course for four classes in two sixth-form colleges in the Paris Region whose objectives are: gaining knowledge (about cinematic and journalistic vocabulary), practicing (film criticism writing workshops, and French) and discovering new jobs through meeting and debating with film professionals (film journalists and critics, directors and producers).
This course is made possible thanks to the support of Le Colombier (Magnanville), the Jean Gabin cinema (Argenteuil) and the Christine Cinéma club cinema (Paris).
Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur Region
Steadfastly committed to cinema-lovers, La Semaine de la Critique is devoted to screen education for pupils in collaboration with the association Cinéma du Sud. 200 pupils from the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur Region are welcome to its screenings during the festival in Cannes.
The Departamental Council of les Alpes-Maritimes
La Semaine de la Critique has put up screen education schemes for the pupils in the region for many years. A first meeting takes place at the beginning of the year with the purpose of setting the bases for accurate watching and analysing. During the festival, the secondary school pupils are invited to discover two short films and a feature film selected at La Semaine de la Critique and are taught about the importance of film criticism.