La Semaine de la Critique, true to its ambition of exchange and knowledge transmission, carries on its singular mission, to reach out to ever-broader audiences by favouring screen education initiatives dedicated to the young public. La Semaine de la Critique organises at the Cannes Films Festival and all year-round several educational activities for high school students, apprentices, secondary school pupils.
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 eighth 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 22nd to 25th, 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 since 2019.
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 discovering new jobs through meeting and debating with film professionals (film journalists and critics, directors and producers).
This course is made possible thanks to this year support of Le Vincennes and Arcel cinemas (Corbeil-Essones).
SUD/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. Around sixty highshcool students will also benefit from workshops on how to write a film review, led by profesionnnal film critics during the Cannes Film Festival.
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. Thanks to this program, the secondary school pupils are able to discover both the short and feature film format by taking part in screenings of films selected by La Semaine de la Critique, as well as discover the vocation of a film critic and developp their analytical skills.
IESA - Art and Culture
La Semaine de la Critique shows once again its dedication to film education by organising in collaboration with the IESA - a school specialised in arts and cultural management - a workshop about short films for master’s students studying film, allowing them to come to Cannes for two days during which they will discover selected films, meet film directors and take part in film criticism workshops led by one of the short film selection committee members.