Lithuanian film clubs is run by the Lithuanian Film Centre. The European Commission’s MEDIA Programme has funded the development of three bespoke pilot programmes of film clubs. They are being developed and coordinated by us and our partners National Film Centre of Latvia and the Georgian National Film Center with support and coordination provided by Film Literacy Europe from the UK.

We would hope that the film clubs will be run by one or two teachers who in turn will recruit the pupils to attend the school film club. The pilots will involve weekly screenings of films in participating schools from a specially curated catalogue often followed by discussion. Each participating school will be able to search for, order and review films through national pilot website.

We intend to begin the project in schools after Easter 2017 in schools and compete the evaluation in December 2017. A team at Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona will oversee the evaluation of the programme. It is hoped that the evidence gathered will support the further investment by funders in a long term roll out of film clubs to a significant proportion of schools in Lithuania, Latvia and Georgia. This also builds on pilots that took place in 2015 in Spain, Romania and Cyprus.

The Lithuanian Film Centre, established in May, 2012, is a state institution under the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Lithuania. The aim of the Centre is to participate in designing an effective film and audiovisual sector policy and to foster the sustainability of the Lithuanian film industry.

The Lithuanian Film Centre is coordinating this film club pilot as it has responsibility for implementing programmes in areas of film education, national film heritage, training for professionals, research and statistics. It also

  • allocates subsidies for the development, production and distribution of Lithuanian films and international co-productions;
  • promotes Lithuanian films at home and abroad;
  • administers The Film Registry and film ratings scheme;
  • fosters private sector investment in filmmaking;
  • aims to position Lithuania among the countries offering the most favourable environment to foreign film productions;
  • represents Lithuania at international film festivals, fairs, organizations and programmes.

Objectives

The objectives of the project:

  • Test film clubs as a model for film literacy in Lithuania
  • Test digital delivery and distribution of films into schools
  • Develop a curated catalogue of films (including a substantial European choice) for use in Lithuanian schools
  • Test licensing and distribution issues and solutions
  • Learn from the UK and the first phase of European film club pilots
  • Build on the previous work of the Lithanian Film Centre and this pilot towards increased film literacy for children and young people
  • Evaluate the pilots to identify obstacles as well as educational, cultural and audience development impacts
  • Use the evidence from the pilots to inform and advocate for national investment decisions towards a roll out of the programme to a significant percentage of schools