The European Film Collection for Schools takes a truly pan-European approach, seeking to curate a collection of the best films from around Europe made available with subtitles to secondary schools in countries across the continent. The aim of this project is to build a strongly branded collection that would be made available for free in schools and would generate income for rights holders from film sales and subscriptions connected to collection films. By building this collection of European films we are specifically providing a solution to the saturation of US films in youth culture and engaging a new generation in the rich wealth of European content. Every country in Europe could have the opportunity to include a film(s) in the collection but ultimately curatorial choices would be made by FLE’s experienced team of programmers. FLE already has access to National collections of films through its Film club projects in Lithuania, Latvia and Georgia and has further partners in Norway, Ukraine and Spain that have access to national films.
This European collection is only feasible by adopting a broad partnership approach which will greatly amplify its impact and reach. Film Literacy Europe is working with Marche du Film and Cinando, and rights holders from across Europe to realise the creation of an open collection with a strong brand and a clear quality threshold, that rights holders can opt into and allow the Collection to grow over time.