EduFilmFest is a uniqe montly film project organised by students for students. EduFest was created in September 2018 and it was only happening in Slovakia and Czech Republic. Thanks to our volunteers in september 2020 we decided to open this festival also for schools outside of Slovakia and make it international.
Each month our team which consist of film industry professionals and university students will select winners in 4 main categories. This winners will be (after their signed approval) distributed into more than 20 primary schools and high schools in France, Italy, Russia, Czech Republic, Slovakia and Austria.
Each month we used to do live screenings in schools and our venues.
However, since the outbreak of coronavirus we don't do any physical screenings anymore. Entire festival was moved into the online space. In case of Q&A we will connect with Director or the Producer of the winning film using Skype. We are doing calls to students in cooperation with their teachers. During this calls we are also connecting with Directors or Producers (using Skype) of some of the winning films in order to introduce creators of the film to students and also force students to ask questions about these films and practice English.
Film has been a major feature of popular culture for a hundred years, and the moving image now dominates all aspects of the transmission of information. Schools, however, have been very slow to move away from their dependency on text. Study after study suggests that children now need visual stimulates to support their learning and that all children receive a lot of their social and moral learning through film and TV, and forms of social media like YouTube.
Yet where film and moving images are used in education it is considered a pleasant introduction to new concepts, ideas or books, something innovative and a little outside the mainstream of teaching and learning. The research suggests it can and should play a much bigger role; it can be used to support social and moral understanding, to teach values and character, to support the development of information literacy in a visual world. Its techniques can be used to underpin mainstream skills like writing, be it creative narrative or fact-based presentations and perhaps most importantly of all, it can help develop critical reflection and a sceptical knowledge of how to review the way visual meanings are constructed to influence us. The research speaks volumes about the potential of film and the moving image to make learning more relevant and ‘fun’ and how much of that potential is being missed.