Convinced that cinema is an extraordinary way of arousing a desire for and an interest in art, culture and the realities of the world we live in, we carry out, throughout the year and during the festival, cinema awareness and training activities for all audiences: high school or university students, trainees from Ecole de la 2e Chance, inmates, etc.
Several educational initiatives are carried out throughout the year and during the festival so as to raise awareness and give regular occasions for young women and men to become tomorrow’s cinephiles.
Throughout the year, FIDMarseille offers screenings in partnership with Aix-Marseille education authority, in cinemas, on the FID’s premises or in schools. To date, more than 20 schools are involved in these actions on a regular basis. The screenings are led by the team of FIDMarseille with an introduction and a Q&A, most often with the filmmakers.
During the week of the festival, about twenty young volunteers, who attended these screenings, make up a jury so as to choose a winner for the High School Award among the films in competition.
During the 33rd edition of the festival in 2022, more than 50 high school students from Marseille, Madrid and Thessaloniki took part in a summer school in the framework of the project We are filmmakers. 10 of them joined the High School Award Jury, now referred to as the European High School Jury. 15 other students edited the film they had shot beforehand. And the others made the most of the festival and took part in a specific program: meetings with experts and artists attending the festival (filmmakers, editors, technicians, producers).
As the overuse of social media and the rise of Influencers among young audiences are shaping their relationship to the world, we feel it is our responsibility and mission to teach critical analysis, guaranteeing free will and the ability to debate.
A monthly workshop is organized in middle schools and high schools in order to strengthen young people’s understanding of images. Each month, the screenings and debates are therefore followed by a film criticism workshop.
These workshops are led by the artistic team of FIDMarseille and prepared in cooperation with the teachers.
For many years, FIDMarseille has welcomed groups of students from France and Europe. On top of attending screenings in cinemas with these groups, in 2022, a specific programme (film careers, meetings with professionals) has been initiated for students from ever-increasing French and European schools. Prior to the festival, the schools can take part in a two-day masterclass on the FID premises.
We carry out several initiatives with the Delta Festival which, like the FID, seeks to make culture accessible to all. Together, starting January 2023, we set up a training and awareness-raising workshop for young people who struggle with unemployment.
FIDMarseille carries out several initiatives that aim to make the festival accessible to a wider audience. These initiatives will be renewed as of October 2022 and will continue until the 34th edition of FIDMarseille, in July 2023.
For several years, FIDMarseille offers a selection of films for Marseille hospitals (AP-HM) during the week of the festival. This selection is broadcasted on the VOD channel of the Hospitals. Since 2021, FIDMarseille has been offering a more frequent program, with one film a month. These screenings are therefore free for the AP-HM. Hundreds of people benefitted from this initiative on a monthly basis.