Films for schools

Films for schools program aims to encourage the interest of children and young people in cinema, as well as to train the public of the future by valuing our cinematographic heritage through activities aimed at all educational levels: morning film sessions and introductory sessions to film language accompanied by teaching materials, workshops, visits, thematic itineraries and resources for teachers. The sessions are facilitated by entities specialized in film and audiovisual culture, like us.

Les perseides - Filmoteca
Les perseides - Filmoteca


Filmoteca de Catalunya


Film literacy



"Rediscovering contemporary cinema"

Cinematographic images have the ability to stimulate the sensitive experience of little and younger viewers. Knowing some aesthetic, expressive and technical aspects that shape them can help them value visual culture meaning and diversity.

In our sessions we investigate the artistic value of cinema and its pedagogical possibilities in the educational context and provide a space for interpretation, critical commentary on images and films. In total we offer 6 film programs aimed at primary, secondary, high school, vocational training and special education. Each program includes the screening of a film and/or short films and more specific educational actions such as creative activities or spaces for interaction with the students.

In the primary school program, the screenings are complemented by audiovisual creation activities that we carry out in the room during the session. In the elementary school, high school, Baccalaureate and higher degrees programs, the screenings are complemented with a space for dialogue with boys and girls about the most relevant aspects of each film.

All sessions include teaching materials and suggested classroom activities.

Classics to take flight (Initial Cycle – Middle Cycle)

We discover the art of film with first and second graders. The session combines the presentation and screening of short films of great cultural and artistic value with a dynamic of participatory creation that helps children to learn the basics of cinematic language.


  1. The Balloonatic. Buster Keaton and Eddie Cline. USA, 1923. 23’.
  2. La Merle. Norman McLaren, Canada, 1958. 4’.
  3. The Magic Flute. Gayle Thomas. Canada, 1977. 7’.
  4. The Flight Instructor (The Pink Panther Show). Gerry Chiniquy. USA, 1975. 7’.

Piper. Alan Barillaro, USA, 2016. 6’.

Illusions of all times (Middle Cycle)

How is fantasy constructed in cinema? Where is the magic of images? 3rd and 4th grade boys and girls have the opportunity to take part in creating cinema tricks in the room and to enjoy a screening of short films full of magic. We approach the origins of special effects and discover the relationship between cinema and science.


  1. The man with the rubber head (L’Homme à la tête de caoutchouc). Georges Méliès. France, 1901. 2’30.
  2.  The inn of good rest (L’Auberge du bon repos). Georges Méliès. France, 1903. 5’.
  3. How the gentleman takes a bath (Comment monsieur prend son bain). Alice Guy. France, 1903. 1’.
  4. The electric hotel (El hotel eléctrico). Segundo de Chomón. France, 1907. 9’30 ”’.
  5. The glass ball (Kulicka). Herminia Tyrlova. Czech Republic, 1963. 9’.
  6. The writing’s on the wall. Aaron Duffy, Damian Kulash, Jr. & Bob Partington. USA, 2014. 4’15 ”.
  7. Wallace & Gromit: The wrong trousers. Nick Park. Great Britain, 1993. 28 ’.

Cinema and childhood: La petite vendeuse de Soleil (Upper Cycle – 1st cycle of ESO)

We identify the codes of fiction and non-fiction. We discuss the European perspective on postcolonial Africa, the value of tales and fables in world cultures, and the representation of girls in cinema.


The little sun seller (La petite vendeuse de soleil) by Djibril Diop Mambety. Sengal, France, Switzerland, 1998. 45 ’. Original version in Wolof and French subtitled in Spanish.

Cinema and childhood: The green bicycle (Upper Cycle – 1st cycle of ESO)

We start with the first Saudi-directed film directed by a woman to address issues such as discrimination against women in Saudi Arabia, children’s rights, intercultural perspective and globalization.


The green bicycle (Wadjda) by Haifaa al-Mansour. Saudi Arabia, 2012. 98 ’

Memory of the Civil War: Laya Films and Les Perseides (2nd cycle of ESO, Baccalaureate and Training Cycles)

We propose a session that raises the forms of representation and the construction of a visual memory of the Spanish Civil War: the use of archival images, the news of the time, the fictional stories. We analyze how war is represented and explained through two stories about war with different narrative and formal formulas.


Les Perseides (The Perseids) by Ànnia Gabarró and Alberto Dexeus. Spain, 2019. 69 ’

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Elaboration of the didactic project

Design of the proposed activities in the classroom.

Invigoration of face-to-face sessions at the Filmoteca de Catalunya



Conceptualization and coordination: Blanca Almendariz

Inscriptions: Filmoteca de Catalunya

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