Film education

In France, École au cinéma, Collège au cinéma and Lycéens au cinéma are three programmes that enable pupils to discover quality films, both heritage and contemporary, chosen by the Ministry of Education in partnership with the CNC (Centre national du cinéma) and screened in partner cinemas. These three programmes benefit nearly two million pupils per year.

Within this framework, the classes that take part in the scheme go to the cinema three times a year. The films are chosen according to the class, the level of understanding of the pupils and the themes covered in class.


At the LFRD, this scheme has existed since September 2015 in the framework of a collaboration between the Lycée and the French Institute of Cambodia. Initially open to students from kindergarten to third grade, the program was extended to students in Seconde in 2016. In 2018, it was opened to PS-MS classes.

viewers since 2015
sessions in 7 years
films and programs

With the increase in enrolment and the growing number of interested teachers, Education au cinéma has grown from 727 students in 2015 to 1,036 students in 2021. A total of 6,498 spectators have participated in this programme since 2015.

Education au cinéma is 258 screenings in 7 years, i.e. 115 films and short film programmes, in a wide variety – cartoons, heritage films (released more than 30 years ago), documentaries, films in colour, in black and white, on historical and social subjects, linked to the French, language, EMC or world discovery programmes. These films are presented as often as possible with their original soundtrack subtitled in French, which encourages openness to other cultures and broadens the aesthetic and imaginary universe of the pupils.

For the year 2022-2023

For the year 2022-2023, in order to frame the scheme within the PEAC (Artistic & Cultural Education Project), only certain classes are registered in the scheme. Each of these levels has specific support and objectives in line with their understanding.

  • PS-MS: Get to know the ritual of the cinema room: remain seated, get used to the dark in the room; Attend longer and longer sessions; Express emotions; Recognise the themes of a story; Use vocabulary seen in class
  • GS and CP: Express emotions; Know how to say what they liked or disliked; Recount a story; Understand the construction of an animated image and discover different forms of animation
  • CE2 : Recount a story; Address social issues; Discover different techniques and different film genres; Make links with other arts; Get used to watching films in their original version with subtitles
  • CM2: Discover different forms of narration; Reconstruct a complex story; Understand the symbolic nuances of a film; Make the link with social issues
  • 6èmes: Create a link with the literature programme; Make a link with social issues; Argue and give a point of view; Give an argued opinion on a film; Develop an aesthetic; Build a common artistic reference
  • 4èmes: Create links with the History and Geography and Literature programmes; Make links with social issues; Give an opinion on a work of art; Develop an aesthetic; Build a common artistic reference framework
  • the Seconde: Make links with literature and theatre; Make links with social issues; Develop an aesthetic; Argue and give their point of view

The French Institute of Cambodia, our partner

Each year, the IFC offers films and reserves matinees for classes in addition to its programming. The films are selected by the teachers in relation to their curriculum, the topics covered in class and the maturity of the students.

Before going to the cinema, the students discover the film in class through elements such as the poster and the trailer. They can ask questions and learn to decipher the elements that surround a film. This stage prepares them to go to the cinema and become independent in their choice of films which they then watch on their own.

The film session takes place at the IFC. Before the film, a person briefly introduces the film and the rules of the cinema. They are asked to respect the venue and the other spectators.

Back in the classroom, the film is discussed in class. The film sessions can be used by teachers to develop other activities such as creating films in the manner of, writing film reviews, as a starting point for presentations and class discussions. Pupils in the third year of secondary school can also use one of the films to present it at the Brevet oral exam.

Education au cinéma is a programme that offers young people a diversified approach to cinema and the role it plays in today’s world. It introduces students to film history and techniques so that they can better appreciate the films they watch in their personal and family lives. It introduces them to different genres, eras and styles. It is also a concrete approach to learning how to read images, encouraging expression and critical thinking.

Further information

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