International Educational Project Cinema: One Hundred Years of Youth

Cinema: One Hundred Years of Youth (originally titled „Le cinéma, cent ans de jeunesse”) is an international film education project, initiated by La Cinémathèque Française in 1995. Each year, students, teachers, and filmmakers from various countries from Europe, Latin America, Japan, and the Republic of South Africa participate in the project.

By following an exclusive methodology developed by the French film critic Alain Bergala, students – together with the filmmaker, teacher, and project curator – create a film in their country throughout the academic year, aiming to develop a new theme each year. At the end of the school year, a creative group presents its film to an international audience of students, teachers, filmmakers, and critics in one of the cinematheques or movie theatres in foreign countries.

Since 2015, Meno Avilys has been implementing the project in cooperation with Anykščiai Jonas Biliūnas Gymnasium, film teacher Renata Miškinienė, film directors Živilė Mičiulytė and Klementas Davidavičius alongside other creators. For several years, Kaišiadorys Algirdas Brazauskas Gymnasium also participated in the project.

The theme of the 2024 project is Filming the Other: A Documentary Gesture. The students will present a film based on the theme at the Portuguese Cinematheque.