To extend the depth, scope and constituency of Cinematheque and archive endeavors the Department of Education was initiated in 1981. Education initiatives are supported by a range of municipal, state and international grants and donations - businesses, foundations and individuals. In 1995, the department won the distinguished Israel Fund Prize for its legacy of innovative programs that promote peace and co-existence and continues to garner international recognition for its distinctive pedagogy: using cinema as a catalyst to encourage interpersonal and intercultural understandingf and as a stimulus for conflict resolution.
Offerings, which include lectures, courses, seminars for schools and special events developed for ages six and up, focus on cinema as a fulcrum for understanding society, history and self as well as the medium of film. Education activities emphasize discourse and delight as well as the cultivation of expertise. Events are scheduled over 300 days a year, in which film screenings are the focus of demonstrations and discussions led by staff, filmmakers, scholars and topic experts.
Presentations often involve collaborations with local social services, education and arts organizations and respond to school curricula as well as special needs and eldercare learning. Many classes are accredited for the in-service training requirements of teachers and social workers and adult continuing education degrees. Courses range from cinema technique and history to comparing styles of the great directors to an overview of cinema classics to topics such as psychology, cultural diversity, and history.
Education Department initiatives are not only for film fans and film scholars but also filmmakers:
During the Jerusalem International Film Festival in July, Education Department programs encourage filmmakers at all levels: Emerging Israeli and Palestinian filmmakers can submit their work to compete for The Wim van Leer Award for High School students, and finalists are screened within the Jerusalem International Film Festival program. Each year an aspect of Jerusalem Cinemathequw-Israel Film Archive holdings is selected to inspire this short film competition. Sponsored by the Ostrovsky Family Fund, finalists receive cash awards and debut at the Jerusalem International Film Festival; Israeli directors and producers can participate in Jerusalem Pitch Point, a competition for feature film funding, underwritten by the European Union, Israeli Film Fund and Cinema Project and The Yehoshua Rabinovich Foundation for the Arts, Tel Aviv.
CUSTOM EVENTS can be developed by the Education staff for your group, business or personal celebration.