What is Petit Plan?
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See: films with free entry
Petit Plan has a purpose to educate students around the art of cinema and to raise social awareness through cinema. In our actions we select films that aren't dumbed down for our students. For this reason, we select internationally acclaimed films with fresh, innovative techniques and cause a debate.
Discover: fresh perspectives and views
We collaborate with public and private institutions, academic researchers, and school educators in order to broaden students’ perceptions around cinema and expose them to independent and European cinema.
Discuss: the topic of the film and my life
Each action tries to avoid being didactic and focuses on adolescents, their issues in the context of Greek society and the shaping of critical thought. After the screenings, short discussions follow with select guest speakers about the film's theme and how it applies in a social context.
General purpose of the program
Petit Plan is a free education action which is geared primarily to high school students. Through film screenings with themes that are relevant to a young audience and with discussions with special guest speakers, issues such as intercultural integration, bullying, sports, the arts are raised. Focusing mainly on social issues such as xenophobia, drug addiction, gender equality, Petit Plan has managed to reach more than 15.000 students all over Greece, through physical and online screenings.
Primarily focusing on high school students (ages 15-18), with film screenings that are organised by contacting schools through the Ministry of Education. So, our main group of activities focuses on schools and collaborations with NGOs concerning their education programs. Our main purpose is to present social issues to young audiences without a didactic tone and promote critical thought and engaging conversation around these topics but also to engage teachers by associating these issues with the education material of the school. The second part of the action is to analyse the relationship students have with a) cinema and culture in general, with an emphasis on digital media and b) their relationship with the social issues that are presented in the film screenings. The anonymous questionnaires that are filled in, are then put into a digital platform and statistics emerge signifying trends. These results are presented a) to academic conferences about cinematic and cultural education in Greece and abroad, b) to groups that are active in European programs with an emphasis on knowledge exchange and good practices. The processing of the questionnaires is handled by academic researchers in Greece (National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, University of Peloponisos), as well as abroad (France and Finland). Since 2018, the former cultural attachee to the French embassy in Athens, Laëtitia Kulyk, (Audiovisual department and researcher at the University of Jyväskylä – Finland), has been collaborating with the research team (Dr. Panagiotis Stamatopoulos - EKPA, Vasilios Skarmoutsos, Ma - EKPA, PhD candidate University of Peloponisos). The goal of the second part is to formalise a policy in standard education: a) by providing large scale statistic samples which are annually renewed, b) by providing action reports to state and private institutions. Each report is accompanied by international bibliography concerning similar actions, with an emphasis in Europe.
- Paper and presentation at the international experts panel (Media industry experts – EU projects) of Febiofest for education and cinema in Greece, with an emphasis on intercultural education and Greek high school students (Febiofest – Prague 2019) – https://www.febiofest.cz/en/industry/program
- Paper at the international conference on film education, under the auspices of the EU, «Fest of Fests», at the Michalis Cacoyiannis Foundation. The presentation included detailed statistics on Greek high school students and their stance towards film education, media consumption, physical and digital festivals (Michalis Cacoyiannis Foundation – Athens 2019) – https://mcf.gr/language/en/espa/fest-of-fests-2/?lang=en
- Paper at the 10th International Conference on Open and Long-distance Education, organised by the Hellenic Open University. Joint presentation with Animasyros International Animation Festival, with an emphasis on informal film education. (Hellenic Open University – Athens 2019) – http://digimagix.gr/uploads/ICODL2019program.pdf
- Paper at the International Workshop about cultural Festivals, discussing the transition to digital festivals, with an emphasis on their reception by Greek high school students (University of Valencia – Valencia 2019) – https://cfest.webs.upv.es/preliminary-program/
Ever since 2016, the action has forged long-term, sustainable and strategic partnerships with foundations and state institutions as well as with the cultural departments of Embassies. Indicative partnerships:
- Greek Film Centre
- Representation of the European Commission in Greece
- Hellenic Foundation of Culture
- Hellenic American Union
- European Union National Institutes for Culture (EUNIC)
- National and Kapodistrian University of Athens
- University of Ioannina
- Public Library of Livadia
- Municipality of Athens
- Eye2Eye / EyeOnFilms – Film education program, funded by Creative Europe
- Instituto Cervantes
- Institut Français
- Goethe Institute
- Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung Greece
- Embassy of France
- Embassy of Spain
- Embassy of Norway
- Consulate of Colombia
- Embassy of Colombia in Rome
- Embassy of Israel
- Embassy of Poland
- Embassy of Switzerland
- Embassy of Romania
- Embassy of Argentina
- Positive Voice - Association of People Living with HIV
- Onassis Cultural Centre
- Animasyros Animation Festival
- FeCHA - Festival de Cine Hispanófono de Atenas
These partners offered their auspices, media licenses, and / or financial aid.