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The Cultural Services of the French Embassy, the Alliances Françaises network, and the Institut français Paris are proud to present CinéSchool, a new educational program for kids focused on French cinema and animation. The program provides schools, the Alliances Françaises network and cultural institutions in the U.S. with a film catalogue and trilingual (English, French and Spanish) educational materials, specifically designed for elementary, middle school and high school students.

All of the films in the program were shown at Festinema Junior, a French film festival designed for children and created by the Alliances Françaises of Porto Rico and New Orleans. After two successful first editions, the festival gradually expanded in the US territory through the Alliance Française network. If the first edition in March 2014, brought together 1,231 students in the cities of San Juan, Puerto Rico and New Orleans, the 4th edition brought together some 8,100 children and teenagers from 99 schools in fifteen cities in the United States.

CinéSchool aims to broaden the availability of French films for young audiences in the U.S. by making a selection of films and education material available to schools and organizations across the country. By introducing new audiences to French cinema, CinéSchool seeks to offer young people of all backgrounds the opportunity to see foreign language films in a theater or in a classroom and to think critically through structured film analysis. In addition, the program seeks to encourage French language education through cinema. 

Each film is accompanied by an educational portfolio which includes pre-screening and post-screening activities. Portfolios are available in three languages: English, French and Spanish.


“CinéSchool” materials are available for children and adolescents, ages 4-18: