Experimental and different cinema for young audience
Experimental and alternative cinema seeks to create films outside the aesthetic and economic norms of the most common cinema, the one we see on television or in multiplexes. Its aim is to (re)invent a cinematographic language and propose an alternative to the dominant visual discourse. It constantly questions its own medium, film or video, and its conditions of existence and creation. So-called experimental films are therefore astonishing and surprising for those who discover them. It is a free cinema: free of themes, norms, imposed formats and narratives. It is sometimes amateur cinema, often made with little means, which is accessible to everyone and can be made by everyone! For all these reasons, it is a deeply concrete and accessible cinema, and in fact, deeply educational.
Thus, experimental and different cinema makes it possible, while insisting on a personal, sensitive and playful approach, to raise questions about the perception of the image, creation, poetry and the arts. In short, it allows us to question cinema. And by moving away from classical cinema, it allows us to renew our view of cinema, and to confront it with freer, more accessible and creative acts because they are less institutionalised, and thus to ease the young public’s approach to viewing and creating cinematographic images.
The Pôle Transmission therefore accompanies the discovery of such cinema through programming, mediation and the creation of screenings and workshops for young audiences, in order to help them discover other types of cinema and forms, while at the same time proposing a reflection on images in a more general way, and developing their sensitivity. It also facilitates the distribution of the CJC’s catalogue to young audiences by working closely with external programmers.
Since 2015, in order to promote and stimulate creation among the youngests, the Pôle Transmission has been holding a call for films for filmmakers under 15 years old within the Festival des Cinémas Expérimentaux et Différents, in addition to the annual Young Audience screening. In 2021, a new category has been added for filmmakers vetween 15 and 17.9 years old. The films are then integrated into the distribution catalogue, and the Pôle Transmission works to integrate children’s and young people’s creation into the distribution circuit, in order to promote different cinema made by younger people.
other possible cinema histories, including the history of a different and experimental cinema and its rich and varied corpus, through programmations and workshops.
To engage and amaze
the viewers to works and practices that do not conform to the rules of classical cinema.
to a cinematographic language that does not need a narrative (like sometimes the imagination of a small child), based on spontaneity and the free association of images and sounds.
the minds of certain audio-visual and television forms, by showing the youngest spectators that a cinema made with little means can nevertheless be very rich in proposals!
the creation of amateur images on a daily basis while raising awareness of other ways of making films.
the possibility that everybody can create, and to value the creation by the youngests, by programming their films during the festival and by integrating them into the CJC distribution catalogue.
From our catalogue of experimental films (more than 1,500 films) we offer “turnkey” short film programs organized around a theme and adaptable to all audiences (from 3 to 25 years old). We are available to provide mediation for these programmes. This mediation aims to welcome and accompany the possible reactions and interpretations of experimental works by children in a perspective of education to images. We can also provide pedagogical sheets to help animators in the mediation of the screenings.
To play with cinema (6 to 10 yo)
Experimental cinema is also a game that constantly reinvents its rules. Children’s play, acting, but also a game with the narration, with the imagination, with the ways of filming, with the material of the film itself…
Freedoms! (from 4yo)
If anything sets experimental cinema apart from the rest, it’s its freedom. Freedom of format, freedom of subject matter, freedom of fantasy. We wanted to pay tribute to this total freedom by programming films designed for the freest of beings: children.
A women's world (6 to 10 yo)
Experimental cinema has been the cradle of women filmmakers. The possibility of making films beyond the production and material means imposed by commercial cinema opens many doors for women, who were de facto excluded from the circuit for a long time. Through the game, in the hand of the pioneer Maya Deren, inventiveness and change of identity are at work.
can be found in our portfolio of cultural actions, available for download thereafter.
We are also available to create customized programs, in partnership with the organisations that invite us, in order to constantly reinvent the relationship between young people and the images, and to offer activities and programs that are always varied and original. We are also regularly invited for “cartes blanches”, which we are always delighted to programme and animate. Do not hesitate to contact us for any request.
Some of our films are available in film prints, so we propose 16mm and super 8 projectors for rent, in order to provide young audiences with an entertaining and exiting experience, as well as a better understanding of the origin of cinema.
Finally, our catalogue offers many films accessible to young audiences, as well as a few films made by young filmmakers under the age of 18. It remains available to programmers who wish to offer programs for young audiences.
We are currently working on a tag to distinguish these films within our catalogue. In the meantime, we remain available to guide you in your programming choices.
See the "young audience" calendar
- Between 250-350 € for a single session, depending on the length of the program and the mediation required.
- If you wish to offer a film projection, count allow an additional €100 for the renting cost.
- If you wish to accompany the screening with a workshop, please contact us.
- For the rental of individual films, please consult our prices on our internet catalogue.
If you have any questions or special requests, you can contact us at email@example.com or on +33 (0)7 69 61 53 57.
Filmmakers from the Collectif Jeune Cinéma offer workshops exploring the various practices of experimental and different cinema, from film to video, from image recording to intervention on film… The workshops can last one afternoon in addition to a programming session, or they can extend over several days in the form of a long artistic intervention, with a final restitution of the project.
The workshops are designed according to the specificity of each audience, and can evolve according to the needs of the host structure.
The description of the different workshops proposed by the CJC’s cooperating filmmakers is available in our Cahiers des Actions Culturelles, available for download below. New ones may be added as the filmmakers’ practice evolves and as particular structures request them. Please do not hesitate to contact us for any request, we can put you in contact with the filmmakers to work with them on specific projects.
From 450€, depending on the workshop, its duration and the material needed for it. Do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions about it.
We can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or at +33 (0)7 69 61 53 57.