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Improved European action in aid of young people

  • Europe
1 April 2020
The Institut français continues to strengthen its European partnerships and has received new co-financing for projects focused more specifically on supporting young people.

Through the European Film Factory, supported by the EU's MEDIA/Creative Europe programme, which it leads in partnership with ARTE Education and European Schoolnet, the Institut français wishes to provide an innovative and pragmatic resource supporting cinema education in Europe. Beginning in September 2020, a digital platform will enable pupils aged 11 to 18 and teachers from all over Europe to have free access to a catalogue of ten films from Europe's cinematic heritage, subtitled in eight of the most widely spoken languages of the European Union. Innovative and interactive teaching tools will provide an entertaining way for students and teachers to learn about the films. 


The Institut français also runs Safir, a large-scale project to support young people in countries on the southern coast of the Mediterranean through social entrepreneurship, co-financed by the European Commissionfor a period of four years. The Institut français is the project leaderalongside the Agence Universitaire de la Francophonie, CFI, the Tunisian and Lebanese incubators Lab’ess and Pitchworthy and the regional NGO ANND.

Safir offers support for young people with charitable or entrepreneurial projects and helps consolidate the players and institutions which are essential to their support: local incubators, higher education institutions and civil society organisations. The primary objective is to promote young people's active participation as citizens, while contributing to their political, economic and social inclusion and ensuring the long-term success of their commitments.