In 2015, with CinEd, the European Commission gave its direct support for the first time to a film education project in the framework of the Creative Europe – MEDIA programme. The Institut français initiated and manages CinEd, which brings together 10 cooperation partners in 9 countries: Bulgaria, Italy, France, Spain, Lithuania, Romania, Portugal, Finland and the Czech Republic. These partnerships work to implement film education actions for young Europeans, thanks to a multilingual digital platform enabling easy and free organisation of public film showings.
In 2021, the Institut français is handing over the heritage of five years’ coordination to the Cinemateca Portuguesa, now leader of a new phase in the project entitled “CinEd 2.0”.
The Villa Al Qamar is a multidisciplinary artistic residency programme run by the Institut français in Lebanon and supported by the Institut français’ "La Fabrique des résidences" programme. It aims to strengthen cultural exchanges between France and Lebanon.
The Villa is located within the branch of the Institut français in Lebanon which is overseeing the project in Deir El Qamar, within the walls of an old caravanserai and the adjoining old synagogue, in the historic village of Deir El Qamar and the mountainous Chouf region.
In 2021, starting in April, the Villa welcomes the three winning projects which will be invited to develop their creative work in relation to the Lebanese territory of the Chouf and engaging with the current social and political issues.
Europe Day has been marked on 9 May since 1985 to commemorate the Schuman Declaration of 9 May 1950, considered the cornerstone of the European project. On this occasion, the Institut français is highlighting European players from very different backgrounds!
Once almost absent from the chambers of the European Parliament, the issue of culture is gaining ground. A conversation with Gitte Zschoch, director of the EUNIC (European Union National Institutes for Culture) network, for an overview of the European Union's cultural policy.
In response to the acute crisis in Lebanon, which has had a devastating impact on the Lebanese arts scene, the Institut français, the Association des Centres culturels de rencontre (ACCR) and the Institut français du Liban have joined forces to offer residencies in France to 100 Lebanese creative artists and arts professionals via an emergencyprogramme entitled "NAFAS", from the Arabic word نفس, meaning "breath".
The programme is an extension of the emergency aid for Lebanon announced by the President of France in September 2020 and is jointly funded by the French Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs and the French Ministry of Culture. The arts - in the shape of restoration of heritage and help for creative artists - feature prominently in the French emergency reconstruction aid package.