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The Network - 17/12/2013


Europa Cinemas Awards 2013 - Best Young Audience Activities


The Young Audiences Prize for 2013 was awarded to Studio des Ursulines (Florian Deleporte and Louis-Paul Desanges), a member of the Network since 2002. The Prize recognises the efforts made by Florian Deleporte, director and programmer of this theatre focusing on Young Audiences, and whose investment exceeds the national scheme for film education.

The film theatre is a partner in the École et Cinéma (Schools and Cinema) project supported by the CNC and the Minister for Education and coordinated on a national level by the organisation Les Enfants de Cinéma, of which Florian Deleporte is a Board Member. It is also a partner in other local initiatives including Mon Premier Cinéma (My First Cinema) and Mon Premier Festival (My First Festival). All previews for Parisian teachers participating in these programmes are screened at Studio des Ursulines. During these events they are taught about film, with the support of educational materials. Beyond the school screenings, which are always preceded by a presentation, Florian Deleporte organises visits of the projection booth and introduction workshops with professionals.

Studio des Ursulines is a historic film theatre in Paris. Ten years ago it decided to focus on Young Audiences and this has become a strong part of the cinema’s identity. Les Ursulines is now a meeting point among local high school students for whom Florian Deleporte has set up an after-school film club. Fifteen- and sixteen-year-olds choose the programme and present the films at open screenings. As Florian Deleporte explains, ‘the students sometimes present very sophisticated films, which builds up a healthy competition between them'.

But Florian Deleporte goes further than that: for three- and four-year-olds he offers art and experimental films, as those by McLaren and Starewicz, ‘because at this age, children have no barriers to black and white or original version films with subtitles. Later, at six or seven years, when they are learning to read and still have a limited vocabulary, they realise a word or two is enough to follow what is going on. If you leave it too late, when the child can read, they will try and read everything, miss the film and maybe lose interest in films.’ Young Audiences at Studio des Ursulines are certainly not turning away from this film theatre's single screen, with more than 10,000 viewing some 61 European films (including 40 non-national ones) last year. Evidence, if it were needed, that European films are at the heart of the educational policy practised by Studio des Ursulines.