How it all started
In 2011 the project was launched by the European Youth Film Festival (Antwerp, Belgium), with the help of Bednet, an organisation facilitating online streaming from the classroom to sick children at home or in hospitals. During the festival all short films in competition and some feature films were screened. Each film came with an introduction clip, made by formed children’s jury members or volunteers, to carry out the festival vibe. Children could log in on the festival website to watch those films and even vote online for the Film Fun in Bed award and experiment with film on the online filmlab.
New partners, extra content
After several successful editions there was an urge to expand the project and connect with other European partners. The call for Promotions of European Works Online, launched by the European Commission, was the moment for teaming up with new partners Kids meet Art (Croatia) and BUFF (Sweden). An international platform was created, dedicated to film screenings and audience engagement for children in hospitals, with different sections for different age groups: 3+, 6+, 9+ and 12+, for parents of patients and hospital staff. In each country the project is presented in its native languages.
Together we enlarged the available film database to 12 features (3 for each age group) and 30 short films, year round available with highlights during the festival periods. We stimulate interactivity by creating the option to review films, share images and stories and by including poll options. Clips and reports are added during festivals to make the experience even more exclusive. There has also been events at hospitals, such as films screenings and practical films workshops with media literacy professionals. This way children can watch films together at the hospital (in bed alone or in group), at home or in revalidation centres.
Imagine all children having access to quality films. Even those who are physically unable to go to cinemas or participate in festivals. What about children who are sick and in and out hospitals or revalidation centres? We are using our platforms online to reach out to those children!
We focus on a qualitative approach rather than obtaining a quantitative goal. Cooperating with several hospitals, revalidation centres and intermediates to reach as many children as possible. Offering exclusive festival films from different European countries with extra material to engage the audience to participate with their own stories and creativity. Lastly we encourage other European festivals and organisations to participate in this great adventure create and even wider European platform, with a wider audience.
• A platform for different age groups (3+, 6+, 9+ and 12+) and indirectly parents of patients and hospital staff.
• 12 features and 30 short films year round available. Every year updated with new content.
• Promoting interactivity such as voting for films, reviewing films, sharing images, stories and to connect with children in similar situations at hospitals in Sweden, Belgium and Croatia.
• Stimulate other European festivals, distributors, hospitals to participate and create a wider European platform.
• Augment awareness regarding audiovisual works and stimulate film literacy.
Now a lot of children in hospitals have easy access to film content that is mainstream, non-European, non-exclusive, passive or non-interactive… What if they could attend their own international film festival with exclusive European films where they can vote and interact with each other? The exclusive festival films and the extra content on the platform complements the commercial VOD platforms, available dvd’s onsite and free internet content.
Together we created a platform dedicated to film screenings and audience engagement for children at the hospitals, revalidation centres and children recovering at home.