Films for Children

A resource for parents and teachers
Poetic films to raise children's awareness of artistic expression
Educational films to accompany school programs

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All films are free of charge.

Artistic awakening and teaching support

Like books, painting and music, films and animated films help children develop their taste.
Our digital portal focuses on the poetic dimension of films and the originality of their messages and visual universes.

Selecting films for children

Choosing a film for children can be difficult.
Very few original films and animated films are available on TV, at the cinema or on DVD, while more and more quality films are being offered with free and legal open access by directors and production companies.

Short films keep children's attention and are particularly appropriate for young children since they have diverse messages and original visual universes.

A film for a child © Marjolaine Defaye. Cinema and education

However, parents and teachers are not able to find them easily.

In France, wonderful initiatives aimed at young audiences make it possible for children to discover quality films.

The association Les Enfants de Cinéma opens theater doors to kindergarten and elementary school students. More than 10,000 schools and almost one million kids benefited from this program between 2015 and 2016.
Other associations such as Rêve de Cinéma transform hospitals and centers for sick or handicapped children into bona fide projection rooms, offering cinematic works of art to bring a dash of joy to the children's lives.
Access to cinematic culture
In our search for an alternative to offer more choices to teachers, parents and kids, we select free, short films – in respect of copyright – that are not usually offered to children but which are perfectly adapted to little ones.
Diverse messages and original universes
As with books, painting and music, films help cultivate taste. It is also important for children to have an opinion about films and to know what they do and don't like. Our portal of short films for children focuses on the poetic dimension of films and their creative universes with the educational objective of becoming a tool for artistic awakening.
Cultivating taste
Are you an elementary school teacher or a kindergarten teacher?
Are you looking for a film or animated film for children?
A short film for kindergarten students?
A film to watch as a family or with friends?
We choose films for children that can be streamed for free.

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Educational film

Deciding why and how to use a film with students is the first step in choosing a film for children. What are the educational objectives of film and its use in the classroom?
Do you want to introduce children to image techniques? Stimulate their artistic sense? Enrich a subject being studied in class?
How to choose a children's movie
Every film gives children a way to see the world from another person’s viewpoint – the producer’s. Offering diverse films, themes, messages and visual universes is important to a child’s education because it helps develop tastes. As with books, painting and music, films stimulate children’s artistic side and make them want to invent and experiment.

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Interviews

Going backstage with creators, a questionnaire to reveal directors' tastes and aspirations. Fifty creators pitch in.

Presentation of film directors © Directors

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Thematic film programs

The visual arts, including cinema, help develop artistic practices in school but can also raise children's awareness of other subjects and be used as an educational support tool.

Intended for teachers, the purpose of our catalogue of films, animated films and thematic short films is to reinforce the subjects studied in class with students, in addition to inviting parents to watch quality films with their kids as a family.
A teaching tool
Intended for children just starting kindergarten up to the end of elementary school, these thematic programs – including moral instruction, the living world and music – align with what your child will learn at school.

They contain between three and six films lasting a total of 20 to 30 minutes each.

Thematic programs of films © Christophe Defaye. Public screening

Are you a teacher looking for new teaching tools?
Are you looking for films on ecology, friendship or memory?

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About us

As elementary school teachers and animated film producers, our work led us to develop an interest in the educational aspect of films and short films for young audiences. Do children have a choice in what they are watching?

Teaching Your Child © Olivier Defaye. Give children the time to learn

Why a selection of short films? Why silent films? Why free films?
How much time do you think your child should spend watching television or films?

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Association

With the goal of satisfying teachers' needs and requests, we are currently considering creating an association under France's 1901 Law of Associations to bring together actors in education and cinema.
Motion pictures and education
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Films for Children Blog

Our selection of films for kindergarten and elementary school students, film educational programs and upcoming events.

Comments from teachers and budding film lovers, classroom educational activities, audiovisual workshops and training courses.
A place for sharing
A place for sharing the latest videos and cinematic events, film festival news, cinema-focused activities for schoolchildren. Film selection for teenagers.
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A film recommended by parents and teachers gives children the chance to discover quality films that have their well-being in mind.
Teachers' opinions and parental control are important for children. Share your opinion and help us find the best short films!

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