The International Film School Meeting was first created in 2002 in response to San Sebastian Festival’s ongoing endeavour to promote the different links in the chain leading audiences to the cinema: initiating children on the giant screen at the Velodrome, encouraging youngsters to try all sorts of cinema by forming part of the Youth Jury, inspiring new directors...
And San Sebastian Festival couldn’t forget the youngsters dedicated to film language and technique, i.e. film schools and students.
Students are given the chance to present a selection of their school projects at one of the most important international film festivals, including big names from the movie world who come along to help the students, commenting on their works in the presence of their teachers, who can therefore learn more about the teaching methods used at the different centres. Students sleep under the same roof and eat together while the Meeting is underway, meaning that they can easily exchange experiences and make contacts which, we know for a fact, last long after the Festival is over.
This initiative permits the screening of school projects, debate and reflection on new narrative formats, changes in teaching film, the appearance and use of new technologies or processes of cultural internationalisation.
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