Presentation of the Festival
Origin of the International festival Takorama
On the initiative of the French School of Florence, within the framework of COVID-19 in 2020, the International Non-Profit Organization Films for children proposed, in the form of a festival for primary school teachers and their students, short films accompanied by educational activities. An international festival exploring the theme of humanism and ecology, entirely free of charge and without advertising, with the aim of enabling children to stay in contact and pursue schooling activities at home.
All students were encouraged to give their opinion and vote for their favorite short film.
Feedback from teachers and children has been extremely encouraging; 35 countries, 1,200 classes, 280,000 students participated in 2020.
We have therefore decided to renew the festival in 2021.
Objective of the international Film Festival Takorama
An international festival exploring the theme of "solidarity".
During the festival, the children are invited to vote for their favorite short film but also to participate in educational activities.
Beyond the cinematographic and artistic education, the festival aims to assert the educational dimension of cinema by positioning it at the side of literature and painting as a resource liable to accompany and support the teachers as a whole and to allow the children to perceive animated images not only as an entertainment but also as a communication tool.
The festival is an introduction to the platform of education by and through animated images developed by "Films for children" with the support of the Ministry of Education and of the CNC, as well as in partnership with Réseau Canopé, editor of public educational ressources.
The platform (in French language) offers by subscription 100 short animated films, that are legally usable in class and accompanied by educational activities.
Operation of the international Film Festival Takorama
The festival takes place every years from March 1 to June 25.
It is completely free and is open to teachers from all over the world and their students between 3 and 18 years old.
Teachers register their class and receive by email the educational activities they can give to their students after watching the movies.
Students vote for their favorite film and award the "children's prize".
Parents can also register their children directly.
Selection of films
A grid of selection to decide of the adequacy between content and age of the children has been elaborated in collaboration with the NPO 3-6-9-12 as well as Serge Tisseron, sponsor of the NPO Films for children.
A preselection of 40 films out of 300 was carried out by the NPO “Films for Children”
A selection committee made up of members of the partners made a final selection of 15 short films organized into 5 age categories made up of 3 films each.
The members of the committee are:
- Olivier Defaye (Films pour enfants)
- Liana Ferreira (Films pour enfants)
- Géraldine Baché (CITIA)
- Charline Thenot (CITIA)
- Serge Tisseron (3-6-9-12)
- Sonia Winter (3-6-9-12)
- Alexandra Fernandes (ONUDC)
- Marion Ehalt (ONUDC)
- Alexandre Le Voci Sayad (UNESCO MIL Alliance)
- Samuel Baluret (Réseau Canopé)
A festival in 20 languages
The festival, aimed at children around the world and especially children in developing countries, is in 20 languages.
Download the poster of the festival in the respective languages:
Partners of the International Takorama festival
The NPO Films for children, under the patronage of UNESCO, develops its educational activity by and through animated images with the main goal of offering, in an educational context, a free access to short films to children all over the world.
The Education for Justice (E4J) initiative, a component of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)’s Global Programme for the Implementation of the Doha Declaration, aims at empowering the next generation to become socially responsible global citizens with a sound moral and ethical compass who are prepared to tackle the world’s challenges related to the rule of law. It seeks to promote a culture of lawfulness, help educators teach on rule of law issues and encourage students to actively engage in their communities and future professions in this regard. To achieve these objectives, different age-appropriate educational tools and activities for the primary, secondary and tertiary education levels have been developed by E4J together with partners. At the primary level (children aged from 6 to 12 years), the educational materials and tools provided by E4J are aimed at equipping children with skills such as conflict resolution, critical thinking, empathy and teamwork, and promoting and teaching values such as acceptance, fairness, integrity and respect. At the secondary education level (13 to 18-year old students), E4J has created interactive pedagogical resources such as educational videos accompanied by guides for teachers. Through these materials, E4J empowers students with knowledge and skills about the rule of law issues that surround them, enabling them to promote the rule of law in their communities.
The resources and learning provided by the E4J initiative are contributing to the achievement of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, in particular Goals 4, 5, 10 and 16.
UNODC participated in the selection committee of short films for the Takorama 2021 festival.
UNESCO MIL Alliance
The UNESCO MIL Alliance, formerly known as Global Alliance for Partnerships on Media and Information Literacy (GAPMIL), is a groundbreaking effort to promote international cooperation to ensure that all citizens have access to media and information competencies.
“Films for Children” is a GAPMIL member.
UNESCO MIL Alliance participated in the selection committee of short films for the Takorama 2021 festival.
The Institut Français is a French public industrial and commercial organization started by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for promoting French speaking world as well as local cultures around the world.
In this context, the French Institute encourages the Takorama 2021 festival and communicates our action throughout the world.
The NPO 3-6-9-12, created by Serge Tisseron, is a group of field practitioners, researchers and university students, that wish to participate to a mission with the aim of educating the public in the domain of screens and digital tools by relying on the tags 3-6-9-12 imagined by Serge Tisseron.
Serge Tisseron, psychiatrist, doctor in psychology and member of the Academy of Technologies, is the author of several essays on the relations that we establish with images and the impacts of new technologies on the development of children.
Serge Tisseron is also sponsor of the NPO “Films for children”.
3-6-9-12 participated in the selection committee of short films for the Takorama 2021 festival.
Réseau Canopé is a French public establishment under the supervision of the Ministry of National Education. It is the editorial arm of the National Education service, and as such it ensures the editing, production and distribution of educational resources. It contributes to the development of information and communication technologies in education as well as in artistic and cultural education.
Réseau Canopé participated in the selection committee of short films for the Takorama 2021 festival.
CITIA, Cité de l'image en mouvement d'Annecy, organizes the International Animation Film Festival and the Mifa.
As part of a partnership, the selection of the Takorama 2021 festival includes many short films previously selected at the Annecy festival.
CITIA participated in the selection committee of short films for the Takorama 2021 festival.
The National Centre of Audiovisual Media and Communication (EKOME) is a legal entity operating under private law, supervised by the Ministry of Digital Governance of Greece. The mission of EKOME is the protection, support and promotion of public and private initiatives, domestic and foreign, in the field of audiovisual media and communication in Greece.
Within its 3rd pillar, Educate (https://www.ekome.media/educate), EKOME places an emphasis on Media and Information Literacy, developing actions and policies to empower users in all forms of expression and engagement in the digital environment towards a competitive creative industry and knowledge society. In this context, EKOME coordinates UNESCO MIL Alliance Mediterranean Group where TAKORAMA Festival is also member.
As part of this partnership, EKOME reviewed and translated the festival's web pages and pedagogical activities in Greek and worked on the communication and promotion of the festival in Greece.
Svyam Bane Gopal
The NGO Svyam Bane Gopal
, located in Lucknow is a partner of the festival and participates in its communication in India.
Hindi page of Takorama...
Translations of the festival pages
We thank all the volunteers without whom we could not have translated the pages of the festival.
The edition of the 2021 festival is available in 20 languages thanks to their precious help.
Apolline Sordet and Howard Kingston for the English version.
Makiko Aoki for the Japanese version.
Jonathan Goor for the Hebrew version.
Julie Staub for the Spanish version.
Irene Andriopoulou of EKOME for the Greek version.
Liana Vila Nova for the Portuguese version.
Julie Levy and Matija Peric for the Italian version.
Julie Staub for German version.
Viktoria Ponochovna for the Russian version.
Eva Levy and Svetlana Savyshchenko for the Ukrainian version.
Anna Maria Horváth for the Hungarian version.
Jan Chovjka for Czech version.
Darjan for the Slovenian version.
Livia Davì for the Arabic version.
Andri Santoso for the Hindi version.
E.T for the Bengali version.
E.T for the Swahili version.
Andri Santoso for the Indonesian version.
Translations of the pedagogical sheets
We thank all the volunteers without whom we could not have translated the pedagogical sheets.
Apolline Sordet, Clarisse Stefanello, Élodie Gully Grosser, Juliette Fleury, Sarah Turner, Émeline Page, Anastasia Segui Goldenberg and Julie Staub for the English version.
Kseniya Mudrakova for the Russian version.
Louba Grouvel for the Spanish version.
Liana Vila Nova for the Portuguese version.
Justin Taiyo Meyer for the Japanese version.
Many thank to Antoine Chalubert for the festival website.