Initiatives in film literacy: a methodological mapping of institutions that promote film literacy among non-professional audiences in Spain Articles uri icon

publication date

  • December 2017

start page

  • 125

end page

  • 138


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  • 19

international standard serial number (ISSN)

  • 2172-7775


  • Following the line of research promoted by the British Film Institute on the state of film literacy in Europe, this article approaches the methodologies used by the institutions devoted to film literacy in both formal and non-formal contexts in Spain. Given that there is no state or curricular programme on film literacy in our country, but there are dozens of initiatives that approach cinema pedagogy with non-specialised audiences in one way or another, this article sheds light on the specific methods used in education about and with cinema. Based on the data provided by 65 initiatives (N=65)-film libraries, film clubs, festivals, companies, associations, foundations, education centres, regional programmes and museums- operating in the different provinces of Spain, the results provide a holistic view of the predominant methodologies used for the promotion of film literacy in Spain. The results show that the methodologies focused on creation predominate over those that emphasise discourse analysis. They also provide information on the specific tools used for training each. Finally, this mapping also allows us to point out some lines of action for a national strategy.


  • film literacy; media literacy; methodologies; formal education; non-formal education