CIAK JUNIOR – THE CINEMA MADE BY CHILDREN is an international TV project which aims at introducing children, age 10 to 15, to the language of audiovisuals.
CIAK JUNIOR encompasses both the making and broadcasting of short films (10 minutes each) written by school children and produced by TV networks of participating countries. Stories written by children are collected within each country, and 1 to 6 maximum are chosen for production purposes.
The films are then produced by the participating TV network. The films produced in each country will be made available by each TV network for broadcasting in all the other participating countries. To this day, CIAK JUNIOR includes broadcasts from the following countries: Belgium, Bulgaria, Chile, Croatia, Egypt, France, Germany, Hungary, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Macedonia, the Czech Republic, the People’s Republic of China, Poland, Portugal, Senegal, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland.
In order to advertise the project, the TV networks involved in CIAK JUNIOR are permitted to use the films produced in the previous years. More than 250 films, covering a wide variety of different topics, have been produced to date.
Thanks to CIAK JUNIOR all the participating countries have the opportunity of broadcasting films which focus on the experiences, dreams, troubles, and hopes of today’s children and teens.
Although each country is completely independent in the advertising, collection and selection of material, and in the film-making process, the CIAK JUNIOR team follows these guidelines:
- targeting children aged 10 to 16 (entire school classes are involved in some countries) who are asked to write stories for a TV film. Newspapers, radios and TV networks advertise the initiative;
- a panel of experts, which may include directors, psychologists, and teachers, select the stories to be produced;
- a professional crew works in close cooperation with the children who wrote the film scripts.
This particular relationship between children and professionals in the audio-visual field is the absolute novelty of CIAK JUNIOR, and, considering the popularity achieved, the key to its success.
It goes without saying that broadcasting films made in different countries following the same guidelines is an extremely interesting opportunity both for the TV networks involved in the project and for the young audiences, whose numbers are ever increasing. Participating TV networks have the option of using a large number of films with limited production effort, while at the same time young audiences get to know the views and attitudes of other children around the world regarding common problems and issues.
CIAK JUNIOR FILM FESTIVAL AND AWARDS
The CIAK JUNIOR project has its climax every year in awards ceremonies, with prizes for Best Film, Best Story, Best Actor and several more.
All winners of the NATIONAL CIAK JUNIOR AWARD compete for the CIAK JUNIOR INTERNATIONAL prizes, awarded by a jury composed of 3 children for each participating country.
A specially formed commission from UNESCO awards the CICT/FELLINI Medal to the film(s) that most closely reflects the ideals of peace, tolerance, and friendship promoted by the organization.
These prizes are awarded each year during the “CIAK JUNIOR FESTIVAL” which is held in Italy. All children (authors and actors of each country selection) are guests of the Festival.
“CIAK JUNIOR” – THE TELEVISION PROGRAM
“Ciak Junior” is not just the name of the International Cinema Festival for Children organized by Gruppo Alcuni. It is also a television program which is aired every year, in parallel with the Festival in Italy, on Sunday mornings on Canale 5. The films are usually also broadcast by the participating broadcasters in all of the countries involved in the Festival.
The program airs the 4 films created annually by Italian schools as well as a Special, filmed during the Festival itself.
Tweens and Teens
Students and teachers from various middle schools/high schools
Gruppo Alcuni, Krisztina B. Simon
Head Office – International Relations