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Contribution : "Open air cinema: a grown-up phenomenon with plural aspects" by Nina Wöhrel

In recent years, the trend of open air cinema – films screenings outside – has been growing in France during the summer.

At the origin of these showings, big cultural institutions are to be found, as the Forum de images in Paris, local authorities or associations. In this sense, open air cinema takes place in festivals which are fully dedicated to it but also in larger cultural events' programming. With mostly popular films programmed, open air cinema moves towards coordinating event where the screening is offering a social link to the public. However for the moment, this public remains hardly identifiable and quantifiable because no large study in France covered the subject. It also important to underline that the Centre national de la cinématographie does not keep a record of open air cinema admissions in a special category.

La Faites de l'Image, a participative open air festival

Source of social togetherness, La Faites de l'Image takes place in Toulouse, the first week-end of July. The festival, dedicated to image in all its forms and totally in the open air, has been moving for thirteen years from an area to another in town. The spot is not randomly selected by the organizers the association Les Vidéophages. Before the showings of short and full-length films, a friendly neighborhood meal is proposed. Les Vidéophages feed the desire to make an event which belongs to chosen place and is close to its inhabitants.

The festival originality is also in the program development. Every year, a call for projects is launched upstream by the organizers on their web site. The artists are invited to propose their films, photographs or performances linked to the annual theme defined by the association. The public's participation is also high-lightened during the event. Thanks to workshops, which are taking place during the afternoon, participants are invited to have fun and create. Then these creations are exhibited or screened.

Nina Wöhrel, Master 1 PCC Université d’Avignon

Photo credit : Conseil Général des Yvelines