FROOOM! – INTERDISCIPLINARY FILM SCHOOL FOR CHILDREN AND YOUTH
FROOOM! is an interdisciplinary film school for children and youth, founded in 2011 in Zagreb, Croatia.
Our education method insists on interactive learning, empowering children and youth to understand media content from any possible point of view and guiding them through it with playfulness and fun. FROOOM! is focusing on intercultural exchange and fostering children’s understanding of human rights and others.
We forensically trace the evidence of all historical attempts to create film and moving pictures in the last 3000 years! Also, we analyze new and old media content using everything which preceded a film as we know it today to introduce children to the nature of the film: from Chinese Zoetropes, French Praxinoscopes, Mannerist optical experiments, experimental animation of still photography and Camera Obscura to computer software, advanced video, filming with drones, 3D mapping, and other goods digital technology has brought to us.
The mission of the project is to stimulate a critical approach of children and youth towards media content and to foster an intercultural exchange to empower understanding of local cultural and media knowledge. Our cultural exchange, between artists, authors, cultural operators, and policymakers, as well as between a larger targeted audience, focuses on the Mediterranean basin and the Balkan region.
Objectives of our educational project are:
– Creative structuring of children’s and teenagers’ time, especially of the ones who show a strong interest in film and media creation and gifted children.
– Encouraging young people to create and understand creative processes and possible impacts of culture as positive society processes.
– Creating a creative base for new generations of Croatia by creating a quality educational and entertaining program in Croatia during the school holidays.
– Promotion of film and literature culture among young people, creating a link between heritage, urban culture, and educational processes.
– Implementation of the intercultural integration of foreign children and young refugee asylum seekers in Croatia through a unique process of education that includes language and professional assistance and understanding of differences.
Next workshops – 2023:
Zagreb – elementary school Dr. Ivan Merz, Račkoga Street 4, 10000 Zagreb
(January 03.-07.; February 21.-25.; April 19-23; June 26 – 30; July 03.-07.; August 28. – September 01.)
Koprivnica (July, 3-7)
Rijeka – in Museum of Modern and contemporary arts Krešimirova ul. 26c, 51000, Rijeka and Children’s House, Art-kvart Benčić, Rijeka (August 28 – September 01)
In preparation for other cities:
Prelog – in City Library, Glavna ulica 33, 40323 Prelog
Duga Resa – in Cultural and Educational Center, St. George Square 3, 47250 Duga Resa
Komiža – in the cultural center “Ivan Vitić”
Split – in Youth Cultural Center, Ulica Slobode 22, Split
Sinj – Art & Cultural Center, Put Petrovca 12, 21230 Sinj
In preparation for online courses:
Masterclasses in directing, sound and video editing, screenplay writing, and more.
Film – labyrinth – an online film forensic puzzle with surprise films and film discussions.
Through innovative methods of participation and playfulness in the process of learning, we provide our students with a basis of complete introduction to film, film/media history, media, and visual culture by exploring the complex and exciting process of the creation of film and video art.
The school fee also includes additional insurance for all participants and a good, healthy, and warm meal every day.
The workshop takes place in the constant presence of an experienced psychologist.
The concept of educational program FROOOM!: Boris Bakal
The main school coordinator: Mia Maros Zivkovic
Leaders of educational processes: Boris Bakal (president of Shadow Casters, theatre and film director, actor, and multimedia artist), Pavle Perković, Anita Čeko, Ines Begčević, Deša Matičević, Igor Longo, Stipe Bagarić, Ivana Bandić (psychologists), Nada Kovacevic, Lidija Kraljić, Irena Bočkaj (actors and drama pedagogues), Veno Mušinović, Hrvoje Podobnik Gero, Ivor Šonje, Tihana Mandušic, Dalia Dozet, Karlo Vorih (film cinematographers, visual artists, and editors), [Martin Semenčić]/ Lea Mileta/ Dražen Žerjav, Martin Šatović, [Vedran Senjanović], Paula Skelin (editors and filmmakers), Ines Jokoš, Nino Sorić, Hrabren Dobrović (playwrights and screenwriters), Dea Jagić (author of animated films), Nora Krstulović, Ines Kesich, Ivan Marušić Klif & Ivan Lušičić (new and interactive media artists) and many others.