An extensive competence development conference for teachers in the field of film and media literacy taking place in Riga at the National Library of Latvia


The competence development conference for teachers in the field of film and media literacy “FAME. TAKE 2”, which is organized by the Latvian Academy of Culture together with the University of Latvia and partners from Estonia, Lithuania, Denmark and Finland will be hosted at the National Library of Latvia (3 Mūkusala Street, Riga) on October 22 to October 23, 2019.

The target audience of the seminar are teachers of general education, and 100 highly motivated teachers from all five partner countries were selected for this round of the project. Unlike usual the main focus of this conference programme is on the practical workshops carried out by experienced teachers and experts in the field from countries such as Latvia, Estonia, Lithuania, Denmark, Finland and Italy, thus enabling the participants to acquire innovative teaching methods, as well as to become the ambassadors for film and media literacy in education themselves. Participating teachers will have the opportunity to get acquainted with the basics of filmmaking and animation, to learn more about Internet safety, social networks and influencer literacy, as well as to acquire Game-design in classrooms and storytelling techniques using narrative as a learning tool.

The conference will also include thought-provoking and inspirational presenations by world-renowned international experts, such as film critic and theoretician Elīna Reitere (, Sirkku Kotilainen from the University of Tampere, Lauri Palsa from KAVI the National Audiovisual Institute of Finland, educational anthropologist Gro Louise Pedersen (KIVITSISA project) and Carina Milde from the Swedish Institute.

Simultaneously, an exhibition 'Fake ≠ Fact Info Lab' organized by the Swedish Institute will be launched during the conference, thus marking the starting point for the project 'Fake ≠ Fact' in Latvia. The aim of the project is to provide a comprehensive fact-checking toolkit to help young people to navigate the information space of nowadays and to recognize false information from the truth.

The working language of the conference is English.

The conference is organized within the framework of the Nordplus Horizontal project “Film and Media for Education. Take 2”. The Latvian Academy of Culture is the leading institution of the project with partners from the Faculty of Social Sciences of the University of Latvia (LV), Riga Film Museum (LV), Baltic Film and Media School of Tallinn University (EE); Estonian Film Institute (EE), Lithuanian Centre for Journalism (LT); Vytautas Magnus University in Kaunas (LT), School Cinema Association - Koulukino (FI) and Animation Workshop VIA University College in Viborg (DK). The conference is financially supported by the National Library of Latvia, Swedish Institute, Riga International Film Festival and Bellevue Park Hotel Riga.

The aim of the project is to provide in-depth knowledge and skills on media and film literacy to teachers of general education from Latvia, Estonia, Lithuania, Denmark and Finland and to encourage and inspire them not only to use these skills and knowledge in their own classes, but also to serve as an example for other teachers. The project is also a continuation of the Nordplus Horizontal project „Media Literacy, Reuse and Heritage in Education”, which was successful in organizing an extensive competence development conference in Tallinn in January, 2019.

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