WoS and School Children

While images increasingly dominate our everyday lives, the Festival has made it a priority to offer children a moving image literacy education allowing them to understand and to develop the ability to look at the surge of images confronting them with a critical eye.

In addition to numerous screenings to which they are welcome, students also take part in moving image literacy workshops in which they learn the language of cinema. The Festival also provides the schools teachers with professional advice to accompany them in this form of education thereafter.

This commitment to younger audiences and school children, a natural extension of the work of the La Comète movie theater throughout the year, makes it possible to reach growing numbers of students each year. Hence, since the foundation of War on Screen, the attendance of school children has steadily increased, having reached 3,000 young spectators each year since 2018.


WoS has joined forces with high schools of the Marne department to give students the opportunity to actively get involved in the Festival by being members of the High School Jury. Assisted by a professional, the 11 jurors try their hands at reviewing films, debating, argumenting, all the while discovering the human experience that being a member of a jury entails. The High School Jurors watch the entire Short Films International Competition programme, before deliberating and awarding the High School Prize for Best Short Film.

High School Jury 2021

The Pierre Bayen High School, a partner of the Festival since its creation, has opened an optional Film module for its students in Year 11 and 12, with the support of the Festival and the La Comète Film Department. Starting in 2020, the Pierre Bayen High School now also offers a Special subject module in Film. 

For more information on the Young Audience programme (screenings and workshops), feel free to contact Pauline Gilot:

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