Welcome to the Silver Screen – European Film Festival for Generations
In a nutshell
Promoting the idea of healthy ageing and improving quality of life for older people with an Intergenerational European Film Festival in different European cities, (especially Frankfurt am Main, Hanau, Heidelberg, Mannheim, Lisbon, London, and Manchester). Our aim is to create new opportunities for social exchange between old and young and implement cultural activities that invite all generations to meet, get to know and learn from each other.
As the patron of the festival, former German federal minister and head of the biggest German umbrella organisation for seniors (BAGSO) Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Ursula Lehr put it “We were what you are – and you will become what we are” (Wir waren, was ihr seid – und Ihr werdet, was wir sind) ageing is something that touches everybody. Ageing does not have to be seen merely as being connected to limitations and restrictions, but can also involve new outlooks, curiosity, and opportunities. This understanding is equally important for people of all ages. The Silver Screen Festival promotes the idea of healthy ageing and improving quality of life for older people. And since going to the cinema is a popular part of our culture and heritage, the main activity will be based around showing films to intergenerational audiences in community groups, schools and cinemas. These films will portray positive images of older people, and interaction will be through a mixture of activities, e.g. having a Silver Screen Lounge with tea and coffee, film discussions with directors, actors, film experts or other interested local partners working in the field of health promotion for older people.
The festival aims
- To establish an annual event in European partner cities.
- To create new opportunities for an exchange between old and young.
- To further cinema visits and social exchange for the 50+ target group.
- To be part of a European network and to look at pro ageing with a European perspective.
Festival activities 2015
- 9 – 16 October in the Rhine-Neckar area.
- 12 October in Frankfurt am Main, International Expert Workshop in cooperation with the EU CINAGE Project “European Cinema for Active Ageing”.
- 12 October in Frankfurt am Main, official opening with patron Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Ursula Lehr, former Federal Minister
Festival activities 2016
- Festival activities in London, Lisbon and Manchester to be announced
- Cooperation with a partner organization in India will be started
- Festival activities in over 50 cities in Germany in October 2016
What we propose
- To attend the preliminary workshop “CINAGE – European Cinema for Active Ageing” on Monday 12th October at the 6th Silver Screen Festival 2015 in Frankfurt am Main.
- To become part of our network and the European “Silver Screen Family”.
- For 2016, to screen films in your city that portray positive views of older people and positive intergenerational images. These could be films on the festival list compiled in Frankfurt since 2010 (with more than 50 films available).
- To invite community organizations and schools to host screenings, to bring people together from different generations.
- To build links with cinemas and local film clubs.
- To design events to inspire new images of ageing and help people to aspire to participate in new cultural and social activities, particularly older people.
- To provide entertaining and enjoyable events.
The Silver Screen Intergenerational Film Festival is a European project founded by Dr. Michael Doh (University of Heidelberg) and Matthias Roos (Public Health Agency of the City of Frankfurt am Main).
In cooperation with the International Relations Office of the City of Frankfurt an exchange platform for representatives from different European countries and Frankfurt's partner cities is envisioned.
By inviting senior citizens and decision makers from all over Europe, the Silver Screen Festival and its partners plan to foster the links between cultural activities and healthy ageing and provide support for new steps towards creating “Pro Ageing Europe”. Become part of it and join us!
Silver Screen Festival Coordinator
Tel.: + 49 - 69 212-34 502