International Associations GEECT and CILECT

La Fémis is a member of both CILECT and GEECT. Marc Nicolas, General Director of La Fémis, is President of the GEECT and has been a member of CILECT’s Executive Council since 2006.
In 2002, La Fémis organised the first meetings between film schools to discuss common educational issues and encourage exchange programmes for students between the member schools in Europe. The School has taken an active and important role in the forum which in 2007 led to the creation of the initial training support programme by the European Commission.

The CILECT - the International Association of Film and Television Schools - was founded in France, the brainchild of Marcel L’Herbier (IDHEC’s President) and Rémy Trousseau (IDHEC’s General Director). Today La Fémis is a member of this international association and Marc Nicolas, the School’s General Director, is a member of its Executive Council as President of the GEECT.

CILECT now counts 160 institutions as members from 60 countries on all continents. It represents over 9,000 teachers and staff who annually train some 55,000 students. CILECT is committed to maintaining extremely high educational standards and encouraging excellent inter-regional cooperation between its members.

The GEECT - European Grouping of Film and Television Schools - composed of 80 member schools in 33 countries, aims to promote and stimulate cooperation between higher education and research institutions in the field of film and television as well as between the teaching body and students of these schools and between industry professionals with the suitable breadth of knowledge and years of teaching, practical and/or research experience in film and television.

Cooperation between the members of the association, encouraged through conferences and meetings, also pursues a core objective to raise teaching standards and innovate and improve the content and teaching methods for future professional creatives in the film and television sectors and film studies teachers.

The GEECT comes together twice a year, in February for the occasion of the Berlin Film Festival and then for the CILECT conference in autumn, which defines the various activities of the association and encourages European schools to organise one or two conferences annually on themes that would attract members to share their know-how and expertise.

In recent years, one to two conferences a year have brought participants from European schools together to discuss the following topics:

  • ’ Admission, coursework and diploma assessment criteria’ organised by NATFA in Sofia in October 2012,
  • ’Producing creative producers’ organised by Napier University in Edinburgh in March 2012,
  • ’Coproduction, distribution and rights management’ organised by the Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg à Ludwigsburg in March 2011,
  • ’Creative post-production’ organised by the National Film and Television School in Beaconsfield (UK) in April 2010.