Cultural outreach

The Cinémathèque suisse offers a wide range of screenings and events for a broad audience, including a selection of films suitable for young people. The cultural outreach work carried out by the institution enables pupils in compulsory and post-compulsory education to familiarise themselves with cinema through classic films and to expand their knowledge of the history of cinema.

Le Passculture fait son cinéma

The Cinémathèque suisse is joining forces with Passculture to offer a year-round programme for students in training programmes. Integrated into the institution's programming, the films aim to attract a new audience to the cinemas. Each screening is also an opportunity to discuss and exchange ideas in the spirit of film clubs, in the company of a secondary school teacher or a speaker from the CEC (Centre for Film Studies) of the Faculty of Arts at the University of Lausanne. Pedagogical sheets, available on the Cinémathèque suisse website and on the CEC website, provide analysis guidelines for students and teachers.

In order to encourage access to culture for young people in education, during the 2023-2024 season Passculture is offering a preferential rate of CHF 5 for all screenings in the Cinémathèque suisse's current programme (excluding previews and ciné-concerts), including the seven "Passculture fait son cinéma" screenings. This programme is the result of a collaboration between the Direction générale de l'enseignement postobligatoire (DGEP) of the Canton of Vaud and the CEC.

In 2023, the screenings will take place at the Casino de Montbenon and, from March 2024, at the Capitole.

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The Cinémathèque suisse and the Festival Cinéma Jeune Public join forces to offer the "Ciné-familles" programme : an opportunity, once a month, to go to the movies as a family and discover feature films and shorts, cinema classics or little-known gems, from all around the world. As an introduction, a cultural facilitator will discuss the themes and issues covered in the film, in order to discover the richness of our cinematographic heritage together in front of a big screen. As a bonus, after each screening, the children leave with an activity kit to continue the experience.

Children under 12 years of age pay CHF 5.


In January, in collaboration with Pro Senectute Vaud, the Cinémathèque suisse will inaugurate a new screening event, followed by a social activity. In order to remain faithful to the tradition of cinema as a collective experience, it is intended to be intergenerational, and appeal not only to seniors, but also to those who accompany them, whatever their age. Preceded by a short introduction, the films screened - very diverse in terms of subject matter, genre and time period - will appeal to a wide audience, connoisseurs and neophytes alike. One Thursday a month, this 3pm screening will be an opportunity to meet in a movie theatre to discover or rediscover together a gem of the ‘seventh art’.

After the screening, in order to stimulate discussion about the film, attendees are invited to the Brasserie de Montbenon to enjoy some gourmet treats.

Presentation at the Cinématographe with the filmmaker Marcel Barelli © Cinémathèque suisse / Yannic Bartolozzi