The International Association of Film and Television Schools (Centre International de Liaison des Ecoles de Cinéma et de Télévision – CILECT) was founded in Cannes, France in 1954, the brainchild of the two leading figures of the French film school IDHEC (Institut des Hautes Études Cinématographiques) – Marcel L’Herbier (IDHEC President) and Rémy Tessonneau (IDHEC General Director).
By 2015 CILECT includes over 160 audio-visual educational institutions from 60 countries on all continents with more than 9,000 teachers and staff who annually train more than 55,000 students and communicate with an alumni network of more than 1,330,000. More than 65% of the world’s highest box-office film and television creators are graduates of CILECT member schools.
CILECT is deeply committed to maintaining the highest possible educational standards of audio-visual teaching and learning in its member schools, and to the encouragement of film, television and new media training in countries where it does not currently exist.
CILECT is fully dedicated to the stimulation of creativity, diversity and individuality. It strives to be a key contributor to the major cultural and communication processes around the world.
CILECT considers inter-regional collaboration among its members to be its strategic priority. Cross-cultural thinking is the association’s unfailing credo, and the support of projects that promote the philosophy of sustainable development is felt to be of the highest importance.
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