The three-year training program in the art of cinema was created in 2021 by the Swedish actress
Alicia Vikander joins the Gothenburg Film Festival to help promote the initiative for secondary school students Alicia Vikander Film Lab.
The three-year film training program, created in 2021 by the Swedish actress, the Sten Olsson Festival and Research and Culture Foundation, is aimed at high school students and has been implemented in educational institutions in the Gothenburg area since last January.
“We were able to fit it into the curriculum,” Vikander said. “It’s a project that I’ve been able to do a lot of remotely on Zoom,” he told Variety.
As part of the Festival, a gala will be held with the presentation of students’ films. In particular, 12 short films, lasting two to five minutes, will be shown.
Since the start of the program, the film teachers from the Festival and the actress visit schools selected this year once a month. “For a long time, I wanted to find a way to give back,” said Alicia Vikander, who studied dance at the Royal Swedish Ballet School.
“My mother would never have been able to, for example, pay for dance lessons. If you get accepted to the State Ballet School, the state pays for your tuition and they paid for my violin lessons as well. I played with the Philharmonic when I was 13 years old. Then I made my first film at the Philharmonic. I had all these possibilities. Even if you don’t have financial support in Sweden, you can get a cultural education,” he explained.
Another reason he decided to promote the initiative, he said, is because he has a long-standing relationship with the Gothenburg Festival and wants to give young people more educational supplies and tools.
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