Batalha Centro de Cinema Schools programme establishes an ongoing and enduring relationship with the school-age community in which cinema occupies a central position. What is cinema? How can it relate to the real world? And, in an eminently visual world, to what extent does cinema influence our lives? — these are some of the questions raised by the programme. As well as providing opportunities for cultural enjoyment, we aim to use cinema as a tool for collective and individual learning about the world and the self.

Through screenings and complementary activities with students and teachers, we also seek to broaden knowledge of cinematographic practices, relating these to themes seen as relevant by younger viewers. With this project we hope to reaffirm the cinema room as a space of citizenship.

Schools Programme

01 - Escolas

Schools Programme

01 - Escolas


Joana Canas Marques

Sofia Lemos Marques

I. Film Programme

The film screening program for schools is designed for different levels of education, from pre-school to secondary school, with mediated sessions. The films presented, understood as both artistic and discursive objects, provide a moment for debate and reflection on their relationship with personal experiences, both inside and outside school, and with individual learning processes. The screenings are organized around four themes — Ecology, Friendship, Identity and Displacement.

This program is curated by Amarante Abramovici, Andreia Coutinho, David Pinho Barros and João Apolinário Mendes, at the invitation of Batalha Centro de Cinema.


September 2024–June 2025

September 2025–June 2026


Wednesday to Friday at 10:15


By appointment only, via


Free: Oporto City Schools

Free: People accompanying the group (teachers and non-teaching staff)

1,5€: Schools outside the municipality of Porto

II. Proximity

In line with its mission to introduce school audiences to cinema and moving image, Batalha Centro de Cinema undertakes to develop an ongoing working relationship with students from a neighbouring school.

By screening short films and combining these with activities such as workshops, we seek to encourage autonomy among the children, as well as reflecting on the way in which cinema and visual arts contribute to a more complete understanding of the world around us.

III. Teachers Group

Aimed at teachers from different levels of education and with different levels of knowledge of cinema, the Teachers' Group is intended to be a space for sharing experiences in relation to cinema. Based on the Batalha program, it aims to trigger a horizontal discussion, based on the exchange of experiences, about the tools that can be used to integrate cinema into students' learning. The Teachers' Group takes place annually.

IV. Big Show

Batalha presents Big Show, an annual programme dedicated to the screening of final year film projects. The programme aims to bring together the film school community of Porto and encourage the sharing of different modes of production, filmmaking and teaching.

At the end of each school year, FBAUP, ESMAD, ESAP, Escola das Artes da UCP and Universidade Lusófona submit films produced by their final year students, which are judged by a committee convened by the Centro de Cinema. The selected films will be screened at Batalha, exclusively for the film school community, on a day of celebration and togetherness at the end of their course.

The selection committee for the second edition of the Big Show is made up of Alexandra Ramires (Xá), director, Carolina Amaral, actress, and Denise Fernandes, director.


Batalha Centro de Cinema

Praça da Batalha, 47
4000-101 Porto

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