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A project by Slash Prod // with the financial support of The Roi Baudoin Fondation (Fonds Alain De Pauw) // with the political support of Angelika Mlinar, member of the European Parliament

What is the best way to turn children and teenagers into professional videomakers?

And, more importantly, why?
We have always regarded video-making not as a goal in itself, but rather as a tool, a tool to investigate and to understand reality, the reality of a media society.

Audiovisual literacy has never been an easy task for a matter of budgeting.
However, at the beginning of 2014, we had the feeling that things were changing. Very fast.

The traditional approach was to allow youngsters to use the equipment of some generous adult.
The problem was that, once the adult was gone, youngsters had no other way to practice, but harassing their parents to get some expensive camera.
If the best option for a beginner is a DSLR camera, such as a Canon EOS 250D, a Fujifilm X-T100, or a Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX80, not to mention the Adobe Creative Suite or Final Cut, we are still stressing that video-making concerns rich people only.

However, the main victims of media manipulation are precisely those social groups, who cannot afford all that. Or maybe they can, but still regard it as a luxury.

This is not fair, this is not democratic.
“What shall we do, how shall we do?,” we have kept asking ourselves for months.
And then, all of a sudden, the smart revolution kicked in… 
In a modern society, the understanding of media production and manipulation is key to turn passive consumers into active citizens.

We want to change Europe,
one smart video at a time.

Join the SMART revolution