Upopi in english !

By creating the UPOPI (Université populaire des images) website, Ciclic has given a new impetus to its commitment to open-access actions to help raise the general public's awareness of images. 

UPOPI is both a web magazine and a unique educational platform.

Interactive and full of fun, the Université populaire des images was designed by Ciclic's educational teams. The site gives you lots of opportunities to discover and heighten your awareness of images, play with them and analyse them thanks to a wide range of content. 

It allows you to advance at your own speed, build your own journey, discover images through different approaches, viewpoints and angles. 

UPOPI responds to one of the challenges facing our society : opening up access to the culture of images, which today is essential if people are to acquire an independent and informed undestanding. A People's University for those who want to see things through their own eyes and improve their knowledge. A tool for all facilitators, teachers, mediators, educators, parents and students. 


UPOPI gives you open access to: short films, analyses of images (from fiction films, documentaries, amateur videos, series, video clips, etc.), content on the history of images and related professions, an interactive film course, as well as many educational ideas.

4 issues a year. Each issue opens up new perspectives. A theme based on a short film is proposed as well as extra activities (analyses, conferences, courses). 
There is not just one way of understanding images. UPOPI is a space in which everyone can advance at their own speed following their own interests  and take the time to build their own journey based on five main approaches:


Analysing: Every image has its word to say, and the ways in which we look at them or use them say a lot about us. UPOPI proposes two sections, “Le cinéma à la loupe” (Cinema in the spotlight) and “D'un écran à l'autre” (From one screen to another), which are short modules enabling you to identify different audiovisual forms. Conference recordings round off this content to give you greater insight into changes in our ways of seeing things and in audiovisual production methods.

Learning: To take the discovery of images a step further, UPOPI proposes interactive modules to learn about film theory and history: an initiation to the vocabulary of film analysis, timelines for the history of images, a summary of film professions.

Passing on: As access to the culture of images is also a matter of transmission and teaching, we propose  comprehensive courses for teachers, educators and, more generally, anyone who wishes to work with images. The section “Retours d'expériences” (Sharing experiences) gives access to diverse approaches and discussion topics. 

Playing: Learn while having fun with the concepts of editing, sound, lighting, framing, the Kuleshov effect, and many other topics. A new section created to promote enjoyable content for learning about images.

Watching: With each new issue, UPOPI proposes a new short film that remains accessible for six months. And you can further enjoy the discovery thanks to the many extras (biographies, analyses, interviews, etc.).

A thousand and one ways to discover images, slow down their flow and develop your own way of looking at them — more freely.So now it’s your turn to play!



The online course "Initiation to the vocabulary of film analysis"

A history of animated movies


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Ciclic Centre-Val de Loire ?

Ciclic Centre-Val de Loire, the regional agency for publishing and film & audiovisual, deploys a public cultural service stemming from cooperation between the Région Centre-Val de Loire and the French State. The agency proposes a wide range of services and actions that range from administering funds in support of the film, audiovisual and publishing sectors to consolidating projects and pathways for professionals and artists through training courses and residencies. It also proposes educational programmes on images and books run during or outside school hours.  Ciclic Centre-Val de Loire provides access to film and literary works to the greatest possible number of inhabitants and citizens living in what is a largely rural territory. The agency manages and runs a regional programme that collects, records and conserves a remarkable immaterial heritage based on filmed images. All of these actions and services have shown a consistency and relevance that make  Ciclic Centre-Val de Loire a unique institution backed not only by the long-term support and trust of the public bodies sitting on its board of directors, but also by the skills and professionalism of the Centre’s teams based in Château-Renault, Vendôme, Issoudun and Saint-Jean-de-la-Ruelle.

Publication Director : Philippe Germain 

Website coordinators : David Simon, Julien Hairault, Mélissa Martin & Amandine Cauchy