Fest of Fests initiative announced at the 7th MILID Conference

“Fest of Fests” aspires to engage the essential European and international children and youth film networks, national and transnational organizations actively support filmmaking by youngsters, the academic community and of course, youth film festivals worldwide. The upper goal of “Fest of Fests” is the development of a critical and media informed viewer through new pathways of film and digital literacy, creating thus an enabling environment towards all-inclusive sustainable democratic societies.

About the conference

The feature conference of Global MIL Week 2017 was the Seventh Media and Information Literacy and Intercultural Dialogue (MILID) Conference. It was held in Jamaica under the same theme as the Global MIL Week 2017 from 24-27 October 2017, at the Jamaica Conference Centre in Kingston. Special emphasis was placed on the youth, at the Global MIL Week Youth Agenda Forum, pre-conference, took place on October 24, 2017, at The University of the West Indies, Mona Campus, Jamaica.


The feature conference explored how stakeholders interpret ways of educating citizens in MIL in all types of environments. It focused on the global status of research and practice about the significance of MIL as a way to transform present and future information and learning environments. The aim was to build more bridges between learning outside of the classroom and learning inside the classroom. The conference particularly emphasized the need to making learning a process of social change, which fosters human rights online and offline and which constructs a new citizenship identity based on critical civic participation and intercultural dialogue.