The audience of the Bašta Fest is made up of an unusually large number of children, which is why the festival’s team recognized the need for an accompanying educational programme. It consists of several film and art workshops for elementary and high school students. The author of the art workshops was Selena Orb (costume designer and production designer): Box – packaging imagination and Remake. Film workshops To cut it short, short film, Mini Film, How we watch and Critical Camp (film criticism workshop for high school students from all over Serbia) were implemented in cooperation with the organization for education in the field of audiovisual culture and art Filmkultura. Elementary school students from Bajina Bašta, gathered in accordance with their interests, represent a group of tenacious and curious participants of workshops, which encourage the creative potential of children within audiovisual arts. The idea is to provide useful information about the creative and filmmaking process through this type of approach to youth, as well as to provide them with space for uninhibited expression. The works they created during the Remake and Box – packaging imagination workshops were exhibited in the form of an installation during the first and second editions of the festival, and short films produced as a result of the workshops To cut it short, short film were shown at the closing of the second and third Bašta Fest.
While preparing the fourth edition of the festival 2017, Bašta Fest’s team recognized that one of the biggest problems of the contemporary film was a lack of serious criticism, especially in the world of short films. Critical camp is conceived as a workshop of film criticism that takes place during the festival, and the idea is to raise awareness of criticism, and above all to initiate critical thinking among young people. Critical Camp in the two years hosted groups of high school students from all over Serbia who, with the help of a mentor and in agreement with him, wrote on a daily basis reviews of films shown in the competition selection. After that, Critical Camp stands out as a project itself and is held throughout the whole year in Belgrade and at other festivals.
On the sixth Bašta fest (2019), costume and set designer Selena Orb led the workshop Set design for students of Faculty of Technical Sciences from Novi Sad, section Scene Architecture, Technic, and Design. Workshop “Set design” was consisted of making various spaces that had its goal to visually activate the space and enable the citizens and festival guests to use that space as the background for taking photos at the festival.
At the 8th edition of the 2021 festival, the workshop “The dumbest film in the world” was held by Miloš Tomić. The participants came to the film through several introductory musical and drawing challenges and played with many film clichés.