Kids film festival adds English movies

A predominantly French children's festival will be screening many English movies from around the world this March break



This spring break, you can take the kids to several movies thanks to the addition of a new English-language program at the International Children’s Film Festival.

Between March 3 and 11, Cinema du Parc will showcase some of the best children’s movies of the year in English, with two or more screenings each day of movies never before shown in Montreal. The English lineup was not yet announced at press time, but will be available online at fifem.com/en/.

The English program is an extension of the popular FIFEM festival, which brings more than 100 French-language films to Montreal each year. At the festival, kids can discover films from countries near and far including China, Sweden, Brazil — even Burkina Faso. The selected films and television series are aimed at children between the ages of 2 and 14. Screenings are at various venues around Montreal, including Cinéma Beaubien and the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts.

The festival will hold free workshops on cinema careers in the mornings, as well as stop-motion workshops for kids aged 10 to 14. The following are just some of the French-language films that will be showing:

Ballade au Tibet / Ballad from Tibet (China)

Based on true events, this film tells the journey of four blind children who travel to a faraway Chinese city, hoping to sing on a popular show. The children are guided by 10-year-old Thupten (who is only partially blind). Facing many challenges along the way, the children are forced to continue their journey on foot with the goal of showing the world that blind people can do it all.


Les Légendaires (France)

Fans will be given a glimpse into the lives of their favorite heroes from Alysia in their quest to break a spell upon their country. Inspired by the French comics of the same name, the festival will screen the first three episodes of the series: La porte de Manta-Luna, Les Spectres d’argile and Attention au démon.  The full series will soon be broadcast on Télé-Québec.


Zombillénium (Belgium/France)

Adapted from the Zombillénium comics, this Franco-Belgium animated film tells the story of the monsters of Zombillénium’s Amusement Park. The arrival of a human named Hector threatens to close the park for safety reasons, so Francis the Vampire sees no other choice but to bite Hector in order to keep the monster’s secret. Mutated into a funny monster and stuck in the park with the other monsters, Hector could become the park’s newest attraction.


Les As de la Jungle / The Jungle Bunch (France)

Following the popular French animated series, Maurice the penguin is back for a new adventure. Raised by a tigress, this penguin always had the roar of a tiger.  With his friends, The Jungle Bunch, he hopes to follow in his mother’s footsteps by keeping order and justice in the jungle. But first, he’ll have to go through Igor the evil Koala and his baboon friends, who plan on destroying the jungle.


Tickets for all films are $9 per person; a family passport (10 entrances) is also available for $75.

For more information or to buy tickets, visit fifem.com

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