Film fest screens kids’ movies over spring break

If your family isn't heading out of town, you may want to check out one of the many films being shown at this annual festival



The 21st Montreal International Children’s Film Festival (FIFEM) returns March 2 to 10 with a wide variety of critically acclaimed films in French and English over spring break on the big screen at Cinema du Parc, Cinema Beaubien, Cinea du Musée and the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. The selection of movies to be screened in English includes:

  • March 2, 3 & 6: Miraï (age 10+) - Animated Japanese fantasy about a young boy who feels forgotten by his family when his baby sister arrives.
  • March 2 & 8: Pachamama (age 6+) - A boy living in a small village in the Andes Mountains dreams of becoming a shaman (pictured right).
  • March 3: The Jungle Bunch (age 5+) - A penguin raised by tigers defends the jungle from an evil koala and an army of baboons with the help of his friends.
  • March 3 & 6: Jim Button and Luke the Engine Driver (age 7+) - Based on the bestselling novel The Neverending Story by author Michael Ende, this epic fantasy follows an orphan boy and a magical steam engine.
  • March 4 & 7: Leo Da Vinci: Mission Mona Lisa (age 6+) - An inventive Italian boy living in the late Middle Ages goes on an adventurous treasure hunt to raise money to help a friend. This is the film’s North American premiere.
  • March 4 & 8: Elijah and the Rock Creature (age 7+) - A grieving boy and his mother go on a special trip to see the stars at a dark sky preserve, but in his excitement, the 10-year-old becomes separated from his mother and loses his way in the wilderness. As he struggles to find his way back, he encounters an unusual new friend.
  • March 5: The Adventures of Remi (age 10) - A cruel man sells an orphan boy to a travelling musician, who teaches him to read and sing and takes him on an epic journey through France. This is the film’s Canadian premiere.
  • March 5 & 7: Troll: The Tale of a Tail (age 4+) - The world premiere of this animated Norwegian-Canadian production, which tells the story of Trym, an impetuous troll-prince (pictured right).
  • March 7 & 9: Oddball (age 5+) - An eccentric chicken farmer, with the help of his granddaughter, trains his mischievous dog, Oddball, to protect a penguin sanctuary from fox attacks.

FIFEM will also be offering a number of filmmaking-related workshops for children during the festival, which will be mainly in French.

On March 5, there will be a two-hour stop-motion workshop for children aged 7 to 13, in conjunction with the Montreal Stop Motion Film Festival. Children will use modelling clay and the Stop-Motion Studio App to create an animated GIF. Pre-registration is required on fifem.com.

On March 6, L’Oeil Cinema presents Je M’Anime, a free workshop at the Centre Lajeunesse, 7378 Lajeunesse St., exploring motion-capture animation techniques for children aged 8 to 12. To register, call Martine Gignac at 514-252-3021, extension 3644, or email projets@cinemasparalleles.

On March 7, in Métiers du Cinéma, which is also presented by L’Oeil Cinema, children aged 8 to 12 can discover the different stages a film goes through during production, and learn a bit about careers in film and television. Participants will also work together to film a short skit in this free workshop at La Petite Patrie library, 6707 Lorimier Ave. To register, call 514-872-1732.

Movie tickets and festival passes are available at the Cinema du Parc or Cinema Beaubien box office or on the FIFEM website. Tickets are $9.50 each (children under 2 held on a parent’s lap are free), or families can buy a passport with 10 tickets for $85. Special rates are also available for groups.

The locations of screenings are: Cinema Beaubien, 2396 Beaubien St. E., Cinema du Parc, at 3575 Parc Ave., and the Museum of Fine Arts, 1380 Sherbrooke St. W.

For more information, visit fifem.com.

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