Families might not be travelling to far off places this March break but they can still escape by watching one of the many movies being shown at the Festival International du Film pour Enfants de Montreal (FIFEM).
From Feb. 26 to March 6 2022, the festival will showcase more than 100 films from over 40 countries. There will be exclusive feature films, short movies, animations, documentaries, and more.
Due to the pandemic, the festival will be held in a hybrid mode; in-person at Cinéma Beaubien as well as an online screenings. The public can purchase tickets to an online film and it will be available for 48 hours once the streaming has started. That way, families from across the province will be able to take part in this year’s edition. The festival also offers in-school screenings and programs throughout the year. Teachers can reserve a film to be screened in class using this form.
Childhood memories with Le Trésor du Petit Nicolas, dir. by Julien Rappeneau
This year’s opening film highlights the sweet memories of childhood and its friendships. Petit Nicolas, who lives with his dad and mom, spends his days with his friends, who have named themselves The Invincibles. More than invincible though, they are inseparable. Or so they think, until Nicolas’ father’s job requires a relocation to the south of France. Nicolas and his friends decide to find a way to stop the imminent move.
An animated beauty, Une Vie de Chat dir. by Jean-Loup Felicioli and Alain Gagnol
Nominated for an Oscar for Best Animated Feature, this film follows the adventures of a young Parisian girl and her cat, who lives a double life. The movie takes place over the course of one night and is packed with adventure and mystery. This stunning animated film winks at some of Paris’ most notable locations too.
Going International with Terre des Ours, dir. by Guillaume Vincent
This French documentary film is a wonderful and educational piece about the lives of brown bears. Following the bears of Kamtchatka, a peninsula in the Russian Far East, watch a mother bear protecting her babies, a newborn bear finding its way in the world, and male bears asserting dominance in their territory. Shot beautifully, Terre des Ours invites you into the world of these fascinating animals.
Introducing The Rock-Demers prize
The festival will also be introducing a special prize created this year, in celebration of producer and director Rock Demers, honouring his significant contributions to Quebec cinema. A special committee will be awarding the prize (a Quebec-made artisan trophy, by the way) on the inauguration of the 25th edition of the festival on Sunday. Feb. 20, 2022.
Tickets for most films cost $9 to watch in cinemas or $6 for those screened in class. A pass for 10 films costs $85, which can be purchased here. Following governmental guidelines, the screening rooms will be functioning at 50 per cent capacity.
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