And the fourth edition of the most beloved festival in Porto begins …

The fourth edition of IndieJúnior Allianz – International Children’s and Youth Film Festival of Porto will have 50 films in competition, including feature and short films, fictions, documentaries and animations, with the selection counting on the collaboration of students from Colégio Nossa Senhora de Lourdes and Escola Carolina Michaelis, from Porto, as well as Almeida Garrett and EB 2, 3 Secondary School in Vila D’Este, municipality of Vila Nova de Gaia, within the scope of the Eu Programo em Cinema Festival initiative, organized in partnership with the Parallel Program of the Rivoli Theater.

This year’s edition also involves projects with the Polytechnic Institute of Cávado and Ave, Artistic School Soares dos Reis, Professional School of the Youth Center of Campanhã, Osmope and Secondary School of Arouca.

In addition to conferences and workshops, conversations with filmmakers and debates, as well as the exhibition Ecos de Vigem that can be visited at the Almeida Garrett Municipal Library, the program has the rubric “O Meu Primeiro Filme”, ​​in which “rapper” Beatriz Likes , director of Casa do Cinema Manoel de Oliveira, António Preto, and director Regina Pessoa were invited to choose films, having selected, respectively, Dead Poets Society, E.T. and The Gold Rush.

This year’s IndieJúnior will take a trip to the work of director Norman McLaren, described this morning by the festival’s director, Irina Raimundo, as “a precursor in animation cinema, an experimentalist”.

Another of the activities highlighted this morning is the Lap Cinema which, on the 1st and 2nd of February in the auditorium of Rivoli, will have several sessions dedicated to babies aged from three months, because, said Irina Raimundo, “the lap is a transport par excellence “, is therefore closely linked to” the journey of cinema “.

Mafalda Melo highlighted the Cine-Concerto, closing ceremony, on February 2nd, also at Rivoli, and free entry, as “an impromptu moment with the signature of Porta-Jazz that will music Buster’s film “The Boat” Keaton.

“This is the biggest edition ever, with the largest number of films ever. It is completely different from normal cinema consumption with time travel, three feature films, one fiction and two animation. We invite schools and families. We want who come with children, nephews and friends “, said Irina Raimundo.

The feature films mentioned are Une Colonie, to be shown on Friday at Casa das Artes for over 12s, Jacob, Mimi and the Talking Dogs and L’extraordinaire Voyage de Marona, both on Saturday at Rivoli for 8 and 10 years.

Check out the full program of the festival here