And just like that, we arrived on January 25th! The day in which another edition ofIndieJúnior – the sixth International Children’s and Youth Film Festival in Porto – starts. From today until Sunday, the 30th, there will be about 50 films, including short and feature films, divided into several cinema sessions, 4 workshops, 1 film+debate, 1 conference, Lap cinema for babies, Cine-concert with the silent cinema classics and Cinema at the Table at Maus Hábitos. Today, 25, only online school sessions take place. Cinema will be present in schools through a program that seeks to create bridges of proximity between school and cinema, and the real and the imaginary.
In the following days, starting on Wednesday (26), it will be the turn of Teatro Rivoli, the Almeida Garrett Municipal Library, Casa das Artes, Maus Hábitos and the Rectory of the University of Porto to open their doors to everyone. who look for films and activities that, in a fun and educational tone, address topics that matter, such as hospitality, civics or nature.
On the 26th, the proposal goes through a Cinema at the Table, at Maus Hábitos, with the Two Steps to Become an Adult session, where 4 films will be shown for people over 13 years old, which reflect, in very diversified ways, issues of the current agenda of our society that reflect problems in the transition phase between youth and adulthood, especially linked to family, friends, nature and ourselves. These themes will be addressed through films between the genres of fiction and animation. A program designed for the whole family, around the table and with cinema on the menu. Admission is free and reservations can be made by calling (+351) 937 202 918.
On the 27th, at 11 am, at Casa Comum – Rectory of the U.Porto, it is time to bring up a very important and current topic. What are the biggest difficulties found by foreign students upon their arrival in our country? Will it be the language? Will it be our culture? How can we help with their integration? Based on the film Bon Voyage, by Fabio Friedli, a small animation that portrays the cruelties and difficulties of the crossings of people looking for a new life in another distant country, we launched the Film + Debate: The challenge of young foreign and their integration, in partnership with PNA and the Rectory of the University of Porto, with the intention of finding answers on how the community can participate in its inclusion. The guests who will participate in this conversation are Paulo Pires do Vale (teacher, essayist and curator, PNA), Fuse (Nuno Teixeira, Dealema), Isabel Martins da Silva (Meeru), Dr. Fátima Vieira (Vice-Dean of the U.Porto ), Daniel Floquet (U.Porto Student) and Joana Félix (PNA). The film that inspires this debate can be seen in the short films Bridges & Borders (+8) session.
On the 28th, director and illustrator Joana Toste, from the selected film The Girl Who Stood Still (session Stay or Leave +6 years) will be present this evening, at 6 pm at Casa Comum, to share with young people and adults specialized in the areas of animation and cinema her professional experience on creating cinema for the youngest. Entry is free.
Also on the 28th, at 4:15 pm, in the rehearsal room of Teatro Rivoli, Lap Cinema cycle is back, with sessions for the younger ones, from 6 to 30 months old, with sessions also taking place at various times on the 29 and 30. Tickets are already on sale at the Rivoli box office and at bol.pt.
On the weekend, in addition to other sessions, the audience can also count on two sessions of the Views of the World (+3) session, designed for a fun time. So, on the 29th, at 4:15 pm, and on the 30th, at 11 am, there will be sessions for adults for all family and friends in the Grand Auditorium of Teatro Rivoli.
There are also spaces available for workshops, all free entry, such as the New Normal workshop, The Clownfish and the Barracuda and Half a Dozen Eggs – An Independent Production, all carried out in partnership with the Biodiversity Gallery. Entries are free and can be made through the email [email protected]. The workshop I want to animate! promoted by director Leonor Faria Henriques is already sold out.
On the last day of the festival, at the closing ceremony, the audience will be able to enjoy a unique moment with the Cine-Concert: When Cinema Was Born, in the Grand Auditorium of Teatro Rivoli, starting at 4:15 pm. This session will be soundly conducted by José Valente’s guitar, in what is expected to be a dive into some of the funniest films in the history of silent cinema.