In a few days, IndieJúnior Porto will be back with its 6th edition in the city of Porto. It will be 5 days to travel through the world of magic and discovery that is cinema. The screens will be filled with color and the eyes of the youngest will vibrate with the emotions of the big screen. From January 25th to 30th, the cinema is for everyone, from the youngest to the whole family. Hospitality, civility and nature occupy a central place in this edition’s programming.
Heartwarming family stories come with films like the two feature films in competition this year: Mes Frères et Moi, in which four brothers care for their comatose mother; and in La Traversée, in which two brothers survive incredible challenges before arriving in a new world, finally free.
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, will be the starting point for a conversation with guests, among them Fuse (Nuno Teixeira, dos Dealema), with the intention of arriving at answers on how the community can participate in their inclusion.
As part of the short films in competition, more than 40 films transport the audience to different landscapes. In the Colors of Nature session (+3 years), in Breakfast with Snails, there is no lack of a world where snails never leave their homes. In the Stay or Leave session, the film Marmelade tells us that to be a hero, sometimes, all you need to do is fly. On the other hand, in Bridges & Boarders (+8yo), the film Mum is Pouring Rain shows how a daughter can help a mother to get back on her feet. In the Friendships in Differences section, the film My Friend Tiger deals with the friendship between a girl and a tiger until one of them starts to think the town is too small. For those over 12 years old, in Specific Natures, the film Dans La Nature stands out for addressing the issue of homosexuality. In the Transitions (+15 yo) session, the public will be able to watch Sisters, an animation from the Czech Republic, which addresses the relationship between an older sister trapped in the sand and a younger sister who tries to save her. There is still time in this session to see Marlon Brando, a fiction from the Netherlands about two best friends who, upon realizing that they may have different plans for the future, feel their relationship waver.
In parallel activities, there is no lack of workshops for everyone. In the workshop I want to animate! it will be possible to learn how to create the first animations with the construction of a flipbook with the director of the competing film Nada se Perde, Leonor Faria Henriques, as well as, in the workshop Half Dozen Eggs – An Independent Production, they will be able to create analog objects (flipbooks) and digital (GIF) that communicate ideas related to biodiversity. In The Clownfish and the Barracuda, participants are invited to play the role of the funny clownfish or the hungry barracuda. In New Normal it will be possible to celebrate the full spectrum of life’s diversity and deconstruct what is and is not normal.
On January 28, at 6pm, at Casa Comum, it will be time for a Conference with animation director Joana Toste, who will share her professional experience on the creation of cinema and animation for those who want to discover more of this universe. Her film The Girl Who Stood Still is in competition and can be seen in the Stay or Leave section (+ 6 / 1st Cycle).
From January 25th to 30th, cinema for the youngest is in Porto with more than 50 fun and important films, debates, cine-concert, lap cinema and workshops, a diverse program to enjoy with family (and at school).
Ticket sales are available at the Rivoli Theater Ticket Office and at bol.pt from January 13th. At Casa das Artes, from the first day of the festival, 30 minutes before the start of the session and with reservations at indiejunior.com/casadasartes