Outer space, exotic countries or animal life are some of the trips that will be available for the whole family on the return of the fourth edition of IndieJúnior Allianz, the children’s and youth film festival that will take place in Porto between 28 January and February 2nd. From the focus on Canadian animation with a retrospective on the work of Norman McLaren, and the first cinema sessions with parents on the return of Lap Cinema, to the special sessions on a tram, there are several challenges to discover and follow in the 2020 edition, the largest film festival dedicated to the youngest in the north of the country. And because the paths of IndieJúnior Allianz are also made in the discussion of the themes that mark growth, this year there is particular attention to the environment, care for animals and sexuality, themes present not only in film programming, but also in workshops, debates and parallel activities.
Highlight this year for the international competition of feature films, reinforced with the presentation of three films that, in different languages, bring new stories and visual proposals that can be a fun alternative to the commercial audiovisual circuit. Start with the life story of Marona (L’extraordinaire Voyage de Marona), a dog who grew up among the loves and dislikes of humans in Paris. Also focused on the animal world, Jacob, Mimmi and the Talking Dogs accompany the struggle of two cousins for the maintenance of the local park, while Une Colonie, portrays the subtleties of social relations between young people, telling the story of a group of teenagers and their search for a place where they can simply be themselves. Still in the chapter of feature films, recovery for the big screen of the classics The Gold Rush, ET – The Extraterrestrial and Dead Poets Society, in the section My First Film, and The Boat, by Buster Keaton, to be musicized to the live by Susana Santos Silva, member of the Porta-Jazz Association, a guest musician, in participation with ESMAE students, in the closing ceremony of the festival.
In the special program of sessions dedicated to the whole family, Take a Chance!, on Saturday 1st February at Rivoli, with a short film session, where we propose a trip to the snow forest, a long day on a beach full of people and a bicycle lesson. On the same day, in the afternoon, Our Family is seen over all prisms, in a short film session that looks at the particularities of different family breasts. And because going to the cinema is putting All Aboard, on February 2nd, Sunday, everyone can fit in a cinema session that has astronauts, animals saying goodbye to autumn or a diver who takes us to the deepest of seas.
Committed to the work it started with schools in its last editions, IndieJúnior Allianz is back to integrating cinema sessions programmed by Porto students, in the return of the cycle I Program a Film Festival. Also held in partnership with educational institutions, during the festival the exhibition Travel Echoes opens with plastic works by preschool and 1st cycle students from OSMOPE, inspired by the images and messages from the short film program Being Little + 3 years.
In parallel activities, this year’s program proposes workshops for making chocolate, building toys, animation and drawing. On January 30, at 6:30 pm, the Casa Comum of the Rectory of the University of Porto receives a debate on the theme The challenge of talking about sex with Young People, with the participation of Ana Rocha, Pedro Fernandes and Filipa Bizarro and moderation by Graça Lacerda. From Foreplay, by Anne van Campenhout, a fun and uncomplicated documentary about how sex education is done in a school in the Netherlands, a conversation will be launched with the intention of coming up with answers that contribute to a better relationship with sex education, among parents and children, school and students.
The IndieJúnior Allianz – Children and Youth Film Festival will be returning to Porto between 28 January and 2 February 2020, with six days of cinema, workshops, talks and other events for families and schools. Tickets are now available for purchases through the BOL network (www.bol.pt). The special cinema sessions at Museu do Carro Eléctrico are already sold out.