The week is coming to an end, after a lot of school programming, many sessions and all the workshops sold out, the Cinema at the Table at Maus Hábitos with all the tables occupied and many conversations and learning. We are now heading to the festival’s weekend program, where most of the festival’s family program is concentrated, on January 28th and 29th.
With that, for those undecided and who haven’t decided what to do yet, we leave here some highlights of what’s coming up:
1. Short Film Screenings for all ages
The festival’s short film competition is composed of 6 different sessions for the most different age groups. For the youngest, ages 3 and up, the Dive into Color and Imagination session gathers 6 films full of colors, sounds and creativity. The two sessions will take place at Batalha on the 28th and 29th. Tickets and more information here.
For the little ones, but already a little grown up, from 6 years old and up, the session Friendship Tides brings films that deal with relationships, new friendships, trust, and traditions, and can also be seen at Batalho on the 28th or 29th. Tickets and more information here.
For ages 10 and up, the Between the Sea, Nature, and Land session films focus on the animal world, the climate, and human behavior through 6 short films on Saturday the 28th. Tickets and more information here.
For 12 to 14 year olds, a reflection on family, freedom, history and feelings will take place at the Memories Vacancies session at Casa das Artes on Sunday 29th. Tickets and more information here.
Human relationships, conflicts, intimacy, growing up, and sexuality are topics brought up by the 4 films that make up the Foam of Days session, for teenagers from 15 to 18 years old. Ice Merchants, by João Gonzalez, the first Portuguese film to be nominated for the Oscars, can be seen in this session on Sunday the 29th, at Batalha. Tickets and more information here.
For those who want to bring the whole family together, regardless of ages, the session Families in Splashes, ages 3 and up, has been programmed with films that work for all ages and can be watched on the 28th and 29th, at Batalha. Tickets and information here.
2. My First Film: Marie Antoinette
This edition’s guest Peter Castro, DJ, digital personality and event producer, also known for his relevant opinions on topics such as love and politics, has chosen to present us with Sofia Coppola’s film Marie Antoinette. Peter will be on the day to introduce the screening and explain why he has chosen it. Saturday, 16:45, at the Batalha. Tickets and more info here.
3. Focus: Norway, a journey through the northern seas
What is special about Norwegian cinema? To get to know this country’s cinema better, we offer a program with two very different sessions.
In an exercise that widens frontiers in the understanding and knowledge of world cinema, we have organized a focus dedicated to Norwegian cinema. Based at Casa das Artes on Saturday the 28th, this program will include:
A screening of the feature film Sisters: The Summer We Found Our Superpowers, a powerful family film that follows two sisters in search of their lost father in the mountains, as well as a selection of animated shorts for children, Shorts from the North: Focus Norway, that showcase the work of current filmmakers. Tickets and info here.
4. Baby Cinema: film screenings and a special workshop
The programming for the youngest audience of all has a new home. The Novo Ático room, at the Coliseu, will host the special screenings for babies, and also the first workshop for babies of the festival: Entre Poças e Borrifos. There are several times for sessions, but there are already few tickets available. Tickets and more information here.
5. Film Concert with The Banksy’s, followed by a dancing matinee
Following the awards ceremony, in the main hall of Batalha, there will be a special movie concert with The Banksy’s duo, for children aged 6 and up. And right after that, a Dancing Matinee at Batalha’s café awaits everyone for some dancing and a celebration of the closing of another edition of the festival. Tickets and more information here.
See you soon!