IndieJunior is almost here, along with all the films for IndieLisboa’s younger audience. This year’s edition promises fresh, risky and fun dives for the younger ones and their families. The most spectacular ones will happen inside the film theatres – whether in a pool made of paper (La Plongeuse), a pile of fluffy white clouds (Kite) or a mountain full of snow (Hors Piste) .
There will also be the chance to dive inside a universe of music, with the film-concert produced in partnership with Casa da Música. On one hand, you’ll have the original music, by three resident musicians of Casa da Música’s Educational Service, António Serginho, Óscar Rodrigues and Pedro Cardoso (Peixe). On the other, a couple of films of two of the greatest figures of the silent film era: Charlie Chaplin (Easy Street) and Buster Keaton (One Week). A trip to early cinema, which will take place on May 4th – 16h, at Culturgest.
It’s also worth mentioning the Somewhere between Heaven and Earth screening, which will bring together short films that will delight little ones and grown-ups alike and celebrate the relationships, be they between grandparents and grandchildren (Kite), dogs and aliens (Ambassadors of the Cosmos), or between a cat and its owner (Bamboule). This program will even include a Picnic on Grass, which will be open to the whole family.
Divided between screenings for schools and for families, IndieJunior presents films screenings composed of recent and unreleased short films from around the world, divided by ages: preschool / + 3 years; + 6 years, + 9 years; + 12 years. These films are in competition and the audience has a say at the end of each screening, by voting on the films they like best and by helping decide which film gets the audience award.
Animation, fiction and documentary films are chosen in order to correspond to the interests, problems and inspirations of each age group, with the aim of establishing a communication relationship between film and viewer, leaving space for debate, reflection, fun and invention at the festival, at school, at home, and in life. The full program of films and parallel activities of the children’s section of the festival will be announced in early April.
The festival’s educational service, which works in partnership with schools across the country, has already scheduled 27 screenings for students and teachers. There are more than 8000 registered children so far. To book your own school screening, follow the link: www.indiejunior.com/escolaslisboa