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MediaLab

Cinekid Festival 2024 is from 19 October to 1 November. Stay up to date on this year's programme by signing up for our newsletter. Want to know what the program was last year? Then scroll down!

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Program 2023

The Imaginary Friend

#adventure #fly #faceyourfears

In this VR game, you befriend Daniel, an eight-year-old struggling with the loss of his mother, and the fine line between fantasy and reality. As his imaginary friend you share his joy and fears, and help him fight his demons. Daniel sees and talks to you so you develop a real bond.

Age: 8+
Maker: Steye Hallema
♥ Selected for Game & App Award
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Eventfoyer, 2nd floor

 

My Own Imaginary Friend

#workshop #digitalfriend #tinkering

If you had an imaginary friend, who only you could see, what would they look like? Which superpowers would your friend have and what would you do together? In this workshop, you draw your ideal imaginary pal. And, with the help of Augmented Reality, they will appear at Cinekid and you can picture yourself with your friend straight away.

Age: all
Maker: Visueel Verteld
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Eventfoyer, 2nd floor

Fake News Quiz

#quiz #fakenews #AI

Everyone sees fake news or disinformation daily. It proves to be hard to recognize. The younger generation thinks their parents ‘believe everything on Facebook’. However, their generation believes everything on TikTok, don't they? This installation tests your intuition: Can you tell the difference between real and AI-generated fake news?

Age: 8+
Maker: Dries Depoorter
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Eventfoyer, 2nd floor

CNN: Cinekid Not News

#workshop #fakenews #acting

Have you ever seen a deepfake? That’s when you, for example, stick a celebrity’s face onto an actor’s body. It seems real and you can trick people with it. For example, you can have the prime minister say that everyone is going to get free ice cream! Make your own deepfake news item and think of who you are going to trick.

Age: 8+ 
Maker: Visueel Verteld
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Eventfoyer, 2nd floor

Creature Comforts

#AI #comfortcreatures #relax

A glistening eye blinks, a rodent looks at you, a larva crawls across an alien flower. Is it real? In Creature Comforts, artist Markos R. Kay shows how nature and technology are connected and wonders whether the differences are as big as people seem to think. These four, short, meditative videos provide an oasis of calm at the MediaLab.

Age: all 
Maker: Markos R. Kay
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Foyer 2, 3rd floor

My Window Film

#workshop #tinkering #moveyourbody

Did you know you can make an animation without a screen? In this workshop, you will make a Scanimation otherwise known as a Kinegram. Think up a motion consisting of six poses, fabricate a frame, and create a mini story this way. Thanks to the optical illusion it looks like your shadow is moving! Fun fact: There is also a Kinegram on your passport to facilitate authenticity checks.

Age: 6+
Maker: Visueel Verteld
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Eventfoyer, 2nd floor

Mixologist

#playtogether #move #fantasyworlds

Mixologist is an interactive table that allows you to explore and mix various worlds. You do so by moving and combining three real objects. In each of these worlds, the focus is on the boundary between real and imaginary. Can you find all the hidden secrets?

Age: 6+
Maker: Studio Apvis
Winner of the Cinekid x Amarte MediaLab Open Call 2023
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Eventfoyer, 2nd floor

Deviation Game

#draw #AI #playtogether

AI can do a lot of things just as well as people, like writing or making art. Artists are worried that they will become obsolete. This game shows you that people always find ways to outsmart technology. You play against the AI as a team and have to ensure your team members guess a word without the AI realising what you are drawing.  

Age: 8+
Makers: Tomo Kihara & Playfool
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Eventfoyer, 2nd floor

Have You Herd?

#3Dscan #avatar #herd

In this installation, you are part of a crowd travelling across a strange, moving landscape. The latter is based on the shapes of your body and changes in line with your posture. Can you influence the crowd to move in the right direction? An exciting installation that erodes the boundary between your real and your virtual self. 

Age: 6+
Makers: Nou&Herkauw
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Eventfoyer, 2nd floor

Holobiont

#secretmission #moveyourbody #togetherone

A holobiont is a team of various lifeforms who collaborate. Such as a tree with the insects, bacteria, and fungi that live on or in it. They all cooperate and help each other. This is exactly what the children do who want to take part in this installation. Together they become the artwork, and the more children the better!

Age: all
Makers: Aukje Dekker & Arthur van Beek (Sexyland)
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Eventfoyer, 2nd floor

Voiceracers

#racinggame #shout #playtogether

You’ve never played a racing game like this before. The controls are voice-activated. Low tones initiate a left turn and high ones a right turn. You have to avoid obstacles, and fly through turbo rings all while ensuring you don’t get out of breath! Sing, scream, or hum yourself to the finish!

Age: all
Maker: Monobanda
♥ Selected for Game & App Award
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Cinema Room 11, 3rd floor

Criaturas A.I.sticas x Dream Machine

#fantasyanimals #tinkering #AI

This installation with interactive tools allows you to design your own, unique, colourful figures. You gain inspiration from nature and collaborate with this exceptional Dream Machine’s AI. A fun, fascinating way to stimulate your creativity as well as get introduced to the latest technology.

Age: 6+
Makers: Lucile Prem, Corina Vettore & Jan Zuiderveld
In collaboration with the Koninklijke Academie van Beeldende Kunsten KABK
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Eventfoyer, 2nd floor

KlooN

#withthefamily #selfie #clone

This interactive installation helps you make the ultimate selfie using images of yourself and your friends. In front of a large video screen, you can endlessly multiply yourself and your friends, and turn that image into a beautiful composition, a freaky artwork, or a gigantic group selfie. At the same time, this gives rise to all sorts of questions such as: Is this still real? And should we want to have clones?

Age: all
Makers: Nou&Herkauw
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Foyer 1, 1st floor

Potion Party

#magic #cauldron #VR

Welcome to the Potion Party! Have you always wanted to do magic? Then you have come to the right place because, in this interactive VR installation, you are the wizard! Now you have the chance to brew the most magical potions and change the world around you.

Age: 8+
Makers: Students Mediacollege XR-lab & Ruimtelijke vormgeving
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Eventfoyer, 2nd floor

Eggscape

#XR #playtogether #egg

In the Eggscape universe, your job is to guide fragile eggs through a playground of boxing rings, a karate strip, and all sorts of crazy situations. The first one to get away wins. The XR headset allows you to play the digital game ín the real world at the same time and interact with your environment and other players in an entirely new way.

Age: 8+
Maker: 3dar
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Foyer 2, 3rd floor

BADABEAM - SALABEAM

#playtogether #projectionmapping #salamander

Badabeam Salabeam bridges the gap between the real and the digital world: parts of the game are projected onto a surface in the real world. You can play with multiple people at a time using your smartphone. It is also played together in a digital playground where you control a salamander and make up your own rules. You can use a controller or your smartphone’s browser.

Age: all
Maker: Katpatat
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Foyer 2, 3rd floor

Radio Cinekid

#workshop #audiovlog #tellyourstory

Is there a place you hope still exists in 50 years’ time? Or one you would love to show someone? This workshop invites you to make an audio recording of your favourite place. Even if that wonderful spot one day disappears, it will live on in your mini-podcast.

Age: 8+
In collaboration with Stratenmakers Audiocollectief and Landschap Erfgoed Utrecht.
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Foyer 2, 3rd floor

Sci-Fi Stop-Motion Studio

#workshop #stopmotion #robots

Cats in space? You in a rocket? Can this really be done? Absolutely, because anything is possible in your own animation! This workshop teaches you how to make your own stop-motion animation. You can make it as crazy as you like. This year, illustrator Soyeon Lee will make the drawings for the workshop.

Age: 6+
Makers: Cinekid & Soyeon Lee
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Eventfoyer, 2nd floor

MiniLab

For the youngest ones (ages 4 to 7), but actually fun for all ages, you'll find the MiniLab on the third floor. Come create coloring pages with AI, send a video card to your grandma, or learn coding through play.

Vignettes

#puzzelgame #magicalobjects #relax

You don’t have to be able to do much for this game with its fun design. There are only objects, no characters. These move through various colours, moods, and environments. This allows you to easily explore new worlds that enable wonderful dreams and fantasies. 

Age: all
Maker: Skeleton Business
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MiniLab, 3rd floor

Oh! The Magic Drawing App

#shapes #movingdrawing #fantasy

You can make the most amazing things with your imagination and some very simple shapes. Move the shapes around the screen, bring them to life, and let them inspire you to create new shapes and stories. Use circles, triangles, and squares to create houses, vehicles, aliens, or animals. And if you flip it, you will see all sorts of new objects. 

Age: all
Makers: Louis Rigaud & Anouck Boisrobert
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MiniLab, 3rd floor

Studio Kleurplaat 

#workshop #AI #prompts

Bring dragons, elves, aliens, or a toaster to life. AI provides boundless opportunities for making your creative ideas a reality: it’s like magic. You think up the main characters, AI makes a design for your interactive colouring page. Learn how to give AI the right orders so it becomes your ally.

Age: all
Maker: Visueel Verteld
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MiniLab, 3rd floor

Kunst Leeft! 

#workshop #tinkering #digitalpostcard

Imagine: your granny, mother, or friend gets a card in the letterbox. From you. A beautiful DIY card, but when they scan the art on the card with a smartphone they will see a video message from you, on the card! This workshop teaches you how to make such a talking card using Augmented Reality.

Age: all
Maker: Visueel Verteld
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MiniLab, 3rd floor

Chomp

#selfie #pretend #playtogether

Get into all sorts of weird roles with this app. From a concert pianist to a spaghetti-slurping dog or a live cuckoo clock, anything is possible. The app combines playful, funny, hand-drawn animations with live video. Children can join in using their own faces, movements, and singing, giving free reign to their imaginations. Also fun for adults!

Age: all
Makers: Christoph Niemann, Fox & Sheep
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MiniLab, 3rd floor

Moi, j'attende

#interactivestory #redline #relax

This app is a story based on the French graphic novel by Serge Bloch and Davide Cali. You follow the main narrative of the story through all manner of animations and react to what happens. The action is interrupted and continues after a touch. A story for all ages, filled with emotions. Featuring original music, sound, and an exceptional atmosphere.

Age: all
Makers: Davide Cali & Serge Bloch

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MiniLab, 3rd floor

Osmo Coding Kit

#game #learntocode #familygame

With the Osmo Coding Kit, preschoolers are introduced to programming for the first time. This interactive game teaches children the fundamentals of coding in a playful manner. Use the code blocks in the physical world and see the adventurous consequences on the iPad.

Age: all
Maker: Tangible Play Inc
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MiniLab, 3rd floor

Games

Run your own cat café, collaborate with little aliens, or control a rocket racer with your own voice! The eight selected games you play here and throughout the venue have been chosen in the Network Media Literacy Game & App Award by Cinekid. The Awards will be presented on Wednesday evening, October 25, 2023.

Which one is your favorite?

Cat Cafe Manager

#strategygame #meow #cute

What a great job: managing a cat cafe you inherited from your grandmother. In the sleepy town of Caterwaul Way, you have to fix up the spot and become friends with the neighbourhood and the cats. You have to ensure that everyone feels at home at the cafe to discover the secrets of Caterwaul Way. 

Age: 8+
Maker: Roost Games
♥ Selected for Game & App Award
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Game & App table, 3rd floor

Tinykin 

#strategygame #astronaut #minicreatures

In Tinykin you play an astronaut called Milo. He returns to earth and discovers that he is way too small, that everyone has disappeared, and that it is still 1991. Your goal is to capture as many of the mysterious tinykins as you can which allows you to make ladders, bridges, and explosions as well as enable you to return home. 

Age: 8+
Maker: Splashteam
♥ Selected for Game & App Award
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Game & App table, 3rd floor

Voice Racers

#racinggame #shout #playtogether

You’ve never played a racing game like this before. The controls are voice-activated. Low tones initiate a left turn and high ones a right turn. You have to avoid obstacles, and fly through turbo rings all while ensuring you don’t get out of breath! Sing, scream, or hum yourself to the finish!

Age: all
Maker: Monobanda
♥ Selected for Game & App Award
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Film Room 11, 3rd floor

Island Expedition

#playoutside #together #noscreen

What is the first thing to do when you wash up on an uninhabited island? Collect everything you need to survive: water, bananas, crabs, and leaves. In this game, you play against others who want to achieve the same. Find everything you need and take it back to base as fast as possible. The person who collects the most wins!

Age: 6+
Maker: Picoo
♥ Selected for Game & App Award
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Outside at the terrace, 2nd floor

The Imaginary Friend

#adventure #fly #faceyourfears

In this VR game, you befriend Daniel, an eight-year-old struggling with the loss of his mother, and the fine line between fantasy and reality. As his imaginary friend you share his joy and fears, and help him fight his demons. Daniel sees and talks to you so you develop a real bond.

Age: 10+
Maker: Steye Hallema
♥ Selected for Game & App Award
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Eventfoyer, 2nd floor

 

Billy Bumbum: A Cheeky Puzzler

#puzzlegame #cubeshapedbutt #farts

This is a dream game! You are a dragon’s butt. And a cube. That makes you a dragon’s butt cube and with your magic farts, you are the one who can save your family. You have to solve all sorts of tricky puzzles whilst jumping, pushing, and farting your way through the various, colourful levels. 

Age: 6+
Maker: Frambosa
♥ Selected for Game & App Award
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Game & App table, 3rd floor

Robo Maestro 

#makemusic #AI #robotcomposer

You don’t need to be a musician to make music. The AI technology of Robo Maestro makes you the master of all sorts of new music, you can shape and knead it to suit your tastes. Make your own songs, be inspired, and share your creations with others. All while having fun!

Age: 6+
Maker: Joost van Dongen
♥ Selected for Game & App Award
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Game & App table, 3rd floor

HackShield in the Class

#puzzlegame #cybersecurity #educational

This tool was developed to make children conscious of the internet’s dangers. In class, children learn about cybercrime and how to defend themselves against it. Think of phishing emails, WhatsApp scams, and stolen passwords. This tool enthuses and is a fun way for children to learn how to use the digital world safely. 

Age: 8+
Maker: HackShield Future Cyber Heroes B.V.
♥ Selected for Game & App Award
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Game & App table, 3rd floor

Shady Part of Me

#adventure #puzzlegame #shadowworld

This game takes you on a dream-like journey as a little girl and her shadow. You traverse surreal landscapes and overcome emotional obstacles. The girl and her shadow have to learn and cooperate to move forward in this poetic, moving story full of surprising twists. Featuring the voice of Hannah Murray of Game of Thrones.

Age: 8+
Maker: Douze Dixièmes
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Eventfoyer, 2nd floor

Strange Horticulture

#mystery #puzzlegame #magicplants

As the boss of a small plant shop, there is lots for you to do: you can identify new plants, pet the cat, talk to a witch, or join a sect. You can also use your powerful plants to influence the story and unravel the dark mysteries of Undermere. 

Age: 8+
Makers: Bad Viking
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Eventfoyer, 2nd floor

Lost in Play

#gamen #fantasy #fairytalecreatures

In this game, you play a brother and sister trying to get back home. It’s a fantastic adventure that features intelligent puzzles and colourful characters. Somewhere between fantasy and reality, you wander through an enchanted forest full of horned creatures, start an uprising in a goblin village, and help frogs remove a sword from a stone.

Age: 6+
Maker: Happy Juice Games
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Eventfoyer, 2nd floor