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Cinekid opens with powerful animation feature Calamity

Cinekid is accessible to more children than ever: both online and live throughout the Netherlands.

Cinekid, world’s largest children’s film festival, opens on the 7th of October with the adventurous family film Calamity by French director Rémi Chayé. This hand-drawn animation feature tells the story of the legendary, headstrong young woman Martha ‘Calamity’ Jane, who stands her ground in the Wild West. This autumn, Cinekid is more accessible than ever to children and professionals, with an online festival and live festival events spread across the Netherlands from the 7th  until the 23rd of October. The latest films, television productions, media installations, workshops and tutorials taking place in 14 days and 10 festival locations throughout the country via the new Cinekid online platform.

The regular Cinekid on Tour programme also brings youth films to more than 20 arthouse cinemas. Cinekid for Professionals presents the programme online, including the Junior Co-Production Market and the Industry Forum. More international professionals will now also be able to visit Cinekid digitally, without the limitations of travelling.

“Calamity stands out because of Martha’s strong personality; it makes her unafraid to overthrow the traditional hierarchy. The powerful and unique character of this woman in this amazing animation is very inspiring and socially relevant. We are very happy with Calamity as the opening film for Cinekid 2020,” Heleen Rouw, director of the festival, explains. Cinekid wants to explore borders and remain distinctive in selecting the movies, television series and media installations we present to children and their caretakers.

Cinekid has been involved with Calamity since the very start of the film project. The producers, Maybe Movies and Nørlum, came together during the Junior Co-Production Market in 2017. Award-winning director Rémi Chayé, who wrote the script with Fabrice de Costil and Sandra Tosello, presented his debut film Long Way North in the Best Children’s Film Competition in 2015. Calamity is part of the Best Children’s Film Competition 2020, featuring 14 other international titles. The animated film Calamity will be distributed in the Netherlands by Cinéart and released in cinemas and arthouses in December.

In addition to the opening film Calamity, Dutch documentaries Getekend door het leven (Quinty Misiedjan) and De Schooltuin (Mark Verkerk) will premiere during the autumn holidays at Cinekid.

During the first week of the school holidays in October, Cinekid will bring the festival to Amsterdam (Het Ketelhuis, EYE, Studio K and Meervaart) as well as Filmschuur Haarlem, Forum Groningen and Concordia Enschede; and during the second week to Lux Nijmegen, Chassé Breda and Lantaren Venster Rotterdam. With more than 50 feature films, 150 short films and 25 series, Cinekid 2020 offers its largest festival programme ever, including more than a 100 premieres from 40 countries.

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