Full Cinekid Festival programme announced

We're proud to present this year’s festival programme. Buy your tickets now!

Take a look at the full festival programme here

This year, Cinekid's film programme consists of 48 features and 118 short films. We are eager to let our audience discover outstanding filmmaking from countries not generally represented in cinemas. By hosting international premieres such as the beautiful Kyrgyzstani film Running to the Sky, we wish to demonstrate the breadth and diversity of the international children's film industry. European productions will, of course, remain a cornerstone of our competition and this year is no exception. We are pleased to present the international premiere of My Life as Lotta and to bring beautiful films such as the Italian/French animation The Bears' Famous Invasion of Sicily and the hilarious Swedish comedy Sune vs Sune to a Dutch audience.

In this edition, we concentrate on children’s own lifeworld, giving them the opportunity to learn more about each other’s lives and dreams. The touching stories of children’s lives are demonstrated in documentaries such as I Used to Like the Sea, while movie classics as Where the Wild Things Are are a testament to the power of a child’s imagination. Many of this year’s titles portray the hardships that children today may encounter. Set in Quebec, the Canadian contemplative drama A Colony has its heroine resisting group pressure. In the unnerving psychological thriller Lane 4, the protagonist takes matters into her own hands, while Psychobitch addresses issues such as bullying, depression and suicide head-on.

The productions of Dutch television networks are highly regarded internationally. Many Dutch films and series are selected by international festivals and acquired by foreign broadcasters. Every year, the Cinekid Festival gives children and professionals the opportunity to experience the best new Dutch episodic productions for the first time, together with the cast and crew members. We are very grateful for the continued trust and enthusiasm of Dutch producers and their willingness to keep working with us to make these premieres a fantastic experience for all involved. This year we are proud to present world premieres of new Dutch quality productions such as Remy and Juliyat, which offers a contemporary take on the classic tale of two teenage star-crossed lovers, and the incredibly endearing preschool show Dropje, which takes the craft of puppeteering to new heights. Of course, we will also be showcasing new episodes from upcoming seasons of established series such as First Year and SpangaS, which continue to be immensely successful and very popular.

Besides presenting world premieres of new Dutch television series, Cinekid also showcases brand-new international episodic productions. This year, we are very proud to give Dutch children the opportunity to discover episodes of a number of series that will not become available in the Netherlands until much later or, in some cases, probably not at all. For instance, we will be bringing Moominvalley, a new adaptation of the famous Moomin books by writer-illustrator Tove Jansson, and the most expensive Finnish television production ever, to the Netherlands for the first time. Continuing our fruitful collaboration with broadcaster Cartoon Network, we are also able to offer our audience a sneak preview of their upcoming American animation series Victor & Valentino.

In the MediaLab, the digital playground of the festival, we offer once again interactive art installations, games & apps and exclusive workshops that explores our current digital world. A world where kids today spend their daily lives. 
Artists Melanie Bonajo, Abner Preis en Studio Pointer developed brand new works commissioned by Cinekid. Bonajo’s created a video installation about our lack of physical contact in the digital era. Using workshop exercises and interviews with children, Bonajo creates work that focuses on the importance of touch. Preis has made a new virtual reality work where the MediaLab visitor joins the protagonist Eden to go on a short journey through time to discover the origins of technology. Studio Pointer’s digital world is full of all sorts of animal gifs: they mate, eat, fight and make up. We can see the digital animals hop between different worlds, mix their gif DNA and create new gif mutations in a large-scale digital installation. 

In the extensive workshop programme, kids can make their own augmented reality glasses, they can go on a trip around the world through the green screen travel agency (in collaboration with Questions Collective), they can build brand new planets with Terra Nova (in collaboration with Nou&Herkauw) and they can contact aliens through coded language. Our exclusive masterclasses offer kids a sneak peek into the lives of media professionals such as TikTok and YouTube stars, (voice) actors, directors and many more. 

About Cinekid
Cinekid is the world’s largest media festival for young people from 3 to 14 years old. Every year, some 70,000 children and their minders visit the festival at the Westergas in Amsterdam or one of 40 film theatres throughout the Netherlands. Cinekid offers children a wider and more diverse range of high-quality (inter)national media productions (films, TV programmes, games, apps and installations) of a stand-out character. At the same time, the festival organises talks, workshops and masterclasses with the goal of developing the young audience’s ability to deal with media in an independent, critical and intelligent way.

Cinekid Festival runs from 19 to 25 October 2019 and tours through the country from 12 to 27 October.