Minimest invites youngsters to the cinema

The best and most anticipated animated films for children can be enjoyed each year at Minimest, the special section devoted to our young audience during Anim'est International Animation Film Festival. The twelfth edition of the festival, which will take place between September 29th and October 8th, will include a generous selection of screenings for children with age-appropriate themes - memorable tales about friendship, shyness, courage, love and acceptance . Furthermore, yet again the little ones will be invited to take part in a series of creative workshops that will introduce them to the fascinating world of the animated films.

The Minimest films will be screened during the two weekends of the festival from Friday to Sunday between September 29th - October 1st and October 6th to October 8th at Elvire Popesco Cinema and Eforie Cinema.

22 short films for children aged 3 to 14 have been selected this year from among the hundreds that entered the Minimest competition. The Best Animated Short Film for Children will be selected by a jury made up of children whose mission will not be an easy one: the selection includes titles that have already been successful at renowned animation festivals such as Summer Camp Camp Island (dir. Julia Pott), a Cartoon Network film  which was selected and awarded at Sundance, Ottawa IFF or Anima, Revolting Rhymes (dir. Jakob Schuh, Jan Lachauer) adapted from Roald Dahl's beloved children's book and receiver of Best TV Production award at Annecy, or the famous adorable children’s films made by Les Films du Nord, The Unicorn (dir. Rémi Durin) and The Wind in the Reeds (Nicolas Liguori, Arnaud Demuynck).

The Minimest section also includes some of the most successful new feature films for children: Rabbit School (dir. Ute von Münchow-Pohl), nominated for the Crystal Bear Prize at Berlin Film Festival in 2017, in the Generation K plus section, a story about the adventures Max the bunny goes through at the mysterious school for Easter bunnies, or feature films to be screened for the first time in our country such as In the Forest of Huckybucky (dir. Rasmus A. Sivertsen), selected at the Sarajevo Film Festival this year, a film aboutthe rules governing Huckybucky Forest – where small animals have to stand up to the bigger ones and Oddsockeaters (dir. Galina Miklínová), an animation about small sock eating creatures, selected at Anima Mundi and Karlovy Vary this year.

Three extremely popular animated feature films coming to Anim'est within the Focus Finland special programme, featuring some of the finest Finnish animations created in recent years, will also be included in the Minimest section: The Moomins on the Riviera , Xavier Picard and Hanna Hemilä’s feature film (Hanna Hemilä is a member of the Anim'est jury this year), adapted after Tove Jansson and Lars Jansson's famous books and comic strips, Niko & The Way To The Stars (dir. Michael Nelson, Kari Juusonen) and Niko 2 - Little Brother, Big Trouble (dir. Kari Juusonen, Jørgen Lerdam), screened in the presence of director Kari Juusonen.

Parents will be able to bring their little ones to other screenings which are real highlights for this year’s edition of the festival. Three films are not to be missed this year: My Life as a Zucchini (dir. Claude Barras), winner of the Annecy Audience Award in 2016 and nominated at this year’s Oscars; The Big Bad Fox and Other Tales, the latest animated film directed by Benjamin Renner and Patrick Imbert, they are known for Ernest and Célestine, hteir feature film nominated for the Oscars in 2014, and Despicable Me 3 (Pierre Coffin, Kyle Balda) the latest animated film coming from Illumination Mac Guff, the studio invited to this festival edition.

Tintin and the Temple of the Sun (dir. Raymond Leblanc, 1969), Avril and the Extraordinary World (dir. Christian Desmares, Franck Ekinci, 2015) and Titeuf, the Movie (dir. Zed, 2010) are yet more films we are happy to recommend to our young audience. These ones belong to the Comics & Animation section – which is also the theme for Anim'est 2017.

This year we will once again organize a series of animation workshops for the little ones which will take place daily during the festival, under the guidance of industry specialists. From Friday to Sunday, during both weekends of the festival, children aged 10-14 will have the opportunity to attend a comic strips workshop where they will learn about animation content (composition, message, title, symbols) while doing interactive activities and coming up with small comic strips which will be the result of individual or group stories. Aniela Ariton, the trainer for this workshop, is an illustrator and she collaborates on smartphone apps and children’s stories. From Monday to Thursday, October 2nd to October 5th, children between the ages of 8 and 12 can take part in the stop motion animation workshop held by Ion Aramă, director, illustrator and animator, and Radu C. Pop, visual artist and animator. The children will work with cut paper figurines and modelling clay to create their own characters and stories, and the resulting creations will be used to make their first animated films. The workshops will be held at the CINETIC Centre every day from 3 to 6 p.m., and no fee will be charged. The participants must apply by September 26, by sending an e-mail to ana@animest.ro, the child's age and the workshop he/she wishes to attend must be specified in the email.

In between the screenings at Elvire Popesco Cinema, the children will have the chance to attend a series of creative workshops held by trainer Ana Cătălina Dobrescu, graphic designer and animator, who will fill the time between screenings with exciting activities. The workshops will be held in the Atrium Hall of the French Institute and will be animated by Cartoon Network, the main Minimest partner. Participation does not require prior registration.

The twelfth edition of Anim'est International Animation Film Festival will take place from September 29th to October 8th 2017 at Eforie Cinema, Elvire Popesco Cinema, CINETic Center, Expirat, Apollo 111 and Carol 53. The tickets for screenings in the Minimest section, worth 5 lei each, will be available online, on www.eventbook.ro, and will also be available in cinemas throughout the festival. The access to screenings Monday to Friday before 16.30 will be free of charge (based on showing ID) for children, school students, university students and retired persons. For groups organized by schools, shows will be free of charge both for the children and for the teachers accompanying them, for all the screenings belonging to the Minimest section of the programme. For more details or registration for organized groups, feel free to send an email to ana.munteanu@animest.ro