In its 62nd year, the festival has launched a family programme, aimed towards families with children of all ages. The inaugural programme features four feature films and a collection of animated shorts. The films will screen at daytime sessions during the weekend.
I am particularly looking forward to Song of the Sea, Tomme Moore’s follow-up film to the absolutely gorgeous The Secret of Kells.
The SFF 2015 family program includes:
KIDS ANIMATION SHOWCASE
A selection of animated short films chosen for a discerning young audience. Expect lots of clever animals, plenty of laughs and the odd scary moment for good measure! Suitable for children aged 3-8 years.
Director: Maya Newell | Australia | 85mins | In English
Kids raised by same-sex couples are growing in numbers worldwide. This intimate, humorous doco offers a refreshingly frank picture of the Gayby-Boom we seem to be experiencing in the midst of the marriage equality debate. Suitable for children aged 6+ years.
SONG OF THE SEA
Director: Tomm Moore | Ireland, Luxembourg, Belgium, France, Denmark | 90mins | In English
Nominated for Best Animated Feature at this year’s Oscars, this magical treat for families, inspired by Celtic legend, is chock-full of glorious hand-drawn imagery, captivating critters and lilting Gaelic music. Suitable for children aged 6+ years.
THE CROW’S EGG
Director: M. Manikandan| India | 99mins | In Tamil
Dubbed the new Slumdog Millionaire, this is a funny, charming South Indian tale of two mischievous, resourceful brothers from a Chennai slum who become determined to taste pizza for the very first time. Suitable for children aged 8+ years.
WIDE OPEN SKY
Director: Lisa Nicol | Australia | 79mins | In English
This heart-warming doco about childhood, creativity and community chronicles the journey of an outback Australian children’s choir from auditions to their end-of-year concert and all the trials they face along the way. Suitable for children aged 6+ years.