KIDS WEEKEND: Animation Short Film selection

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The Animated Short Film Selection welcomes the youngest children for, perhaps, their first visit to the cinema. To keep the pre-schoolers’ attention, the screening will last about an hour. There will be recently made animated short films from Lithuania, Russia, and France – including works produced by the internationally acclaimed film school La Poudrière and studio Les Films du Nord.

Inviting guest curators to create cultural content for kids ensures special qualities. The honesty and exceptional imagination of Inese Zandere, her ability to entertain and emotionally enrich with her books is a unique and valuable contribution to the Latvian children’s literature. The style of Inese Zandere reflects in her film choice as well. They are “zanderisque”, as the author admitted during the selection process. The witty stories, original visual language and playful sincerity of these animated films will hopefully fill the Large hall of the gorgeous historical cinema Splendid Palace with children’s laughter and joyful chatting once again.

The short films will have English subtitles and simultaneous translation to Latvian in comfortable wireless headphones.

Meet the guest curator and poet Inese Zandere before the screening

KIDS WEEKEND Animated Short Film Selection guest curator

Inese Zandere
Guest curator, author and publisher of children’s books

Following the tradition established last year, a guest curator is invited to make this selection. The author and publisher of children’s books Inese Zandere has undertaken the demanding and exciting task this time. She addresses the festival’s audience with the words: “The cultural contexts revealed in a short film made for a child, forms one’s personality, prepares the soil for the influences that will come later and the challenges that a person will have to encounter and overcome.”


The Man With Birds
Quentin Marcault
A Little Bit Lost
Hélène Ducrocq
A Walk in the Woods
Hugo Frassetto
Funny Fish
Krishna Chandran A. Nair
Mor Israeli
I Am a Bird
Julia Boutteville
Gauthier Ammeux, Valentine Baillon, Benjamin Chaumeny, Alexandre Dumez, Léa Finucci, Marina Roger
Fanny Dreyer, Gaël Kyriakidis
Julia Ocker
Mr Night Has a Day Off
Ignas Meilūnas