The festival's team understands that in order to engage in a meaningful big screen conversation with a little person, it has to be a family affair. That is why we encourage to use this programme to bring the whole family together for an afternoon-slash-emotional journey – take a walk to the cinema, have a bite, get into an exciting animation workshop and let the first (or one of the first) big screen experience feel special for your children and yourself! This small but not least meaningful programme is curated by renowned journalist and the most passionate and careful children's film enthusiast in Latvia – Kristīne Giluce in cooperation with Kristians and International Children's Film Festival.
During a relatively short period of four years since 2011, the Atom Art studio’s series of short animations entitled “Shammies” has become something of a local sensation, as well as received much praise from across the border. The adorable animated characters explore the world just like their “peers” – the smallest movie-goers – would. This year comes with their newest adventures – the festival will premiere four new Shammies films. In these, Shammies will learn how take care of friends, build a house, do the chores, and play.GO TO FILM
Based on a popular children’s book by a Swedish author Max Lundgren, the story was made into a TV series that quickly became a beloved household name, before it was finally made into an exciting cinematic adventure in the best traditions of the genre.GO TO FILM
What can Matilda do when it’s summer, but it’s raining, and she has to stay indoors? If it were winter, instead of the rain there would be lovely snow. Matilda’s dream of winter holidays can be brought to life by her little friends. Where do they live? In the freezer, of course! The film programme is made possible thanks to the support of EEA Grants un Ministry of Culture Republic of Latvia.GO TO FILM
Ten-year-old Marie believes her parents’ jobs are more important to them than the relationship with her. Luckily, she has a wonderful granddad, a professor with a similar taste for adventure as has she. Marie and her friends are enjoying the summer holidays until the town is exposed to an unknown disease that makes all adults behave like children.GO TO FILM
The Norwegian director Grethe Bøe-Waal’s debut is an excellent example of the Scandinavian family film tradition: a thrilling adventure that tells a story about the key things in life – responsibility for others, especially the family, the skill of mutual understanding, and honesty.GO TO FILM