The Luxembourg City Film Festival lifts the lid on its Young Audiences programme
by Loïc Millot
- Films aimed at over-sevens, movie-themed debates, master classes and a healthy dose of virtual reality all feature on the 7-17 March programme
Traditionally reserved for children, the Luxembourg City Film Festival’s morning screenings will this year be open to the general public. The Young Audiences programme of the ninth edition of the gathering (7-17 March 2019) has been unveiled in its entirety and is now available to peruse on the festival’s website.
Given that the use of images is omnipresent among the younger generations today, the Luxembourgish event has, from very early on, adopted a specific educational approach aimed at winning them over. The festival attempts to raise awareness of the importance of images by selecting films that are appropriate for each age group, by including kids on the juries, and by organising workshops and projects that are enriched by the contributions of professionals from Luxembourg’s audiovisual and animation industries.
The festival will present Two Trams, a programme of six animated shorts set in tender, poetic and snowy worlds, which children aged three and up can enjoy. Crazy Cinématographe for Kids, a programme dedicated to science fiction (five years and up), will dive into the world of silent film.
Among the movies intended for the over-sevens are Rosie & Moussa [+see also:
film profile], and Matti and Sami and the Three Biggest Mistakes in the Universe [+see also:
film profile]. For the over-12s, several debates will allow participants to discuss the crises of the modern world. The hosting of refugees will be addressed in Styx [+see also:
interview: Wolfgang Fischer
film profile] by Wolfgang Fischer, which came in in second place for the 2018 LUX Prize, and I Used to Like the Sea [+see also:
film profile], a documentary in which Idriss Gabel gives the floor to refugees as they await the recognition of their status. The animated film The Tower [+see also:
interview: Mats Grorud
film profile] by Mats Grorud deals with the Israeli-Palestinian conflict through the story of a young Palestinian refugee in Lebanon – a subject that is given a more comedic twist in the Luxembourgish co-production Tel Aviv on Fire [+see also:
interview: Sameh Zoabi
film profile] by Sameh Zoabi, where a checkpoint in the West Bank turns into a creative writing workshop for a popular television soap.
The gathering also encourages children and teenagers to get involved by inviting them to form juries. Therefore, the Kids Jury Award (5-8 years), the School Jury Award (8-12 years) and, for the over-16s, the Youth Jury Award – by Kinepolis will all be handed out at the event.
As for the workshops for children aged between five and 13, the festival will be pressing on with its mission to promote national works thanks to the Bayala workshop organised by Luxembourgish animation studio Fabrique d’Images. The short film Livre d’heures by Luxembourgish artist Suzan Noesen will serve as the starting point for two creative workshops. The Set Creator for One Day lab being organised by the MUDAM will enable children to build their own miniature sets.
A number of animation master classes will be led by Ralf Kukula and Matthias Bruhn, the people behind the project Fritzi – A Miraculous Revolutionary Tale. In addition, the workshop on "Animation for an Adult Audience" will be supervised by Stéphan Roelants, the founder of Studio 352.
Lastly, virtual reality will be explored through the EMOTION(S)XR workshop, in the presence of artists of the likes of Laura Mannelli, Frederick Thompson, Pascal Piron and Karolina Markiewicz.
(Translated from French)
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