If you’re tired of taking your kids to see the standard movie fare at the
multiplex, you’ll be happy to hear that the 8th Tel Aviv International
Children’s Film Festival is starting this week at the Tel Aviv Cinematheque. It
runs until July 29.
The festival is a carefully chosen selection of films
from around the world (and Israel, too), events and workshops for children of
all ages. All the films feature Hebrew titles or are dubbed into
There have been many wonderful films about children from the
Netherlands in recent years, and there will be a special section devoted to
these films, including Winky’s Horse, one of the most popular films shown at
this festival in past years.
The international competition will show
eight films from all over the world. Gato and Kite tells the story of an
8-year-old boy in India who works in a recycling dump but longs to go to school.
When he makes a new friend, this becomes more likely for him.
film will help teach that there are kids all over the world who would love to go
From Greece comes Nicostratus the Pelican, about a motherless
boy on a Greek island who cares for a pelican he finds. The Button War is a
French comedy about the rivalry between two neighborhood gangs. Kauwboy is
another film about a lonely child who bonds with a bird; in this case the movie
is from the Netherlands and the bird is a crow.
Ricky Rapper and Cool
Wendy is an upbeat musical comedy about friendship from Finland.
Wolves is a Spanish film, based on a true story, about a child that forms a bond
with a pack of wolves. Arcadia is an American coming-of-age film about a girl
whose family weathers a crisis when they move to California. Ice Dragon from
Sweden is about a boy with a wild imagination.
The Panorama section
includes the docudrama Benny, Back to the Wild, about a monkey that is taken out
of the wild and put into captivity, then freed. The Runway is the story of an
Irish boy who thinks a Colombian pilot whose plane has crashed is his long-lost
The youngest viewers will appreciate a selection of the finest
animated films from around the world. The film Lost and Found will be presented
along with an interactive show for very young children.
section features some of the finest locally-made recent films for kids. Feature
films for older children include Noodle, a drama about a Tel Aviv woman who gets
involved in helping reunite a Chinese boy with his mother, who is her
house-cleaner; Little Heroes, about four misfits who join forces and take a trip
to the Negev; and Elie and Ben, a drama about a father (Lior Ashkenazi) who gets
arrested for embezzling money, and his son, who has to come to terms with his
The acclaimed film Under the Domim Tree, about
children who lost their families in the Holocaust and who live in a youth
village, stars Gila Almagor and is based on her book.
She will be present
at the screening and will answer questions from the audience. Children of all
ages can enjoy In the Land of Genesis, a beautifully photographed film about
nature in Israel, that focuses on animals in different regions.
aspiring filmmakers are getting younger every year, there are age-appropriate
workshops for kids in which they learn different aspects of film-making basics.
Very young children can participate in the Creativity for Tiny Tots workshop
sponsored by the Beauty of Toffee Theater, as well as Laughter Yoga (which is
intended for the entire family as well) and a recycling workshop.
cinéastes will be interested in workshops on dubbing, and special-effects
Perhaps the most exciting part for parents is that tickets to a
single film or workshop are NIS 40, and there is an option to buy a ticket for a
film and a workshop together for NIS 60.
Some of the programs will sell
out, so check the website at http://kidsfestival.cinema.co.il for
details and to order tickets.