Consultancy to international children’s film festivals
Small World Cinema recently worked with India’s major children’s film festival, The Golden Elephant, to advise them on films and shorts screened at European Festivals and has also been involved with a new project with a Palestinian filmmaker to establish a family film festival in East Jerusalem, providing information and contacts on recent productions from the Arab world. We also worked with Bradford Media Museum, recommending family films for their recent festival of Indian films.
Shorts At Curzon Cinemas
In 2012 Small World Cinema worked together with Curzon CineKids family film programme to screen animated shorts before the main feature at their children’s shows at the Renoir and Curzon Wimbledon cinemas. The animations came from Russia, Iran, Latvia, Germany and Slovenia.
We also put together a compilation of shorts with a Christmas theme for some special holiday screenings.
Film Clubs For Primary Schools
Small World Cinema worked with children’s writer Val Rutt, who is also a part-time primary school teacher, to develop a package of films with resources, balancing discussion and activities. We piloted this in two inner-city primary schools by running after-school film clubs for years 3-6. We showed short films (up to 30mins) from Poland, Germany, Russia, India, France, and Mali as well as the UK. The children didn’t know what they’d be asked to do afterwards, or how, which is part of the fun. During the term, they wrote short stories, made different music tracks to a film with only sound effects , answered questions drawn from a ‘lucky dip’ and eat some unusual foods inspired by the films.
The children, aged between 7 and 11 years old, came out with some very sharp comments on what they saw and said they had no problems reading the subtitles.
It is possible to adapt the programme for cinema screening; as part of kid’s club programming or as a special event in cinemas for schools.