Framed Film Festival 2012, a showcase for London’s younger generation launches this weekend. Taking place at the Barbican and eight different venues across the city until 25 November, families, children and aspiring young professionals can enjoy a series of films and engaging activities for 4 to 18 year olds.
The first of what will be an annual showcase, the Festival is funded by Film London through its support of the Barbican’s Framed: Cinema for a New Generation programme, which offers the capital’s children and teenagers a chance to get involved with new international films and learning experiences.
The Framed Film Festival kicks off with a special preview of animated Franco-Belgian family film Ernest and Celestine, based on the popular books written by Gabrielle Vincent with English subtitles read aloud for younger audiences.
Other previews include Oliver Dieckmann‘s joyful Christmas movie When Santa Fell To Earth, a festive adaptation of Cornelia Funke’s fantastical novel which will be introduced by the director, and certain to entertain all ages.
A diverse series of 12 international films will be screened at the Festival for younger children and families, offering children aged 4-12 a range of films from magical adventures with Unicorns in the German film Princess Lillifee and the Little Unicorn to the wild seven year old monster of Alfie the Little Werewolf.
Alongside the screenings, highlights include an on-stage animation workshop presented by BAFTA & Aardman Animate It!. The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists! will take audiences behind the scenes of Aardman’s latest film and will be preceded by drop-in workshops which will take over the Barbican foyers.
The Festival programme will extend to 12 to 18 year olds as well as younger children, aiming to teach and entertain London’s teenage community. Framed Focus will open with a number of action-packed previews such as Gimme the Loot, about New York graffiti artists, and Wunderkinder – an absorbing story set during the Second World War.
Other events for this age group include BAFTA Presents: Mission Possible – Finding Your Film Craft – a panel of young stars sharing insightful opinions and industry advice, as well as a Screenwriting Masterclass, designed for aspiring screenwriters.
For more information and to buy tickets http://www.barbican.org.uk/film/series.asp?id=1120&show=home