Monday, 8 October will see the start of the third Ale Kino! on Tour travelling young audience film festival.
The event is run by the Children’s Art Centre, which also organises the International Young Audience Film Festival Ale Kino! – the oldest and largest film festival for children and young people in Poland. Ale Kino! on Tour will set off from the North-East of Poland, and specifically from the town of Gołdap (8-10 Oct). The next stops on the festival route will be: Białowieża and Teremiski (11-13 Oct), Pacanów (11-13 Oct), Krasnystaw (22-24 Oct), Gębiczyn and Czarnków (22-24 Oct), and finally Karlino and Białogard (29-31 Oct).
ALE KINO! ON TOUR Young Audience Film Festival was created for children and teenagers from small towns, where the latest and especially the non-commercial films are not so easily available. It is the travelling or "mobile" version of the big Ale Kino!, reaching many remote corners of Poland with its ambitious and interesting programme covering productions from all over the world that are still unknown to the wider public. The festival presents films which treat the young audience members –tiny tots as well as teenagers – as partners in a dialogue conducted by means of the cinema screen.
ALE KINO! ON TOUR is organised in partnership with local NGOs, community centres and schools.
The programme and awards of Ale Kino! on Tour 2012
The festival programme comprises mostly the films which were presented during the recent editions of the Ale Kino! Festival in Poznań. They are movies talking about the world from the perspective of different cultures and artistic conventions.
Competition films are judged by the Jury selected from the local children. The Jury awards the best films with the prize of Little Goats on Tour (Goats as the symbol of Poznań have been awarded at the parent festival since its very beginnings). In addition, all audience members take part in a vote to choose the best film, whose makers will be given the Audience Award at the 30th Ale Kino! Festival in Poznań (December 2012).
· On the Sly (A pas de loup)
Belgium, France 2011, 77'
dir. Olivier Ringer
In a not-so-far-away land, not so long ago, lived an ordinary little girl. She was however convinced that she was invisible to her parents. To be certain, she decided to disappear. What could end badly turns into an extraordinary adventure.
France, Spain 2007, 88'
dir. A. Garcia, V. Moldanado
The story of little Tim, who loves star-gazing despite his fear of darkness. One night the boy discovers that one of his favourite stars is fading away. Worried about it, he embarks on an unusual and mysterious trip around the night world together with Cat Shepherd – the guardian of children’s peaceful sleep. He learns to control his fear and discovers places completely different from those we see in daylight.
· King Matthew I (Król Maciuś I)
dir. Wanda Jakubowska
Poland 1958, 90'
A fairy tale describing half-jokingly the mechanisms of power through the adventures of a ten-year-old king. Matthew (10) becomes the new king of a fictional state after the death of his father. His high-minded but somewhat naïve reforms and his way of ruling throw the country into turmoil, but the people rescue the young king from the exile to a desert island (which happened in the original book). The film was based on the children’s novel by Janusz Korczak.
· Lessons of a Dream (Der ganz grosse Traum)
dir. Sebastian Grobler
Germany 2011, 105'
It’s 1874. The reform-minded headmaster von Merfeld has hired Konrad Koch as one of the very first English teachers of all at a German secondary school in order to let a fresh new wind into his musty institution. Koch sees how badly this is needed in his very first class. Everything that the boys know about England is common prejudices handed down from one generation to the next.
dir. Andrzej Wajda
Poland 1990, 113'
A biographical story of Janusz Korczak, a Polish pedagogue of Jewish origin; a story of a man disillusioned with the signs of anti-Semitism around him, but fully devoted to pedagogical work. When the war breaks out, he works as an army surgeon. After the capitulation of Warsaw, he returns to an orphanage and stays with his children till the end. The film was recognized at a number of festivals such as the International Film Festival in Cannes.
· Animations for the youngest:
How the Shammies Bathed (Ka Lupatini mazgajas)
Latvia 2010, 7'
dir. Edmunds Jansons
What should one do upon hearing scary 'drip-drop' sounds coming from a dark room? The Shammies - Mitten, Pillow, Hanky and Sockie - decide to take a bath. One by one they toddle down the stairs to discover a Monster who lives behind the bathroom door, and get acquainted with Splashy Water.
Pickels In a Pickle
dir. Steffen Schaeffler
Germany 2011, 9'
Pickles plays on the watergate of the pond and accidentally opens it so far that all the water flows out of the pond. To his misfortune his friends have planned to go for a swim there the next day. Pickles must bring the water back, come what may!
The Big Brother (Der Grosse Bruder)
dir. Jesús Pérez, Elisabeth Hüttermann
Switzerland 2011, 6'
A children’s film about the fun and cruelty among children. Two cartoon characters develop a life of their own, in the combination of pixilation and classic animation. They humiliate and mock the third unfinished figure; but their temporary superiority shifts, as he turns out to be their big brother.
Acorn Boy (Ziluks)
dir. Dace Riduze
Latvia 2010, 10'
A story of a clumsy Acorn and his friends in the woods. Haven’t you ever made animals out of acorns? This story is about a little acorn boy and his adventure with his friends. He meets little spiders, ants, bees and many other bugs…