Framed Film Festival – the annual showcase of the best new children’s films – returns to the Barbican this month with stories of adventure, animals and magic. The programme includes a gala preview of the new Kristin Chenoweth-voiced feature The Star; a tale of rabbits versus foxes in animated adventure Rabbit School; plus a specially curated Splendiferous Shorts programme featuring the best new animated shorts from around the world. Together with free activities and workshops accompanying the screenings, the Framed Film Festival is a must for all young film fans.
The programme for the festival which takes place on the 17th of November across the Barbican cinema screens include the following highlights
When naughty rabbit Max gets sent to a training school for Easter bunnies, it’s the beginning of a new adventure. With the help of a new pal, he learns some secret skills, battles a sneaky fox family and understands the true meaning of friendship.
This joyful collection of short animated films from around the world is full of imagination and laughter. From square singing cows that are thrilled to be out on the town, to a girl who keeps turning into a mouse, these quirky stories are a delight to behold.
Gala Preview: The Star
This wonderful CGI animation about the first ever Christmas tells the story of its unsung heroes: a brave donkey and his friends. A charming and funny animation, bringing together the voice talent of Oprah Winfrey, Christopher Plummer, Kristin Chenoweth and Keegan-Michael Key.
As well as the screenings there will a selection of workshops and performances aimed at getting the audiences involved in the craft of film making These include Shadowgraphy where you can Try your hand at the ancient art of hand-shadows with performer Drew Colby. Find out how to make a bird, a dinosaur or maybe even a reindeer and create your own shadow-art with Drew’s help. Plus, you can catch Drew’s acclaimed performances during the day. Another highlight is the Lightbox Animation Corner where children of all ages can create their own stunningly lit animations with artists John Harmer and Wendy Scott, using stop-motion techniques. Both workshops are free to enter.
Other activities include Animal mask creation which is inspired by the animal based films in the festival, A Line Selfie Booth where you can pose for your own photos in a black and white world. and the BAFTA at 70: Drawing Competition where the audience is encouraged to bring along memories of their favourite films, games and television shows, and draw what means the most to them. Anything is allowed, from Teletubbies to Star Wars, from Super Mario to Peppa Pig. BAFTA are awarding prizes for their favourite memories.