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Barbican Cinema: Children’s Film in the Frame

Let your inner child come out to play during Barbican’s Framed Film Festival, the annual showcase of the best new children's films. The programme includes a special preview of the new Ellie Fanning-voiced feature Ballerina; the London premiere of a tale of sibling rivalry, Molly Monster; plus a specially curated festival shorts programme, featuring the best new animated shorts from around the world. Together with free activities and workshops accompanying the screenings, Barbican Cinema is a must for all young film fans.

Let your inner child come out to play during Barbican’s Framed Film Festival, the annual showcase of the best new children’s films. The programme includes a special preview of the new Ellie Fanning-voiced feature Ballerina; the London premiere of a tale of sibling rivalry, Molly Monster; plus a specially curated festival shorts programme, featuring the best new animated shorts from around the world. Together with free activities and workshops accompanying the screenings, Barbican Cinema is a must for all young film fans.

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Ballerina

The opening Gala preview on the morning of Saturday, 19th November, will screen Ballerina, the story of a young orphan girl, Félicie (Elle Fanning), who travels to Paris in the hopes of fulfilling her dreams of becoming a ballerina. Having passed as someone else to acquire a position at the prestigious Grand Opera House, she meets Victor (Dane DeHaan), a boy who dreams of becoming an inventor. The two embark on crazy mishaps and grow closer as Victor encourages Félicie to defy all odds by living her dreams and never giving up. It will take place in Cinema 2 at 11am.

Ballerina
Ballerina

The same venue will be hosting a specially curated programme of the best new shorts from around the world, guaranteed to delight young and old alike at 1pm. From the tale of a mushroom who has lost his hat, to a little mouse that just might be the most wonderful house guest around, you’ll love dipping into these fantastic bite-size stories.

Rock Dog
Rock Dog

The next film to be screened at 2:30pm, is the Sino-American production directed by Ash Brannon: Rock Dog. It’s about Bodi, a boy who lives with his father in the mountains, helping him to protect their flock of sheep by day, but by night dreams of being a musician. When a radio mysteriously falls from the sky, Bodi decides to leave home for the big city and musical stardom. However, the city isn’t quite how he imagined and he soon finds himself caught up in an adventure that may just lead all the way back home.

Molly Monster
Molly Monster

On Sunday, three films will be screened: at 11am, the London premiere of Molly Monster, which is a tale for young children about the difficulties of a new sibling. Together with her best friend Edison, Molly sets out on her own to find her new place in the family. The journey takes her all the way to Egg Island, where her parents have ventured to hatch the egg, and there she is reunited with both her parents and her new sibling.

Raven The Little Rascal
Raven The Little Rascal

 Raven the Little Rascal will be shown at 1pm. Raven is a little bird with a big passion for racing. Loving nothing more than careering around in his homemade pedal car, Raven repeatedly gets himself into trouble, by ignoring his chores in favour of a quick race around the forest. This soon leads to chaos when Raven crashes into a shed filled with food for the winter, destroying the supplies. After discovering there’s a big race with an even bigger prize waiting at the finish line, can Raven win the race AND replenish the harvest before it’s too late?

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Louis & Luca: The Big Cheese Race will be closing the Framed Film Festival at 3pm. This Norwegian film, directed by Rasmus A. Sivertsen, is about a traditional race in Louis the Magpie’s town Flåklypa, and this year he is determined to enter. With his best friends Luca the Hedgehog and Alife the inventor, Louis is so confident that they will secure the prize that he secretly bets on their victory with the opposing town Slidre, placing both his house and Alife’s workshop against his opponent Clapton’s cheese factory. However, when Clapton brings his own team, who don’t seem to play by the rule book, Louis realises that winning is not going to be as straightforward as he first thought. A hilarious journey of rivalry, friendship and the danger of overconfidence!

There will be free film activities and workshops in the foyer during the two days of the Festival.  Helped by professional animators and workshop leaders Quirky Pictures, you can create your own animated portrait to share with your friends, family and colleagues on social media as an animated GIF.

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You can also experience the wonder of the Magic Lantern with Artists Nicole Mollett and Frog Morris of Art of the Magic Lantern, using old-fashioned pre-cinema projectors to conjure up fantastic visions and tell tall tales. Watch a short show using Victorian photographic slides and earlier hand painted slides, then create your own story and make your own slides in the workshop afterwards.

Do join in with drop-in games and making activities with Tea Dance for Little People, who invite young children and their families to engage with each other and the space around them in exciting and fun ways – bringing the films in the festival alive.

www.barbican.org.uk

Barbican Cinema
Silk St,
London EC2Y 8DS

All venues are located withing the Barbican Centre on Silk Street, except Cinema 2 & 3, at Beech Street.

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