2nd KIDSFFEST Indonesia showcases top rated international children films
JAKARTA, 16 April 2010 — The second international children film festival, KidsFfest, kicked off today in Jakarta with inspiring tales of friendship, solidarity and self discovery. Local film makers will nurture children’s passion and talents through filmmaking, subtitling workshops and acting classes designed to stimulate the love of the arts.
Organized by Kalyana Shira Foundation, more than a dozen films will be screened at Pacific Place Mall Cinema in Jakarta. In collaboration with cultural institutions and embassies from Germany, Denmark, Japan, Norway, Brazil, The Netherlands and Indonesia, the festival presents intelligent, passionate, provocative cinematic works for ages 4-15. The festival is endorsed by the UN agency for children, UNICEF, and supported by Walls Ice Cream and the media.
The Crocodiles, a German multi-award winning film, will open the six-day weekend-only festival. Hailed for its humor, action and brilliant acting, it features a wheelchair bound hero armed only with youthful imagination and courage who becomes instrumental in helping a gang of kids to take on an apparently unbeatable criminal gang. For the closing, a musical animation from Denmark shows how even an earthworm can dream of being a star in Sunshine Barry and the Disco Worms.
The Netherlands’s Sniff the dog in wartime tells the story of a boy and his shepherd puppy who embark on a adventure to help the Dutch resistance and fight against the Nazi occupation. A vibrant documentary Futebol Brasileiro about Brazilian street kids and their passion for football evoke the golden era when players such as Socrates, Pepe, Lima, Coutinho rule the pitch.
Asian films makers include Japan’s Fumie Nishikawa whose film entitled The Azemichi Road focuses on a hearing impaired girl’s bid to join a group vying for a spot in the upcoming national dance competition. First time Indonesian director Ari Sihasale’s King depicts the struggle of a poor village boy Guntur enduring his father's rigorous physical training program to be moulded into a badminton champion. His longtime idol is the legendary Indonesian shuttler, Liem Swie King, from which the film takes its title.
“I believe strongly that the power of films shapes and builds strong characters.” said Nia Dinata, one of Indonesia’s best known film director and founder of KidsFfest. “We can laugh with films, also learn to observe other kids’ ways of living in different parts of the world” she added.
“KidsFfest is setting the standard of the very best of a culturally diverse, non-violent, value affirming cinema for children in Indonesia,” said Angela Kearney, UNICEF Country Representative in Indonesia. “UNICEF supports partnerships that continually raises the bar for quality children's programming and encourages young people to express their opinions as active members of society.”
KidsFfest has held subtitling and short film workshops in several schools in Jakarta as part of the festival. Cinema goers can also vote for the best film for the Audience Award after viewing the films. Special free screenings will be held in North Jakarta in 2 May and a travelling KidsFfest will screen in Aceh province midyear.