This showcase of international children's films, which is now in its fourth year, allows Washingtonians to compare cross-cultural differences in the genre and to inspire D.C. youngsters through the discovery of foreign cinema. The festival targets six to thirteen-year-olds and will showcase a selection of the most significant international productions for young audiences. Each one-hour screening will be followed by a workshop and a discussion addressing the films' cultural contexts. Age group will vary with each film and workshop.
This year, the JICC will partner with the Mexican Cultural Institute to present six short features targeting children ages 6-8, including two animated Japanese films! Following the screening, kids will have a chance to try their hand at origami, the Japanese art of folding paper.
This event is free and open to the public. Please note that seating is limited and registration is required.
Kenta, a second-grade boy, has a cat named Ponta. When Ponta secretly follows Kenta on his school trip, they both end up in a mysterious world.
Directed by Galileo. 2011, 12 min.
Japanese with English subtitles
Old Man Flower
A kind old couple owned a dog named Shiro and loved him with all of their heart. One day, the couple and their mean neighbor discover that Shiro has a very special power.
By Minoru Kobata & KEEP Inc. 2009, 10 min. Dubbed in English
Presented by The Alliance Française de Washington, the Embassy of Senegal, the Goethe-Institut, the Embassy of Brazil, the Embassy of Spain, the Embassy of Korea, the Hillwood Museum Estate and Gardens, the Quebec Government Office, the Mexican Cultural Institute and the Japan Information and Culture Center