WELCOME TO FESTINEMA JUNIOR!
Festinema Junior is an annual nationwide French film festival and educational program designed for children and adolescents, created by the Alliance Française network in the U.S. It is part of Kids Trail, a program initiated by the Cultural Servon.ices of the French Embassy in the U.S. and the FACE Foundati Now in its 6th year, this complimentary event is an opportunity to inspire learning and understanding of international cultures through cinema.
PROGRAM Festinema 2019
EN SORTANT DE L’ÉCOLE
"En sortant de l'école" is a collection of animated short films - 3 minute each - which aims at matching poems with the talent and graphic creativity of young directors, just out of French animation schools. The diversity of techniques is the keystone of this project : stop motion, rostrum camera, cutout animation, digital 2D, 3D - "En sortant de l'école" draws on this simple idea : to give these promising directors a free pass so that they can make a name for themselves.
• Audience: 4-6 years old •
MINGA ET LA CUILLÈRE CASSÉE
Minga is an orphaned girl living with her stepmother Mami Kaba and her stepsister Abena. One day, when she was washing dishes in the river,
she accidentally broke a spoon. A furious Mami Kaba then chased her away from the house, asking her to find the only identical spoon hidden
by her late mother. An adventurous journey then begins for Minga in the forest. • Audience: 7-12 years old •
JOUR DE FÊTE
Once a year the fair comes for one day to the little town 'Sainte-Severe-sur-Indre'. All inhabitants are scoffing at Francois, the postman, what he seems not to recognize. The rising of the flagstaff under his direction nearly leads into a catastrophy - but everybody tells him, how important his work is. Sneering up Francois continues in the evening of the festive day. Made drunk, some 'friends' persuade him to watch a short-movie in a tent. This film is a stunt-show, covered as 'The modern delivery-techniques of the US-post. Francois takes it serious, not recognizing being teased. Next day, after getting sober in a goods wagon, he reorganizes his own delivery-methods. He has not the equipment, as his ideals in the short-movie have, but using only his bicycle, he makes good, funny progresses.
• Audience: 13-15 years old •
After an incident, a brilliant professor known for his outbursts is forced to mentor the student he wronged for a speech contest. Neïla, a
girl of Algerian descent, lives in a housing project in the suburbs of Paris with her mother and her grandmother. She has good friends in
the neighborhood, including a boyfriend named Mounir, an Uber driver. Always a good pupil, she has decided to become a lawyer and to this
end has enrolled at the Assas University in Paris. But her first day proves a harrowing experience. Arriving late in the great amphitheater
where Pierre Mazard, a seasoned but controversial law professor, gives his class, poor Neïla is taken to task by him, and in words tainted
with racism. Some students complain about Mazard's attitude, which urges the President to intervene. He firmly asks the prof that he do
something to redeem himself. And to this end, why not train his victim for the prestigious speech contest Assas is associated with?
Reluctant at first, Pierre is forced to accept the deal. But how will Neïla put up with working under the yoke of her torturer? And how
will Mazard refrain from taking advantage of the situation to go on mistreating her?
• Audience: 16-18 years old •