Originally published on 10 May 2011 at http://www.digyorkshire.com/HighlightDetails.aspx?Article=1245
When I was a kid, the words ‘children’s cinema’ conjured up images of a VHS copy of Scooby Doo being projected onto a rectangle in a community centre. At least, that’s what I thought. Decidedly uncool. I now wish that I was a kid again, because Sheffield’s Showcomotion Festival, which begins this month, is aching with cool points and proves that I was wrong.
Taking place over nine days at the Showroom Cinema, there’s films from all over the world, plus workshops and talks from BAFTA-nominated writers and industry professionals.
The Opening Night Gala on 20 May features a special preview of Kriv Stenders’ Red Dog, following the tale of a lost dog that unites a community to find his owner, who’s missing in the Australian outback. The next day, there’ll be a major preview of Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules, a sequel to the first film based on the popular books by Jeff Kinney.
There’ll be a selection of recent big screen hits too, including Tomorrow, When the War Began, Winnie the Pooh and Rio, alongside classic features Watership Down and The Famous Five: Five on a Treasure Island.
There’ll be a special focus on the work of legendary director Carroll Ballard with a retrospective of his family films, including Fly Away Home, Black Stallion, and Never Cry Wolf, plus a look at the latest work of award-winning Japanese studio Studio Ghibli, The Borrower Arrietty.
It’s not all fiction either, Neukölln Unlimited documents a group of Lebanese siblings who are successful dancers and musicians living in Berlin facing the threat of deportation, and Against All Odds follows some courageous young women as they face the prospect of teenage motherhood.
Studying the films will be Showcomotion’s InterActive Youth Jury, comprised of a panel of 15-18 year olds, who’ll be looking for a winner for the Best Film award. Plus, every film in the programme is up for the Audience Award – so you can help make a film a winner.
Check out www.showcomotion.org.uk for full details of what looks set to be a fantastic festival!