The organisational and creative team of Zagreb Film Festival (Zagreb, Croatia) has launched the making of an International Film Festival for Children – KinoKino. Inspiration for this project came from a CINEMA as a multi-use space, where all rooms aside from the screening theatre can be used for learning, hangouts, discussions, exchange of experiences and entertainment, which is what makes a cinema an important cultural and social meeting and exchange point.
By creating this special and different experience, we wish to make a difference in raising new generations of cinema goers.
KinoKino Festival’s second edition will be held from February 21st to 26th 2017, in Zagreb, at Europa Cinema, which in 2015 celebrated its 90th birthday as a cinema and represents one of the most important cultural venues in the city of Zagreb and received the Best Programming Award in 2016, given by Europa Cinemas, a network of European cinemas.
The film program will comprise around 30 international mostly fiction films for children up to the age of 14, including recent features and shorts, and several special programs including also film classics for children. A young and professional jury will be deciding on the best entries, while all visitors will decide on Audience award.
Apart from films, KinoKino Festival will host workshops intended for children, mentored by experts in different cultural, artistic and social fields. The idea is to give children a chance to spend time at the cinema before and after the screenings and to fill this time with learning and fun.