THE 18th MONTREAL INTERNATIONAL CHILDREN’S FILM FESTIVAL (FIFEM)
FEBRUARY 28TH TO MARCH 8TH, 2015
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The Montreal International Children’s Film Festival (better known under its French acronym FIFEM) will hold its 18th edition from February 28th to March 8th, 2015. For eighteen years, we have been presenting quality cinema to the young public of Montreal during spring school break!
Over the years, the Montreal International Children’s Film Festival (better known under its French acronym FIFEM) has emerged as one of the most important film events in the world for kids and families. Hailed by press and public as “Cannes for kids”, FIFEM receives and presents significant films and filmmakers from across the globe. Its main objective is to educate and to hone a critical spirit in tomorrow’s audiences. FIFEM promotes high quality films reflecting the cultural diversity in today’s globalized world. Through its numerous educational initiatives, FIFEM aims to complement school curricula by allowing children to better understand foreign content which is often far from their daily lives. Thanks to its rich programming of challenging and thought-provoking films, FIFEM uses film as a pedagogical tool for stimulating the curiosity of young people as well as promoting openness, critical thinking and creativity.
Saturday February 28th 11am,
Sunday March 1st 1pm
Monday March 2nd 2pm,
Saturday March 7th 11am
Director : Alexs Stadermann
Australia / Germany, 2014, animation, 79 minutes Original English version
Freshly hatched bee Maya is a little whirlwind and won't follow the rules of the hive. One of these rules is not to trust the hornets that live beyond the meadow. When the Royal Jelly is stolen, the hornets are suspected and Maya is thought to be their accomplice. No one believes that she is the innocent victim and no one will stand by her except for her good-natured and best friend Willy.
Director: Lisa Mulcahy
Netherlands/Ireland/Germany, 2014, fiction, 99 minutes Original English version
NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE
When 12-year-old Mickey Miller moves from New York to Ireland, she soon discovers a link between herself and the 300-year-old legend of the mysterious Black Knight, who regularly haunts the sleepy Irish village. With courage and a sharp mind, she sets out to save a precious herd of white horses and to thwart the evil plans of a greedy, ambitious woman.
Original title: PIM & POM : HET GROTE AVONTUUR
Director: Gioia Smid
Netherlands, 2014, fiction, 70 minutes English version
Pim and Pom are two lovely house cats to the Lady, until one day they run away from the “evil nieces” and get lost on the wild wild streets. They will meet “alley cats” who will not trade their freedom for any domestic comfort. Pim and Pom will experiences adventures, and their friendship will be put to an unprecedented test.
Sunday March 1st 3pm,
Thursday March 5th 11am
Saturday March 7th 1pm
Original title: JACK ET LA MECANIQUE DU COEUR
Directors: Stéphane Berla, Mathias Malzieu
France / Belgium, 2014, animation, 94 minutes English version
Edinburgh, 1874. Jack is born on the coldest day ever. Because of the extreme cold, his heart stops beating. The attendant midwife finds a way to save him by replacing his heart with a clock. But he must not get angry or excited because that endangers his life by causing his clock to stop working. Worse than that, when he grows up, he has to face the fact he cannot fall in love because that too could stop his delicate heart.
Director : Nino Jacusso
Switzerland/Canada, 2014, fiction, 96 minutes Original English version
The First Nations girl Shana is a very gifted musician. She has not overcome the death of her mother and hides behind a harsh façade. Her life takes a decisive turn when the new teacher discovers her extraordinary gifts as a violinist. But Shana runs away from her father and her community and gets lost in a magical forest, where she embarks on a spiritual journey. To bring her violin to sing, she must follow the wolf...
Director: Elliot Cowan
USA/Romania, 2013, animation, 76 minutes Original English version
After starring in a series of award winning shorts, Boxhead & Roundhead leap into their first feature film. After their home is destroyed Boxhead and Roundhead head to the sprawling, filthy metropolis of Tipp City where they battle red tape, rent, rats and the rat race to get it back. Roundhead enters the art world and Boxhead enters the workforce. These two universes collide with explosive results.
Director: Roberto Duarte
Sweden, 2014, fiction, 75 minutes Original English version
Eleven-year-old Max has a tough life. He is bullied in school and has a mother who is very distracted. But Max has an active imagination and takes every chance to escape into his filmmaking with his imaginary friend, the brave and mighty warrior Tariq. When Max meets daily problems he steps into his fantasy world and imagines that he is fighting dragons and monsters.
Director: Allan Harmon
Canada, 2013, fiction, 89 minutes Original English version
Seventeen year old Alex dreams of running for his high school's cross-country track team, but it seems out of reach as Alex has been blind since the age of two. Determined to run, he practices with his father Geoff. No longer able to keep up with his son, Geoff must find a new partner so Alex can make the team. This help comes from the unlikeliest of sources in Brad, a juvenile delinquent.
Hungry for adventure? In partnership with Into Film, the British Council created a brand new compilation of the best UK shorts out there!
Discover colorful characters, whether they’re on the moon, at sea or flying high in the sky!
BLOOD OF THE BEAR
Lottie Kingslake, 5 minutes
A young boy’s encounter with a great white bear helps him to come to terms with his father’s illness.
BOUDICA A NORFOLK STORY
Emma Calder, 5 minutes
Set against beautiful watercolours of Norfolk, the film looks at Boudica the woman, what motivated her to keep her freedom and what her story means to us now.
HANNAH AND THE MOON
Kate Charter, 6 minutes
A lonely little girl who yearns for somebody to talk to begins to confide in the moon from her bedroom window each night. However, when a cloudy evening obscures her view, she ventures out into the garden to find her skyward friend.
HIGH ABOVE THE SKY
Kim Noce & Shaun Clark, 3 minutes
Little Leo helps himself to a jar of sweeties in the supermarket. His Dad tells him off so he goes on the run. However when he finds himself heading for the moon, he starts to wish he'd never been naughty.
Jonathan Hopkins, 6 minutes
The Colosseum, ancient Rome. Enormous, armour-clad gladiators eagerly await their turn to fight and die an honourable death in front of a bloodthirsty crowd. All that is, except for MINIMUS, the weediest gladiator in history. Ill equipped for combat, Minimus is freaking out big time, but can he overcome his fear and meet a hero’s end?
Kirstina Yee, 13 minutes
It's 1909, and the whole world is waking to the possibilities of flight. Miss Todd dreams of flying, but she's got more than gravity holding her down. This is the story of her determination, her perseverance, and her passion.
Robert Grieves, 6 minutes
The idyllic world of two artisan stallholders is invaded by a devious fast-food vendor. The ferocious turf war that follows provokes life changing events resulting in one delicious discovery!
THE PIRATES OF RABBIT DOLL ISLAND
Big Voice, 3 minutes
The two rival clans of ‘Rabbit Doll Island’ are brought together when the dinosaurs of ‘The Lost World’ steal the exclusive pie jewel, threatening the future existence of their island.
Paul Hill, 2 minutes
The sun has come out to play. Run for you lives!
Kami and Saul, 3 minutes
Music video for The Staves, produced at Aardmann.