Our Fantastic Flix strand for mini movie fans is back for its fourth year with feature films, shorts, workshops, and fantastic guests
The 2019 programme brings movie magic to young audiences while celebrating difference and diversity in film: Belgian film Rosie & Moussa looks at embracing multiculturalism; Kenyan film Rafiki is a gorgeous LGBT film whch shows how love can bloom even in difficult circumstances; and German film This Crazy Heart portrays how adversity can be overcome through friendship.
Bo Burnham visits the festival with his acclaimed directorial debut Eighth Grade, while Joe Cornish (Attack the Block, Ant-Man, The Adventures of Tintin) writes and directs epic adventure The Kid Who Would be King, and will attend Virgin Media DIFF for a special Q&A and workshop.
To mark the 40th anniversary of The Muppet Movie, the classic road-trip comedy will play in five cinemas across the city, giving parents a nostalgia hit and introducing a whole new generation to the adventures of Kermit, Miss Piggy, Gonzo and friends.
Another special event will be a family screening of the great Charlie Chaplin’s timeless classic The Kid, accompanied by a live musical score from acclaimed pianist Maud Nelissen.
Parents and kids alike are sure to enjoy Mia And The White Lion, about a young girl who befriends a lion cub, and then runs away with him to prevent his sale into the trophy-hunting business. In Land Of Glass, 13 year old Jas discovers elves on the run from sinister forces at the bottom of his garden and finds himself racing to find his new friends.
Fantastic Flix 2019 again features workshops to take you behind the scenes of the magic of the movies. Kids aged 5-7 years will have the chance to create a soundtrack to short film at Music in Film Workshop with Morgan Cooke; 8-12 year olds can take part in the Lego Animation Workshops; while budding filmmakers aged 8-12 years can get behind the lens with a Directing for the Screen Workshop with IFTA and Emmy award winning Director Dearbhla Walsh.
Careers in Screen Day returns to offer an inspiring and innovative programme for young people from 15-18 years old who are interested in finding out more about working in the film industry.