ADIFF launches Fantastic Flix Programme for Kids & Families

ADIFF is delighted to announce the return of Fantastic Flix for a second year with an exciting line-up of films for young people alongside a very special visit from beloved children’s author, Dame Jacqueline Wilson and a special Festival Preview of The LEGO® Batman Movie.

There’s plenty to choose from for children and young people aged 4 - 16 including films from around the world, workshops, short film selections and special events. 

Taking place in cinemas and venues across Dublin including the Light House Cinema, Movies@Swords, Movies@Dundrum, Omniplex Rathmines and The Ark, Fantastic Flix will run from 4 - 25 February as part of ADIFF 2017.

For details about the Fantastic Flix film programme see here.
For schools bookings see here. 
For details about Fantastic Flix workshops, see here

Sarah Ahern, Fantastic Flix Programmer said:
"It is with great excitement that we share this year's Fantastic Flix with young audiences. I am thrilled to announce Dame Jacqueline Wilson's visit to Dublin to celebrate her work and the films that have inspired her. From “Tracy Beaker” to "Illustrated Mum" and "Hetty Feather," Jacqueline has made an unforgettable impression on the childhood of many. Throughout the rest of the programme you will find a host of international cinema from acclaimed animations, to adventurous scamps, magical Ice Queens, to friendly beasts. I hope you will find something to keep you entertained. We are also delighted to have our very first Children's Jury, as well as a range of special events and workshops."

Highlights of the programme include The LEGO® Batman Movie for all the family. Older children will enjoy a preview of Michaël Dudok de Wit’s Cannes prize-winning The Red Turtle (10+), a strange and enchanting story of the mysterious visitor to a man on a desert island that is imbued with the distinctive style of co-producers Studio Ghibli; and Kai (10+), the Korean animation that tells the story of young Kai fighting to save his village from the evil snow Queen Hattan.

Treats for youngsters include Snowtime! (4+), a hit Canadian animation that captures the excitement of one village’s massive snowball fight; the brilliant stop-motion animation Louis & Luca – The Big Cheese Race (5+); Zip & Zap and the Captain’s Island (8+), a story of two brothers stuck on a peculiar island where mischief occurs; and Abulele (8+) that tells of one boy discovering an enormous, furry abulele monster of an ancient legend in his own apartment building.

Growing up into adulthood can be an emotional rollercoaster ride for teenagers, the growing pains on the journey to self-discovery are captured brilliantly in weird and wonderfully edgy Australian drama Girl Asleep (15+).

For those wanting to get some hands-on film experience there’s a trio of terrific workshops being presented in collaboration with The Ark; Foley Workshop: Creating Sounds for the Screen delves into the world of sound effects; Brick Flick’s Lego Animation workshops bring the world’s favourite building blocks to life, and The Breadwinner Storyboard Workshop shows how Oscar-nominated animators Cartoon Saloon go about plotting animated features like their new film The Breadwinner.

Fantastic Flix will be presenting the winning entries of the National Youth Media Awards short Video category. The awards aim to encourage discussion by inviting young people to produce a piece of original content.

Fantastic Flix is introducing a new voice to the festival, the Fantastic Flix Children’s Jury of 11-12 year-olds who will watch, evaluate, and review Fantastic Flix titles from around the world before deciding on one film as the Best Fantastic Flix Film of 2017. Fantastic Flix Children’s Jury is in collaboration with The Ark’s Children’s Council and the Irish Film Classification Office.

Fantastic Flix official venue parters are Movies@Swords, Movies@Dundrum and Omniplex Rathmines. Fantastic Flix partners include IFCO, Channel 4, The Royal Norwegian Embassy in Ireland and The Ark. The Illustrated Mum is a GRANADA MEDIA CHILDREN'S Production for Channel 4 Television.

The Dublin International Film Festival is sponsored by Audi, and funded by The Arts Council and The Irish Film Board. Key partners and funders include hotel partner The Merrion Hotel, print transport partner Wells Cargo, post-production partner Windmill Lane, social listening partners Olytico, official food ordering app Just Eat and media partners, 98FM, The Times & The Sunday Times.