The Alliance Française network of French-speaking cultural centers presents the 6th annual Festinema Junior, a national French film festival and educational outreach program for children and adolescents, part of Kids Trail, a program initiated by the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the U.S and FACE Foundation.
This unique opportunity offers students of all ages and socioeconomic status to expand their international horizons through cinema and culture.
The Festinema Junior program has four goals across the United States:
1. Introduce young audiences to world cinema and international cultures.
2. Integrate film as a teaching tool in the classroom.
3. Offer children of all backgrounds, status and origins an opportunity to see a foreign language film in a theater.
4. Teach young people to think critically in their film analysis.
All the screenings scheduled are FREE for the participating schools and the Alliance Francaise network provides them with educational portfolios for each film, which include pre-screening and post-screening activities.
This year, the Alliance Française de Denver is leading the organizational efforts of Festinema Junior. Across the country, 25 chapters and a projected 12,000 students will participate in the festival.
Alliance Française de San Diego is proud to be part of Festinema Junior 2019 for the 3rd year consecutive. The screenings of “En sortant de l’école” and “Minga et la cuillère cassée” will be held at the Museum of Photographic Arts in San Diego on March 18 and 19 for San Diego French American School and La Petite Ecole students.
EN SORTANT DE L’ÉCOLE (Collective – 2016) • Audience: 4-6 years old •
“En sortant de l’école” is a collection of animated short films – 3 minute each – which aims at matching poems with the talent and graphic creativity of young directors, just out of French animation schools. The diversity of techniques is the keystone of this project : stop motion, rostrum camera, cutout animation, digital 2D, 3D – “En sortant de l’école” draws on this simple idea : to give these promising directors a free pass so that they can make a name for themselves.
MINGA ET LA CUILLÈRE CASSÉE (Claye Edou – 2017) • Audience: 7-12 years old •
Minga is an orphaned girl living with her stepmother Mami Kaba and her stepsister Abena. One day, when she was washing dishes in the river, she accidentally broke a spoon. A furious Mami Kaba then chased her away from the house, asking her to find the only identical spoon hidden by her late mother. A adventurous journey then begins for Minga in the forest.
The Institut Français, the French Cultural Services of the Embassy in the US, the Délégation Générale of the Alliance Française in the US, TV5 Monde, Kids Trail and FACE Foundation are the main sponsors of this Festival.