Adventures for the youngest film fans among us. Meet a cute piglet, a witch and her animal friends, a playful mouse on a mission and many other colourful characters. Make sure not to miss the Kidsproof opening gala and the Kidsproof Sunday!
Film Fest Gent gladly helps you select your favourite films from our programme. Via Sections & Tags you can find out which films suit you best. The section Kidsproof offers a selection for the youngest film fans and their companions.
Kidsproof Gala (12 October - 13:30)
The premiere of Knor will be celebrated with a Kidsproof Gala. Young film fans will be welcomed on the red carpet like real film stars, and afterwards they will be among the very first to see this stop-motion film on the big screen. Moreover, the makers of the film will travel to Ghent especially to personally introduce Knor to the young film audience. Afterwards they can discover the wonderful world of special effects with the life-size XL Greenkey Installation by JEF.
Red Carpet | 13:00
Film | 14:30
Meet & Greet | 15:30
Experience the set of a film with the XL Greenkey! | 13:00 & 16:00
Knor (6+, spoken in Dutch)
Who will be King Sausage of the Century? That is the key question during the sausage competition in Mascha Halberstad's debut. Nine-year-old Babs lives in a typical Dutch dike village with her bored dad and her convinced vegetarian mum, and receives the piglet Knor as a present from grandpa Tuitjes, who has returned from the States. (A tasty detail: Grandpa is a traditional sausage-maker who got into a fight with a fellow butcher a long time ago and now has secret plans.
Babs is crazy about Knor, but he has to obtain his puppy diploma to stay with the family. After the award-winning Munya in mij (2013) and an animation clip for The Prodigy, Halberstad impresses again with her typical, frayed silicone puppets. Knor - based on the children's book by Tosca Menten - is an endearing adventure made from a garage that the filmmaker converted into a real animation studio.
Kidsproof Zondag (16 october - 14:00)
On Kidsproof Sunday you can meet the impressive Flemish voice cast, who bring the songs and characters to life with just as much musical talent as the main character: Tine Embrechts, Bent Van Looy, Gloria Monserez, Lucas Van den Eynde, Lotte Villays, Unique Flowers, Molly Baeken and director Arnaud Demuynck will be there to present the film. Afterwards, you can sing along with the songs from the film at the Film Fest Café during a mini-concert by Yuku (Lotte Villays), Eekhoorn (Bent Van Looy) and Vos (Tine Embrechts), among others! And there is much more to do. Immerse yourself in the world of Yuku with the interactive Gamelab by JEF or get into the skin of one of the characters by having yourself made up as one of the animals!
JEF releases Yuku en de Himalayabloem on 19 October in cinemas. Watch the trailer here.
Film | 14:00
Concert | 15:45
Gamelab | 16:00
Yuku en de Himalayabloem (5+, spoken in Dutch)
Yuku, a small and playful mouse, lives with her family in the basement of a castle - where the hungry cat is always lurking around the corner. As the eldest child, Yuku has to guard the food supply, but she would much rather listen to her grandmother, a master storyteller, and one day be able to tell stories herself.
As the end of grandma's life approaches, it is time for Yuku's own story: the search for the eternally luminous Himalayan flower, which grandma can take with her on her 'final journey'. Using her ukulele as a weapon, Yuku sets off on a musical journey where she meets a large rat, a crow, a rabbit, a squirrel and a fox, among others. Filled with catchy rhymes and charming, colourful characters, the first feature by Belgian Arnaud Demuynck (together with Rémi Durin) is an adventurous ode to how stories forever connect us.