dc labor film fest Kids Euro Festival 2013
October 16–November 13
A European Embassies Arts and Culture Festival

Once again this fall, Washington, DC, will host the Kids Euro Festival, one of the country's largest performing arts festivals for children, with more than 200 free events around the city. The month-long event will be geared to kids ages 2 through 12 and will feature artists in almost every performing genre. Performances, concerts, workshops, movies, storytelling, puppetry, dance, magic, cinema and more. Kids Euro Festival 2013 is presented by the 28 member states of the European Union and organized by the French-American Cultural Foundation in collaboration with more than 30 cultural institutions in the Washington, DC, area. For more information, visit kidseurofestival.org.

Admission is FREE to all Kids Euro Festival events!

Tickets for Kids Euro Festival films at AFI Silver will be available on the day of the show; limit four per person. The box office opens 30 minutes before the first show of the day.


KAUWBOY
2012 Oscar submission for Best Foreign Language Film, Netherlands

One day, ten-year-old Jojo finds a crow he names Jack, and he decides to take care of it–even though his father doesn't want him to. When Jojo's father discovers that Jojo lied to him, they have a huge argument, and Jack flies away. Jojo, saddened, runs away too–but in the end, it is not Jack the crow who comforts Jojo, but his difficult father. Official Selection, 2012 Berlin Film Festival.

DIR/SCR Boudewijn Koole; SCR Jolein Laarman; PROD Wilant Boekelman, Jan van der Zanden. Netherlands, 2012, color, 81 min. In Dutch with English subtitles. For ages nine and up.

Admission is FREE to all Kids Euro Festival events!
Tickets for Kids Euro Festival films at AFI Silver will be available on the day of the show; limit four per person. The box office opens 30 minutes before the first show of the day.

Sat, Oct 19, 11:00 a.m.

GO, EDDY! [Allez, Eddy!]

Eleven-year old Freddy—a cycling fanatic—is the son of a butcher in an idyllic village in the Belgian boondocks. Freddy's isolated life is disrupted when a new supermarket opens, and it sponsors a cycling race to celebrate. Freddy's father, a fierce opponent of the supermarket, doesn't want to hear anything about the race, but Freddy secretly enters. When Freddy wins, a whole new world opens up—not only for Freddy, but for everyone around him.

DIR/SCR Gert Embrechts; PROD Jacqueline de Goeij. Belgium, 2012, color, 100 min. In Dutch with English subtitles. For ages ten and up.


Admission is FREE to all Kids Euro Festival events!
Tickets for Kids Euro Festival films at AFI Silver will be available on the day of the show; limit four per person. The box office opens 30 minutes before the first show of the day.

Sat, Oct 26, 11:00 a.m.


LOTTE AND THE MOONSTONE SECRET [Lotte ja kuukivi saladus]

One night two strangers creep into Gadgetville, searching for a suitcase belonging to the explorer dog Klaus. But girl puppy Lotte surprises the invaders, and they run away, dropping a yellow stone they had taken from the suitcase. Klaus found three stones on his last journey into the mountains, and he gave the other two stones to his dog friends Fred and Ville. Lotte soon discovers that this is not an ordinary stone–there is a complicated mechanism inside it. So Klaus and Lotte decide to find Fred and Ville, get the other two stones, and solve the mystery of what the stones are – but they won't be making their journey alone...

DIR/SCR Heiki Ernits, Janno Põldma; SCR Andrus Kivirähk; PROD Riina Sildos, Kalev Tamm. Estonia/Latvia, 2011, color, 75 min. For ages three to eight.

Preceded by:

CAT IN THE BAG, in 3-D! A small grey and white cat who likes nothing better than relaxing in his comfy house suddenly finds himself trapped in a bag, somewhere out on the street, and all alone. How will he get home, and who will he meet along the way?
DIR/SCR Kils Skapans. Latvia/Estonia, color, 7 min. For all ages.


Admission is FREE to all Kids Euro Festival events!
Tickets for Kids Euro Festival films at AFI Silver will be available on the day of the show; limit four per person. The box office opens 30 minutes before the first show of the day.

Sun, Oct 27, 11:00 a.m.


Little Animated Doodles Meet the Artists: PDA Films

With the guidance of PDA films, children all over the world narrate and create beautifully-made short films that retell their stories and their views of a particular social, economic, and cultural issue. The master class will consist on the screening of five short animated movies, a discussion and a live presentation, with audience participation, on some of the techniques that they'll work on with the children the following week. All of the films have subtitles in English. All are in Spanish, except A NEW CHINESE TALE. For all ages.

THE CHILDREN FROM THE AYLLU [Los hijos del Ayllu]. Spain/Peru. DIR Natalia Pérez, Mario Torrecillas.

THE CHILDREN FROM THE BATEY [Los niños del Batey]. Spain/Dominican Republic. DIR Mario Torrecillas, David Borrull.

THE HOME [El Hogar]. Spain/Guatemala. DIR Mario Torrecillas.

A NEW CHINESE TALE [Un Nuevo Cuento Chino]. Spain/China. DIR David Borrull, Mario Torrecillas.

THE ONE THAT BURNED TRASH CANS [El Quemapapeleras]. Spain. DIR Tyto Alba, Mario Torrecillas.


Admission is FREE to all Kids Euro Festival events!
Tickets for Kids Euro Festival films at AFI Silver will be available on the day of the show; limit four per person. The box office opens 30 minutes before the first show of the day.

Sat, Nov 2, 11:00 a.m.


ERNEST & CELESTINE [Ernest et Célestine]

Everyone knows that a mouse and a bear can't be friends... Or can they? Based on the children's books of the same name, ERNEST & CÉLESTINE is a charming tale of the true meaning of friendship and understanding. Célestine is a tiny orphan mouse living beneath the streets of France who one day finds herself trapped in a trash bin. Big Ernest the bear, looking for something to eat, finds Célestine and almost swallows her—but she convinces him they could make a good team. And they do—until it's revealed the two worked together to help each other, and they are run out of town. Official Selection, 2012 Cannes and Toronto Film Festivals.

DIR Stéphane Aubier, Vincent Patar, Benjamin Renner; SCR Daniel Pennac; PROD Didier Brunner, Henri Magalon, Vincent Tavier. Luxembourg/France, 2012, color, 80 min, DCP. In French with English subtitles. For ages three and up.


Admission is FREE to all Kids Euro Festival events!
Tickets for Kids Euro Festival films at AFI Silver will be available on the day of the show; limit four per person. The box office opens 30 minutes before the first show of the day.

Sun, Nov 3, 11:00 a.m.


WINDSTORM [Ostwind - Zusammen sind wir frei]

The fierce stallion Windstorm is too wild to be anyone's friend. But Mika, a lonely and unhappy girl, sent to her grandmother's farm for the summer, may just discover her true passion and talent: she's a horse whisperer and can speak the language of horses. Will she manage, against all odds, to tame Windstorm?

DIR Katja von Garnier; SCR Kristina Magdalena Henn, Lea Schmidbauer; PROD Ewa Karlström; Andreas Ulmke-Smeaton. Germany, 2013, color, 105 min. In German with English subtitles. For all ages.


Admission is FREE to all Kids Euro Festival events!
Tickets for Kids Euro Festival films at AFI Silver will be available on the day of the show; limit four per person. The box office opens 30 minutes before the first show of the day.

Fri, Nov 8, 5:15


SNOWFLAKE, THE WHITE GORILLA [Floquet de Neu]

Snowflake, the only white gorilla in the world, arrives at his new home: the Barcelona Zoo. All the zoo visitors are very curious because they've never seen a white gorilla, but the other gorillas don't want anything to do with Snowflake. Without any new friends, Snowflake is sad—until he hears that the famous Witch of the North is visiting the city. Hopeful that she can give him a potion to turn him into an ordinary black gorilla, Snowflake goes off in search of the Witch. But outside the safe walls of the zoo, danger awaits—Luc e Sac, an evil gremlin, wants to trap Snowflake, because only the heart of a white gorilla can cure him of his bad luck. Will Snowflake escape?

DIR Andrés G. Schaer; SCR Amélia Mora, Albert Val; PROD Julio Fernández. Spain, 2011, color, 86 min. For ages seven and up.


Admission is FREE to all Kids Euro Festival events!
Tickets for Kids Euro Festival films at AFI Silver will be available on the day of the show; limit four per person. The box office opens 30 minutes before the first show of the day.

Sat, Nov 9, 11:00 a.m.


A HORSE ON THE BALCONY [Das Pferd auf dem Balkon]
Q&A with actor Enzo Gaier (Mika) after the film!

For ten-year-old Mika (Enzo Gaier), things do not go quite as expected on the day he discovers a horse on his neighbor's balcony. Mika is suddenly embroiled in an adventure involving an Indian princess, a hapless gambler, and—of course!—a horse. While Mika is pretty confused by all these strange developments, he aims to get it all sorted out by Christmas Eve.

DIR Hüseyin Tabak; SCR Milan Dor, Milo Dor; PROD Katja Dor-Helmer. Austria, 2012, color, 90 min. In German with English subtitles. For ages eight and up.


Admission is FREE to all Kids Euro Festival events!
Tickets for Kids Euro Festival films at AFI Silver will be available on the day of the show; limit four per person. The box office opens 30 minutes before the first show of the day.

Sun, Nov 10, 11:00 a.m.