Each year, the Sydney Film Festival shines a light on the most inspiring new projects in cinema. From June 6, groundbreaking films will hit screens all over Sydney, tackling huge issues around gender inequality in the film industry, scandal in Australian politics and what it means to be a global citizen in today’s media-dominated world. But these are big questions for little minds so we’ve sifted through the schedule and found a few films that are perfect for budding film buffs.
To introduce the kids to the world of experimental cinema, here are four films to check out.
This Oscar-nominated animation follows the story of 11-year-old Parvana who takes on the identity of a boy in order to support her family when her father is unjustly jailed. Over 200 cartoon artists bring this story of creativity and courage to live.
Sat 9 June – 4:15pm
Sun 17 June – 3pm
Directed by top Sydney animators, Maya the Bee takes on a daring challenge to save her hive. After a run-in with the Empress of Buzztropolis, Maya must win the Honey Games to get back in the good books. Luckily, she has her team of ragtag team of friends to help her through.
Sat 9 June – 2:15pm
Sat 9 June – 2:30pm
Mon 11 June – 12:30pm
Sat 17 June* – 1pm
*This will be a relaxed screening to provide a welcoming environment for children on the autism spectrum, with disabilities or sensory sensitivities.
This heartwarming and painfully adorable story follows five Labrador puppies from birth to graduation as they train to become guide dogs for the blind. The film shines a light on how animal companions can dramatically increase the quality of life for those in needs, and look oh-so-cute doing it.
Sat 9 June – 12:15pm
Mon 11 June – 11am
Mon 11 June – 2:30pm
15+ or with parental supervision
Adapted from the award-winning young adult novel by Margaret Mahy, The Changeover tells a spooky tale of magic and mayhem in post-earthquake Christchurch. Two siblings discover and embrace their own powers to overcome a supernatural villain.
Sat 16 June – 4:30pm
Sun 17 June – 2:45pm
Sun 17 June – 6pm