Screenies is a new international film and media festival for children. The brainchild of NZ Children’s Screen Trust’s Janette Howe, the idea has been in development for a while and was formerly travelling as Pipikids. It’s part of Howe’s efforts to see more quality screen content made and made available for local kids.
The inaugural edition of the festival will run in Auckland on the late October Labour Day weekend.
Screenies offers three international features plus programmes of shorts from overseas. All premiered in the last year or so, the features named are Nina Jacuso’s Canadian Shana: The Wolf’s Music, Arend Agthe’s German My Friend Raffi and Gioia Smid’s Dutch Pim & Pom: The Big Adventure.
One NZ shorts collection plays in the festival, a programme of Margaret Mahy short stories animated by Euan Frizzell including The Boy with Two Shadows , Great White Man Eating Shark, Keeping House, The Three Legged Cat and The Witch in the Cherry Tree.
The festival, which will include activities other than screenings, announced its programme yesterday.
Screenies Children’s International Film Festival runs 22 – 25 October at TAPAC, Auckland. Ticket sales open next week.