For more than a decade, we have been showing intelligent, engaging cinema for young viewers as part of our special children's section, and for the past two years we’ve been getting advice on programming—arranged by the New Horizons Association—from the Kino Dzieci Film Festival, which, this September, will be visiting nearly 20 Polish cities for the fifth time.
The Slovak-Polish co-production Spiders (dir. K. Kerekesova) will be making its premiere in the section: we are going to show several episodes of this animated series, in which the microcosm of spiders exists alongside the human world. There will also be screenings of animations produced by our neighbors: films and series for children from Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. The collection of short films includes the adventures of the Rags from Latvia (Rags on a Swing, Rags in the Bath, Rags' Guessing Games, dir. E. Jansons), the Lotte puppies from Estonia (Lotte Journey South, dir. J. Põldma, H. Ernits) and hedgehogs from Lithuania (Hedgehogs in the City, dir. E. Lacis).
More and more films for children are being made based on beautifully illustrated literary works. "Immersed in books," one of the strong points of the Kino Dzieci program, is something we couldn't be without at New Horizons. Basia is returning to the cinema (dir. M. Wasilewski, Ł. Kacprowicz), i.e., the serial adaptation of five books by Zofia Stanecka and Marianna Oklejak, made by the Smacznego Group, as well as Stick Man and the premiere of The Highway Rat (dir. J. Jaspaert), short animations based on Julia Donaldson's best-selling books.
It's no secret that the Scandinavians can boast of great achievements and a long tradition in the field of children's culture: at New Horizons, we will be showing two Norwegian classics from the Kino Dzieci Film Festival, the elaborate stop-motion animation Louis & Luca - The Big Cheese Race (dir. Rasmus A. Sivertsen) and a part of the film series loved by preschoolers, Karsten and Petra on Safari (dir. Arne Lindtner Næss).
As is tradition, screenings will be accompanied by unconventional art workshops related to the films.