Embers Children’s Film Festival 2019: 4th – 6th October 2019

Embers Children's Film Festival returns for a third year to Ballina Arts Centre

Embers Children's Film Festival

Embers Children’s Film Festival; 4th – 6th October 2019

Embers Children’s Film Festival returns for its third year with a programme of films from all over the world with something for children of all ages in Ballina Arts Centre.

Curated by Sara English, the programme includes live-action and animation films, shorts and features. Please note: the age certifications are given for each screening.

Friday, 4th October 2019

‘March Of The Penguins’ (Schools Screening) 11amMarch of The Penguins - 4th October 2019, 11am

Director: Luc Jacquet / 2005 / 80 mins / Cert: U.

Every autumn, the emperor penguins of Antarctica leave the ocean to walk to their breeding grounds. To feed the resulting chick, both parents must make the same long arduous journey repeatedly, for months. Narrated by Morgan Freeman.

Admission: €5 per person


Saturday, 5th October 2019

 'Shorts For Middle Ones' 5th October 11am‘Shorts For Middle Ones’ 11am

Director: Various / 2016-17 / Various / 60 mins / Cert: PG)

A mix of both live action and animation, these short films from around the world have something for everyone, including a new canine superhero, a Parisian restaurant with a truly unique menu and a pair of budgerigars who discover their freedom… Please note: These films are for  8+. Younger children may find some sequences scary.

Admission: €5 per person

We're Going On A Bear Hunt 5th October 1pm‘We’re Going On A Bear Hunt’, 1pm

Director: Joanna Harrison and Robin Shaw / 2016/ 30 mins / Cert: U

Based on the children’s book by Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury, this hand-drawn animation follows the adventures of a family who one day decide to go on an expedition to find bears.

Admission: €5 per person

Lu Over The Wall 5th October 3pm‘Lu Over The Wall’ 3pm

Director: Masaaki Yuasa / 2017 / Japan /112 mins / Cert: PG

Starring: Kanon Tani, Shota Shimoda, Shin’ichi Shinohara. Language: English.

From visionary anime auteur Masaaki Yuasa, comes a joyously hallucinogenic but family-friendly take on the classic fairy tale about a little mermaid who comes ashore to join a middle-school rock band and propel them to fame.

Admission: €5 per person

Sunday, 6th October 2019

The Big Bad Fox And Other Tales 6th October 1pm‘The Big Bad Fox And Other Tales’, 1pm

Director: Patrick Imbert, Benjamin Renner / 2018 / France, Belgium / 83 mins / Cert: .

The countryside isn’t always as calm and peaceful as it’s made out to be, and the animals on this farm are particularly agitated: a fox who mothers a family of chicks, a rabbit who plays the stork, and a duck who wants to be Santa Claus.

Admission: €5 per person


Kubo and the Two Strings 6th October 3pm‘Kubo And The Two Strings’, 3pm

Director: Travis Knight / 2016 / 102 mins / Cert: PG.

Wielding a magical shamisen (a Japanese stringed instrument) and accompanied by a snow monkey and beetle, a young boy must subdue his power-hungry grandfather, the Moon King, who is responsible for stealing his left eye.

Admission: €5 per person


Long Way North 6th October 6pm‘Long Way North’, 6pm

Director: Rémi Chayé / 2015 / France, Denmark / 82 mins / Cert: PG

Featuring the voices of: Christa Théret, Féodor Atkine, Antony Hickling

Set in 1892, this animated adventure follows 15-year-old aristocrat Sasha as she leaves behind her comfortable Saint Petersburg life in the hopes of tracking down and saving her beloved grandfather, a famous explorer who has gone missing near the North Pole.

Directed by Rémi Chayé (The Story of Kells) and produced by Claus Toksvig Kjaer (Song of the Sea), this is a beautiful animation with a strong young female lead character.

Admission: €5 per person


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