These 9 films from 7 different countries have been chosen especially for children aged 8 and upwards and include themes such as otherness, friendship and tolerance.
Here you will meet charismatic characters such as a magical mother and daughter who are attempting to uncover the secrets of creation and use their divine powers to bring an entirely new future into being, the football-obsessed boy who’s opponent is a cheeky goose, a child with an overflowing imagination, and many others in a series of stunning visuals showing that animation is the best tool to transform the everyday into the magical.
These are films for the young but also the young at heart with several laugh-out-loud moments alongside tales that tug at the heart-strings and that speak a universal language.
Running time: 83 mins
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A young boy dreams of becoming a professional footballer and playing in the biggest stadiums, but before he can do this he has to win a match in a little yard, against a goose.
Czech Republic, France 2023 Dir: Jan Mika 12 min
A young boy candidly recalls the spring day when his world turned upside down. A charming examination of bereavement and coping with the loss of a parent, told through the eyes of a child.
Canada, France 2023 Dir: Janice Nadeau 9 min
On a prairie millions of miles from home a grumpy space farmer is having trouble with one of her hive: a robot bee called Buzz that keeps going rogue.
UK 2022 Dir: Bryn Chainey, Andrew Brand 10 min
Town Hall Square
A short film about an unexpected visitor, annoying radio songs and the lust for life!
Germany 2023 Dir: Christian Kaufmann 9 min
In a Mayan village, the Shaman casts a spell on a goat and sends it to another village on the other side of the valley, their ancestral rivals.
France 2022 Dir: Marylou Bort, Mathilde Bourges, Hugo Florin, Jeremy Guibert, Valentine Miniot, Vincent Nogues, Axel Prukop, Pierre Segonds 7 min
Suzie in the garden
Suzie loves going with her parents to the garden allotment outside the city, where she discovers a world full of small wonders and natural beauty.
Czech Republic, Slovakia 2022 Dir: Lucie Sunková 13 min
Based on a true story about gender identity, Little League Baseball, the people who inspire change by trying to be themselves, and the superheros who allow that change to happen.
USA 2022 Dir: Bret Parker 7 min
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The adventures of two fun loving idiots.
UK 2022 Dir: Rich Webber 4 min
Floating through the universe in her gourd-shaped home, young Enkai just wants to spend time with her single mother, Shiro, a cosmic deity who works all the time in the demanding job of saving the Earth from man-made destruction.
Kenya, UK 2023 Dir: Ng'endo Mukii 12 min
Barbican Cinema 2 & 3 are located on Beech Street, a short walk from the Barbican’s Silk Street entrance. From Silk Street, you’ll see a zebra crossing that will take you across the road to the venue.
The Barbican is widely accessible by bus, tube, train and by foot or bicycle. Plan your journey and find more route information in ‘Your Visit’ or book your car parking space in advance.
Cinemas 2 & 3 are located at Beech Street, a short walk from the Barbican Centre’s main Silk Street entrance. There are a couple of steep, dropped kerbs and an incline to negotiate between the two sites. Level access from Beech Street.
Each auditorium has three permanent wheelchair spaces (two in the third row and one in the front row) and 153 fixed seats with capacity for a further three spaces in the front row. Access to each auditorium is up a ramp. There are also a number of seats with step-free access.
Assistance dogs may be taken into the cinema – please tell us when booking to ensure your seat has enough space. If you prefer, you may leave your dog with a member of the foyer staff during the performance.
An infrared system for hard of hearing customers is provided in each auditorium; headsets or neck loops can be collected from foyer staff. The ticket desk counter is fitted with an induction loop.
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