Sparks Junior for children aged 9+ aims to spark a passion for the medium of short film, inviting young audiences to discover the world of cinema. The selection of serious, amusing, and exciting works inspires discussion and offers families an ideal introduction to the universe of short films.
Piotr Chmielewski / Poland 2022 / 8'42" / DCP / colour / no dialogue / Ani
In this film we take the perspective of a crab and through its eyes and ears we discover the world it lives in. Animals are our silent companions; they have witnessed the greatest achievements and worst failures of humankind. They live their lives parallel to ours – they serve as our food and our tools. Or, in the best case, we just don’t notice them. What will happen if we try to take their perspective? What could events that we know from history lessons look like through the eyes of the animals who witnessed them?
Santiago Ráfales / Spain 2022 / 19' / DCP / colour / Catalan / Fic
Biel and Sara are ten years old and enjoying the last few days of summer. However, everything changes when their friendship is put to the test in a game. The world that Biel thought he had under control will fall apart, and he will no longer know what to think or feel.
Anne Lucas / Germany 2022 / 3'21" / DCP / colour / no dialogue / Exp/Ani
The film begins with a stereotypical factory setting that evolves into an increasingly strange production system.
Wouter Keijzer / Netherlands 2022 / 13'37" / DCP / colour / Dutch / Fic
Ten year old Fynn believes she’s old and cool enough to start hanging out on the corner. Together with her best friends, Diego and Ap, she makes plans to go to the perfect spot in the neighbourhood. But when things don’t go the way she has planned, she’ll have to figure out her place on the streets, literally and figuratively.
Osman Cerfon / France 2023 / 4'41" / DCP / colour / no dialogue / Ani
Aaaah! is a cry of pain, surprise, fear, joy, songs, grumbling, laughter, anger… Aaaah! is the expression with which children, these primal and innocent beings, experience life in a community, framed by the whistles of adults.
Justine Martin / Canada 2022 / 14'10" / DCP / colour / French / Doc
At the dawn of their teenage years, twins Raphaël and Rémi see their attachment crumble as one of them, suffering from an increasingly obvious disability, remains a prisoner of childhood. During one last summer surrounded by nature, time seems to want to stand still.