Our annual festival From Europe With Love celebrates children's stories and films from all over Europe. Over two days in March we had a packed programme with 10 short animations, 3 feature films, and live online workshops from artists across the continent.
We created a package of films and workshops that were available to stream on our Vimeo channel and via our Padlet channel. See below for the 2021 programme:
DOUBLE TROUBLE (TARAPATY)
This action packed film will have you on the edge of your seat. A young girl, her new friend and his dog try to find a long-lost Picasso painting in an abandoned house before a gang of burglars seize it.
Live Action, Marta Karwowska; 2017, 1hr 25min
Recommended ages: 6+
In Polish with English subtitles
This wonderful animation from the makers of A Cat In Paris is a treat for all the family. Set in New York it tells the story of a boy with special powers who must help a wheelchair-bound policeman in his attempt to nab a notorious criminal.
Animation, Jean-Loup Felicioli, Alain Gagnol; 2015, 1hr 24min
Recommended ages: 8+ PG
A musical film about discovering your roots, Sing Song follows teenager Jasmine as she is invited back to her home country Suriname to compete in a song contest.
Live Action, Mischa Kamp; 2017, 1hr 36mins
Recommended ages: 8+
In Dutch with English subtitles
SHORT ANIMATIONS Programme One
Part one of two specially selected short animation programmes from the London International Animation Film Festival. This hilarious programme meets a host of entertaining characters including a young wolf, a friendly witch and an amorous lightning bolt and will leave you in stitches.
SHORTS France, Germany, Russia
Recommended ages: all ages
Run Time: 30mins
SHORT ANIMATIONS Programme Two
Part two of our specially selected short animation programmes from the London International Animation Film Festival. Programme Two features a mix of painterly shorts bringing us close to nature; diving deep into the sea, hiding in trees and singing with the birds.
SHORTS Czech Republic, Hungary, Ireland, Germany, Switzerland
Recommended ages: all ages
Run Time: 30mins
SHADOW DOODLES/LIVE WORKSHOP
Belgian director Vincent Bal unveiled the art of shadowology, illuminating the treasures hidden in the shadows of everyday objects. In his hands, a square of chocolate becomes an accordion, a glass transforms into a swimming pool and a spring turns into rain. During the workshop Vincent showed us how to create highly original and quirky images. Vincent’s new short film Sea Shadow was also available to watch during the festival.
MY NEIGHBOUR TOTORO DRAWING/LIVE WORKSHOP
Lucy McGeown from London Drawing Group demonstrated how to draw the magnificent Studio Ghibli characters from My Neighbour Totoro. In this class Lucy guided us step by step in drawing the classic scene when Totoro, waiting for the bus in the rain, meets young Satsuki for the first time.
BAKE-ALONG WITH SUZI
We made delicious little French financiers in this fun bake-along workshop with pastry chef Suzi Mahon from E5 Bakehouse. She took us through an easy recipe suitable for all levels of experience and sharing her top tips from working as a pastry chef in Paris and London.
IRISH FOLKTALE STORYTELLING
Kate Corkery from Irish/Jamaican duo Spud and Yam told the story of ‘Hairy Roachy’ in a pre-recorded performance specially for the festival at Beckenham Place Mansion, London. Based on an Irish folk tale the story follows three sisters as they journey to seek their fortune across Ireland, France and Spain. They have many hair raising adventures along the way and finally realise what it takes to make them happy ever after.
GIFTASTIC - MAKE YOUR OWN GIFS
In this workshop with London-based graphic designer Devi Acharya, participants learnt the basics of making a 6-frame gif using freely available software online. From simple hand-drawn designs to combining digital graphics and photography, participants created three eye-catching gifs that expressed their personality, perfect for sharing with friends.
FILM POSTER COLLAGE WORKSHOP
Inspired by Russian film posters such as Man With A Movie Camera (Dziga Vertov, 1929) this fun workshop video encouraged participants to make their own masterpiece film poster from newspaper and magazine cut-outs. With thanks to Laura Kloss from Lightbox Cinema.
ANIMATING WITH SAND (OR HOW TO TURN YOUR FRIEND INTO A MER-PERSON!)
In this workshop animator and illustrator Sasha Langford revealed the best ways to make a life-sized animation with friends using stop-motion animation techniques.