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Bib For Kids – The First Among The Youngest!

Bib for Kids – Zagreb Film Festival's special program intended for elementary schoolchildren – was launched in 2007 with the aim to improve the film program for schoolchildren. It was a pioneer's aim, in a way. Today, after five years of existence, it has become a brand in its own right. The can be seen from the fact that, early in September, numerous teachers from various Zagreb schools rushed to call my dear assistant Sanja's phone in order to get the best seats for their school kids! And it's only logical: in the past four years, more than 12,000 overjoyed kids hungry for good films saw Bib for Kids screenings. Twenty films from all over the world were shown so far: from German and Finnish hits to somewhat exotic films from Israel and India. Zagreb kids have had an opportunity to see truly diverse film stories: adventure, action comedies, adaptations of bestsellers and many other things.

This year's program of Bib for Kids is by no means inferior to previous years: from Finland – the home of Santa Clause – comes 'Ricky the Rapper and Bicycle Thief'. This biggest box office success in Finland in 2010 is a sequel to the big hit that stormed Bib for Kids two years ago! The neighboring Slovenia also has its favorite: 'Going Our Way' – the top-grossing Slovenian film in the past twenty years (!) is a scout comedy capturing the natural beauties of Triglav National Park, children's sincerity, humor and optimism! Another ace up our sleeve comes from Sweden: 'Thousand Times Stronger' is a story that introduces changes in the traditional cast of boys and girls. As Scandinavia is obviously in charge this year, Norwegian ‘The Liverpool Goalie' is joining this trio. It is an irresistible comedy about bullying as a burning issue among the schoolchildren of today. This year's novelty in Bib for Kids are short films. They come from four countries (Finland, Turkey, Romania and Croatia) but their common denominator is the same: children's friendships, relations with parents, meeting different cultures etc. Short and sweet as they are, their purpose is not only to entertain, but also to educate! The idea is to familiarize the youngest generations with short films, because they are usually used to children's feature-length films only (regardless of exceptions).

Same as last year, Bib for Kids will be taking place in two venues – which is advantageous for the schools located outside downtown area. Beyond doubt, Cinema Europa and the Modern of Contemporary Art  will be the first choice of our youngest viewers when the time comes!

Marija Ratković,
Bib for Kids Coordinator

Marija Ratković

 

THE PROGRAM IS GOING TO BE SHOWN AT THE EUROPA CINEMA AND MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART