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Feast of films for children this summer


A singing cricket, dancing monkeys, Robbie the Reindeer, walking vegetables and cuddly bears are among the array of characters to be featured in the International Children Film Carnival at the annual International Arts Carnival this summer.

Presented by the Film Programmes Office of the Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD), the Carnival will show educational films as well as those that are just plain fun. Feature films from Germany, China, Korea, Brazil and Sweden will be on the menu as well as animations and shorts from around the world.

The screenings will take place at the Lecture Hall of the Hong Kong Space Museum, the Lecture Hall of the Hong Kong Science Museum and the Cinema of the Hong Kong Film Archive from July 26 to August 24.

Two German children films will be shown -- Kiss Me, Frog and The Slurb. Kiss Me, Frog features a frog prince trying to break a cruel magic spell, while The Slurb tells the tale of an impish redhead with magic powers who injects some life into a shy umbrella maker's life.

Brazilian film The Happy Cricket follows the adventures of a singing cricket who fights against the ambitious lizard who has banned music in the Amazon rain forest.

In Hot Boys, young Hui loses the election for class captain to Siu. He vows to beat Siu at other competitions, and eventually the two boys become good friends.

The Way Home tells the story of the relationship between a seven-year-old boy and his 77-year-old mute grandmother in a remote village.

Not to be missed is the award-winning Swedish film, Elina -- the moving story of a nine-year-old girl's fight against prejudice and discrimination. The film won the Crystal Bear Award for Best Feature Film, Kinderfilmfest, Berlin International Film Festival 2003.

The animation section will feature 22 exciting animated films from around the world.

Highlights include the Oscar-nominated Mt. Head, the humorous Iranian work, Bahador, the hilarious Glasses, Japanese adventure film, The Elevator, and fun educational animations such as Christopher, Please Clean Up Your Room and Ludovic - The Snow Gift.

World Shorts comprises four short films from Germany and Denmark. Lotte Primabellarina portrays the story of a little girl striving to realise her dream to learn ballet. Still Around features an eight-year-boy trying to find a spell to attract the attention of his family. In Susanne Sillemann, a magic charm has an unfortunate impact on a little girl, while Kiss Kiss is a cute film about children's love.

Kiss Me, Frog; Hot Boys; Elina; The Happy Cricket and The Slurb have English subtitles while The Way Home is dubbed into Cantonese. All works in the World Animation series and World Shorts are in English or with English subtitles together with a Cantonese introduction.

Tickets priced at $40 are available for sale at all URBTIX outlets. Patrons for the International Children Film Carnival can also enjoy the Arts Care discount scheme. There will be a 20% discount for each purchase of four to seven tickets among all the Arts Care programmes in July and August and a 40% discount for each purchase of eight or more tickets.

The Arts Care Scheme is also applicable to patrons who enjoy existing ticketing concessions such as a 50% discount for full-time students, senior citizens, people with disabilities and Comprehensive Social Security Assistance (CSSA) recipients and a 10% discount for Friends of LCSD performing venues. For reservations, call 2734 9009 or go to

As well as watching the film screenings, youngsters aged 13 to 18 can participate in a Video-making Day Camp at the campus of the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK).

Jointly organised by the LCSD and the CUHK's School of Journalism and Communication, two day-camps will run from July 28 to August 22 with a series of workshops and interactive activities to help participants turn their creative ideas into moving images.

Veterans of the video industry will also share their experience with the participants. The best works will be selected for screening at the Cinema of the Hong Kong Film Archive on August 30 and 31.

The workshops will be conducted in Cantonese with a fee of $1,000 each. The deadline for application is July 14.

Programme details for the film carnival and the video-making day camp can be found in the promotional leaflets or in the International Arts Carnival booklets at all the department's performing venues. Application forms for the Video-making Day Camp can also be downloaded from

For information call 2734 2900 or browse the website at Enquiries on the Video-making Day Camp can also be made on 2609 7522 (CUHK).

End/Tuesday, June 17, 2003

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