Festinema Junior is an annual nationwide French film festival and educational program designed for children and adolescents, created by the Alliance Française network in the U.S. It is part of Kids Trail, a program initiated by the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the U.S. and the FACE Foundation. Now in its 6th year, this complimentary event is an opportunity to inspire learning and understanding of international cultures through cinema.
This unique opportunity offers students of all ages and socioeconomic status to expand their international horizons through cinema and culture.
The Festinema Junior program has four goals across the United States:
1. Introduce young audiences to world cinema and international cultures.
2. Integrate film as a teaching tool in the classroom.
3. Offer children of all backgrounds, status and origins an opportunity to see a foreign language film in a theater.
4. Teach young people to think critically in their film analysis.
The Alliance Francaise network provides the participating school with educational portfolios for each film, which include pre-screening and post-screening activities.
Across the country, 25 chapters and a projected 12,000 students will participate in the festival. In New Orleans this year, there will be 14 screening for more than 2000 students.
The Institut Français, the French Cultural Services of the Embassy in the US, the Délégation Générale of the Alliance Française in the US, TV5 Monde, Kids Trail and FACE Foundation are the main sponsors of this Festival.
Festinema will open in New Orleans on March 20th, with screenings for children from March 21st to April 13th.