The BAMkids Film Festival returns for its 14th year on February 4 and 5. With 73 films from 26 countries, the festival offers Q&As with filmmakers, music performances, puppet shows, kid friendly food and more for the little cinephiles in our lives. This year's program includes four Norwegian titles. The films will be screened at BAM Rose Cinemas near Peter Jay Sharp Building at 30 Lafayette Avenue, Brooklyn.
Elias and the Treasure of the Sea is a musical adventure about bravery, friendship and conservation. A plucky young rescue boat named Elias is on a mission. He needs to make sure his village of Cozy Cove catches enough fish this season. But obstacles arise when the Polar Queen arrives from mega corporation Polar Harbor Fishybusiness. She and her fleet of sleek, modern fishing boats soon outfish the good-hearted boats of Cozy Cove. Will Elias find a way to save his town? The animated feature is directed by Lise I. Osvoll and you can watch it on Saturday February 4 at 10.30 am.
The Young Detectives: “Mirror to the Past” is part of the shorts program at BAMkids Film Festival. It tells the story of Carmen and the young detectives, who spring into action when a little girl's teddy bear goes missing. The short film is directed by Nefise Özkal Lorentzen and will be screened under the heading "Who Knew?", which features 11 films from nine countries. You can watch it on Sunday February 5 at 2 pm.
Happiness: Jump is an animated short film with the following message: "Everything is more fun when you can jump around!" The film is directed by Yngvild Flikke and grouped with 11 shorts from eight countries. The "Let's Play!" program will be screened on Saturday February 4 at 10 am and 12 pm, and it gives you the opportunity to have fun with adorable characters from around the world.
Happiness: Draw is another animated short film by Yngvild Flikke, which shows how drawing becomes a magical exercise for a young boy. The film is included in the "Friends Forever" program, which is screened on Sunday February 5 at 10 am and 12 pm. Its message? "Wherever we go and whatever we do, we're happiest with our friends."