Cinekid programme complete, online ticket sales have started

Cinekid, the largest children’s media festival in the world, proudly presents the complete programme of the 31st edition. The online ticket sales for the festival have also started today. Cinekid takes place at the Westergasfabriek and The Movies in Amsterdam from 21 to 27 October 2017.

The festival comprises all aspects of the media industry for a young audience and offers, besides high-quality media, workshops and masterclasses where children can try their hand. Cinekid screens hundreds of special movies and TV programmes and, using the most innovative tools, games, installations, media art and apps, presents the highly popular MediaLab.

As last year, children and accompanying adults going to the MediaLab before noon get a discount, with the exception of the masterclasses, which are usually sold out online in no time. The early bird discount has been extended to the film programme this year. All screenings starting before noon are also offered with a discount.


A selection from the 2017 programme:

The Cinekid film programme is more extensive than ever: this year, the festival considered close to 700 films. In previous years, this was less than half. In total, 100 titles will be screened at the festival. Plus, the short is back. In addition to the usual short film programmes such as Dutch Shorts and Best European Short Animation Film, various shorts will be screened prior to the features.

Prominent themes in youth cinema this year are horror and film noir. Not only Next Door Spy, but also Mission Kathmandu: The Adventures of Nelly & Simon and Kidbusters incorporate elements from the detective genre. Movies like The Little Vampire 3D and Zombillenium prove we can’t get enough of the well-known horror myths.

This year we pay attention to special adaptations of famous children’s books. The movies My Giraffe, The Fantastic Family Hotel and The Day My Father Became a Bush are slated, while The Penknife also makes its return to the silver screen. On the occasion of the 25th anniversary of this film, Cinekid presents a special screening, attended by the author of the book, Sjoerd Kuyper. Moreover, Roald Dahl’s book Revolting Rhymes has finally been adapted for the screen. Its Dutch première will take place at Cinekid.

A special section for younger children features adaptations of popular read-aloud books such as I'd Rather Eat a Kid and A Bit Lost.

With great optimism, Cinekid introduces children to the future of the digital world and lets them experiment: the 1200m2 MediaLab brings together all sorts of interactive installations, workshops, masterclasses and games.
In the virtual reality game Bitmap Banshees by artists Geoffrey Lillemon & Anita Fontaine, banshee creatures have taken over Amsterdam. Peddling a real, stationed bike, users have to avoid their

attacks. In Senseless Fairytale Princess, children can literally walk around a digital wonderland. Philip
Schütte made the interactive installation SUN. With the help of a giant bouncy ball, viewers can control the route of the sunset, watching it on a large screen. With Sensorgan, an interactive organ by FRONT404, the senses are stimulated by dreamlike sounds and colourful lights.

During various workshops and masterclasses, children can get cracking. In What if…., children make alternative inventions for a scenario in which the internet does not exist. In More Moji, they devise and create their own emoticons, under the supervision of emoji expert Lilian Stolk.

As in previous years, children can follow masterclasses by famous Dutch people in acting, dubbing, filming, presenting and directing.

The latest TV productions for children are screened at the Cinekid Festival. This year sees the premières of 12 documentaries from Kids & Docs, Zapp Echt Gebeurd and Mensjesrechten. The programme also features the new documentary The little Mo, How a Little Man Can Change the World. In this film, 12-year-old Mo from Leiden wonders about the future of Moroccans in the Netherlands and he discusses the subject with famous Dutch people of this descent.

Beside the popular YouTube Tutorial Show, for the first time a Live Show is scheduled. The successful ‘muser’ Sara Dol tells about her experiences with the app and gives tips & tricks.
Circus Noël, the new Christmas series from the AVROTROS, has its pre-première at Cinekid. After the screening, children can learn all sorts of circus tricks and virtually walk a tightrope in a festive circus tent on the festival terrain. The men of School Magic also put out all the stops with a show full of staggering magic tricks.

Of the popular series The First Years, SpangaS, The Ludwigs and Mister Twister, children attending Cinekid can watch new episodes, with members of the cast in the audience.

The programme section for adults, Cinekid for Professionals, can be found online through This industry section of Cinekid organises the Professionals Conference and other events. A random pick from the programme: Jais Christensen from Lego and David Kleeman from Dubit watch play design through the eyes of a child. Sarah Cox, Creative Director at Aardman, talks about the choices that have to be made in animation. And the founders of animation character Hanazuki, Hanneke Metselaar and Niko Stumpo, reveal how the multinational toy company Hasbro bought up the brand and globally relaunched it in 2017.