Galway UNESCO City of Film, in association with Baboró International Arts Festival for Children, presents a magical spectacle of animated films; Oscar-nominated ‘Amhrán na Mara/Song of the Sea‘ and ‘The Long Way North’.
Embark on a magical and visual journey of animated film with Galway UNESCO City of Film this October during Baboró International Arts Festival for Children, Ireland’s flagship arts festival for children and families. Animation film enthusiasts from children to adults of all ages will be spoilt for choice with Galway UNESCO City of Film’s screenings at this year’s festival. Baboró celebrates its 20th anniversary this year and will present a captivating spectacle like no other, combining forces with Galway’s international UNESCO City of Film to showcase a spellbinding feast of two internationally acclaimed animated films.
Audiences will be enthralled with Galway UNESCO City of Film’s showcase on Monday the 17th of October, screened in association with the UNESCO Child and Family Research Centre at the Institute of Lifecourse and Society at Corrib Village, NUI Galway. At 10am, the Oscar-nominated ‘Amhrán na Mara/Song of the Sea’ invites you to delve into the world of Irish mythology and folklore. This spectacular film tells the story of Ben and his little sister Saoirse, the last Seal-child, who embark on a journey across a fading world of ancient legend and magic in an attempt to return to their home by the sea, taking inspiration from the mythological Selkies of Irish folklore, who live as seals in the sea but become humans on land. This film is suitable for children aged 6 and up, and will be screened as Gaeilge with English subtitles.
Later that afternoon, at 4pm the screening of the animated adventure film ‘The Long Way North’ is certain to wow audiences. This magnificent journey around the world tells the tale of a young Russian aristocrat, who runs away from home in St Petersburg and travels across the globe to the North Pole in a quest to track down the ship of her adventurer grandfather. The film will entrance viewers with its beautiful scenes and colours, from the blurry whiteness of the Arctic to the vibrant chaos of Russia’s St Petersburg. This film is suitable for children aged 8 and up.
Declan Gibbons, Director of Galway City of Film noted “Galway UNESCO City of Film are thrilled to be hosting film screenings as part of the fantastic Baboró festival this year. We are delighted to be presenting these two beautiful animated films to Galway’s young audiences and families alike.”
Aislinn ÓhEocha, Executive Artistic Director of Baboró International Arts Festival for Children commented “We’re delighted to present these two films, together with Galway UNESCO City of Film and UNESCO Child and Family Research Centre, NUI Galway as part of this year’s festival. These screenings are sure to be a big hit with our young audiences, and with growns-ups too.”
Baboró International Arts Festival for Children runs from October 17 to 23 with a seven day spectacle of theatre, dance, music, puppetry, animation and exhibitions in various venues throughout Galway. For more information please visit www.baboro.ie.
For further information on Galway UNESCO City of Film please visit www.galwayfilmcentre.ie/city-of-film/ and #GalwayCityofFilm #CeantarScannán.