Tourist Tip #290 / Children's Film Festival in Tel Aviv

This festival introduces the world - both near and far - to tiny tots, budding teens and everyone in between.

Just because they're not always tall enough to see the screen from movie-theater seats doesn’t mean that kids don't like to go to the cinema. Or that there aren't plenty of movies out there for young'uns and young adults.

Starting Friday, the Tel Aviv Cinematheque has a special treat for child cinephiles: the 9th Tel Aviv International Children's Film Festival.

The almost weeklong festival, running from July 19 to 24, introduces the world – both near and far – to tiny tots, budding teens and everyone in between. Some of the films are based on classic tales, like Pippi Longstocking and "The Jungle Book," while others tackle weightier subjects like one little boy's hyperactivity or another's fraught relationship with his single mom.

There are also several films on the roster that have garnered international acclaim, such as the Oscar-nominated New Zealand picture "Whale Rider" and Martin Scorsese's award-winning "Hugo."

Israeli author David Grossman is attending the screening of "Nono the Zig Zag Kid," a Dutch adaptation of one of his books, and other special guests like the director of the Tokyo Kinder Festival will also be on hand at some of the screenings.

The festival features well-rounded international offerings, but this year's event includes a special focus on the Far East, with a selection of films from India, Japan, Indonesia and China that explore friendship, journeys and simple childhood dreams like eating in a restaurant.

The event also offers a stage – or screen – for junior high and high school students to present their first short films, and the agenda includes family-friendly activities like origami, hand-shadow, and special-effects makeup workshops as well.

There's at least one special offering for adults who came of age in the 1970s and '80s: The film adaptation of Judy Blume's "Tiger Eyes" is sure to provide a throwback to bygone times. Ah, to be young again…

For more information on films and screening times, go to cinema.co.il or download the catalogue here.Tel Aviv Cinemathque, 2 Sprinzak St.
 

Tel Aviv Cinematheque