Kids to be screen and not heard in festival’s return

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SOME of the best and most inspirational films for the rising generation are put through the projectors at Sheffield’s Showroom Cinema from tomorrow as Showcomotion Young People’s Film Festival returns.

Running until June 3, the line-up of screenings includes opener The Year Dolly Parton Was My Mum (fancy dress optional with prizes for the best), Griff The Invisible, Maori Boy Genius, My Dad’s A Detective: Witches Paradise, On The Sly and Tigers & Tattoos.

With activities for schools and families also on the agenda, the ethos of the festival remains one of giving young people the opportunity to see films they would not otherwise get to see and to inspire a new generation of filmmakers – with film tickets for under 18s costing just £2 (£3 for adults).

Special preview screenings include Top Cat (Sunday), based on the classic animated TV series, and closing night treat Dr Seuss’ The Lorax, the highly anticipated animated film with the voices of Danny DeVito, Zac Efron and Taylor Swift.

Recent releases include Disney documentary African Cats, beautiful French animation Tales Of The Night, and Sesame Street-themed Being Elmo: A Puppeteer’s Journey.

There’s a rare opportunity to glimpse children’s cinema in Poland with Copernicus’ Star as well a collection of 1960s to ’80s animations.

Showcomotion has teamed up with Bristol Encounters Short Film & Animation Festival to present two selections of short films, encompassing everything from heartbroken mallards, guardian angels and a man with the head of a fish. There will be a free exhibition of Polish puppets, activities and freebies, the Showroom Bar has a special children’s menu and, as part of Sheffield Libraries’ Charles Dickens bicentenary celebrations, Showcomotion has a screening of David Lean’s classic 1948 adaptation of Oliver Twist.

Now in its 14th year, those behind Showco spent months scouring the globe for inspiring, unusual, enjoyable films for young people.

The best go before two Showco Youth Juries, each with five young judges from Sheffield; the Showcomotion Youth Jury aged 11-14 and the InterActive Youth Jury, aged 15-18. Each will decide on the Best Film accolade for their age group.

Watch the festival trailer at youtube.com/watch?v=jJ7f87xOxus and follow @showcomotion on Twitter.