Fest puts spotlight on French animation

BRUSSELS — Amsterdam’s Cinekid fest has singled-out mobile applications as the focus for its professional program, running Oct. 23-26.

Organizers identify apps as a growing trend for delivering kids’ content, whether attached to existing productions, or as a stand-alone products.

Sessions will look at design principles for mobile apps and differences in app use between age-groups. A linked workshop will examine how kids’ programming can work with second screens more generally.

Alongside this technology focus, fest will put the spotlight on French animation, with directors and producers discussing developments within the sector, and trying to pin down the Gallic toon touch.

Guests include helmer Michel Ocelot, who will give a masterclass on storytelling in his “Kirikou” toons, and Robert Stevenhagen, who will discuss his work as head of story on Tim Burton’s “Frankenweenie.”

International events also include co-production markets for film, TV and cross-media projects, and a program aimed at Dutch professionals.

Fest’s public program is already underway, but opens officially Wednesday with Franco-Belgian toon “Ernest & Celestine,” and English-language Dutch feature “Milo.” Both feature in the 15-title international competition, along with “Frankenweenie” and Christophe Barratier’s “The War of the Buttons.”

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