From the 13th to the 19th of November, our favourite Athens International Children’s Film Festival returns for the sixth consecutive year and liminal will be there again for even more accessible screenings!
Athicff #6: Super Powers – Super Feelings in a Super Film Festival
The sixth Athens International Children’s Film Festival (Athicff) entitled Super Feelings – Super Powers arrives in the city with its magical superpowers to fill young and old with strong emotions and bring families together.
The Super Feelings – Super Powers Festival brings to cinema screens a rich programme of short and feature films from 32 countries on the theme of self-expression, diversity and the joy of being yourself on the exciting journey to adulthood.
This year’s event takes place from 13 to 19 November in seven (7) cultural venues and cinemas across Attica and – for the first time – all venues host educational workshops in addition to film screenings, thus offering a complete festival experience. The venues hosting the Festival events are: Megaron Athens Concert Hall, Museum of Cycladic Art, Municipal Theatre of Piraeus and the cinemas: Kifisia 1 and 2 Cinemax, Danaos cinema and Municipal Cinema Cineak.
The artistic director of Athicff, Kalliopi Charalambous, says about this year’s event:
“The films in this year’s event reflect the mosaic of personalities and identities that make our world vibrant and exciting. They cultivate empathy, promote acceptance and encourage every child and young person to embrace their uniqueness, however it is expressed: standing up, putting friendship first, taking action, making the right choices, not the easy ones, fighting injustice, overcoming shame, opening hearts and minds.”
liminal in 6th Athicff
For the third consecutive year, liminal stands next to Athicff by creating Accessibility Services for people with visual or hearing disabilities in selected films of the program!
This year, we will have the pleasure of presenting seven films in the Festival program with audio description for people with visual disabilities and interpretation in Greek Sign Language and SDH subtitles for people with hearing disabilities. In addition, the official opening of the Festival for 2023 is Okthanksbye, a film that redefines the traditional cinematic road trip as an inclusive coming-of-age story starring two deaf teenage girls who are confronted with their relationship with their own community and with a world that does not take their disability into account. liminal created subtitles for the Dutch film by Nicole Van Kilsdonk for deaf and hard of hearing people.
On Sunday the 19th of November at Kifisia Cinemax 1 there will be two accessible screenings. The project “Inclusion in action” that includes the films Travel Bugs, Lost and Found, Friend, Bemol, The Fantastic Flying Competition, The Penguin who couldn’t swim, Cat and Moth will be accessible with Audio Description at 11:30 and with Interpretation in Greek Sign Language and subtitling for the Deaf and Hard of hearing at 12:30.
Special awareness-raising event on accessibility tools
On Saturday 18 November at Danaos 2 we will openly present films with Accessibility Services to the public at the “Inclusion in Action” event. There we will have the opportunity to talk with children and introduce them to the ways we are utilizing to make film viewing enjoyable for all members of the audience.
The aim is to get to know and familiarise ourselves with accessibility tools – audio description, social stories, ENGL interpretation, SDH subtitles – through a shared, egalitarian film experience.
Maria Thrasyvoulidi, Accessibility Services Manager of liminal and Katia Papaspilioupoulou, Educational Programmes Manager of the Athicff will give an introduction to the accessibility tools available in cinema, followed by a sensory accessible screening with embedded ENG interpretation and audio description.
Our collaboration with Athicff becomes even richer and deeper every year, as apart from the Accessibility Services for the Festival, we organize together the educational program “Inclusion in Action”, a program to raise awareness on disability and equal access to cinema for all, which we present in primary schools of special and general education in Attica. liminal and TheHappyAct collaborated with Athicff on the design and methodology of this educational project, which is available throughout the school year and is made possible by a donation from the Ioannis S. Latsis Public Benefit Foundation.
6th Athens International Children’s Film Festival
Dates: 13-19 November 2023
Venues: Megaron Athens Concert Hall, Museum of Cycladic Art, Municipal Theatre of Piraeus and the cinemas: Kifisia 1 and 2 Cinemax, Danaos cinema and Municipal Cinema Cineak
The programme of the Festival: https://www.athicff.com/2023-festival/programme/