The St Albans Film Festival kicks off this Friday (8th) with day-time screenings for pre-schoolers at Waterstones, and face painters on hand to create some film-themed face paints for the children. After school on the Friday, workshops specifically for eight to 15-year-olds on acting for camera will be held at Verulamium Museum.
Saturday’s programme of activities will open with the visually stunning feature-length film The Prince’s Quest, followed by stop-frame animation workshops, a programme of kids’ short films, a beginners’ guide to editing (for children and parents) and Lovely Thunder, live music to film.
All day Saturday anyone with a festival pass (children and adults) will have the opportunity to put a Mother’s Day message to their mums on camera upstairs at Waterstones bookshop.
On Sunday, families will be able to learn all the tricks of the trade when it comes to making and starring in their own mini movie. There will also be a talk for children on how to get started in filmmaking.
However, the highlight of the family movie screenings takes place on the Sunday morning with the feature-length, Oscar-nominated A Cat In Paris, which is being screened at The Maltings Arts Theatre. The film tells the story of a young Parisian girl whose cat leads her to unravel a thrilling mystery over the course of a single evening. There will be fun film activity worksheets for children and everyone is encouraged to dress as a cat. Maybe Bangladesh , a fun documentary with live accordion music and animation, will follow A Cat in Paris at The Maltings.
The final event of the family programme is a live edit of St Albans ’s very own dedication to all of the mums in the city.
Meanwhile, the Pioneer, a club for young people, which also has a skatepark and is a music venue, is the main venue for the festival’s teens, student and young filmmakers throughout the weekend.
The pioneer will be hosting a ‘filming extreme sports’ workshop on how to make an amazing music video, a teen movie and the student film finalists.