Showcomotion 2012 programme announced!

Posted 20 April 2012

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Showcomotion 2012 programme announced!

Top Cat

Top Cat

Showcomotion Young People’s Film Festival returns to the Showroom Cinema in Sheffield Friday 25 May – Sunday 3 June with another terrific lineup of film screenings and activities for schools and families. The ethos of the festival is to give young people the opportunity to see films they would not otherwise get to see, to inspire a new generation of filmmakers, but above all to create a fun, friendly festival!

Best of all, film tickets for under 18’s are £2! And only £3 for adults.



In Competition

The Year Dolly Parton Was My Mum

The Year Dolly Parton Was My Mum

The Showco festival team spends months scouring the globe for inspiring, unusual, enjoyable films for young people, then they present the best of the bunch to the Showco Youth Juries. This year there are two Juries, each with five young judges from Sheffield; the Showcomotion Youth Jury aged 11-14 and the InterActive Youth Jury, aged 15-18. Each Jury will decide which film for their age group they want to award the Best Film accolade to. The winners will be announced at the closing screening of the festival.

The Films in competition are:

  • The Year Dolly Parton Was My Mum (PG) -  Opening Night Gala
  • It’s 1976 and Elizabeth is just your average suburban 11-year-old praying for adolescence to arrive, when she discovers her whole life has been a lie. With only her imagination to guide her, Elizabeth runs away in search of her true identity.

  • Griff the Invisible (15)

The story of an ordinary guy in an ordinary town who assumes a secret identity by night, patrolling the streets to protect the vulnerable.

  • Maori Boy Genius (PG)

If you could turn back the clock to see the formative years of great men and women - future leaders – what would you see? Young Ngaa Rauuira rails against the hardships that plague his people. His tribe believes he will save them.

  • My Dad’s a Detective: Witches Paradise (PG)

Sam, his clever tomboy neighbour Sterre and rich kid Ortwin take action when Sam’s father, a bungling sleuth, gets into a fix.

  • On the Sly (U)

In a world and in a time not so faraway lived a little girl who decided to become invisible to her parents. She sets off on an adventure in the woods where she creates a new home… but how long will she go undetected?

  • Petit Nicolas (PG) - PREVIEW

A delightful family comedy based on the best-selling books chronicling the adventures of Nicholas, a mischievous French schoolboy. When Nicholas discovers he will soon have a baby brother or sister, he prepares for his impending abandonment with the help of his classmates.

  • Tigers & Tattoos (PG)

Maj lives with her uncle Sonny, a tattooist. Accidentally, Maj tattoos a tough guy with children’s drawings, forcing them to flee town. They set off on an adventurous road trip through a magical forest.



Previews and Recent Releases

The Lorax

Dr Seuss’ The Lorax

It’s something of a Showco tradition to host special preview screenings of kid’s films everyone will soon be talking about. This year is no exception, with the return of Top Cat! Based on the much loved animated TV series, Top Cat and the gang are back for a new generation of fans. The preview of the brand new Top Cat film takes place at Showco on Sunday 27 May.

For the closing night of the festival on Sunday 3 June, there will be a preview screening of the highly anticipated animated film of Dr Seuss’ The Lorax with the voices of Danny DeVito, Zac Efron and Taylor Swift. 12 year old Ted is on the hunt for the Truffula Tree to win the affection of the girl of his dreams. To get it he must uncover the story of the Lorax.

There will also be a selection of recent releases as part of the programme. This year Showcomotion presents Disney’s recent documentary, African Cats, beautiful French animation, Tales of the Night, and a documentary all about the creators of Sesame Street’s Elmo, Being Elmo: A Puppeteer’s Journey.


Retrospective: Polish Connection

Copernicus' Star

Copernicus’ Star

This year’s festival programme includes a rare opportunity for children, and indeed adults, to take a glimpse at what children’s cinema form another country has to offer. The Polish Connection strand includes the animated Copernicus’ Star all about a young boy’s fascination with the night sky. This will be followed by a workshop from the team behind the Showroom’s popular Something Astronomical event. The Circus Connection will also screen as part of this strand, a film about a group of kids who rumble a criminal smuggling gang. The Polish Shorts screening showcases a collection of animations from the 1960s, 70s and 80s, a very rare opportunity to see these films on cinema screen.



Encounters Shorts

This year Showcomotion has teamed up with Bristol Encounters Short Film & Animation Festival to present two selections of short films. Screenings of short films have always been a popular element of Showco and they’re a great way to introduce children to the wonderful world of cinema. This year’s selection encompasses everything from heartbroken mallards, guardian angels and a man with the head of a fish.



Even more!

On the opening night of the festival, kids (and grownups!) are encouraged to come along to the Gala screening of The Year Dolly Parton Was My Mum in their finest fancy dress (prizes for the winners!). There will be lots of goodies including homemade icecream and sweets made by the Showroom’s Head Chef especially for the opening night.

There will be a free exhibition of fascinating Polish puppets, activities and freebies galore. The Showroom Bar will have a special children’s menu throughout the festival too.

Plus, as part of Sheffield Libraries’ Charles Dickens bicentenary celebrations, the Sheffield City Read in May will aim to get as many Sheffielders as possible reading Oliver Twist. With that in mind, Showcomotion will include a screening of David Lean’s classic 1948 adaptation of the book – WITH FREE COPIES OF OLIVER TWIST from Sheffield Libraries.


Pick up a voting slip for every film you see at the festival and help determine the winner of the Showcomotion 2012 Audience Award.


festival tickets

Tickets will be on sale very soon and the new look Showcomotion website will soon be re-launched  

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