The Montreal International Children’s Film Festival (FIFEM) is proud to present the full line-up of its 24th edition, which will take place during the school Spring break from February 27 to March 7. The 2021 selection, presented only online on the festival platform at, offers a myriad of feature films and short films including world, international, North American and Canadian premieres. Young moviegoers from across Canada will be able to discover several masterpieces throughout the festival.

Thanks to the rich selection of feature films in official competition, families will travel across France with PARENTS D’ÉLÈVES by Noémie Saglio, presented in its North American premiere, which follows Vincent, a thirty-year-old childless man, who infiltrates a tribe with mysterious codes and language: the parents of students; Poland with Mariusz Palej’s LE MOULIN NOIR, which recounts the adventures of a group of teenagers who must confront and fight mysterious forces; Belgium with Olivier Pairoux’s L’APPRENTI ASTRONAUTE, which tells the story of Jim, a gifted 11-year-old who dreams of going into space using the hot air balloon which he plans to build with his new classmate, Emma; Mexico with Ana Laura Calderon’s MESQUITE, Lucia’s story, little girl Yoreme, who longs to play the harp despite it being forbidden due to her father’s adherance to tradition; Austria with OSKAR & LILY: UNE ENFANCE RÉFUGIÉE, a moving and poetic account of immigration and exile; Slovakia with MARTINA Sakova’s REBELLES POUR L’ÉTÉ, which tells the story of Rowdy Jonas, 11 years old, who is spending the summer with his grandpa Bernard; Norway with SŒURS : L’ÉTÉ DE NOS SUPERS POUVOIRS by Silje Salomonsen and Arild Ostin Ommundsen which follows sisters Vega (9 years old) and Billie (5 years old ), who will have to face their fears using their superpowers to help their injured father during a hike in the forest; Germany with MADISON, UNE AMITIÉ  À TOUTE VITESSE by Kim Strobl, a fable about the pressure of performance in sport using the story of a young cyclist pushed by his father/coach to succeed at all costs; Israel with LES AVENTURIERS DU CIEL, the story of Yotam, 13, who tries to re-build an old plane, with the help of his friends Noa and Morris, a lonely elderly man and Iran with Keivan Majidi’s JOUER SUR LES TOITS DU MONDE, the touching story of Kurdistan children looking for a flat ground where they live to play football.

Eleven short films in the program are part of the competition component. These are MITCH-MATCH (Hungary) by Géza M. Toth, A ORAGEY NIGHT (Germany) by Gil Alkabetz, A PIED KILOMETER (Belgium) by Mathieu Georis, DISPARUS (France) by Pauline Epiard, Valentine Ventua, Tiphaine Burguburu, Clementine Vasseur, Lisa Laîné and Élodie Laborde, BUT (Hungary) by Kinga Rofusz, ÉPI DE MA-S (Russia) by Anastasiia Zhakulina, MIGRANTS (France) by Hugo Caby, Antoine Dupriez, Aubin Kubiak, Lucas Lermytte and Zoé Devise, and FEUILLE (Czech Republic).

Several nuggets can be found in the official selection of the festival, aimed at children 6 years and older. On the feature side, there is France’s CALAMITY, A ENFANCE OF MARTHA JANE CANNARY by Rémi Chayé, winner of the Crystal for Best Feature Film at the last Annecy Animated Film Festival, an adventure story filled with dangers and rich encounters that will reveal the mythical Calamity Jane; TOTO’S JOKES by Pascal Bourdiaux, a comedy following the escapades of the young Toto, which often turn into disasters and the Bahamas’ L’ILE AU DAUPHIN by Mike Disa, telling the story of Annabelle who may be forced to leave the paradise island where she lives with her fisherman grandfather and her best friend, a dolphin named Mitzy, when her maternal grandparents arrive with an unscrupulous lawyer.

FIFEM has created a Hispanic Focus, in collaboration with the Chilean children’s film festival Cine Ojo de Pescado, bringing together four feature films from Mexico, Colombia, Chile and Argentina. These films will be available in original Spanish version with French or English subtitles. FIFEM is also shedding light on the Czech Republic with a programme of nine short films.  A beautiful way to discover the imagination of Czech creators. Families will also find a large selection of film programming available in English or with English subtitles. As previously announced, FIFEM is a great place for Quebec short films with four programs, including one produced by the wapikoni mobile, all offered free of charge.  

Each year, the FIFEM offers a selection of films for mini-cinephiles, from 2 years old. First of all, two medium-length films will be offered: the French production, presented in the world premiere, GRANDIR C’EST CHOUETTE, which combines three short films linked together by an owl, as well as BOXY AND THE DON’TY by Béla Klingl (Hungary) which tells the strange stories of Boxi, the cardboard dog, and Cartommy, the cardboard boy. In addition, eight very short films from the Netherlands, Italy, Russia, Spain, Portugal, Germany and Bulgaria will also be available online. All these works are in French or without dialogue. 

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