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The Network - 18/11/2010


Europa Cinemas Awards 2010 - Best Young Audience Activities


Kinodvor, Ljubljana

Kinodvor, Ljubljana (Slovenia)

“Over the past two years we have put a lot of effort into the development of special programmes for young audiences and building the first systematic film-educational programme in Slovenia,” Koen Van Daele, assistant director of Ljubljana’s two-screen Kinodvor, and Barbara Kelbl say. “We take this recognition both as a reward for our past endeavours as well as an encouragement to continue the work in this field.”

A member of Europa Cinemas since 2004, Kinodvor has benefited from the Network as a “very precious” source of information and reference, as well as using it as a platform for exchanging ideas and experiences. Participation in the Young Audience Seminar in Bologna 2008, for example, gave the Kinodvor team an opportunity to learn about good practice models which inspired and enriched their own Kinobalon programme. This initiative consists of two closely linked entities: the children and youth programme aimed at young audiences (and their families) and the educational programme aimed at schools.

“Since the beginning of this year, we have witnessed a substantial increase in bookings of our film educational programmes by kindergartens, primary and secondary schools,” Van Doele and Kelbl explain. “This year alone, we already organised over 120 school screenings, with nearly 9,000 children and young people attending. These screenings are mostly accompanied by talks with artists or specialists in the topics dealt with in the films screened. In addition we continue to offer accompanying workshops and educational materials.” Meanwhile, the programme for families includes a diversity of genres and content aimed at different age groups, such as the documentary Turtle: the Incredible Journey, the charming adventure film for very young audiences Frogs and Toads, Christian Ditter’s The Crocodiles, and the animation feature The Secret of Kells.

In addition, Kinodvor hosted two festivals of films made by children and youth - Zoom and Videomania - and the Animateka International Animated Film Festival as well as curating and hosting a special section for young audiences at the Ljubljana International Film Festival (LIFFe), entitled Kinobalon at LIFFe.

“From the very beginning, the Kinobalon initiative has been an inspiration for other cinemas in Slovenia working with young audiences,” Van Doele and Kelbl declare. “Now it has grown beyond a mere inspiration, since Kinobalon was recognized by the Ministry of Culture as an arts and culture educational programme of ‘special importance’ and the ‘first complex and thoughtfully designed programme of film education in Slovenia’. This recognition guarantees national funding of the programme for the following two years and finally enables us to consolidate the programme in our cinema and to further expand its presence on a national level.” Finally, the cinema itself is the head of Kino Mreža, a network created in March 2010 with the support of Europa Cinema which aims to lobby for the 20 small cinemas that are members.

Martin Blaney  
Pictures (from left):
- Barbara Kebl and Koen van Daele at the Balzac.
- Nina Pece and  Koen van Daele.
- Children at the Kinodvor.