Arts & Culture

“Fresh Look” Athens International Children’s Film Festival

When it comes to movies for kids, there are some characters who are always entertaining. Heck, often you don’t even need words before your kid is rolling on the floor in laughter. Which is why this weekend’s “Fresh Look” Athens International Children’s Film Festival is so much fun for youngsters—and parents, too.

It’s a collection of kid-friendly films from around the world—many that you’d never even see on Netflix, never mind the local theater—that’s a great way to introduce your children to the fun of the movies and different cultures at the same time. Sure, the short films may be in different languages, but that’s half the fun. Plus, who can resist a German marmot made out of clay, anyway? You’ll find films from far-flung places such as Argentina, Estonia, Slovakia and Sweden, including the endearing marmot in the German claymation piece “Mungge,” a highlight for the younger crowd. For older kids, don’t miss the French film “Histoire à la Gomme” (“Gummy Chase”), an animated creation in the vein of the stop-motion animation in the Wallace & Gromit films that tells the tale of a misunderstood boy who gets a chance to be a hero.

The festival takes place over three screenings, roughly delineated by ages: shows at 1:30 p.m. Saturday and 3:15 p.m. Sunday are for ages 5 and older, while a 3:15 p.m. show on Saturday is for ages 11 and up. The festival takes place at Ciné; all tickets are $6 and can be purchased starting Friday at Ciné’s box office at 234 W. Hancock Ave. For full information about the festival and the films, visit