10th edition CIFF – 10-14 April 2024


CIFFR Youth Program

Earlier we saw how students on Curaçao are working on the mural leading up to the 9th edition of Curaçao International Film Festival. The mural across the entrance of the Movies Otrabanda is in full swing and next to this there are even more awesome projects for youngsters on the programme. 

Another project in progress is ‘Challenges’. In this project, high school students were asked to write down the ‘challenge of their life’. Under Anja van Bergen’s guidance, three of these stories will be turned into 10 minute short films. They will all be filmed with smartphones!

For the first time CIFFR and The Children’s Museum are collaborating to introduce children from 6 to 12 years old with film genres that they might not know and that shows them the world through another perspective.

Connection’ is this year’s theme at the children’s museum, and combined with CIFFR’s theme ‘Looks Of Love’, the bridging theme is: love. Three films are chosen in which the love between grandparents and their grandchildren is a central theme. In Curaçao, grandparents have a prominent role in raising their grandchildren.

The three movies are:

  • Kapsalon Romy (Mischa Kamp, 2019) – Friday 24 April 6.30PM
  • Whale Rider (Niki Caro, 2002) – Saturday 25 April 6.30PM
  • Zulaika (Diederik Van Rooijen, 2002) – Sunday 26 April 6.30PM

The movies are being screened in a unique open-air cinema in the woods.

Besides movies there will be workshops during CIFFR, guided by the Taartrovers. Through art they try to let children look at daily reality with a different perspective. This workshop allows children to shape their feelings, images and stories.

One of the art workshops is ‘My grandparents and I’. Through special forms of art, children and grandparents bring an ode to each other.

During all these activities, durability is important. That’s why during the festival, there will be a school programme themed ‘Love for Nature’. Within this programme, children will watch a short film about nature and subsequently make art with natural materials and use special printing techniques.

And there’s even more. Children can also explore the basic principles from filmmaking through several art installations. There will be screened short movies about children’s rights by UNICEF. Shortly: there is enough to discover, explore and imagine during CIFFR 2020!