This collection of films from around the world - Europe, Asia, North America and Africa are represented - looks at childhood and adolescence. Featuring both fiction and non-fiction films, they examine themes such as vulnerability, identity, innocence and victimization, as well as tenacity, courage and resilience. Relationships are explored, from those within the family unit to friendships and burgeoning romances. The complexities and challenges of childhood are on full display, and the stories told are inspirational, life-affirming and deeply affecting. We hope you enjoy them.
“Los Lobos” thrives as an intimate window into what it means to confront immigrant life in piecemeal." Indiewire
Berlin International Film Festival
Busan International Film Festival
Miami Film Festival
A wonderfully realised look at the immigrant experience in the USA, the award-winning Los Lob...
Locarno Film Festival
Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival
Camerimage International Film Festival
Dorottya Zurbó's insightful documentary explores the life of Kafia, a 17-year-old who fled to Hungary on her own, escaping from a child marriage in Somalia, at the age of fifteen. Sh...
I Love You I Miss You I Hope I See You Before I Die
"Eva Marie Rødbro's arresting feature debut probes the inner and outer struggles of three generations of women in suburban Colorado Springs." Variety
International Documentary Festival Amsterdam
Cork International Film Festival
Göteborg Film Festival
A raw and emotionally impactful story of a y...
The Red Balloon
Cannes Film Festival
Berlin Internatonal Film Festival
Vienna International Film Festival
In this nearly wordless children’s fable, a red balloon forms a life of its own and starts to follow a young boy through his daily activities around the streets of Paris.
France - 1956 - 34m
Canada Shorts Film Festival
San Jose International Short Film Festival
Roma Short Film Festival
Flyer Boys is the story of a Ukrainian grandfather and his Canadian-born grandson who find themselves at both generational and cultural odds as they spend long summer days working together delivering ...
Thessaloniki International Film Festival
Cinekid Film Festival
Goa International Film Festival
11-year-old Jonas (Eliás Vyskocil) longs to spend summer shooting rabbits and exploring the Slovakian countryside with his cool Grandpa Bernard, but his mother has already made alternate vacation plans...
Little Miss Westie
BFI Flare Film Festival
Bendfilm Film Festival
Little Miss Westie follows two transgender siblings as they navigate puberty, school, family and transitioning during the Trump era. Ren is competing in the Little Miss Westie Pageant; her older brother Luca is coaching her on posing, make-u...
"A superb performance from Yelizar Nazarenko propels this drama about a nine-year-old boy in increasingly dire straits." Screen Daily
Busan International Film Festival
After being smuggled across the border from Ukraine into Germany, nine-year-old Roman (Yelizar Nazarenko) i...
"A lyrical work that's as bright and captivating as it is poignant." The Hollywood Reporter
Dublin International Film Festival
BFI London Film Festival
Palm Springs Films Festival
A Swazi girl embarks on a dangerous quest to rescue her young twin brothers in a tale is born of the imaginations o...
Wake Up On Mars
"...a thoughtful film, handsomely made and eye-opening." The Hollywood Reporter
Tribeca Film Festival
Visions du Réel Film Festival
A 10-year-old Roma boy living in Sweden attempts to come to terms with the mysterious resignation syndrome that has put his two sisters in a co...
Wander Life is a tender portrait of middle school for introverts. Hinano, a soft spoken and unassuming student, hides from her school mates in fear of being bullied. One day, seeking shelter at the school's infirmary, Hinano befriends her school nurse Shindo. The two confide in each other and Shi...
Cucalorus Film Festival
Framline Film Festival
Based on a true story, Torrey Pines is an inventive, wonderfully imaginative coming-of-age tale taking place in Southern California in the early 1990's. The animated film focusses on the filmmaker Clyde Petersen's childhood over the course...
Winner Venice Film Festival
Rotterdam International Film Festival
Thessaloniki Film Festival
Take 1917 and substitute the trenches of war with the winding alleys of a Filipino slum, and you've got Engwkentro which follows two teenage brothers attempting to escape a city controlled by an iron-fis...