Pathways: For the Family
Thought about bringing your family to the Fest? We've selected 6 of the Fest's films for the family, and about families for you to enjoy
This year EIFF will give another Pixar film its European Premiere. Brave is a mother-daughter story for all the family, but there's plenty of family fun throughout the Festival in the run-up to the Closing Night Gala!
Dr Seuss' The Lorax (23 & 24 June)
Celebrate this Dr Seuss classic, and the 108th birthday of its author, in 3D! This animated film based on the Green Eggs and Ham man's fable takes place in a world where nature has been virtually abolished, and one twelve-year-old boy must go on a quest for a real tree to give to the girl he loves. His quest leads him to The Lorax - guardian of the colourful Truffula trees. Starring Danny DeVito, Ed Helms, Zac Efron and Taylor Swift, it's a big film with big voices for all the big and the little ones.
McLaren Animation: 3 for the Family (28 June)
This selection is the final presentation named after Scots animation pioneer Norman McLaren, showcasing the extraordinary talent the UK has to offer the world of animation. McLaren endeavoured to communicate to all through his work regardless of borders, class, or age and it is in this spirit that this programme of family films is presented.
Family Shorts (30 June & 1 July)
This specially-curated series of shorts will delight the whole family. Introduce small films to small people with this wonderful introduction to world cinema for all ages. This selection includes beautifully animated adventures to make us laugh and learn about friendship and magical stories to take you and all the family on a journey through time and space.
Youth Shorts (1 July)
If your family feels a little grown-up for animation, try the Youth Shorts programme on for size. This series of brilliant short films is a mix of vibrant, thought-provoking and fun films covering animation, live action, and documentary forms. Join altar boys, rappers, wrestling fans, and surfers in this selection which includes World Premieres and International Short Film Competition nominees.
Girimunho (26 & 27 June)
At the other side of family life, Girimunho introduces you to an octogenarian widow who, far from done with living, proves to be a source of inspiration for her blood relatives and extended family as she relishes the day-to-day. Enjoy with all the family this wonderful little film about embracing life with no fear of death.
Kid-Thing (22 & 23 June)
Leave the kids at home for Kid Thing, the story of 10 year-old Annie who lives with her divorced, incompetent father in rural America. This poignant and disturbing tale of growing up wild sees Annie wanders the nearby town and woods, committing random acts of anarchic destructiveness, until she forms a relationship with a woman trapped in a well. The Zellner brothers' trademark deadpan humour makes this one to watch.
Winners of EIFF 2014’s short film awards and two of its documentary premieres have been nominated for 2015 BAFTAs.