Cinekid Festival

September 27, 2013 in Amsterdam Blog

Cinekid is a cinema festival for children. It is the 27th edition and it is held between the 16th and the 25th of October. Multiple venues participate in this fun festival that is known for being one of the best things to do for children in Amsterdam. It is a combination of movies, interactive activities and workshops.

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The movies are on display in the Westergasfabriek and in cinema The Movies. The Westergasfabriek is in the Westerpark, and a beautiful heritage sight in it’s own right. The Movies, located in the Haarlemmerdijk, is the oldest functioning cinema is Amsterdam. The interior is beautiful and classical Dutch. The historical appeal of both locations ensure a great festival for parents too.

There are too many movies (well over 80) to name, but count on a broad range of children’s movies ranging from cartoons to the classic E.T. to more recent films. The films come from all around the world, and a lot are in English or French. Obviously there is also a large amount of cartoons. Cinekid’s last day overlaps with the Amsterdam Halloween Festival’s horror movie marathon for children. It’s not as scary as it sounds.

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Kids can also participate in workshops around movies and media. There is something for every age. There is a dedicated spot for innovative gadgets which will have the little ones amazed and perhaps dream of a career as an inventor.

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Parralel to the Cinekid Festival for children, there is the Cinekid for Professionals conference. This event brings professionals in children’s media together. If you’re interested in how children’s movies are made and what marketing is involved, this is a great event to find out. It is one of the biggest congresses about children’s media in the world. More information about Cinekid for Professionals here.

If you’re in Amsterdam with your kids in the third week of October, Cinekid is a can’t miss activity. It has a big reputation and 50.000 visitors a year to show for it. Find the full program and buy tickets for Cinekid here (Dutch).

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