- The Rennes Métropole animated film festival is experiencing its second online session due to the closure of cinemas.
- With the closure of schools, many children are likely to enjoy longer cartoon sessions.
- “We must not demonize the screens,” said the spokesperson for the event, who tries to promote content that is different from the big platforms.
It’s a tug of war for some parents. A questioning for others. A categorical no for a minority. And unlimited use for a few. With schools closing, many children will see their time spent watching cartoons increase in the coming weeks, as their parents attempt to work from home while supervising schoolwork. Should we be afraid of it? No, but you have to frame it. And above all, choose the right content. This is what the Rennes animation film festival, which will have its second edition online from April 7 to 20. Private cinema, the event decided to invest the Web by offering 150 films for young and old. With a pronounced taste for the authentic, the funny and the sensitive.
You won’t see a Ninjago, Paw Patrol, Pokemon, or Disney in the lineup. “We must not demonize the platforms. There will always be and we must integrate them. But the role of a festival is to show that there is something other than the mainstream channels ”, explains Sabine Zipci, general delegate of the Association française du cinema d ‘animation (AFCA), which coordinates the event. Since its beginnings in 1983 and its move to Bruz (Ille-et-Vilaine) in 2010, the festival has continued to highlight French know-how in the field of animation and educate the public in its passion for cartoon. “For children, it is often the first experience in the cinema. We do not go there just to see a film, we go there to make a discovery, to visit a cultural place in a collective setting ”.
If the dark rooms are closed, the “screenings” continue but have been moved to the living rooms of confined families. “The screen is not to demonize or ban, but it must be framed. The ideal is to live the experience with them, to give them the choice and to talk about it. We can prepare the screening, evoke the story, take a break when everything is not understood, ”says Sabine Zipci, while recalling that she“ is not a doctor ”. A few months ago, we interviewed Séverine Erhel, lecturer in cognitive psychology and ergonomics at the University of Rennes 2. Her comments were along the same lines. “We focus on connection time but it all depends on the content. It’s more complex than saying “You let your kids too much in front of the screen”. Some studies have shown that children who watched educational and quality programs saw their language level improve ”.
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Animation cinema has understood this well and offers a very wide range of content, for young and old alike, from artisanal short films to feature films such as Calamity by Rémi Chayé, Josep, directed by Aurel and which is crumbling under the trophies, or Little vampire by Joann Sfar. “Animation is not a genre but a set of technical processes. It is even a cinematographic language, ”concludes Sabine Zipci. A language that likes to mix the techniques of 2D, 3D, puppets or plasticine. Proposed as a “classic” festival, the online version of the event will be partly paid but hopes to find its audience. It remains to be seen whether young and old will want to put themselves in front of a screen that has become omnipresent.
Rennes Animation Film Festival, April 7 to 20 on the CinéCapsule website.