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Family Friendly Film Festival

Emily Morris on a film festival that brings the cinema to life

Published on August 4th 2010.


Family Friendly Film Festival

School's out, the weather's being predictably unpredictable and you've already taken your children to see Shrek: The Final Chapter and Toy Story 3. Don't tear your hair out just yet- thank goodness for the Family Friendly Film Festival, taking place at various venues across Greater Manchester this summer.

Children can learn about life beneath the sea and watch the fish being fed at Bolton Museum and Aquarium before settling down to watch The Little Mermaid, while avid Harry Potter fans will be in awe of the Gothic splendour of John Rylands Library as they take classes in Potions, Charms and Care of Magical Creatures.

Organised by All About Audiences, the Family Friendly Film Festival is far more than a load of film screenings at the cinema (although there are some cinema screenings and we're not knocking those.)

“The festival aims to get more families trying out some of the excellent family friendly venues in Greater Manchester,” says Leah Byrne from All About Audiences, “There are so many great places out there and we'll be showcasing over 20 of them during the festival.”

All of the venues have been carefully selected to tie in perfectly with the film being screened. Children can learn about life beneath the sea and watch the fish being fed at Bolton Museum and Aquarium before settling down to watch The Little Mermaid, while avid Harry Potter fans will be in awe of the Gothic splendour of John Rylands Library as they take classes in Potions, Charms and Care of Magical Creatures.

It's not all fantasy and fairytales at the Festival: the packed programme includes educational films such as Old Moss Side – about what it was like to live in the area during the sixties and seventies and Crimson Wing, a fascinating documentary about the life of a flamingo. Young children haven't been forgotten– as well as a host of big-name animated movies, they can also sit down to watch beautiful shorts. The Family Friendly Film Festival turns going to see a film into a magical adventure – from spooky night time events at Victoria Baths and Manchester Museum to a Mad Hatter's Picnic in Whitworth Park.

There are screenings of modern hits like High School Musical 2 and Up, but older films haven't been forgotten. Parents will love reminiscing on Labyrinth Day at Band on the Wall and there are also chances to catch timeless classics like Red Shoes and Mary Poppins. Weather permitting, there will be exciting outdoor screenings of blockbusters like Spirited Away and Jurassic Park at Spinningfields and MOSI is offering a unique 4D cinema experience.

You don't have to live near Manchester City Centre to be a part of the action either: the Festival has events happening from Bolton to Bury and Sale to Stockport. Most of the events are free too, with none costing more than £5. Have a look at the Festival's easy-to-use website, which allows you to search for events by date, keyword and even age suitability. There's bound to be something to keep your little ones (and you) entertained.

The Family Friendly Film Festival takes place from 30 July - 15 August at venues across Greater Manchester, free - £5, book in advance.

For more information visit the website at www.familyfriendlyfilmfestival.org.uk

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