Successful 11th edition of the Soroptimist Film Festival for Kids 2019
Over 9.000 children enjoyed watching films with a message. For the 11th time Soroptimists of 17 SI clubs in the Netherlands organized the Best Practice Award winning Soroptimist Film Festival for Kids (SFFK).
With the aim of awareness of the Rights of the Child, this annual festival offers children in the age of 8 till 12 years a look into the lives of children in other situations then their own: children who have to work and thus not having the opportunity to get an education. Children who have no parents, children who suffer from violence or children who are neglected. Watching the film with the entire class offers teachers the opportunity to really dig in to the matter; and this is supported by Unicef’s educational material such as guest lectures and kids-journals. And let’s not forget the fun-part of going together with your classmates to enjoy the culture of a high quality film in a real cinema! Some children have never been in a cinema yet.
Initiated in autumn 2007 the first pilot was in 2009 by a joined effort of 4 SI Clubs, today’s festival has grown to 17 SI clubs, 16 locations and over 9000 participating children. A foundation has been set up for the central organization to coordinate the website, the selection of the films, the public relations and the support to the 17 different local SI clubs, thus proving a more and more professional operation. Only once we had to invent the wheel, now it’s running and the Soroptimist flag is waving at 16 cinema’s. And each year more SI clubs join in enabling more children to enjoy and learn about the Rights of the Child!
Each location can give its own interpretation to the festival and varies yearly and locally. For example, SI club Waterland organised the SFFK and before starting the movie, the children watched an interactive presentation where they themselves had to tell about the rights of the child. With each answer a colored ball of wool was tossed over the group of children which lead to a colorful tangle of wires. In another location the mayor together with the children’s mayor, opened the festival. Together they punctured a large balloon and hundreds of little notes featuring the Rights of the Child , whirled out over the crowd.