The mission is to give its target audience the opportunity to watch films (short and feauture, animation, documentary and fiction) that do not reach the regular distribution channels, allowing the encounter with new ways of seeing and thinking the world that author cinema offers. The festival also aims to stimulate the national production of films for children and create an enriching environment for its participants, both in the numerous screenings of the festival and in the parallel activities.
The festival integrates an international competition for feature and short films, with around 50 recent films (fiction, documentaries, animations), watched by three juries (official, schools and audience). Several films competing for the awards are selected by students from pre-school to high school, which are part of the “I programme a film festival!” initiative, organised in partnership with the Parallel Program of the Municipal Theater of Porto. Because at the festival there is also a place saved for classics, we present once again the section “My first film”, with three guests from Porto choosing an important film from their childhood.