Cactus International Children's and Youth Film Festival began in 2021 with the aim of selecting and programming the best films for kids and pre-teens.
Thanks to many enterprising teachers all over Italy and the online edition of the event, Cactus Film Festival invades schools to invite children and youth between the ages of 3 and 14 to take part in the Kids’ Jury, which will decide the best films for kids aged 3-5, 6-10, and 11-14.
In addition to the Kids’ Jury, there is a technical jury of education and training experts.
At school, kids and teens learn how to read and understand stories and audiovisual material in a conscious way. At the same time, Cactus Film Festival organizes physical events outside the schools to promote art in all its forms. By using its talent in discovering and telling stories, it organizes training and recreational activities, retrospectives and screenings of historic kids’ movies, and meetings with famous children’s authors.
Everything is characterized by a strong sense of inclusion, which already starts from the multiculturalism of the films participating in the festival. By nature, stories for children and youth are the most inclusive stories of all, as they involve people of all ages and citizenships. This is what Cactus International Children’s and Youth Film Festival with its (both online and offline) events offers to those who are children today, and those who never forgot they once have been kids, too.