Festival Programme

Films by Strand

Square Eyes

Curated especially for the youngest cinephiles in the whānau, along with all young-at-heart audiences across the motu. Our animation collections (one curated for ages 4+ and the other for 8+) offer a selective slate of short films for our littlest film fans.

We also bring you three full-length features—the much-anticipated film adaptation of Judy Blume’s ground-breaking novel Are You There God? It’s Me Margaret, Pablo Berge’s debut animated feature direct from Cannes, Robot Dreams, and the enchanting Dounia & The Princess of Aleppo.

Curated by Nic Marshall of Square Eyes Film Foundation, ardent promoters of international cinema for our youngest audiences and their movie-going companions.

Animation for Kids 4+

We’ve searched near and far, and high and low to collect this latest selection of short film delights, selected especially to charm and captivate our littlest film fans.

Recommended for ages 4+

Animation for Kids 8+

Get ready for your annual wintery fix of animated inventiveness from all corners of our big wide world.

Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret.

Kelly Fremon Craig

Judy Blume’s ground-breaking novel about puberty—and so much more—gets a heartfelt and poignant pitch-perfect adaptation that captures the essence of growing up, self-discovery, and the quest for identity.

Dounia & The Princess of Aleppo

Dounia et la princesse d'Alep

Marya Zarif, André Kadi

A young girl’s brave journey to find the new home which—she is sure—is waiting for her somewhere, provides the road map for this enchanting philosophical story, brimming with music, magic and myth.

Robot Dreams

Pablo Berger

A beautifully ambiguous story of friendship, love and loss. At times heart-warming, at others heart-wrenching, this wordless fable explores what happens when the closest of bonds are weathered away by time and circumstance.