Enter a world of cinematic wonder at LIGHT PLAYGROUND, where the DFF will be transformed into a dynamic cinema, an experimental playground and an immersive experience designed especially for young children. Together with their families, educators and teachers, children between the ages of three and eight, in particular, but also younger and older children, are invited to unleash their creativity, to embark on a journey of the imagination and to discover the magical world of film. The exhibition welcomes individual families as well as organized groups, such as school classes and kindergartens.
The experience begins in the exhibition theater, where a selection of short silent films from the early days of cinema, award-winning animated films, and poetic documentaries light up the big screen and spark children’s curiosity about the world of film. After this introduction, the real experiments begin.
Throughout the exhibition, children can engage with various interactive stations created by the Dutch artist collective Taartrovers. Here they can play together and immerse themselves in the fundamental elements of filmmaking. They can learn how to bring images to life, discover the art of animation, understand the transformative power of music and sound in film, explore the role of light and shadow in cinematography, and experience the magic of projection. They will also gain insight into the importance of sets, props, and costumes. At the end of their visit, they will return to the theater to see what’s happening on the screen with a pair of fresh eyes.
Children can explore the exhibition with their families or accompanied by educators from schools or daycare centers. The ‘Light Players’, specially trained staff, introduce visitors to the installations and offer assistance if needed. However, the stations are designed to allow younger children to play independently. After the initial introduction, facilitators, educators and parents typically remain in the background, intervening only when necessary. Most installations can accommodate more than one child at a time.
There are eight installations in the exhibition. For group visits, these are divided into two parts, each with four stations and a dedicated theater. To fully experience all stations, a second visit is recommended for groups.
Please note that adults without children will not be admitted. Professional visitors are welcome by appointment.
Online-Buchungen sind vom 15. November an hier möglich.
For Kindergartens & Primary Schools
After booking a time slot in advance:
Monday through Friday, 9AM – 2PM
No prior booking required:
Monday to Friday: 2PM to 6PM (during school vacation also in the morning)
Saturday and Sunday: 11AM to 6PM
Accompanying Film Series in the DFF Cinema
*** Information about the accompanying film series will be available here soon. ***
*** Podcast episodes focusing on the exhibition will be available here soon. ***
Taartrovers is a Dutch foundation dedicated to film education projects for young children. Their installations provide a fun and imaginative way for children to explore the creative world of cinema. Taartrovers invites children to use all their senses to understand how images are brought to life, to play with these images and to make them their own. Taartrovers encourages children to express their feelings, thoughts and stories through art. They create educational materials and installations tailored for young children, tour theaters, community centers, museums, and schools, and offer lectures and workshops on early childhood education.
Ellen M. Harrington
Curator & Exhibition Management
Daria Berten (until July 2023), Tim Heptner
together with the
Department of Film Education and Didactic Outreach
Sebastian Rosenow, Samira Jakobi, Christine Kopf, Daniela Dietrich
A Collaboration with TAARTROVERS
Director: Tessa van Grafhorst
Graphic Design: Iris van der Eijken
Installation Architect: Saskia de Valk
Install Manager: Floor Mulder
Conception of the film programs for exhibition cinema and accompanying film series
Sebastian Rosenow, Samira Jakobi
Target Group Marketing
Samira Jakobi, Sebastian Rosenow
Design of exhibition room and fixtures as well as construction supervision
Tonia Bürkle, blaugrauraum
Holz+Stahl Dietrich GmbH
Types on Foil
Satis&Fy, Markus Berger
Stefan Zimmermann Lightsolutions
Natascha Gikas (Dept. Head), Andreas Beilharz, Björn Schmitt
Press and Public Relations
Frauke Haß (Dept. Head), Marie Brüggemann, Jürgen Kindlmann, Naima Wagner
Birgit Wickenhäuser, Claus Wiedemann (until October 2023)
Marie Brüggemann, Tim Heptner, Samira Jakobi, Sebastian Rosenow, Micaela Leon, Marie-Christin Severin, Annabelle Zimmermann
The partner daycare center “Grüne Soße” (Karin Knauf, Bettina Marsden, Verena Mühlenbeck, Simona Trolio)
The educators of the LIGHT PLAYGROUND
as well as Susanne Becker, Helen Kahsai, Ismail Merzak, Eric Schlegel, Team Box office & visitor experience associates, Team IT
and the DFF staff for their ideas and feedback.
LIGHT PLAYGROUND is funded by:
Images: Taartrovers, Almicheal Fraay, Aileen de Ruijter