Dancing Colours and Playful Stones: Experimental Films for the Little Ones
Do preschool children need identification figures and a narrative-oriented story when they see films? Or are they also open to abstract films? What happens when they are shown Len Lyes’ experimental animated film RAINBOW DANCE (GB 1936), Norman McLaren’s BEGONE DULL CARE (Trübsal Ade, CA 1949) or Jan Švankmajer’s HRA S KAMENY (Spiel mit Steinen, AT 1965)?
In the MiniFilmclub at the DFF, children between the ages of four and six explore the permanent exhibition on the prehistory and early history of film on eight dates and watch short avant-garde, art, and experimental films from the film edition specially developed for the MiniFilmclub in the cinema at the DFF. After the screenings at the DFF, the film edition is given to the day-care centers, where it is placed alongside the picture books on an equal footing so that it can be pulled out and used further at every opportunity.