An eco-film festival for kids
An environmental film festival for kids that promises to appeal to young environmentalists and move-buffs alike.
Do your children love the outdoors, or do they cringe at the mere thought of spending a few hours away from a television or computer screen? Are you starting to stress about the school holidays and wondering how you are going to keep them entertained and yourself sane?

The Eco Kids Film Initiative
(EKFI) might have just what you are looking for...

EKFI is an environmental film festival for kids with a programme that promises to appeal to budding environmentalists and move-buffs alike. EKFI is the heart project of its creator Tarien Roux, the Cape Town non-profit collective While You Were Sleeping and Hearth Heritage.

The main event will be taking place at the Labia cinema on Orange Street in Cape Town, from 3 to 7 October, 2011. There will be daily screenings aimed at the age groups 7-12 and 13-17, although parents are more than welcome to come too.

Each session is made up of a careful selection of short films including animations and documentaries addressing different themes like Energy, Water, Pollution, Global Warming, and Wildlife and Conservation. Facilitated by different environmental organizations, including the Koeberg Alert Alliance, Project 90x2030, the Landmark Foundation which specializes in predator conservation, the Nature Network which runs a school-based environmental education programme, and the UCT Green Campus Initiative, each session promises to be both entertaining and educational.

The participating organizations will not only facilitate the screenings and answer any questions that the children may have around a particular issue, but they’ll also serve to inspire and inform the children about what they can do at home and at school with regards to the environmental issues that affect them. The sessions will last between one and two hours, giving mom and dad some breathing time to enjoy a quiet cup of coffee away from the normal school holiday madness.

EKFI’s hopes to act as a rallying cry for the South African media and film industries to start producing more content for kids with an environmental theme – envirotainment, if you will – that highlights local environmental concerns and the rich biodiversity of our country in all its visual splendour.

After the main event at the Labia, the festival hopes to go mobile and visit a few township schools to hold screenings there.

Tickets cost R20 and go on sale from 18 September. They can be booked at the Labia (021 424 5927) on a first-come first-served basis.

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The programme can be seen here. For more information contact Tarien at

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