The Taartrovers Film Festival responds to the need of society to bring young children into contact with special films and thereby make them 'film literate'. This skill is increasingly necessary because children are increasingly surrounded by (moving) images and sound. We want to create a place where children can get to know the beauty of film in an attentive and playful way. During the Taartrovers Film Festival children can enjoy (short) films together with others in an imaginative setting that suits their interest and development. By activating a creative, playful and sensory attitude in combination with the first contact with feature films, we work directly on the basis for children's film literacy. Playfully, they acquire insight into the technical processes that underlie film and the principles of visual language.
Our festival plants a seed that causes the love of film to germinate and thereby sets a foundation for film literacy, a skill that is increasingly necessary because children are increasingly surrounded and fed by (moving) images and sound.
We find it important that children can empathize with us in the films and use their own imagination intensively. They explore and share their observations, their experiences and the resulting creations with each other in the Playground of the imagination, a beautifully designed set with installations that stimulate and invite the imagination to play and discover. We consciously choose to take children as little as possible by hand. There is no route that they have to go through, no result that we want to see. The children are the researchers and creators; they try out everything themselves.
We focus on children from two to nine years. The way in which we offer our program - active, sensory, with a lot of imagination - fits in well with the development phase in which they are located. Young children give meaning to the changing reality through perception and imagination. Only later in the development, around the eighth year, conceptualization and analysis follows (Theisje van Dorsten, 2015, RUG). Play and research into image and sound, supplemented with our sensory activities, give young children insight into a number of basic principles of culture and their own role in this.