From Sam's Dream (2018), dir. Nolwenn Roberts (image courtesy BAM)

Most of us haven’t been able to safely head to the movies with our families for much of this year. That’s just one of the many difficulties those with kids face under quarantine procedures. Children-centered online film programs are pretty infrequent, so it’s good that the Brooklyn Academy of Music has come along with this year’s Best of BAMkids Film Festival.

The festival program consists of 12 animated shorts from around the world. From France comes Sam’s Dream, about a mouse who is trying to fly. The Swiss film Koyaa: Elusive Paper is about an artist trying to wrangle a piece of paper with a will of its own (fittingly, it’s animated in stop-motion). Similarly, in Pen&Magic, from Japan, a boy brings all manner of inanimate objects around him to life. It’s an utterly charming lineup.

Tickets are pay-what-you-want, starting at $5. All sales go to support BAM Education.

When: November 28–December 6
Where: Online

More info at the BAM website

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