Belmont World Film Children's Film Recommendations
If you're looking to find great, age-appropriate and entertaining films to watch together as a family while staying home, we've put together a list of some of our favorite films from Family Festivals past, as well as some international children's films that we've loved, but weren't able to show. Click on the film name for a streaming link to the entire film (usually Amazon, Netflix, Vimeo, or TubiTV, which are sometimes offered for free if you are a subscriber or with a trial subscription), or you may be able to find them on alternate streaming servicess or for free on Kanopy through your local library.
We also recommend checking out For Kids of All Ages The National Society of Film Critics on Children's Movies edited by our friend Peter Keough, a film critic and contributor himself, who currently writes the documentary film page in the Boston Globe.
BWF Family Film Festival Faves
The Amazing Wiplala
A 7 year-old boy discovers a tiny man with magical powers in his kitchen cupboard.
Anchors Up: Boat to the Rescue
(starring the late Bruno Ganz) about a young orphan who lives with her grumpy grandfather in the Swiss Alps.
(5+ | The Netherlands | 2015)Feline friends Pim and Pom must fend for themselves when they are separated from their beloved owner, in this charming animated adventure based on the long-running Dutch comic strip.
Song of the Sea
Tales from the Lakeside
Ballad from TibetBased on the true story about students from a school for the blind in the Tibetan Himalayas, who walk from Gyangzê to Shenzen, China to fulfill their dream of singing on a famous reality TV show.
(8+ | China | 2018)
Belle & SebastianIn a breathtaking village in the French Alps, a lonely six-year-old boy (Sebastian) befriends a wild yet gentle dog (Belle), despite the villagers fears that the dog is killing the town's sheep. Together they look to foil a Nazi effort to capture French Resistance fighters involved in helping Jews escape to Switzerland.
(8+ | France | 2013)
The Blue TigerWhen a diabolical mayor plans to demolish an old botanical garden and replace it with his vision of a modern new city, the only thing that can save it is the magical blue tiger.
(8+ | Czech Republic | 2013)
Breaking a Monster
(10+ | USA | 2015)
As seventh-graders, band members of Unlocking The Truth spend their weekends playing metal music in New York's Times Square, often to substantial crowds. After signing with a 70-year-old manager, they are soon on their way to a $1.8 million record deal.
CloudboyA shy skateboarder from Belgium reluctantly agrees to help herd reindeer during the summer in Lapland with his mother’s new family who live amongst the Sami, an indigenous reindeer-herding people.
(9 & up | Belgium, Sweden, Norway, The Netherlands | 2017)
The FinishersA wheelchair bound son convinces his father to compete together in a triathlon in Nice. Inspired by the true story of Team Hoyt of the Boston Marathon.
(13+ | France | 2015)
Imba Means SingFollows the 8 year-old members of the Grammy-nominated African Children's Choir from the slums of Kampala, Uganda through their world tour.
(8+ | USA | 2015)
The World of UsComing of age story about two 10 year-old girls whose friendship gets complicated by social hierarchy at their school.
(10+ | South Korea | 2016)
Other Recommended Children's Films
April and the Extraordinary WorldAfter the world’s top scientists disappear, including her parents, April secretly forges ahead with a family experiment.
(8+ | France | 2015)
The Big Bad Fox and Other TalesThe misadventures of a young clumsy Fox and a feisty little red Hen; Oscar submission for Best Animated Film.
(6+ | France, Belgium | 2017)
Early ManAnimator Nick Park’s first feature film since his Oscar-winning Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit, assisted by our friend Merlin Crossingham at Aardman Animation.
(6+ | UK, France | 2018)
The Incredible Story of the Giant PearAn elephant and a cat embark on a journey full of hazards, pirates, ghosts, and an underwater dragon to help save their town’s missing mayor.
(5+ | Denmark | 2017)
Maya the BeeMaya and her friend Willy saving their hive from the greedy queen’s advisor and ending the long-term hostility between bees and hornets.
(4+ | Germany | 2014)
My GiraffeBased on the nursery rhyme by Annie M. G. Schmidt about a boy and his friend Raf the giraffe.
(5+ | The Netherlands | 2017)
I Kill Giants
(10+ | UK | 2018)
Based on the acclaimed graphic novel by Joe Kelly and Ken Niimura about a quick-witted, sharp- tongued middle-schooler who isn’t afraid of anything.
Invisible SueTwelve-year-old Sue is a lone wolf. When she discovers a liquid produced by her scientist mother, she is suddenly able to become invisible. When her mother is abducted, she and two new friends she has to rescue her mother and hunt down the kidnappers.
(10+ | Germany, Luxembourg | 2018)
(10+ | Norway, Sweden | 2018)
A feel good road movie about a young band that sets out on a journey across Norway to attend the National Championships of Rock, in a race against time, the police and their parents (Note: you will need to set up a Virtual Private Network to access Amazon in the UK).
The Red TurtleA man washes up on an island populated by turtles and crabs, but devoid of humans and finds himself confronted by a huge red turtle. The turtle obstructs his efforts to escape the island, while eventually forging a strong relationship. Oscar nominee for Best Animated Feature Film.
(11+ | France, Japan | 2016)
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