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

Age 5+

The Amazing Wiplala
(6+ | The Netherlands | 2016)

A 7 year-old boy discovers a tiny man with magical powers in his kitchen cupboard.

Anchors Up: Boat to the Rescue
(5+ | Norway | 2017)

A young rescue boat from a small village gets promoted to a big city harbor and helps to save the world with the help of his village friends.

Heidi
(6+ | Germany, Switzerland| 2017)
The latest version of Johanna Spyri’s classic novel

(starring the late Bruno Ganz) about a young orphan who lives with her grumpy grandfather in the Swiss Alps.

Landfill Harmonic
(6+ | Paraguay | 2016)

Members of a Paraguayan youth orchestra play instruments made from garbage found in one of South America’s largest landfills adjacent to their neighborhood. When their story goes viral, they realize their dream of performing live with some of their favorite heavy metal bands, including Megadeth.

Mr. Frog
(6+ | The Netherlands | 2016)

Based on the bestselling Dutch novel about a beloved teacher who turns into a frog at the mere mention of the word.

Pim & Pom

(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
( 6+ | Ireland | 2015)

Oscar-nominated hand-drawn animated film about the last seal-child, Saoirse, and her brother Ben, who go on an epic journey to save the world of magic and discover the secrets of their past.

Tales from the Lakeside
(6+ | Hungary | 2017)

AKA Willy and the Guardians of the Lake, this animated coming-of-age tale is adapted from Judit Berg’s book about the Verdies, the tiny but brave guardians of the lake.

Age 8+

Ballad from Tibet
(8+ | China | 2018)

Based 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.

Belle & Sebastian
(8+ | France | 2013)

In 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.

The Blue Tiger
(8+ | Czech Republic | 2013)

When 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.

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.

Cloudboy
(9 & up | Belgium, Sweden, Norway, The Netherlands | 2017)

A 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.

The Finishers
(13+ | France | 2015)

A 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.

Imba Means Sing
(8+ | USA | 2015)

Follows the 8 year-old members of the Grammy-nominated African Children's Choir from the slums of Kampala, Uganda through their world tour.

The World of Us
(10+ | South Korea | 2016)

Coming of age story about two 10 year-old girls whose friendship gets complicated by social hierarchy at their school.

 

 

Other Recommended Children's Films

Age 5+

April and the Extraordinary World
(8+ | France | 2015)

After the world’s top scientists disappear, including her parents, April secretly forges ahead with a family experiment.

The Big Bad Fox and Other Tales
(6+ | France, Belgium | 2017)

The misadventures of a young clumsy Fox and a feisty little red Hen; Oscar submission for Best Animated Film.

Early Man
(6+ | UK, France | 2018)

Animator 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.

The Incredible Story of the Giant Pear
(5+ | Denmark | 2017)

An 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.

Maya the Bee
(4+ | Germany | 2014)

Maya and her friend Willy saving their hive from the greedy queen’s advisor and ending the long-term hostility between bees and hornets.

My Giraffe
(5+ | The Netherlands | 2017)

Based on the nursery rhyme by Annie M. G. Schmidt about a boy and his friend Raf the giraffe.

Age 10+

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 Sue
(10+ | Germany, Luxembourg | 2018)

Twelve-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.

Los Bando
(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 Turtle
(11+ | France, Japan | 2016)

A 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.

 

 

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