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Little Stars on the sets at Castel Film Studios!

The Little aspiring Stars made a visit to the stages at Castel Fim Studios in Izvorani! The children and the attending parents were thrilled to discover the western, medieval or modern sets and even found out how a green-screen shooting takes place.

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Little Stars have started a collaboration with Film Club Romania!

 

In October 2015, the Little Stars Films were screened in more schools in Bucharest, as part of a project with Film Club România. As such the students from the Scoala Gimnaziala 97 had the opportunity to see the film “Adventures of Little Stars in the Park”, which was then followed by a discussion lead by the film director, Ariana Pendiuc.

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“The Homework Machine”, selected for the international competition of the Sharjah International Children Film Festival, United Arab Emirates!

 

“The Homework Machine”, the first episode of the detective adventure series, was recently selected for the international competition of the Sharjah International Children Film Festival, taking place in the United Arab Emirates, between the 18th and the 23rd of October 2015!

Find out more about the film HERE and watch the trailer of the festival HERE!

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Little Stars have just finished the shootings for a new Cartoon Network show!

Cartoon Network Expedition, a new tv show starring Little Stars and Jojo – Cătălina Grama, as host!

The shootings for the show took place in the summer of 2015 and the release is scheduled for next spring on Cartoon Network

The concept: three kids and one adult, a special guest, team up in order to face three very different challenges which are given to them by the host of the how. At the start of each adventure and at the end of each task, the team will receive the coordinates by GPS, which will help them guide to the next point. Each test will verify the contestants’ knowledge, technical abilities or sport abilities (due to the fact that the shootings take place in open air, on the mountain, in the woods etc). If the team is successful in accomplishing the task it receives a gold medal which can be transformed, at the end, in real cash.

The special guests are Călin Goia (Voltaj), Giulia AnghelescuNicole CherryVladimir DrăghiaAndreea Ibacka and Adrian Despot.

Three of the teams of children are made up of students or former students of the Little Stars School: Carla Isache, Maria Rolea, David Rolea, Ioana Nițu, Silviu Ciupercă, Maria Daniela Dan, Roberta Mitache, Ioan Olariu and Andrei Bulacu.

The shootings took place in Germany, in Bayrischzell, close to Munich. Cartoon Network Expedition is the Romanian adaptation of the German version,  Spurensuche.

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The Romanian Little Stars confirm their value in international festivals

Maruca Stancu ( aged 11), actress in the Little Stars films, was elected President of the Jury at the International Film Festival for Children in Iran

As the first school of film and television for children in Romania, Little Stars School marked a new achievement: Maruca Stancu, aged 11, a student of the school, was elected the President of the Jury within one of the biggest international film festivals for children. This is the second consecutive year that the Romanian Little Stars receive this position, which is unprecedented in the 30 year-old history of the festival. Last year, Niki Iftimoaie, aged 12, was unanimously voted as the President of the Jury of the same festival by the attending children from more than 10 participating countries.

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Marucaalready starred in several films for children, such as “Adventures of Little Stars in the Park” and “The Homework Machine”, which were selected for Cannes Film Festival in 2014 and 2015. Maruca stated: “This was an extraordinary opportunity for me. Each day I get to see a lot of films for children that motivate me to become better, and I think that my training at Little Stars School – how to present myself, control my emotions and even give a speech on a stage have all contributed to my being elected as the President of the Jury”.

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The Treasure, directed by Corneliu Porumboiu, starring Little Star Nicodim Toma, winner of “Un Certain Talent” Award at Cannes Film Festival 2015

The Un Certain Talent prize was awarded to Corneliu Porumboiu’s “The Treasure” (Comoara), which centers on a man whose neighbor asks him to help find the treasure buried in his grandparents’ garden. The leading child actor, Nicodim Toma, is a graduate of Little Stars School, having spent two seasons preparing for the part with our trainers. More so, all children that appear in the film are former or current students of Little Stars School.

The section ‘Un Certain Regard’ is part of the official selection of the Cannes Film Festival, taking place in parallel to the official competition.

 

Little Stars School, a new Romanian success at Cannes

 

The educational film for children „The Homework Machine”continues the tradition that started five years ago, when a Romanian short film for children was selected for the first time at Cannes Film Festival, within the section Short Film Corner. This achievement belongs to Little Stars School of Film and Television for Children, an educational non-governmental project that is responsible for the entire production of the films, including preparing the young actors that star in these films.

The short film presents the mysterious disappearance of ”The Homework Machine”, a magical device secretly desired by all children, that is stolen before acquiring the patent for the invention. As it happens, there is an aspiring and inspired detective among the group of child- inventors, and he comes up with a plan for solving the case. Even though at first the chances to identify the thieves are quite small, the Little Stars join their forces in order to find out the truth.

“This new selection at Cannes Film Festival, within Short Film Corner, is very important. We need cinema education for children in Romania and our wish is that, through Little Stars School, we lay the grounds for this ambitious project”, said Ariana and Ema Pendiuc, founders of Little Stars School of Film and Television for Children.

The selection of the short film is not the only connection of Little Stars School with Cannes: Nicodim Toma (aged 8), a graduate of the School, stars in the feature film “The Treasure”, written and directed by Corneliu Porumboiu, which is competing within Un Certain Regard. More so, all  22 children actors featured in this film are attending or have attended the classes of Little Stars School. The world premiere of the film is set for May 21st in Cannes.

Little Stars School At Kids Euro Festival

Washington DC, USA

 

We are proud to inform you that Little Stars School came across the ocean with two of our films. They were selected for Kids Euro Festival and they are two of the most successful movies: Adventures of Little Stars in the Park
 and Little Stars Discover the Secret of Magnets. The projections can be viewed in theaters starting today in Washington DC, USA. The two films were selected by the European Union Delegation to the United States and participate in the movie section “Films for Kids – Starring Kids.”

Kids Euro Festival is a festival celebrating the cultural diversity of Europe where people can have some unique experiences, educational but also interactive. Today begins the seventh edition of the Kids Euro Festival, which takes place between October the 24th and November the 9th.

More details on the festival and film presentation can be found by accessing the page: http://kidseurofestival.org/adventures-little-stars/

Over 70 Romanian Children at the Cannes Film Festival 2014

 

Even though no Romanian feature film took part in the Cannes Film Festival this year, our country was strongly represented at the short film section. The youngest participants were for sure the 70 Little Stars that played incredible roles in the two short films for children selected at Short Film Corner and Romanian Short Waves sections: ”Adventures of Little Stars in the Park” and „Little Stars Discover the Secret of Magnets”.

Talking about the latest achievement of Little Stars School, Ariana Pendiuc, the films’ director, stated: „This year’s double success fills me with confidence and proves once again that we are on the right path. It is a recognition of the talent and hard work that our Little Stars have invested in these films.”

Ema Pendiuc, both the films’ producer and an actress in the short film „Little Stars Discover the Secret of Magnets”, added: „One thing is to work with two or five children and a completely different thing is to work with 35 children for each film. And each of the Little Stars has a well defined role. This is actually the hardest part and the greatest achievement of the film series ”Adventures of Little Stars”. Four of our films have participated at Cannes so far, but the whole series includes no less than 17 films and, beginning with June 2014, two new productions will enrich the Little Stars’ portfolio.”

Impressed by the four participations of the film director Ariana Pendiuc and the Romanian Little Stars in the Cannes Film Festival, the film critic Irina Margareta Nistor stated: „In my opinion, the fact that there is a consistency is in itself a gain. It is a rare thing for a short film director to come back so many times at this prestigious festival.”

The short film for children ”Adventures of Little Stars in the Park” features an environmental theme and presents the story of a group of determined children who decide to save a park, that happens to be the only playing area in the neighbourhood. Therefore, they ask Anisia for help in order to make a plan that could stop the construction of a new shopping center on the site of the park area.

The second short film, ”Little Stars Discover the Secret of Magnets”, is a new episode that continues the educational series ”Adventures of Little Stars”. Anisia, a little girl who ran away from home, tired of listening to her mother’s endless preaches, returns to school, where she tries to pass unnoticed. Unfortunately for her, Anisia is caught by her teacher and forced to attend the physics class. While her colleagues start making fun of her dirty clothes and little geography knowledge, Anisia ventures herself into some interesting experiments with magnets.

 

The story of the Little Stars went all the way to China, to the International Forum

“The Development of Children’s Film”

Ema Pendiuc, the Little Stars School director, represented our school and country to the International Forum “The Development of Children’s Education”, in Beijing, China, organized by China Children’s Film Association, the Ministry of Education of China and CIFEJ – International Center of Films for Children and Young People.

This way, participants from all over the world found out about the successful story of Little Stars School and the 4 short-films selected to participate within Cannes Film Festival, in 2011, 2012 and 2014. The attendees also had the chance to discover the national Romanian costume, as worn by Ema Pendiuc.

Romanian Little Stars at Cannes 2014

The short films for children ”Little Stars Discover the Secret of Magnets” and ”Adventures of Little Stars in the Park”, two productions of the Romanian LITTLE STARS School of Film and Television for Children, were selected to participate in Cannes Film Festival 2014, within Short Film Corner and Romanian Short Waves sections.

The first short film, ”Little Stars Discover the Secret of Magnets”, is a new episode that continues the educational series ”Adventures of Little Stars”. Anisia, a little girl who ran away from home, tired of listening to her mother’s endless preaches, returns to school, where she tries to pass unnoticed. Unfortunately for her, Anisia is caught by her teacher and forced to attend the physics class. While her colleagues start making fun of her dirty clothes and little geography knowledge, Anisia ventures herself into some interesting experiments with magnets.

The second short film for children, ”Adventures of Little Stars in the Park”, features an environmental theme and presents the story of a group of determined children who decide to save a park, that happens to be the only playing area in the neighbourhood. Therefore, they ask Anisia for help in order to make a plan that could stop the construction of a new shopping center on the site of the park area.   

Ariana Pendiuc, the films’ Director, stated: „It is a huge reason of joy for everyone: for our partners, for our graduates and their parents and for our production crew. Actually, together with our DOP, Cosmin Croitoru and our film Producer, Ema Pendiuc, we are the same team of young filmmakers that has so far participated four times in this prestigious film festival, starting with 2010.”

 

The Little Stars Caravan again in Schools

Yesterday, The Little Stars Caravan joined the “Săptămâna Altfel” initiative and started the screening of the educational films for children, part of the series called “Little Stars Adventures”, in schools in Bucharest.

This way, the Little Stars intend to prove the power that educational films for children have in non-formal education.

The first school that welcomed us was no. 179 School, where the children watched the films “Adventures of Little Stars in the Park” (that was selected this year at Cannes Film Festival) and “The Homework Machine”.

 

Little Stars, on the Footprints of the Homework Machine

On Thursday, 3rd of April 2014, the two most recent short films for children produced by LITTLE STARS – School of Film and Television for Children , „The Homework Machine” and ”Little Stars at the Halloween Party”, were watched for the first time at the cinema, within the 8th Premiere of the educational short films for children.

The young talents that followed Film and Television for Children Couses were handed their well-deserved diplomas for successfully graduating the module, but also for their excellent performance in the two short films that complete the 17-short-film-series ”Adventures of Little Stars”. At the end of the Premiere, Little Stars, together with their families and supporters celebrated the event within a special kids party and a cocktail for grownups, in a holiday-like atmosphere.

We would like to thank all our partners for their great support: our Educational Partners Primăria Sectorului 1 and Primaria Sectorului 6 of Bucharest, „Jean Monnet” Highschool, „Al. Vlahuță” Highschool and School Nr. 45. Titu Maiorescu, our Strategic Partners Plaza România, Movieplex, Gorna Bania and Castel Film, our Main Partner Rommac, our partners Diverta, Apidava, Aquila, Zewa, Rausch, Tymbark, Paula Pudding-Dr. Oetker, Vedda, Top Production, Radar Group, Zoomserie, The Plot, Party Staff, Cora, Bun și Tot, Fun4All, Bucătărașul cel Dibaci, Rose-Mary Kindergarten and our Media Partners Draga mea pentru copii, Bebelu, Radio România 3Net, Ziarul Oval, România Liberă, literaturacopii.ro, Ziarul Ring, Observator Cultural, Melc Codobelc, 121.ro, UrbanKid.ro, Știri pentru copii, GoKID.ro, Qbebe, B24Kids, suntpărinte.ro.

 You can find more pictures from the Premiere on our Facebook page!

Little Stars School has organized the International Conference “Films for Children – an Important Tool for Children’s Education”

 

For the first time in 60 years, the Board of CIFEJ (International Center of Films for children and Young People) has reunited in Bucharest, for the Conference regarding the role of films for children in their non-formal education.

CIFEJ is the international organization for professionals in film industry for children, founded by UNESCO in 1955. The members of CIFEJ are film directors, producers, teachers, children organizations and associations presidents, representatives of ministries and culture departments from various countries, children film festivals around the world.

 Among the members present in Bucharest, at the Romanian Cultural Institute, were Ms Firdoze Bulbulia (South Africa), president of CIFEJ, Ms Elham Shirvani (Iran), executive director, Mr Mohsen Chiniforoushan (Iran), secretary, as well as Ms Ema Pendiuc (Romania), vice president of CIFEJ and director of Little Stars School.
Also joining us were Ms Sulafa Hijazi (Siria), Ms Maikki Kantola (Finland), Mr Hou Keming (China) and Mr Dragan Milinkovic (Serbia).

You can find more pictures from the event on our Facebook page!

The Classes of Film and Television Little Stars have started!

Starting this February we welcome a new group of children, eager to discover the secrets of film and television. The classes will be held in a new location – in the amphitheatre of the Central School of Bucharest – as well as in our two already established locations: The Metropolitan Cultural Center (district 1) and “Constantin Brancuși” no. 174 School (district 6).

 

A look back – 3 years and a half of Little Stars School activity

 

For more pictures and videos, visit Little Stars School page on Facebook.

Little Stars on the Set Again!

The 2013 Fall season’s graduates recorded in November and December two new educational short films for children! Thus, Little Stars School enriched its portfolio with two new adventure stories!

This time, the advanced classes students had to deal with a magical invention called “The Homework Machine”, a mystery, a detective and his assistants, all on the background of a an excellent investigation.

Meanwhile, the Little Stars from the beginner classes entered some Halloween characters’ roles, with spectacular costumes and decorations!

You can find more photos from the shootings on our Facebook pages – Little Stars School of Film and Television and Little Stars School!

Premiering the new films “Little Stars and the Healthy Eating Pyramid”and “Adventures of Little Stars in the Park”, at Movieplex Cinema!

Thusrday, October 24th, was the Premiere day for the two newest educational short films for children : “Little Stars and the Healthy Eating Pyramid” and “Adventures of Little Stars in the Park”.

The screenings in the cinema hall within Movieplex Romania were attended by the Little Stars starring in the films, as well as their parents and friends who came to support them.

The children went on stage one by one, at the end of the screenings, to collect their diplomas and presents offered by the event’s sponsors. We congratulate the Little Stars and welcome them to the gallery of graduates from Little Stars School of Film and Television for Children!

For more photos, visit us on http://www.facebook.com/scoala.micilevedete

 

 

The Little Stars School Went All The Way To Iran!

In October, Ema Pendiuc, the founder of the Little Stars School and vice-president of the International Film Festival for Children and Young People participated as member of the jury at the Film Festival for Children Isfahan, located in Iran.

     

Little Stars Summer School 2013

Little Stars School of Film and Television for Children organized, between the 29th of July and the 16th of August the Little Stars Summer School at the Metropolitan Cultural Center, District 1, Bucharest!

The participants had the opportunity to take their first steps into the children film world – they did various group and individual exercises and acting games, indoors as well as in an open space. This set of games and exercises tested the participants’ attention, creativity, memory and ability to focus.

In addition, they watched several short films produced by the Little Stars School, together with other romanian and foreign films for children. The Summer School students ended up directing and filming themselves in several film scenes.

If you have the curiosity to see what they have accomplished, the only thing you have to do is visit our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/scoala.micilevedete, that will provide you with photos and soon videos from the Little Stars Summer School 2013!

 

Little Stars School was awarded at DREAM FEST 2013!

Little Stars School was awarded during the Closing Ceremony of DREAM FEST with the Award for “Cinema education and formation towards children”, dedicated to the School principal, Ariana Pendiuc!

The program of DREAM FEST International Festival for Children and Teenagers, 3rd edition, 19-23 June 2013, included the short films “Little Stars Show”and “Little Stars Discover the Secret of Magnets”!

In addition, the Little Stars School was represented at Slatina by the Little Stars Jury, part of the International Children Jury, which comprised of Razvan Olteanu, Teodora Zgreaban, George Zanfir, Andra Ilie and Adrina Enescu.

 

The children at Little Stars School have just filmed the latest short films within series The Adventures of Little Stars

In December, the children attending the fall classes at Little Stars School have participated in the filming of the latest short films within series The Adventures of Little Stars!

The shooting of the two short films, directed by Ariana Pendiuc and produced by Ema Pendiuc, the School principals, took place at Scoala Centrala in Bucharest.

As you can see from the photos posted, the Little Stars took their roles quite seriously, even though some of them were at their first experience of this kind :)

Here are some photos from the first film, starring children from the beginners and intermediary classes

(for more photos from the film shootings please go to the page “News” or visit us on facebook, at Scoala Micile Vedete!)

„Little Stars at the Countryside”, selected at CINEKID International Film Festival, Amsterdam

At the end of October, Little Stars School participated at International Film Festival for Children CINEKID 2012, in Holland, where the short film „Little Stars at the Countryside” was selected at Screening Club, alongside great names of the  international children cinema.

Ema Pendiuc, the Little Stars School Manager, was elected the president of the international jury of feature film competition and delivered a speech at the Award Ceremony of Cinekid Film Festival, in Amsterdam, to explain the jury’s decisions and the 3 nominations: Ernest & Célestine (France), Lucky (South Africa) and Twigson in Trouble (Norway).

The winner of Cinekid Award for International Feature Film was declared Ernest and Celestine (France), directed by Stéphane Aubier, Vincent Patar and Benjamin Renner. Congratulations!

 

 

 The Little Olympics in Cinema, for the fifth time on the Red Carpet

The Premiere of the most recent 3 short films of Little Stars School – 11.10.2012

As our country prepares Olympic children in sports or mathematics, also in cinema we ca reach this performance. After two remarkable participations in Cannes Film Festival, on October 11th, Little Stars School launched the most recent three educational films for children „Little Stars Adventures at the Castle”, „Little Stars at Red Rooster Farm” and  „Little Stars in grandfather’ s garden“, at Movieplex Cinema, Plaza Romania.

The Little Stars protagonists in the three educational films for children walked the red carpet next to more than 450 guests, who applauded heartily their performance on the screen.

 

 

Filming Little Stars Adventures At The Castle

Little Stars filmed on the last weekend the latest short film for children, „Little Stars Adventures at the Castel”! We guarantee that the movie is full of exciting adventures and that the Little Stars protagonists were great on set!

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The Premiere of the last two short films for children – 29.03.2012

Little Stars School  launched the last 2 short films for children “Little Stars at the library” and “Little Stars lead a healthy lifestyle” at Movieplex Cinema, in Plaza Romania.

The Premiere was a real succes and the Little Stars have had the honor to walk on the red carpet near their mentor, Gabriela Cristea Toader, the anchor of the shoe  ”My dear friend” at Kanal D  ! Congratulations to all the Little Stars!

 

Little Stars School at Baby Boom

 

For the first time in the history of the International Centre of Film for Children – CIFEJ, a romanian woman was elected vice president!

Ema Pendiuc, director and founder of School of Film and Television for Children “Little Stars”, was chosen in Warsaw, vice president of the International Centre of Film for Children and Youth – CIFEJ the most prestigious institution in the world of film for children, founded by UNESCO, in Edinburg in 1955.

 

The Premiere of the last 3 short films for children at Little Stars School – a  real success

Thursday evening, 29th of September, the Movieplex Cinema hall at Plaza Romania was crowded with more than 500 people, at the premiere of the last 3 short films for children. The Little Stars have been applauded by over 500 parents, grandparents, teachers, officials and special guests, wich was a real surprise both for organizers and  Little Stars who walked on  the red carpet. The three short films wich had the Premiere  last night, “Little Stars in the country”, “Little ecologists Stars” and “Little  Stars got talent” were extremely appreciated by the public.

 

Premiering “Little Stars home Alone” and “Little Stars at School” short films

The evening of March 15th was absolutely special. Plaza Romania’s MOVIEPLEX cinema hall emanated a fairytale atmosphere and entranced 450 guests at the premiere of the two short film productions of the first Romanian School of Film and Television, Little Stars home alone and Little Stars at school. The 52 protagonists nervously watched alongside their parents, grandparents, brothers, teachers, principals of the best schools in Bucharest, representatives of the Ministry of Education, general inspectorate of Bucharest, vice-mayor of sector 1, Dan Tudorache, Partners of the little stars, and other special guests such as Violeta Beclea Szekely, the result of three months of effort whilst learning step by step the rules of television and film. Whilst receiving applause from the entire hall, the young stars have proven that they deserve to be the second generation of graduates of the School of Little Stars.

We thank everyone that has stood by us during these special times and have helped us make this event magical and memorable. We whole-heartedly congratulate the little stars!

We believe in Romania’s Little Stars!