FREE STREAMING: Best French And African Animation Films To Watch With Your Family

The Institut Français is offering free access to a selection of films for the Animated Films Festival 2020 on its platform IF Cinema featuring French and African animations.

For the 10th year in a row, the Institut Français partners with the Association Française du Cinéma d’Animation to promote the Fête du cinéma d’animation (Animated films festival) around the world. Discover and watch a selection of animated short and feature films from your home for FREE until October 31, 2020!  

Here is the list of the selection: 

Feature films:

Adama - Poster

Adama by Simon Rouby

Twelve-year-old Adama lives in a remote village in Western Africa. Beyond the cliffs, the World of Breaths can be found, where the Nassaras reign. One night, Samba, his older brother, disappears. Defying the laws of the elders, Adama decides to set out to find him. With the unwavering determination of a child becoming a man, he launches into a quest that will take him beyond the seas, to the North, to the front lines of World War One. It is 1916.

Gus petit oiseau, grand voyage

Gus petit oiseau, grand voyage by Christian De Vita

When about to set off on the great migration, Darius, the oldest member and leader of the flock, is injured. He must confide all his secrets and the new itinerary to the first bird that comes along. And this bird… is our hero, thrilled by the idea of at last discovering the world… but not all a migratory one!


Short films:

Kindergarten Show

The Kindergarten Show by Loïc Bruyèr

In a theater, a schoolmaster owl tries to present the end-of-year kindergarten show. Unfortunately for him, the evening is not going to go as planned, because the vicissitudes are linked even before the opening of the curtain .

L’Atelier (The Workshop) by Bianca Mansani

L’Atelier (The Workshop) by Bianca Mansani

A little girl comes to shake up the routine of her grandmother who works in her sewing workshop.

Matilda

Matilda by Irène Iborra and Eduard Puertas Anfruns

Matilda can’t sleep, and is playing with her bedside lamp when the bulb pops! Matilda finds herself in the dark. Her first fear over, and thanks to her flashlight, the little girl becomes familiar with the dark, and gradually discovers the charms of the night.

The One Who Tamed the Clouds by Julie Rembauville and Nicolas Bianco-Levrin

The One Who Tamed the Clouds by Julie Rembauville and Nicolas Bianco-Levrin

At the top of a canyon the old Indian Flying Shadow teaches young Nayati the ancient art of smoke signals. It is the meeting of two opposites the little boy all fire all flames upsets the calm of the old shaman soon causing a disaster.

La Petite pousse (The little shoot) by Chaïtane Conversat

La Petite pousse (The little shoot) by Chaïtane Conversat

To sew pretty dresses for herself, a young girl captures flowery patterns using a magic sheet. Every night, ants move his house from field to field. One day, a seed falls into his mouth, a small shoot comes out of his navel .

Beuââârk! by Gabriel Jacquel

Beuââârk! by Gabriel Jacquel

Little Tom is well surrounded by his mother who tracks down any germs and bacteria in the house. And no question of eating anything either. A trip to town? Mom is watching. At least she believes it .

Lunolin, petit naturaliste (Lunolin, little naturalist) by Cecilia Marreiros Marum

Lunolin, petit naturaliste (Lunolin, little naturalist) by Cecilia Marreiros Marum

A little five-year-old boy finds himself, during a walk in the woods, in the presence of two hedgehogs whom he will first tyrannize, totally oblivious to the sadism of his games. Believing to be their friend, little Lunolin feels betrayed when he discovers one morning that the two little hedgehogs have escaped.

Shamazulu by Jérémie Nsingui

Shamazulu by Jérémie Nsingui

Shamazulu has just married the man of her dreams. Unfortunately, she is complexed: she has a very big nose. The night of her wedding, a genius appears and offers to change her nose, against a promise: never to abandon her husband.

Malika et la sorcière (Malika and the witch) by Nabaloum Boureima

Malika et la sorcière (Malika and the witch) by Nabaloum Boureima

Papa Nzeu is convinced that you always need someone smaller than you. To demonstrate this, he embarks on a fantastic story: in a dark forest, a witch kidnaps a group of women, as well as a little girl, Malika. Will she manage to get them out of there?

The Gift

Le Cadeau (Gift) by Ismael Dialo

A young girl is disappointed with her friend’s gift: a simple shell. Papa Nzenu tells him that one day, in Mali, the fate of a young man changed after his uncle offered him a gourd seed. The value of a gift is not always materia.

Les Trois vérités (The Three Truths) by Louisa Beskri and Wakili Adehan

Les Trois vérités (The Three Truths) by Louisa Beskri and Wakili Adehan

One stormy evening, a very sick man charges his son with a mission: to repay all their debts, then return to his bedside. He will then tell him three truths that he alone has. But when the son comes home, alas, it is too late.

Le Lutteur (The Wrestler) by Abib Cissé

Le Lutteur (The Wrestler) by Abib Cissé

One night, a woman gives birth to a baby. Unfortunately, he is taken away … Years later, he is a wrestler and forced to fight for a living. Will he succeed in freeing himself from this condition and finally find his mother?

Le chasseur et l’antilope (The hunter and the antelope) by Narcisse Youmbi

Le chasseur et l’antilope (The hunter and the antelope) by Narcisse Youmbi

The hunter and the antelope, the first pilot episode of the series, was voted Best animated film at the night of the short film in Cameroon. Through the character of Papa Nzenu, griot of the 21st century and common thread of the series, Tales of Africa offers a journey on the African continent through his tales.

You can access and watch all of these free animated films here.

Which one was your favorite? If you feel inspired to share, please leave a comment below!

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