Addressed to students of primary schools in Ravenna's Municipality, educational appointment Nightmare Kid will propose a deepening on animated cinema with the screening of My life as a Zucchini by Claude Barras, under the guidance of Francesco Filippi. Director, writer and frame-by-frame animator, Filippi will guide young viewers into the world of stop-motion animation, analysing its techniques and revealing its tricks and secrets. The event is scheduled on Monday 29th at 09:30 at Palazzo del Cinema e dei Congressi in Ravenna.


Target: Primary schools

Age/student class: 8-10 years old / classes III - VI - V

My life as a Zucchini by Claude Barras (Ma Vie de Courgette, France, 2016 - Animation 66’)
In collaboration with AGIS Scuola


My Life as a Zucchini is a jewel of stop-motion animation, a technique that is very similar to traditional animation, even though drawings are replaced by puppets filmed frame by frame.
The protagonist is a 9-year old boy nicknamed Courgette who is sent to a family house after his mother’s death: thanks to his new friends, especially the sweet Camille, he will overcome every difficultiy, eventually starting a new life.
The film won numerous awards in most important film festivals and received an Oscar nomination and a Golden Globe nomination in 2017.

Claude Barras (1973) is a Swiss director. He studied Illustration and Computer Graphic at the École Emile Cohl of Lione. He graduated in antrophology and digital imaging a the ECAL (École Cantonale d’Art de Lausanne). He directed many short films and in 2016 he presented his film My Life as a Zucchini at the Quinzaine des réalisateurs of the Cannes Festival where he received great reviews from both public and critics.

Francesco Filippi (1975) is a director, writer and stop-motion animator. His most famous short films, awarded around the world, are Home (2009), Gamba Trista (2010) e Memorial (2013). Release of his medium-length film Mani Rosse is expected for 2018. Graduated in Educational Science with a thesis on Japanese animation, he studied cinema and animation screenwriting at School of Visual Arts in New York. Among his collaborations there is the direction of three videoclips of Cartoni dello Zecchino. Since 1999 he has written articles and essays about animated cinema. His last book is Fatti un film: manuale per giovani video-maker (Giunti, 2016). He holds film workshops for kids all over Italy.
His website is




In order to submit a class to the initiative, simply send an email to specifying the class, its respective Institute, the teacher's name and telephone number, number of students and adults. Alternatively, you can phone Nicola Berti: Office +39 0544464812 - Mon-Fri 9:00-13:00, Mob. +39 3497399303.
Please note that available seats are limited and submissions will be accepted based on the order of arrival.

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