CBBC stars to showcase their skills at Cambridge Family Film Festival, the off-shoot of the Cambridge Film Festival

(L-r) DANIEL RADCLIFFE as Harry Potter, EMMA WATSON as Hermione Granger and RUPERT GRINT as Ron Weas

(L-r) DANIEL RADCLIFFE as Harry Potter, EMMA WATSON as Hermione Granger and RUPERT GRINT as Ron Weasley (being shown on Sunday). - Credit: Archant

The 35th Cambridge Film Festival - the UK’s third longest-running festival - rolls into town this weekend, and there’s loads for families to enjoy.

Cambridge Family Film Festival, the young person’s strand of the Cambridge Film Festival, will welcome children’s TV stars, who will be passing on their skills.

On Saturday, September 5, seven to 12-year-olds will have the opportunity to learn about children’s film and TV from BBC presenters Katie Thistleton (CBBC), Ben Shires (Officially Amazing) and actress Leona Vaughan (Jana from the Children’s BAFTA-winning CBBC series Wolfblood) - as well as Barney Goodland, one of the creators of Family Film Fest favourites The Gruffalo and Room on the Broom.

At 11am there’s BAFTA Kids: Behind The Scenes - a fascinating showcase of the films, television, games and websites nominated for the 2014 BAFTA Children’s Awards.

Ben Shires and Katie Thistleton will host a mix of demonstrations, behind-the-scenes films and interviews with top talent.

At 2.30pm stars from CBBC will host BAFTA Kids: TV Presenting Workshop - a practical insight into the world of television presenting.

Alongside these BAFTA Kids events, this year’s Family Film Festival also features a variety of film and television treats.

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These include a rare big screen outing for the original BBC TV Paddington series, a fancy dress Harry Potter event, Disney’s classic The Jungle Book alongside a visit from some of Shepreth Wildlife Park’s very own jungle animals, TV presenter and musician Neil Brand showcasing the slapstick magic of Buster Keaton. Also, there will be a tribute to the original TV incarnation of Roger Hargreaves’ Mr Men and modern TV favourites including Charlie and Lola, Mr Bean and a Gruffalo double bill.

All these events take place at the Arts Picturehouse cinema, and all tickets are £4.

All information is online at www.cambridgefilmfestival.org.uk/family.

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This year’s programme boasts seven World Premieres and 55 UK Premieres, with films from more than 30 countries.

There will also be special guests and complementary events and workshops.

Highlights include the UK premiere of Robert Redford’s The Company You Keep and the UK premiere of Infinitely Polar Bear.

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