After being completely refurbished, the Forum des Images finally reopened its doors a couple of months ago. Founded about 20 years ago, the Forum is Paris’ premier film library and cultural cinema venue.
The new Forum is fantastic, and a stark contrast to the ugly Forum des Halles shopping centre that houses it. (The Forum des Halles is now also up for a major refurbishment, so hopefully what is known as the eyesore of Paris, will finally disappear). It does mean that the Forum des Images is right in the centre of Paris and very easily accessible.
One of the major attractions are the children’s film screenings. There are screenings every weekend and on Wednesdays. At the moment, during mid-term holidays, there is a very popular children’s film festival on. Films start from 18 months onwards. The choice varies from classic art school films to old classic Disney films.
They also have great workshops for kids, mostly from 3 onwards, teaching kids about the basics of film making and animation. As both my husband and I work in animation we have been dragging our 3-year-old to lots of workshops and she has been absolutely loving it!
All the workshops and films are in French, though a lot of the films for the little ones are not dialogue-based so can be enjoyed by non-French speakers too!