Take a sneak peak at one of the films showing at the upcoming 2011 Providence Children’s Film Festival. Many more films for all ages will be shown during the festival. Some free and some require paid tickets. For more details and to purchase advance tickets, visit the PCFF website.

SUMMER WARS: 2011 Providence Children’s Film Festival is proud to present this 2010 Academy Award entry for Best Animated Feature. This cyberpunk/sci-fi mix is a visual tour-de-force that presents the Internet as conceived by artist Takashi Murakami.

Summer WarsWhen a computer savvy teen unwittingly cracks a security code to one of the world’s busiest websites, havoc ensues. Kenji is a teenage math prodigy recruited by his secret crush Natsuki for the ultimate summer job — passing himself off as her boyfriend for the four day celebration of her grandmother’s 90th birthday. But when Kenji solves a 2,056 digit math riddle sent to his cell phone, he unwittingly breaches the security barricade protecting Oz, the globe-spanning virtual world where millions of people and governments interact through their avatars, handling everything from online shopping and traffic control, to national defense and nuclear launch codes. Now a malicious AI program called Love Machine is hijacking Oz accounts, growing exponentially more powerful and sowing chaos and destruction in its wake…Watch trailer here.

“A whirlwind of a film! Further proof Japan does grown-up children’s stories better than the United States!” – New York Times

Director Mamoru Hosada, (Japan, 2009) / in English / digital projection
Run Time: 111 mins.
Ages: PCFF recommends for ages 11 and up for strong language, avatar violence.
Tickets: Check the PCFF website for scheduling and ticket info.