Providence is a great place for families. Now I have one more reason why I love it here – the Providence Children’s Film Festival. Rhode Island’s first and only festival dedicated to children’s films will take placeÂ the weekend of February 12-15, 2010. The four-day festival aims to introduce Rhode Island children and their families to the great variety of high-quality independent films made in the United States and around the world specifically for young audiences.
The weekend, designed for kids of all ages, celebrates film as an art form – films designed to engage, enchant, and mesmerizeÂ audiences–not merely a vehicle to spawn commercial toys. The film festival provides children and their parents with an opportunity to see films often not available through mainstream channels. The films, carefully chosen for this festival by the organizers, will offer something for kids of every age, including animated shorts and feature length films, films with live actors, fictional stories, documentaries, films made by children and movies by and about other cultures and traditions.
My sons were lucky to have had a sneak peak ofThe Secret of Kells (pictured above) but they are looking forward to seeing this animated film (and possible Oscar nominee) on the big screen. Obsessed film buffs,Â they were quick to check out the Providence Children’s Film Festival new website so they could map out their weekend. Now we just need to fit in meals around their jam-packed screening schedule and their plans to review the event for their site, FlickFlackMovieTalk.com.
To help you get ready for the film festival, I will highlight some of the films and events on Kidoinfo over the next few weeks so you can decide for yourself what films appeal to your family and are age appropriates for your child(ren).
In the meantime, here are the basics:
Providence Children’s Film Festival runs from February 12-15, 2010
2 locations within walking distance of each other.
Onstreet parking is available. Meters are not enforced on the weekend.
– Cable Car Cinema
204 South Main Street, Providence, RI 02903
The Cable Car will show feature-length films during the festival. Tickets are required and can be purchased the day of the movie. No advanced ticket sales before the day of the show, with the exception of Friday’s opening party premiere of The Secret of Kells. All movies will play twice over the weekend. Check the schedule for showtimes and age recommendations.
– Metcalf Auditorium, RISD Museum
Enter through the Chace Center at 20 North Main Street, Providence, RI 02903
There will both animations and documentaries. playing in the Metcalf Auditorium. Admission is FREE for all programs at this location. Films shown here are for all ages. This is the place to introduce your wee ones–with short attention spans and nap schedules–to films without spending a dime.
– Workshops: Families learn firsthand technical skills used in filmmaking. This year the focus is on animation, and two local animators, Annie Lavigne and Amy Lovera, will lead workshops (for children ages 8 and older) in direct animation and cut paper animation (a kind of stop motion animation). Space is limited. Pre-registration is required for these workshops. Click here for details. PLEASE NOTE: THE 1:30 SATURDAY WORKSHOP HAS SOLD OUT.
Kick off events on Friday, February 12
– Metcalf Auditorium, RISD Museum from 3:30 – 5pm
Your Shorts are Showin’
An exciting assorted mix of short films that will be shown throughout the festival before feature length films.Â This film appetizer will give you a good taste of what’s to come. Animated and live action, including among many others, Tiny Invention’s “Electric Car” and Peter Watkins’ “Hose.”
– Cable Car Cinema at 5:30pm
Kickoff Reception & Premiere Screening of The Secret of Kells
Cost: Admission for the Friday, February 12,Â Kickoff Reception and premiere screening of The Secret of Kells at the Cable Car Cinema is $15. Â Capacity is very limited. Tickets can be purchased in advance HERE.
Images shown of two films from Providence Children’s Film festival: The Secret of Kells (top) and Automorphosis (bottom)