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Tickets are now on sale to “Explore New Worlds” at the 9th Annual Providence Children’s Film Festival being held Feb 16-25.

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Full Schedule Released Includes 15 Features, 145 Shorts, Workshops, Free Activities and Presentations. 

By the Providence Children’s Film Festival

The Providence Children’s Film Festival (PCFF) has announced this year’s full schedule of films, activities, workshops. and community collaborations. Now in its ninth year, the much-anticipated annual Festival takes place at main venues within walking distance of downtown Providence and at satellite venues across the state.

Explore New Worlds

Film: Step

During the Festival, PCFF will screen films selected for their compelling stories with a global perspective that challenge young audiences to better understand the world. This year’s program includes 15 feature-length and 145 short films—including a film classic, live-action, documentaries, and animations—created by filmmakers from around the world, representing over twenty countries.

PCFF believes in providing enriching shared film opportunities for youth from an early age, inspiring and cultivating a new generation of filmmakers, storytellers, and engaged citizens. Audiences are invited to Reel Connections with filmmakers, performances, and discussions that accompany selected films. With PCFF Cinema Passports? in hand, young filmgoers travel on the magic carpet of film, learning about other countries, cultures, and people.

“We believe in the power of visual storytelling to transform how we think about the world and our place in it,” said Anisa Raoof, PCFF Director. “By giving voice to people of many cultures, PCFF’s international films encourage Rhode Island children and families to embrace a global perspective—and find themselves reflected on the screen.”

New this year – weekday field trip screenings

New this year, PFCC is offering special weekday field trip screenings of short film collections and feature-length films accompanied by lively film discussions and take-home classroom activity guides. These screenings are open to students in grades K-12. Schools, afterschool programs, vacation care programs, and youth groups are invited. To learn more, visit this page on the PCFF website.


At the PCFF website you can find:

Film: Tesoros
  • Film Details and Schedule
  • Main Venues and Satellite Locations
  • Opening Night Party and Screening
  • Free Movie Screenings
  • Parental Guidance
  • Patron Perk Discounts
  • Tickets
  • Workshops


Travel and meet children from around the world

At this year’s Festival, movie-goers will get to know a friendly monster in Abulele?; soar to faraway lands in the classic Chitty Chitty Bang Bang;? get spooked by the mystery of Room 213?; follow the story of a girl who struggles to support her family under Taliban rule in The Breadwinner?; enter the enchanting animated world of Lotte and the Moonstone Secret?; or get caught up in the beats of reggaeton in Jeffrey?.

Encounter the lives of children across the world, whether in Colombia (Hero Steps?), Swaziland (Liyana?), England (Swallows and Amazons?), Mexico (The Other Side of the Wall and Tesoros?), Afghanistan (The Breadwinner?), or in the UK (Just Charlie?) as they embark on adventures, face obstacles such as poverty and discrimination, strive to hold their families together, and learn more about themselves and their identities.

About Providence Children’s Film Festival

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The Providence Children’s Film Festival (PCFF), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, was founded in 2009 to bring high-quality, independent and international children’s films, animation and documentaries to New England, and to present them as shared theatrical experiences for the community. Festival organizers include artists, educators, librarians, and nonprofit administrators who see value in introducing children to film and animation as a way to help them make connections to both their own and other cultures.

PCFF gratefully acknowledges the organization’s major funders? – The Carter Family Foundation, Entelco Foundation, Hasbro, June Rockwell Levy Foundation, Providence Tourism Council, Rhode Island Council for the Humanities, and Rhode Island State Council on the Arts – and recognizes leading sponsors of its 9th annual Festival: BankRI, CVS Health, Jake & Company, the Providence Athenaeum, Roger Williams Park Zoo, and Seven Stars Bakery.