Don’t Miss: 2012 Providence Children’s Film Festival

Tuesday, January 31, 2012


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Smart, creative films for young viewers come to Providence, including Crocodiles Strike Back.

Lucky, lucky kids. This year's Providence Children’s Film Festival (PCFF) is bigger than ever, featuring six days of films, workshops and presentations with non-commercial, independent films offering diverse cultural themes and global perspective for children, youth and teens, February 16-21, 2012.

Now in its third year, PCFF is the only independent film festival in New England dedicated to younger minds. The Festival offers families and film fans from age 3-18 exciting and engaging high-quality, international films, animation, documentaries, filmmaking workshops and presentations spanning President’s Day Weekend at three locations in downtown Providence.

A passion for film, a vision for youth

PCFF is the brainchild of a group of Providence residents with a passion for film who saw a need for youth options outside of the mainstream marketplace. "So many parents have told us that they crave an alternative to the mainstream, commercial movie experience that is centered around selling merchandise to our kids," said Brenda Shannon, PCFF's Board President. "The Providence Children's Film Festival is our response: non-commercial, intelligent, engaging movies that excite and educate young minds, where the only thing being sold is creativity."

The Festival’s international scope offers not only entertainment, but educational opportunity to children and kids. “For a good portion of our young audience members, the idea of seeing a documentary or a film with subtitles is a completely new and welcome experience, and one that is not usually offered to their age demographic,” Shannon said.

Juried selection--and the jurists include children

Unique to PCFF is the selection process of the films. A committee – that includes youth between ages 5-13 – view and score each of the hundreds of films submitted and solicited by the Festival based on several criteria. “Unlike other film festivals, the PCFF 'junior jury' plays an integral role in deciding the films that make it into the festival,” said Eric Bilodeau, PCFF Director of Programming. “We are not just asking them to rate their ‘favorites’ from a group of finals; we give them full score cards and full viewing (depending on their exact age).” The score card rates story, direction, sound, acting, production values and PCFF film suitability.

50+ films in store for 2012

The result is this year's selection of 17 feature length films and approximately 44 shorts: including French animation Tales of the Night, acclaimed director Michel Ocelot's latest film of enchanted lands, dragons and captive princesses; Crocodiles Strike Back, the sequel to a 2011 PCFF audience favorite - the second installment of a trilogy featuring a gang of pint-sized detectives in an entertaining coming-of-age film (German); Soul Boy, a dramatic and inspiring film based on African folklore, and Circus Dreams, a documentary on the teens that make up the acclaimed Vermont Circus Smirkus troupe -- with director Signe Taylor on hand for a Q&A session at the Saturday screening and performers putting on a special performance after the screening.

Where to catch the films

PCFF will be running at three locations in downtown Providence. Opening night is held at the Metcalf Auditorium, RISD Museum Chace Center on Thursday, February 16, 2012 at 7:00 pm with guest speakers and reception. Reception begins at 6pm; film starts at 7pm. The Festival continues through February 21, 2012 with films, workshops and presentations at the Metcalf Auditorium/RISD Museum Chace Center, the RISD Auditorium and the Cable Car Cinema, scheduled at various times between 9:30am-7:30pm.

Ticket prices for general films and happenings are $7.50 general admission; $5.00 children, students, seniors; and include free admission on Saturday and Sunday (only) to the RISD Museum. Discount family packages are available. Films and events at RISD Metcalf Auditorium are free. Opening night tickets are $15.00 adult; $10.00 children. Tickets can be purchased online beginning February 1.

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