Providence Children’s Film Festival is seeking open, analytical minds of ALL ages to watch and discuss films submitted for Festival consideration. Prepare to give more than a thumbs up or down – we want to know not just what you think of the films but why! Director of Programming Eric Bilodeau promises you a lively evening of 8-10 short films that even he found challenging to score. Grown-ups’ comments are welcome, but kids speak first after every film. (Oh, and did we mention pizza and popcorn will be provided?)

All ages. Free. ONLINE RESERVATIONS RECOMMENDED due to limited space. Pizza arrives at 6:00, screening/discussion from 6:30-8:30pm.

2018 Dates (click to register):

Fri, Sept. 7 at Providence Athenaeum
Wed, Oct. 3 at Providence Athenaeum
Thurs, Nov. 6 at Providence Athenaeum
Thurs, Nov. 15 at Newport Art Museum

PCFF presents this traveling movie series hosted by Councilwoman Sabina Matos & One Neighborhood Builders. In partnership with Jorge Elorza, Providence Art Culture Tourism, and the Partnership for Providence Parks 2018 Eat Play Learn: Neighborhood Performing Arts Initiative.

Join us for movies under the stars. Bring a chair or a blanket or both and enjoy FREE Popcorn! Movies start at sunset.

JUMANJI: Welcome to the Jungle (2017)
July 25 @ Riverside Park, 50 Aleppo Street, Providence

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle is a new take on 1995’s Jumanji. This time, instead of entering a board game, the players enter a video game. When four high-school kids discover an old video game console with a game they’ve never heard of—Jumanji—they are immediately drawn into the game’s jungle setting, literally becoming the avatars they chose. The popular stars, including Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Kevin Hart, Jack Black, and Karen Gillan.
Rated PG-13 (adventure action, suggestive content and some language. There is no extreme violence, and it’s all done for comedic effect.)

August 8 @ Joslin Recreation Center, 17 Joslin Street, Providence
August 15 @ Jimmy Ahearn Park (The Flats), 1 Wallace Street, Providence

Black Panther is a 2018 American superhero film based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name. After the death of his father, T’Challa returns home to the African nation of Wakanda to take his rightful place as king. When a powerful enemy suddenly reappears, T’Challa’s mettle as king — and as Black Panther — gets tested when he’s drawn into a conflict that puts the fate of Wakanda and the entire world at risk. Faced with treachery and danger, the young king must rally his allies and release the full power of Black Panther to defeat his foes and secure the safety of his people.
Rated PG-13 for prolonged sequences of action violence, and a brief rude gesture

Play in the Park: Tuesday July 17 + August 21, 2018 from 3:00pm-6:00pm
Ickle Me, Pickle Me, Tickle Me Too! A Magical Stop Motion Pixilation Workshop
with artist Rachel Blumberg and Providence Children’s Film Festival

In this workshop, inspired by the imaginative and silly poems of Shel Silverstein, kids of all ages will have the opportunity to create a short film with themselves as the stars!  Make your own props and masks! Dress up in costumes! Write a storyboard and explore how to tell a story! Work together! Learn about pixilation stop motion and create magical scenes where you slide, fly, appear and then disappear, and more!


Night Lights: Stick around after sundown for these special events, following our Burnside Music Series + Beer Garden!

Thursday July 19th, 8:30pm-10:00pm
Movie Night with Providence Children’s Film Festival
Feature Film: Monty Python & The Holy Grail (1975)

Thursday July 26th, 7:00pm-9:00pm
Sound//Picture//Sound with artist Rachel Blumberg
Enter a magical environment where you will be given the opportunity to make drawings that turn into sound, and then into visual projections.  This installation will create space for self expression and exploration resulting in music and visuals created collaboratively by everyone. Come experience the magic!

Thursday August 30th
Movie Night with Providence Children’s Film Festival
Feature Film: Girls Rock! (2007)

Thursday September 20th / Burnside Music Series: Nina Simone Tribute with Michelle Cruz
Movie Night with Providence Children’s Film Festival
Feature Film: STEP (2017)

Join us for international short films in Lippitt Park Wednesdays Aug 1, Aug 22 (following the Farmer’s Market)

This program is thanks to Jorge Elorza, Providence Art Culture Tourism, and the Partnership for Providence Parks 2018 Eat Play Learn: Neighborhood Performing Arts Initiative.

Providence Children’s Film Festival proudly presents two unforgettable film programs this summer composed of short films from around the world. Join us under the stars after the Hope Street Farmers Market packs up their veggies, eggs and cheeses and rolls away. Located near the playground! And fresh popcorn will be poppin’ the whole night long. Check the SNA Facebook page for weather updates.

Wed 8/1 – MAGIC CARPET RIDE (short films)
Jump on the PCFF magic carpet and get ready to ride! Explore the cinematic wonders of the world from ten different countries. No genie needed! This reel of short films will transport you to places as near as New York city to as far away as New Zealand with so many stories: a girl wanting to live in a zoo, a baby wolf raised by a bunny family and a love story between two dirigible pilots. (All ages.)

Wed 8/22 – PASSIONATE PURSUITS (short films)
People with passions so strong, they live, practice, or focus more effort towards their goal than anything else. We hope these stories inpsire and encourage you to pursue your own passion! One film is about a young Hungarian swimmer who races faster the more she practices. Another story is about a woman empowered by swimming below the ice of a frozen lake. And just as passionate is a young girl trying to protect the eggs of sea turtles on her beach. What’s your passionate pursuit? (All ages. Some films have subtitles.)


We are excited to partner with Roger Williams Park Conservancy to present Movies in the Park 2018! These FREE, family-friendly events take place on Friday evenings at sunset on the Boathouse Lawn (across from the Carousel Village), following Food Truck Friday; see a Park map:

All events start with a selection of short films and will last approximately 2 hours.

Movies in the Park 2018 schedule:
Charlie, a poor but hopeful boy, seeks one of five coveted golden tickets for a tour of Willy Wonka’s mysterious chocolate factory – a mind-bending world of pure imagination. (1971)

A film about the transformative power of music, Landfill Harmonic shares the true story of an unlikely orchestra: a garbage picker, a music teacher and a group of children from Paraguay who play instruments made from repurposed junk. (2015)

When three Muppet fans learn that a greedy oil mogul wants to drill under the Muppet Theater, they set out to regroup the Muppets and put on one last show to save the theater. (2011)

Questions? Email Any event updates will be posted to this Facebook event.

Explore new worlds…Join the adventure this April when we take the Festival on the road to partner with Newport Art Museum and Jamestown Art Center. Watch some films, make your own movie and take part in hands-on-activities!

Providence Children’s Film Festival in Newport!
Newport Art Museum (76 Bellevue Avenue, Newport, RI)

Friday, April 13 

4/13 @ 6:00 pm

2018 PCFF Special Jury Award Winner – BEST FEATURE
2018 New York International Children’s Film Festival Best Feature Award

We are pleased to bring this award-winning film to Newport! The therapeutic power of storytelling is at the forefront of this genre-defying documentary.

Swaziland is a tiny country with the world’s highest HIV infection rate. A tragic consequence are the estimated 200,000 orphans now needing care, many traumatized beyond just losing their parents. At one orphanage, healing takes place through collective story-writing borne from the children’s personal experiences. The result is the powerful story of Liyana, a brave and determined girl who sets out to save her abducted twin brothers from many forms of peril.
USA, Qatar, Swaziland / 2017 / In English and SiSwati (with English subtitles) / 77 min
Ages 10+ (strong thematic elements: HIV/AIDS, descriptions of child abuse, alcohol abuse, and situations of peril)
Cost: Member Adult $8 / Non-member Adult $10, Member Youth $5 / Non-Member Youth $7

Saturday, April 14 

@ 10:30 am Second Saturday A selection of PCFF Shorts: The World Around Us followed by Make A Piñata activity!


Join us for a family road trip! Our world is richly infused with opportunities for discovery and revelation. These shorts will get you thinking about expanding your horizons beyond what meets the eye. After the films, join us for hands-on piñata decorating inspired by the incredible creations made in Mexico and seen in the documentary short “Piñata Kings”.
Films are for all ages. In English, with English subtitles, or no dialogue / 20-25 min 
Cost: Second Saturday is free for Members and youth to age 18, and free with paid Museum admission for Non-Members

@ 1:30 pm PCFF Shorts Collection: Let’s Get Animated!

There are many ways to tell a story – paints, pastels, textiles, and even text from a typewriter (ask your grandparents about that last one). Join us for a curated collection of pint sized works of art from around the world that are sure to challenge, delight and inspire.
Films are for all ages.  In English, or with English subtitles, or with no dialogue / 69 min
Cost: Member Adult $8 / Non-member Adult $10, Member Youth $5 / Non-Member Youth $7
@ 3:00 – 4:30 pm Let’s Get Animated! Workshop
Put your inspiration to work in NAM studios and digital lab at the Coleman Center for Creative Studies! Create your own lead character and learn the foundational skills of stop motion animation with Newport Art Museum Digital instructor, Dan Smith. This 90 minute workshop is limited to 15 youth.
For Ages 7+
Cost: Museum Members: $15 / Non-members: $20

Providence Children’s Film Festival in Jamestown!
Jamestown Art Center – 18 Valley St, Jamestown, RI 02835

Sunday, April 15 @ 2 pm 

4/15 @ 2:00 pm MAGIC CARPET RIDE

Jump on the PCFF Magic Carpet and get ready to ride! We will explore the cinematic wonders of the world from eight different countries. No genie needed! There will stories of a girl wanting to live in a zoo, a baby wolf raised by a bunny family and a love story between two dirigible pilots. This year’s reel will transport you from as close as New York City to as far away as New Zealand and Switzerland.
Films are for all ages. In English or no dialogue | 2016, 2017 | 70 min 
Cost: $6 for Youth. $8 for Adults.
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The Summer Reading Program, sponsored by the Rhode Island Office of Library and Information Services (OLIS), is a cooperative effort among libraries in Rhode Island to motivate children and teens to read for pleasure and to help them maintain their reading skills during the summer months. The Providence Children’s Film Festival joins an amazing roster or storytellers, performers and organizations participating in  the 2017 Rhode Island summer reading program.

Teen Film Workshops: Build A Better World
More than watching movies. Film can be a source of inspiration and a creative tool to educate and effect change. Teen participants will learn about the language of film and work together to make a film project that shares their voices about how they might “build a better world”.

Participating Libraries + Schedule of Appearances:
Contact local library to sign up for workshops.

7/12/2017 – Wednesday, 02:30 PM William Hall Library
7/13/2017 – Thursday, 03:00 PM South Kingstown Public Library
7/17/2017 – Monday, 03:00 PM Harmony Library
7/18/2017 – Tuesday, 02:30 PM Cranston Public Library
7/18/2017 – Tuesday, 06:30 PM East Smithfield Public Library
7/20/2017 – Thursday, 06:00 PM Jamestown Philomenian Library
8/01/2017 – Tuesday, 06:00 PM Barrington Public Library
8/02/2017 – Wednesday, 06:00 PM Cumberland Public Library
8/08/2017 – Tuesday, 06:30 PM Rogers Free Library
8/10/2017 – Thursday, 06:00 PM Marian J. Mohr Library

lProvidence Children’s Film Festival in the Park: Fargnoli Park

The Providence Children’s Film Festival presents our eclectic collection of shorts we amusingly title…Your Shorts Are Showin’!  It’s an all ages show of all types of films… animations, documentaries, narrative films… from lands/worlds near and far.

Location: Fargnoli Park945 Smith St., Providence (Outdoor screening)
Cost: Free
Ages: All ages

Providence Children’s Film Festival: Tiverton

142_4228The Providence Children’s Film Festival is hitting the road and heading to Tiverton Four Corners Art Center this summer!  PCFF is dee-lighted to bring four frosty-February-festival hits back to cool you off. Our line-up includes the First and Second Place winners for the 2015 Audience Choice Awards SONG OF THE SEA and BELLE & SEBASTIAN.  We will also screen the PCFF SHORTS REEL: Collection 2015 with this year’s award-winning short films.  Finally, we could not go to the country without bringin’ the musically inclined OKEE DOKEE BROTHERS: Through the Woods, An Appalachian Adventure.  All films are conveniently scheduled for pre-beach or post-beach viewin’.  See full schedule for details.

Location: The Tiverton Four Corners Arts Center (Indoor Screening)
For Ticket info and Age recommendations, click here.




PIAF-Box-Home-New-284x284PCFF is looking forward to particpating in the 2015 Providence International Arts Festival. We will be marching in the procession on Saturday, June 13 and presenting a free screening of shorts, fun for the whole family later that evening, when the sun goes down.

Details about where to find PCFF on Saturday, June 13:

PIM & POM (3)Details about the 2015 Providence International Arts Festival:
Produced by FirstWorks & the City of Providence
June 13, 2015
Downtown Providence
Kennedy Plaza and Washington Street

The Providence International Arts Festival will take place on June 11-14, 2015. Building off of Providence’s international recognition as a creative city, this first-ever signature event will be a jaw-dropping celebration featuring world-class arts, sculpture, music, food and spectacle in the heart of the city’s downtown. The centerpiece of Festival activities is Saturday, June 13, 2015 with events beginning on Kennedy Plaza at 4pm. From the largest stringed instrument on the planet, to the undisputed Queen of African Music, to the Grammy Award-winning ambassador of Mali, to visual transformations of city streets with murals, tape art, and photography, the Providence International Arts Festival will light up Rhode Island’s capital city over four days, and engage a diverse international audience.

Get the schedule at FREE.