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PCFF Give Me 5 Youth Film Lab: MAKE A MINUTE MOVIE Challenge

Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019 from 11:00am–6:00pm
@ TAPA: Trinity Academy for the Performing Arts, 150 Washington St., Providence (map)
Ages 12 – 17

Want to make a movie?  The PCFF Give Me 5 Youth Film Lab challenges Rhode Island youth to work collaboratively to complete a one-minute film, in only 5 hours! Assigned teams guided by a film coach will make a film from beginning to end: brainstorming, writing, storyboarding, acting, filming, and editing. At the end of the lab, parents are invited to watch the finished films and hear the teams discuss the process.

No previous filmmaking experience required! Grade and skill level will be considered when creating teams. Part of the lab experience is learning to work as a team with people you may not know ahead of time. For this reason, we do not accept placement requests. Presented in partnership with Providence Children’s Film Festival, Give Me 5, Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, and TAPA: Trinity Academy for the Performing Arts.

Cost: $65 includes supplies, brown bag lunch plus 2 passes to see a film at the 10th Annual Providence Children’s Film Festival on February 16-24.

Payment plus completed REGISTRATION APPLICATION, STUDENT FORM and MEDIA RELEASE forms are required. Space is limited and pre-registration is mandatory. Because this workshop is partially funded by the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, in-state residents will receive placement preference.


WAITLIST: Class sold out? Join the waitlist.

For more information, contact us:
office <at> providencechildrensfilmfestival <do> org

To complement the 2016 Summer Reading theme: On Your Mark, Get Set…Read!, PCFF offers a selection of films to delight, enrich, and inspire.

Films discovered by Providence Children’s Film Festival

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OKEE DOKEE BROTHERS: Through the Woods – An Appalachian Adventure / USA, 2014 / Dir. Jed Anderson / 50 min / Documentary

In May 2013, the Okee Dokee Brothers embarked on a month-long trek on the Appalachian Trail. They hiked, camped, met mountain musicians, and wrote the songs that make up their second adventure album, THROUGH THE WOODS. As a follow-up to their Grammy Award-winning album, this documentary invites viewers and listeners along for a journey full of camping, old-time mountain music, miles of hiking—and a few shenanigans. Recommended for All Ages

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CIRCUS DREAMS / United States, 2010 / Dir. Signe Taylor / 82 min / Documentary

Some kids are natural entertainers who have discovered a passion for the circus arts. This passion comes alive at Circus Smirkus, the only traveling youth circus in the US, annually assembling the finest young circus performers for its summer tour (including a stop in Rhode Island!). This film captures it all, from the grueling auditions to the successful tears of joy in being part of an extraordinary experience. Truly inspiring! Recommended for ages 8+

I Believe I Can FlyI BELIEVE I CAN FLY / France (French w/ English subtitles), 2011 / Dir. Seb Montaz / 41 min / Documentary

Tancrède and Julien are two friends on an incredible exploration into the world of free flight. They are pioneers in “highlining” – a vertiginous combination of climbing, slackline and tightrope walking. Using their fearless skills and experience as climbers, the pair push the boundaries of possibility as they embark on a new evolution of their sport. Follow their travels from the Verdon gorge to the skyscrapers of Paris and finally to the spectacular cliffs and fjords of Norway, where the pair put weeks into training for their ultimate test. (It’s hard not to think of Philippe Petit.) Recommended for ages 8+

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DRAGON GIRLS / Germany (Chinese w/ English subtitles), 2012 / Dir. Inigo Westmeier / 71 min / Documentary

This documentary follows three girls and their lives at Shaolin Tagou, China’s largest Kung Fu School with 26,000 female martial arts students. Far from their families, they fight an everyday battle of discipline, rules and hard physical training. Kung Fu provides them a chance to provide for their parents in the future and lead a better life—but at what cost? Recommended for ages 10+ 

People in Motion

PEOPLE IN MOTION / United States, 2012 / Dir. Cedric Dahl / 56 min / Documentary

Parkour is a movement discipline based on French military obstacle-course training. This film follows five American parkour practitioners who share this passion for movement. Characterized as a physical “type of freedom,” “kind of expression,” and “state of mind,” parkour has influenced the stunts in action films from Bond to Bourne. But there’s much more to it than chasing the bad guy with acrobatic moves. As one practitioner comments, “If you listen to the movement it teaches us to touch the world and interact with it rather than be sheltered by it.” Recommended for ages 10+ 

SALAAMDUNK_STILL3SALAAM DUNK / United States (In English, Kurdish w/ English subtitles), 2012 / Dir. David Fine / 81 min / Documentary

This film takes a sport (basketball) many American youths are familiar with and moves us on a true-life journey to a land many of us are unfamiliar with (Iraq). The result is extraordinary. An insightful look into young Iraqi life as experienced by a current women’s college basketball team. The players are a fascinating and genuinely inspiring bunch, and the squad’s mere existence provides a stirring example of the possibilities for young Iraqis outside the country’s war zones. Recommended for ages 10+

For more film selections, visit the PCFF FILM HUB.

** Sorry, all workshops are sold out. **

8 Filmmaking Workshops!

workshops + activities

Registration is now open for this year’s expanded program of PCFF filmmaking workshops for ages 6 to 14.

Responding to popular demand, we are offering more hands-on workshops than ever before! Details and links to the registration site are given below.

Last year ALL the workshops sold out. Don’t wait! Register today!

All workshops will take place in the RISD Auditorium Building (Entrance on Market Square).

Saturday February 7th

Storyboard and Animation ** SOLD OUT **
Saturday, 9:30 – 12:30
Ages 6 – 10
Instructor: Tom Crew
Want to bring the Providence Children’s Film Festival 2015 poster to life and create the opening credits to the PCFF Workshop reel? In this class students will learn how to animate on a path to make things move in a realistic way. Watch sample films in which objects are animated under the camera, and then give it a try using cut-out elements from the 2015 poster.

LIVE ACTION! Foley and Field Audio ** SOLD OUT **
Saturday, 9:30 – 12:30
Ages 10 – 14
Instructor:Tom Ricci
Ever wondered how a soundtrack is scored for your favorite animated movie or film? Come create sounds that will be used in the opening credits of the PCFF Workshop Reel! Learn, experiment, and create sound effects and sounds in this exciting class.

Lightpainting ** SOLD OUT **
Saturday, 1:00 – 4:00
Ages 8 – 14
Instructor: Anny Guerzon
Simple flashlights become our paintbrushes in this workshop. Using a dark room, and flashlights students generate moving light with long exposure photography. Make simple, repeated shapes with light source to generate the illusion of glowing, animated light.

LIVE ACTION! Green Screen ** SOLD OUT **
Saturday, 1:00 – 4:00 
Ages 10 – 14 
Instructor: Carissa Abitabilo
Ever wondered how a green screen works? In this workshop students learn the fundamentals of green screening special effects and take turns filming themselves in front of a green screen first then constructing backgrounds based on their own artwork to place themselves in.

Sunday February 8th

Animation ** SOLD OUT **
Sunday, 9:30 – 12:30
Ages 6 – 10
Instructor: Hannah Subotnick
Explore the art of object animation. In this class, make ordinary objects fly, zoom, sail, and zip around the screen. Please bring one or two of your favorite things to animate! Items must be no larger than 3 inches tall.

Lip Sync ** SOLD OUT **
Sunday, 9:30 – 12:30
Ages 8 – 12
Instructor: Tom Ricci
Wanna make one of your drawings or photo or collaged art talk? Ever wondered how that happens? In this class learn just how to do that.  Students work in a group to animate a joke(s) for workshop reel.

Storyboard and Animation ** SOLD OUT **
Sunday, 1:00 – 4:00
Ages 6 – 10
Instructor: Evi Pineschi
Want to bring the Providence Children’s Film Festival 2015 poster to life and create the opening credits to the PCFF Workshop reel? In this class students will learn how to animate on a path to make things move in a realistic way. Watch sample films in which objects are animated under the camera, and then give it a try using cut-out elements from the 2015 festival poster.

LIVE ACTION! Special Effects and Camera Tricks ** SOLD OUT **
Sunday, 1:00 – 4:00
Ages 10 – 14
Instructor: Carissa Abitabilo
Discover the world behind practical special effects using common ingredients. Concoctions of slime, blood, and alien drool will be made in class. Learn how to use a camera to, fly, slide, and teleport.

Workshop Fee:  $48 per 3-hour workshop. Includes material and equipment fee PLUS allows student and 1 guest to attend the 2015 Youth Filmmaker Showcase free of charge. 


 All workshops take place in the RISD Auditorium Building (Entrance on Market Square), 17 Canal Walk, Providence, RI 02903

For more information regarding workshops, please contact:
Carissa Abitabilo, PCFF workshop coordinator
phone: 508.212.6242

Ages 8 – 10
Tuesdays and Thursdays
September 30 – December 4, 2014
Where: Providence City Arts

Watch amazing movies on the big screen chosen for us by the Providence Children’s Film Festival, talk about what makes them great, and then get a chance to make your own stop motion animation and other movies!

To learn how to register, visit How to Register.


We had fun watching shorts, sharing the zoetrope, and playing with light and shadows with Rhode Island Museum of Science and Art (RIMOSA) and Providence Children’s Museum at the Children’s Museum.


Movie Magic!

Saturday, November 23 from 11am-2pm.  Set up: 9:30am

Discover the world of the moving image with the Providence Children’s Film Festival! Hands-on activities for children to learn about and explore the world of film.

VENUE: Providence Children’s Museum – 100 South St, Providence, RI

AGES: 6-11

COST: FREE with admission