Festival FAQs – 2019

Welcome to the 10th annual Providence Children’s Film Festival. General information about tickets, venues, special events, and educational activities can be found below.



Tickets may be obtained online beginning in late January or at the door. Avoid sold-out shows by purchasing tickets online, in advance! Online ticket sales end at 12:01am the day of show; remaining tickets will be available at the venue (cash/credit accepted). A transaction fee of $3.75 will be applied to the total order at checkout (online only); free screenings excluded.


  • $8 Youth (under 18)
  • $8 Seniors (65 and older)
  • $10 Adults

OPENING NIGHT PARTY (Friday, February 15, 5:30pm-9:00pm) includes party, activities and film screening:

  • $25 Adult / $12 Youth, no discounts apply. Includes delicious light snacks and beverages provided by Campus Fine Wines and Amos House: More Than a Meal Catering Company.


Film Fanatic 10-Pack ($75): The Film Fanatic Pass gives you flexibility and excellent value. Purchase online until Feb. 8 or at the Festival box office Feb. 15-24. Redeem for film tickets at the venue box office on the day of show. Admission depends on available seating; pass does not guarantee seating. Not valid on Opening Night.

All-Access Pass ($175): For film lovers who don’t want to miss a thing, the All-Access Pass admits you to all screenings. Purchase online until Feb. 8 or at the Festival box office Feb. 15-24. Redeem for film tickets at the venue box office on the day of show. Admission depends on available seating; pass does not guarantee seating. Not valid on Opening Night.

For Schools/Groups Field Trips ($6/student): Inspire your students at a Festival field trip! Private weekday screenings during the Festival include lively film discussions and tailored film guides to help you continue the conversation to the classroom. Click here for booking details.

A transaction fee of $3.75 will be applied to your total order at checkout (online only).


We are pleased to offer ADMISSION-FREE screenings of select films during the Festival, as noted on the schedule. Advance ticket reservations for free screenings available for some films. Check schedule (posted in mid-January) for details.


We love our audiences! Patrons receive discounts from the following businesses (including generous discounts from many Thayer Street merchants) on February 16-18 and 23-24. Complete list of Patron Perks.

  • FEATURED Festival restaurant: Flatbread Company Providence. Enjoy 15% off your food purchase. (Drinks not included.)

MAIN VENUES (Festival map)


  • Newport Art Museum 76 Bellevue Avenue, Newport
  • Woodman Family Community & Performance Center, Moses Brown School – 250 Lloyd Avenue, Providence
  • Providence Athenaeum – 251 Benefit St., Providence
  • Barrington Public Library – 281 County Rd., Barrington
  • Providence Community Library branches:
    • South Providence Library – 441 Prairie Avenue, Providence
    • Washington Park Library – 1316 Broad St., Providence
    • Wanskuck Library – 233 Veazie St., Providence


  • All seating is general admission.
  • All venues are wheelchair accessible.
  • Come snow, rain, or sun, we look forward to seeing you at the movies, and alas, cannot provide refunds or exchanges if the weather turns inclement. Should we be forced to cancel a paid show, courtesy passes will be granted upon request for a future Festival show.
  • All sales are final.



The Festival’s main venues are within a stone’s throw of historic downtown Providence. Find directions to venues, and transit options on our Festival Map.

By Car

Metcalf Auditorium (RISD Museum) and RISD Auditorium visitor parking is available at metered spots on the street and in private lots. Visitors may park for free in RISD faculty/staff lots (map) on February 24-25. Accessible parking is available in the RISD faculty/staff lot on the corner of North Main and Waterman streets. Find additional parking resources here.

Gilder Center and Avon Cinema visitor parking is available at metered and unmetered spots on the street. Discounted parking ($3/day) in the 450 Brook St. lot is also available February 17-19 when you present your Patron Perk Card (available at the box office) upon exiting.

By Bus

Kennedy Plaza, the hub of Rhode Island Public Transit Authority (RIPTA) bus system, is just a five-minute walk to our RISD venues and a 20-minute uphill walk to Avon Cinema/Gilder Center venues. Or take the bus straight to the door; many bus stops are located near all main venues and satellite venues. Use the handy RIPTA Trip Planner. Fares are $2/ride, $6/day-pass.

By Rail

Providence Train Station is served by the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority and Amtrak Acela and Regional service. The train station is an easy 10-minute walk to our RISD venues or a 20-minute uphill walk to the Avon Cinema/Gilder Center venues. Transfer to a bus line in nearby Kennedy Plaza or enjoy a stroll through beautiful downtown Providence.

By Bike

Occasionally we have a warm winter day perfect for biking! Pedal your way downtown using one of the metro area’s urban bike trails.

–Additional transit details can be found here.


Transform your Festival visit into a weekend vacation in downtown Providence!

Omni Providence Hotel (1 West Exchange Street, Providence.) Receive a discounted room rate of $139 when you book through this link before Feb. 13.

Providence Marriott Downtown (1 Orms Street, Providence)


Food and drink may be enjoyed in all venue lobbies before and after screenings but are prohibited in theaters except the Avon Cinema––there you’ll find hot popcorn, snacks and cold drinks all day.

Near Avon Cinema and Gilder Center: Snack on fresh popcorn, cold drinks and your favorite movie treats at Avon Cinema. Many restaurants and shops are located along Thayer Street, an easy walk from Avon Cinema and the Gilder Center. For details about Festival shopping/dining discounts, refer to the “Patron Perks” section of this FAQ guide.

Near Metcalf Auditorium/RISD Museum and RISD Auditorium: Food trucks will be located outside the RISD Museum’s North Main Street lobby on February 24-25 (see below). Café Pearl, located at the Museum’s Benefit Street entrance, will also satisfy hungry moviegoers with Bolt Coffee beverages and light breakfast and lunch fare between 7:30am – 4:00pm.

  • Mijos Tacos, an LA-style taco truck serving tacos, burritos, tortas, quesadillas, tostadas and imported cane sugar Mexican sodas, opens at 12:30 PM on Saturday, Feb. 23 at the RISD Museum entrance.
  • Rocket Fine Street Food will serve freshly prepared food using natural, hormone-free, organic ingredients, all fresh and locally sourced whenever possible. The result? A deeply satisfying meal that summons coy, if not broad smiles. Grab a bite on Sunday, Feb. 24 between 12-2:30 at the RISD Museum entrance.


REEL CONNECTIONS presentations are open to all ages to better understand challenging and diverse subject matter. Filmmakers, performances, and discussion accompany selected films to spark richer family conversations and build community connections that can enhance and extend the film’s impact. Look for the megaphone symbol on the Festival schedule and visit our website for updates.


Our Creative Capital is bursting with family-friendly experiences! Find attractions, hours and details at GoProvidence.com and peruse the city’s arts and culture calendar at ArtsNowRI. There’s always something special happening in Providence!