2020 Festival: February 14-23, 2020
PCFF welcomes international films including documentary, live action, animated, experimental and youth-made films that inspire our viewers to think about the world in a new way.
The Providence Children’s Film Festival (PCFF) presents the best of independent and international children’s cinema to inspire, delight, educate and connect a diverse community of children and families from Rhode Island and throughout New England.
The 11th Annual Providence Children’s Film Festival will return February 14 – 23, 2020. The annual Festival brings the world to our children and community through important films made by extraordinary, often unrecognized filmmakers from all over the globe. Each year we search for films appropriate for youth and children with interesting stories that offer wisdom and multiple cultural perspectives and connections across all ages. Through our thoughtfully selected films, we hope to demonstrate the artistry and craft of filmmaking and provide opportunities to discuss the stories, people and connections from near and far.
CRITERIA: The PCFF Film Jury selects films with content that speaks positively to young audiences and families from culturally diverse backgrounds. Please consider submitting if you have created work that can speak to all, including children and/or teens. We seek films that are entertaining and/or challenging to young minds with serious, true-to-life topics and narratives that may span a range of emotions. The film need not have a “storybook” ending to find a place in our Festival. PCFF welcomes foreign films with subtitles, documentaries, live action, animation and even experimental films that may inspire our viewers to think about the world in a new way.
- Feature Length Narrative: PCFF seeks feature films with content that speaks positively to children, teens and families from diverse ages, backgrounds and ethnicities. Films that are entertaining and/or challenging to young minds with narratives may span a range of emotions. The film need not have a “storybook” ending to find a place in our festival. PCFF welcomes foreign films with subtitles.
- Feature Length Documentary: Documentaries are very popular with our audiences of all ages. The focus can be about but not limited to people, places, food, music and/or global or local issues that expand the perspective or inspire young minds.
- Short Film: Never judge a film by its running time! We know it’s not easy to make a great short film. Time is limited! PCFF seeks live action, animation, documentary, experimental and music films that present compelling stories, inform, delight and/or inspire creative thought in the minds of all ages.
- Youth Filmmaker Showcase: PCFF is committed to nurturing the work of young filmmakers. Created in 2014, the Youth Filmmaker Showcase (YFS) celebrates the artistic talents of youth from here in Rhode Island and around the world. This juried show of local, national and international films by young filmmakers includes opportunities for these artists to share their vision and discuss their inspiration and production challenges. Films created/produced by youths, ages 6 to 17, are considered youth-produced. Schools and youth filmmaking organizations are welcome to submit on behalf of their students.
Audience Choice Award Best Feature Live Action Film
Audience Choice Award Best Feature Animated Film
Audience Choice Award Best Feature Documentary Film
Audience Choice Award Best Short Live Action Film
Audience Choice Award Best Short Animated Film
Audience Choice Award Best Short Documentary Film
Special Jury Award Best Feature Film
Special Jury Award Best Short Live Action Film
Special Jury Award Best Short Animated Film
Global Awareness Short Film Award
Children’s Hospital Jury Award
Emerging Filmmaker Award