Youth Filmmaker Showcase 2018 – Volume 2

Director(s): Multiple Directors
Country: Multi-national
Language: In English or w/English subtitles
Multiple Film Types, Youth Filmmaker | 2016, 2017 | 90 min
Recommended for ages 8+ (Parental Guidance: Films containing more mature content (profanity, hate speech, dating situations) screened at end of Showcase.)

Curated in partnership with RISD Museum’s teen program, RISD Art Circle.
This program is immediately followed by the PCFF Festival  Awards Ceremony.

Join us for our 5th Annual Youth Filmmakers Showcase. Thanks to a bounty of quality submissions this year, we are proud to present two special editions of films made by a new generation of filmmakers! Both shows, each with a unique lineup of the best shorts produced by filmmakers ages 7-17 from around the world, are followed by a Q&A with attending youth filmmakers.

We are honored that the young filmmakers who submit to PCFF do not shy away from serious issues which may impress, or surprise and/or inspire you. We encourage you peruse the film list with plot descriptions. Near the end of each show, we will pause before screening films with more mature content (profanity, threatening situations, bullying, stories about dating) to provide families with young children an opportunity to exit the theater.

Note: Click here for YFS 2018 Volume 1 Edition.
Juried by our Director of Programming and community jury members.

Film lineup is subject to change without notice.

The Eating
A stop motion animation film of normal, household items consuming each other.
USA, 2017 / no dialogue / Zoey Frank (age 9) of Gordon School, East Providence RI / 4 min / Animation

Surviving the Notch 2
A mockumentary following a group of high school friends making their annual trip to Vermont. They’ve packed all their gear along with a large case of drama!
USA, 2017 / English / Robert McMahon (age 17) of Classical High School, Providence RI / 7 min / Mockumentary

Backpack Surprise
Falling asleep on a couch is never a good idea with a cat burglar in the neighborhood!
USA, 2017 / English / Camilla Bredemeier (age 9) of Palmer River School, Rehoboth MA / 2 min / Live Action

Fox and Bear
When two forest creatures have an encounter with a hunter in the woods they discover the value of forgiveness.
USA, 2017 / English / Madeleine Arundale (age 13) / 1 min / Animation

Three young people share their experiences and passions for one-of-a-kind jobs, how they prepare for them and where they see them going in the future.
Australia, 2016 / English / Eli Rauchberger (age 10) / 5 min / Mockumentary

Hijab: Dispelling Myths About Muslim Students
This documentary interviews students at Charlottesville High School about what it is like to go to school with Muslim students who wear hijabs.
USA, 2017 / English / Aleena Haidari (age 16), of Lighthouse Studio, Charlottesville VA / 6 min / Documentary

Pink Matter
Orie is in love with one of his best friends. The problem is neither of his best friends know he is gay. Orie takes a chance and writes his best friend Dylan a note telling him he is in love with him. How will Dylan respond?
USA, 2017 / English  / Orie Morris (age 14 ) of Everett Stage Company, Providence RI / 6 min / Live Action

Jasmine Stung
A 10-year-old boy tries to sell jasmine flower strings on a hot and busy Mumbai street, hoping to get his little sister her first meal of the day.
India, 2017 / Hindi w/English subtitles / Partho Gupta (age 16)  / 5 min / Live Action

A documentary about life in Hachioji, a city near Tokyo, Japan during WWII. The research was done by visiting museums and historical sites.
Japan, 2017 / Japanese w/English subtitles / Hiroto Saiki (age 13) of Junior and Senior High School of Kogakuin University, Japan / 4 min / Documentary

Tempered by Fire
Like a blacksmith forging a tool, so are our lives formed by the hardships we face in life.
USA, 2017 / English / Noel Pichardo (age 17), of Raw Art Works, Lynn MA / 4 min / Documentary-Experimental

What is Love
We follow Patrick from age 5 to 15 as he comes out to his family and friends as being gay. Patrick’s mother has a negative reaction when she finds out and she confronts Patrick right away. Patrick decides he wants to live with his godmother who is gay herself and very accepting of Patrick’s sexuality.
USA, 2017 / English  / Patrick Soben (age 16) of Everett Stage Company, Providence RI / 14 min / Live Action

Going Home
A cut-paper animation of two lovers coming back from the dead to return home.
USA, 2017 / English / Aidan Lowther (age 17), of Beacon Charter High School for the Arts, Woonsocket RI  / 3 min / Documentary-Experimental

A poetic documentary project set to the poem Floating by Stephan Johnson and scored to an instrumental Got You On My MInd by NF.
USA, 2017 / English / Baylee Tierney (age 16) of Trinity Academy for the Performing Arts, Providence RI / 1 min / Documentary-Experimental

Boy I’m Stuffed
Two men find themselves stranded on a deserted island occupied by a collection of sentient stuffed animals.
USA, 2017 / English / Ethan Ganouna (age 17) of Viewpoint School, Calabasas CA / 13 min / Live Action

Lilly and the Baby
Lilly, a 10-foot-tall orange monster, babysits a human baby. The mom leaves a long list of what not to do. What could go wrong?
Canada, 2017 / English / The Bum Family (six cousins ages 7 to 14) / 6 min / Animation

An American Nightmare
A group of high school students shoot a college application film. Things don’t work out as expected when the director insists on his own vision and drives everyone, including himself, into madness.
USA, 2016 / English / Jamie Lipman (age 17) of Viewpoint School, Calabasas CA / 14 min / Live Action