13240738084_ebb9ea8116_zThe PCFF Film Selection Jury seeks films with content that speak positively to children, teens and families of diverse ages, backgrounds and ethnicities. Please consider submitting if you have created work that can speak to all, including children. We seek films that are entertaining and/or challenging to young minds with serious, true-to-life topics and narratives. Topics can span the entire range of emotions. A film need not have a “storybook” ending to find a place in our festival. PCFF welcomes foreign films with subtitles, documentaries, animation and even experimental films that might widen the perspectives of those who attend. Through the selected films we hope to: demonstrate the artistry and craft of filmmaking, provoke discussions about the stories and topics, and to make connections with people and cultures near and far.

The PCFF film selection jury is comprised of adults, children (ages 5 and up) as well as families who work as a group. At PCFF, youth have a voice from beginning to end in the selection of films. At most children’s film festivals youth only serve on award juries. But PCFF’s film selection jury gives children and teens a unique opportunity and responsibility: working alongside an adult committee to select the final Festival program from among hundreds of films that are submitted each year for consideration.

Interested in joining our Festival Film Selection Jury? Click here to apply.

Award winners are chosen during the Festival by: a special award jury which selects the best submitted live action, animated and documentary films; Festival audiences for audience favorite short and feature films; and by hospitalized children attending a special screening at Hasbro Children’s Hospital selecting best short film.