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March 24, 2020

Call for 2021 Film Submissions!

THE SUBMISSION WINDOW IS NOW OPEN for the 12th Annual Providence Children’s Film Festival. DEADLINES : Early Bird: September 30, 2020 Regular: October 31, 2020 Late: November 20, 2020 Notification…


2019 Festival (10th Anniversary) A DECADE OF WONDER!

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2018 Festival

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2017 Festival 

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2016 Festival 

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press coverage

Click here for the past Press Releases (Click here to view.)

International Literacy Association | Jul 14, 2017
TEACHING WITH TECH: Film Shorts: A Storied Approach to Literacy Development
By Mary Moen

What’s Up Newport | April 6, 2017
Newport Art Museum Will Host Family Film Screenings and Workshops during April School Vacation
By Ryan Belmore

Rhode Island Creative Magazine | November 13, 2015

Screenshot 2015-06-01 12.01.14IFP Festival Forum | May 2015
Member Profile: Anisa Raoof, Providence Children’s Film Festival (Click here to read.)

The Rhode Show | February 12, 2015

| February 19, 2105
BIG IMAGINATIONS LEAD TO BIG SCREEN: Work of Cranston siblings featured at Providence Children’s Film Festival (Click here to read full article.)


MOTIF MAGAZINE | February 4, 2015
Don’t Miss the 6th Annual Providence Children’s Film Festival (Click here to read full article.)

PROVIDENCE JOURNAL | February 09, 2015 World of wonder for younger audience (Click here to read full article.)

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EAST SIDE MONTHLY |  January 14, 2015
16 Fun & Family Friendly February Activities: Our guide to East Side (and beyond) winter fun for both kids and adults. Read full article here.

Boston Globe  |  January 9, 2015
Hot spots in summer put on events too cool to miss in winter.
Read full article here.

Screenshot 2014-09-15 12.27.21The Audience Awards  |  August 5, 2014
Providence Children’s FIlm Festival named one of the ten best Children’s Film Festivals in the U.S. by The Audience Awards (PDF)

Flick Flack Movie Talk  |  February, 2014
In this video Flick and Flack list their 5 favorite films from the 2014 Providence Children’s Film Festival and give some age recommendations.

Brown Daily Herald  |  February 25, 2014
“Children’s film festival showcases young voices, themes.” Read full article here.

The Rhode Show
Kid film critics, Flick and Flack, on The Rhode Show talking about the 2014 Festival.

Kidoinfo  |   February, 2011
“We loved the Providence Children’s Film Festival! This fabulously fun event is another reason why Providence is such a great place for families. This festival designed for kids of all ages, celebrates film as an art form — films designed to engage, enchant, and mesmerize audiences—not merely a vehicle to spawn commercial toys. The festival provides children and their parents an opportunity to see films often not available through mainstream channels. The films, carefully chosen for this festival by the organizers offered something for kids of every age, including animated shorts and feature length films, films with live actors, fictional stories, documentaries, films made by children and movies by and about other cultures and traditions. In addition to watching movies kids talked about film and learned how to make them in sold out workshops at RISD. The whole weekend was buzzing with happy kids and parents. Looking forward to next year’s festival already!”

New England Film  |  February 2010
Interview with Gus Outdoors: Gull Island filmmaker Sean Nightingale: Rhode Island filmmaker Sean Nightingale teams up with his six-year-old son Gus on an exploration of nature in the series Gus Outdoors. The first installment Gull Island, which screens this month as part of the first-ever Providence Children’s Film Festival, takes viewers to a seagull nesting location in Rhode Island to learn about how the birds hatch and survive. Read entire article.

East Side Monthly (p. 21)
“To children across the country, school vacation often equals cheap cartoons and decade-old Disney movies. Not this President’s Day Weekend.” Read entire article.

Time Magazine
“Kells, which is quite delectable in its esoteric way, was shown at children’s film festivals in Providence and New York before it was seen in theaters.”

Providence Journal Review
“The first Providence Children’s Film Festival got a boost when its kickoff movie — “The Secret of Kells” — was nominated for an Academy Award as best animated film.”

Brown Daily Herald
“A tower of miniature cupcakes, flutes of sparkling apple cider, a visit from the mayor and — of course — bags upon bags of fresh, buttery popcorn. After almost a year of planning and with hundreds of kids squirming in their seats, the first annual Providence Children’s Film Festival officially kicked off Friday night at Providence’s Cable Car Cinema. Read entire article.

Providence Phoenix (about the film How Birds Got Their Song)
“Wakinyan RedShirt has made three films in his life: Lego Star Wars, Bionicle Heroes, andThe Wolf Show. But perhaps his greatest flick, he says, is his latest.

…Wakinyan was sitting at a little table with little chairs at the Nuweetooun School in Exeter the other day talking about How Birds Got Their Song, a five-minute animated film that will be shown at the first Providence Children’s Film Festival, which runs from February 12-15 at the Cable Car Cinema and the RISD Museum.” Read entire article.

Flick Flack Movie Talk

Filmmaker video interviews and more! See more here.