Providence Children’s Film Festival Announces Opening Night Party and Screenings for Friday, February 17

The 8th Providence Children’s Film Festival kicks off Friday, February 17 at the RISD Museum’s Metcalf Auditorium. This special ticketed event will begin at 5:30pm, featuring delicious treats and beverages provided by Delsie Catering & Events, Campus Fine Wines and Munroe Dairy. Following the reception, guests will enjoy a 30-minute screening of Short ‘n Sweet Shorts, international PCFF-curated short films for children of all ages.

At 7:30pm, watch the beautifully crafted claymation film, My Life As A Zucchini (Academy Award and Golden Globe nominee for Best Animation). This tender tale (suggested for ages 13+) of children living in an orphanage due to the devastating life circumstances addresses challenging issues with subtlety and delicacy without being condescending to younger audiences. The clean and simple animation style works in wonderful contrast to the difficult subject matter, and the characters’ expressive faces give us hope for the innocence and resilience of children. My Life As A Zucchini is authentic, empathetic, and ultimately uplifting.

Note: A second screening of My Life As A Zucchini, sponsored by Media Smart Libraries, will take place during the Festival on Saturday, February 25, 4:15pm at RISD Auditorium, 17 Canal Walk (across from RISD Museum), Providence.

Media Smart Libraries, in partnership with PCFF, supports public programming events emphasizing the use of film and media texts to promote expanded literacy in the 21st century. This Festival screening of My Life as a Zucchini, hopes to bring awareness that libraries are key agents of change in advancing the digital media literacy of children, teens, and families in their communities.

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The Providence Children’s Film Festival takes place February 17-26 at main venues within walking distance of downtown Providence and at satellite venues across the state. With more than 10 days of screenings, filmmaking workshops and free activities, along with post-film presentations that help deepen the film-watching experience, this year’s Festival will bring a world of film to even more Rhode Island youth and families. For full schedule and ticket details, visit