Providence Children’s Film Festival Announces Special Events: Kickoff Celebration, Opening Night and Festival Awards

Kickoff Celebration Saturday, February 6

ricky_tinyglasses-615x615The 7th annual Festival kicks off at the Providence Children’s Museum (100 South Street, Providence) on Saturday, February 6 from 11am to 2pm with a “Build a City, Make a Movie” workshop and animation screening. Join artists Ricky Katowicz and Hayley Morris to build a city using simple materials like cardboard boxes, paper tubes, bottles, glue, tape, and paint while the process is recorded to create a time-lapse video! For ages: 6+. Event is free with museum admission.

67b28951169590fd70a42968e737679c_400x400The kickoff continues at 4pm with a free screening of short films at Providence Athenaeum (251 Benefit Street, Providence). The “Between the Stacks” shorts program spans the narrative world, from myths to stories to personal tales and more. This all-ages, multi-national show will be a “reel” book lovers’ delight. Seating capacity is limited. Reservations are strongly suggested by reserving a ticket online. Click here for reservation and ticketing details.

Opening Night Reception & Screening Friday, February 12

PCFF’s Opening Night Reception and Screening takes place Friday, February 12 at the RISD Museum. The special ticketed event features a reception starting at 5:30pm with light snacks provided by Fire Works Catering and beverages provided by Campus Fine Wines and Munroe Dairy. Classical musicians from Community Music Works, led by Joshua Rodriguez, will entertain the audience prior to the featured screening. Community Music Works uses music education and performance as a vehicle to build lasting and meaningful relationships between children, families, and professional musicians in urban neighborhoods of Providence, RI.

Landfill Harmonic / Documentary

Landfill Harmonic / Documentary

Making a Rhode Island premiere at this year’s festival, Landfill Harmonic (ages 10+), will screen at 6:45pm. This inspiring documentary shares the story of a group of children from Cateura, Paraguay born into poverty, who find hope by learning how to make music from trash with the help of a music teacher and local trash picking craftsmen. For tickets, visit

Festival Awards Sunday, February 21

The 2016 Festival closes on Sunday, February 21 at 5:00 pm at the Gilder Center for the Arts with an annual awards ceremony including Audience Award for Best Feature and Short, Special Jury Award for Best Feature and Short, and a new Hasbro Inc. Children’s Hospital Jury Award. The Audience Award is calculated by ballots cast by the public after each screening throughout the Festival and the feature and short with the most votes at the end of the festival wins this award. The Special Jury Award is derived from votes cast by the PCFF Jury, comprised of both adults and children. The Hasbro Inc. Children’s Hospital Jury Award, new to the 2016 Festival, is a PCFF pilot program uniquely designed for hospitalized children to participate in the Festival. This satellite PCFF program at Hasbro Children’s Hospital in Providence, gives young patients the opportunity to watch and review a curated selection of films and choose a winner for the award.

Click here, for complete festival schedule and ticket info.