Providence Children's Film Festival

Providence Children's Film Festival
Thursday, Feb 22, 2024 at 10:30am


10:30 am: First Impressions

Director(s): Multiple Directors
Country: Czech Republic, Germany, Norway, Russian Federation, United States
Language: English, musical, or no dialogue
Multiple Film Types | 2024 | 65 minutes
Recommended for all ages (Parental Guidance: Appropriate for all ages.)

You never get a second chance to make a first impression! Has your child attended a kids film festival before? If not, this is a great way to start, especially for the youngest ones.

(Multi-national / English or non-dialogue / 65 mins / All ages)

CAKE BALLAD- Charlie’s cake for his friend’s birthday comes out of the over with a bite taken out of it. The investigation is on! Charlie must search the forest for clues to find the culprit. (2022/4 min/ Germany/ dir. Meike Fehre/ English and German)

THE CHRISTMAS TREE SCHOOL- Cactus dreams of training at The Christmas Tree School. But no amount of tinsel can hide his prickly figure, and cacti aren’t allowed on Santa’s sleigh! Will he find a way to make his wish come true? (2023/ 8 min/ Russian Federation/ dir. Anastasia Makhlina/ non-verbal)

CITY BIRD- A young girl, Linden escapes the hustle and bustle of New York City to go on an adventurous bird walk with her grandfather. Their journey is chronicled through the eyes of the girl’s stuffed penguin, Marney who is determined not to let go of their city roots. A documentary that combines fantastical elements to show the beauty of nature and friendship. (2023/10.5 min/ USA/ dir. Adam Spreng/ English)

DORMOUSE- (Siebenschläfer) Bear wants to celebrate Dormouse’s birthday together, but Dormouse is asleep! And not just any sleep – hibernation. Did you know that the word “dormouse” is related to the word “dormant” because they sleep for almost 6 months at a time? Hopefully Bear’s cake will last through the winter until Dormouse wakes up! (2022/3.5 min/ Germany/ dir. Julia Ocker/ non-verbal)

I’M NOT AFRAID!- During a game of hide and seek Vanja leaves the bright living room and enters a dimly lit courtyard, which has far too many dark corners, weird shadows and strange noises. To overcome the fear, Vanja turns into a dangerous tiger! (2022/ 7 min/ Norway/ dir. Marita Mayer/ German and Norwegian)

MAKE IT MYSELF- “Make it Myself” encourages kids to think about what they can make themselves, rather than buying new. The upbeat video is packed with energy, creativity, and concrete ideas for educational and sustainable projects. (2023/ 4 min/ dir. Melisa Smith/ English)

MEL FELL- One day, when Mama bird is away, Mel decides it’s time to learn to fly. She’s been in the nest long enough. Despite the fears of her cautious siblings, Mel takes to the sky…and plummets! But while a host of tree-dwelling animals tries to intervene, can Mel master the art of flight? ( 2022/ 7 min/ USA/ dir. Galen Fott/ English)

OUR PIGGY- (Naše prasátko) Our Piggy’s stuffed bear is the perfect playmate for pretending to make soup, visit the doctor’s office, or go to bed. Do you have a favorite stuffed animal? (2022/ 2 min/ Czech Republic/ dir. Jaromír Plachý/ Czech)

PUFFERFISH- (Kugelfisch) Pufferfish looks like the smallest fish in the big, scary sea – until PUFF! Bigger is not always better, Pufferfish learns, and friends may be nearer than you think. (2022/ 3.5 min/ Germany/ dir. Julia Ocker/ non-verbal)

ELEPHANT’S NEW BICYCLE- Elephant loves his new bicycle! But when his friends accidentally crash it, he discovers what he loves most of all! (2023/ 3 min/ USA/ dir. Stylo Moniker/ English)

Location: Mount Pleasant Library ( 315 Academy Ave in Providence, RI)

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12:15 pm: Películas Y Palomitas

Director(s): Multiple Directors
Country: Argentina, Colombia, Mexico, Spain, United States
Language: Spanish w/ English subtitles
Multiple Film Types | 2020, 2021, 2022 | 74 min
Recommended for ages 8+ (Parental Guidance: Ages 8+)

Películas y Palomitas! (Movies and Popcorn!) – Every festival year we search for films produced in countries where Spanish is the primary language or the lingua franca. This year we travel to Colombia, Argentina, Mexico and more!

THE DANCE- (El Baile) Andrés has a problem: his crush Mariana invited him to the school dance, but his shoe has a big hole in the toe! Can Andrés repair or replace his shoe in time to impress Mariana? (2021/ 15 min/ Colombia/ dir. Pedro Pablo Vega Reyes/ Spanish)

IT WAS ONLY A ROCK THAT LOOKED LIKE SOMEONE- (Era Solo Una Roca Que Se Parecía a Alguien) Astronauts Adam and Steve work at a space station meant to save Earth. But the work is boring and lonely for Steve, who starts to have visions of his mother and childhood home. Adam can’t cover Steve’s work forever – will the two find a way to keep their grip on reality while still doing their jobs? (2020/ 11.5 minutes/ Mexico/ dir. Matisse Gonzalez Jordán/ Spanish)

KERADÓ-One day, while collecting jagua fruits, a young Embera Katío girl, Chidima, is lured by a glowing, mystical toad into the forbidden zone of a hydroelectric power plant that put her village in danger, where she accidentally discovers a sacred cave. Frightened, she runs away and tells her grandfather what she saw, unexpectedly bringing a new hope for her people.(2022/ 15 min/ Colombia/ dir. Andrés Rafael Castillo, Diego Alejandro Castillo/ Embera Katío)

LA CALESITA- What goes around comes around…in a good way! When a beloved neighborhood carousel shuts down, the kind-hearted operator takes matters into his own hands, with his community ready to help. (2022/ 9.5 min/ Argentina/ dir. Augusto Schillaci/ Spanish)

PLEASE IN SPANISH- Feeling disconnected from her Dominican heritage, a young woman warms to her cultural identity after meeting a lively neighbor. (2022/ 9.5 minutes/ USA/ dir. Patricia Seely/ English)

WHAT’S UP WITH THE SKY?- (Què li passa al cel?) What starts as a few small building and farming changes in town balloons into an ultra-industrial city and all the pollution that comes with it. Can the humans work together with the sun, clouds and land around them to heal their harm and live in better balance? (2022/ 10 min/ Spain/ dir. Irene Iborra/ non-verbal)

Location: Mount Pleasant Library ( 315 Academy Ave in Providence, RI)

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2:00 pm: Summer Qamp

Director(s): Jen Markowitz
Country: Canada
Language: English
Live Action | 2023 | 80 min
Recommended for ages 13+ (Parental Guidance: Ages 13+ for profanity and mature themes.)

Buried within the woods of Alberta, Canada sits a haven for LGBTQIA2S+ teens, far away from the fierce political battle currently being waged against queer expression and gender identity. SUMMER QAMP invites audiences into the innocence and joy of a summer away with friends, while never losing sight of the bravery of these young protagonists whose very existence is challenged in their normal lives.

Location: Mount Pleasant Library ( 315 Academy Ave in Providence, RI)

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4:00 pm: Wolfwalkers

Director(s): Tomm Moore, Ross Stewart
Country: Ireland
Language: English, Spanish w/ English subtitles
Animation | 2020 | 93 min
Recommended for ages 8+ (Parental Guidance: Ages 8+ for sequences of violence and peril.)

People don’t talk about Tomm Moore the way they talk about Hayao Miyazaki or Pixar, but they should. Each of the Irish animator’s three features is a precious jewel, firmly planted in ancient Celtic mythology but shimmering with vitality and intelligence. Wolfwalkers is a worthy follow up to The Secret of Kells and Song of the Sea. In a time of superstition and magic, a young apprentice, Robyn Goodfellowe, journeys to Ireland with her father, a hunter, to wipe out the last wolf pack. While exploring the forbidden lands outside the city walls, Robyn befriends a free-spirited girl, Mebh, a member of a mysterious tribe rumored to have the ability to transform into wolves by night. As they search for Mebh’s missing mother, Robyn uncovers a secret that draws her further into the enchanted world of the Wolfwalkers and risks turning into the very thing her father is tasked to destroy.

Location: Mount Pleasant Library ( 315 Academy Ave in Providence, RI)

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