Back for its eighth year, the Providence Children’s Film Festival returns from February 17 through 26. This year’s festival will showcase 14 feature-length films and 75 shorts, including live-action, documentary and animation.
In the spotlight are films such as 2016’s Best Animation and Best European Children’s Film winner Molly Monster, which tells the story of what it means to become a sibling (told by monsters, of course). My Life as a Zucchini touches on harsh subjects such as drug abuse. It does so with delicacy and care as to not offend or disturb younger audiences, and was a 2017 Golden Globe nominee for Best Animation. Highlighted in the memory of Gene Wilder, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory will also make an appearance on this year’s film list.
Watching films is only just part of the PCFF experience. The festival will provide workshops on February 11 and 12 in live-action and claymation filmmaking for children ages 6 to 14. Also featured is the juried Youth Filmmaker Showcase on both February 23 and 26 to promote young filmmakers.
Anisa Raoof, executive director of the festival, believes that although children are greatly exposed to a number of screens, there is still a value in the sharing of these incredible films with children and their peers.
“We want to connect young audiences with extraordinary films,” says Raoof, reflecting on the continued success and impact of PCFF on the community. Raoof says that by giving voice to those of different cultures and experiences through film, children and families of Rhode Island can embrace a perspective outside their own. The continued growth of the festival suggests they are.