Children’s Film Festival – March 10-19, 2017

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All over the world, filmmakers are crafting works of exhilarating imagination and creativity – just for kids! Pickford Film Center presents the 2017 Bellingham Children’s Film Festival, showcasing innovative and fun films from around the globe plus so much more. This year’s festival spans two weekends for all ages and includes a sneak preview of a new film weeks before it’s release, an ice-cream social and root beer garden, animated and live actions shorts including some recently rediscovered classics, and original broadway performances!

PLUS: Special school screenings throughout the week! Programs include Indigenous Showcase (Ages 9+), Creature Teachers (for kids 2+) and Save the Earth (Ages 8+). Talk to your kids’ teachers! Book today. Contact Susie Purves, Executive Director for more info: susie@pickfordfilmcenter.org

Opening Night! – Friday, March 10

Sneak Preview Screening! Catch a screening of the new film from director Clyde Barras, My Life as a Zucchini – weeks before it is released to the public!
Opening Day Ticket Prices: $5 for kids / $7.50 for PFC members / $10.75 general admission
Your ticket price includes an Ice Cream Social and Root Beer Garden sponsored byTrader Joe’s

All other public screenings

Thanks to our generous sponsors Piper Pediatric Dentistry – all other screenings are offered at a discounted price of only $5 admission! Song of the Sea is a special price of $1!

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2017 Bellingham Children’s Film Festival

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Newsies

Set in New York City at the turn of the century and based on a true story, Newsies is the rousing tale of Jack Kelly, a charistmatic newsboy and leader of aragged band of teenaged 'newsies,' who dreams only of a better life far from the hardship of the streets. But when publishing titans Joseph Pulitzer and William Randolph Hearst raise distribution prices at the newsboys' expense, Jack finds a cause to fight for and rallies newsies from across the...
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My Life as a Zucchini

SNEAK PREVIEW: Friday, March 10 at 6:30pm - the Opening Night of the Bellingham Children's Film Festival - Your ticket includes an Ice Cream Social and Root Beer Garden sponsored by Trader Joe's

The film returns for a full run on Friday, March 24

After his mother’s sudden death, Zucchini is befriended by a police officer, Raymond, who accompanies him to his new foster home, filled with other orphans his age. At first he struggles to find...
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Creature Teachers

For Pre-K, Kindergarteners and 1st-graders, a 60 Minute Program of Animated Films with Themes of friendship, adventure, respect for nature, music, overcoming difficulties, and humor. Films are brand new, from Germany, Japan, Hungary, Russia, Latvia, Canada, the UK, and the USA all playing out in visual language with no translation necessary!
What can we learn from the animals we love? Jump into these short animated films and find yourself transformed into deer, crocodiles, and herons, oh my! Harmonize...
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Shine On! The Best Animated Films from Children’s Film Festival Seattle 2017

What makes you shine? The characters in these sweet and funny films have special things that make them glow and grow. Join them as they play with their friends and families, discover new things about themselves, and take journeys to near and far. If you close your eyes and make a wish, you might even be able to join them on a trip to the moon!

Includes....

Ampersand
(Erin Shea, USA, 2016, animated, 2016, 3:11 min, no dialogue) 
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Driven by Children: Animation by Faith and John Hubley

'If you're an artist, you can't be a huckster', Faith Hubley
The animators John and Faith Hubley, married in 1955 and as they started to raise a family, made an agreement to both make a film every year and eat dinner as a family every night. Together, they created animated short films from the 1950s through the 1970s. Their inventive, poetic, seemingly spontaneous animation included the fanciful conversations of their young children and also featured jazz scores from the...
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Save the Earth

The earth is our only home, so let’s take care of it! In this program, you’ll travel through forests and the cosmos, animated dreamscapes, funny animal adventures, and stories about scientists, just to end up back at home, ready to change our environmental future.
Films are all new, both animated and live action, and from the US, Canada, Latvia, Ireland, Finland, Australia, Argentina, Turkey, Iran, and Mexico

This program was curated from international submissions by Elizabeth Shepherd, Director...
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Longing and Belonging: The Best Live Action Films from Children’s Film Festival Seattle 2017

This collection of live action shorts show how kids all over the world long for the same things: to love, to laugh, to love, to share time with their families, and find their passions. Get globally aware as you meet sweet children who dream of their homeland, boys and girls who feel passionately drawn to the arts, best friends who must overcome bullying, a boy who learns a big lesson about his parents, and an Alaskan Yup’ik teen who is...
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Indigenous Showcase

Co-presented with Longhouse Media
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This wide-ranging program tells the stories of Indigenous people throughout North America, including beautifully animated traditional tales, stirring experimental films by young Native filmmakers, an inspiring documentary about a Yup’ik village that comes together for basketball, and the unique history of Yavapai doctor and activist Carlos Montezuma.
Films are all new and from the US, Canada, and Mexico...
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Song of the Sea

Ben and his little sister Saoirse, the last Seal-child, embark on a fantastic journey across a fading world of ancient legend and magic in an attempt to return to their home by the sea....
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A World Inside a Moment: Animation of Faith and John Hubley

This program features the same shorts as last weekends’ Driven by Children plus an additional four films that are appropriate for older kids.

'If you're an artist, you can't be a huckster', Faith Hubley
The animators John and Faith Hubley, married in 1955 and as they started to raise a family, made an agreement to both make a film every year and eat dinner as a family every night. Together, they created animated short films from the 1950s through...
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