MISSION & OBJECTIVE

The Providence Children’s Film Festival (PCFF) seeks films that inspire, delight, educate, and connect a diverse community of youth and families by curating, presenting, and exploring the best of independent and international cinema.

Our annual Festival brings the world to our children and our community through important films made from extraordinary, often unrecognized filmmakers from all over the globe. Each year we search for films appropriate for youth and children with interesting stories, that offer wisdom and multiple cultural perspectives. Through our thoughtfully selected films, we hope to honor the artistry and craft of filmmaking and provide opportunities to discuss the stories, people and connections from near and afar.

ABOUT THE FESTIVAL

Now in its tenth year, the Providence Children’s Film Festival enhances and energizes the local arts and cultural community and has become of one the most highly anticipated family events of the year. The annual Festival takes place in February at multiple venues within walking distance of downtown Providence, with over fourteen days of screenings, filmmaking workshops, and drop-in activities, along with pre- and post-film conversations or presentations (which we call “Reel Connections”). During the Festival, PCFF screens an average of 14 feature length films (including a classic film title) along with over 200 short films, including live-action, documentary, animation and experimental films made by filmmakers from around the world.

Created in 2014, PCFF’s Youth Filmmaker Showcase (YFS) celebrates the artistic talents of youth from here in Rhode Island and around the world. This juried show of local, national and international films by young filmmakers provides opportunities for these artists to share their vision and discuss their inspiration and production challenges.

2018 Festival winners were…

Audience Choice Award Best Feature: JUST CHARLIE (United Kingdom, 2017)
Audience Choice Award Best Documentary: THE OTHER SIDE OF THE WALL (Al otro lado del muro) (Spain, 2017)
Audience Choice Award Best Short: SACRED HAIR (Canada, 2017)

Special Jury Award Best Feature: LIYANA (Qatar, Swaziland, USA, 2017)
Special Jury Award Best Short: TWO BALLOONS (USA, 2017)
Children's Hospital Jury Award: TWO BALLOONS (USA, 2017)

In addition to the annual festival, PCFF presents films of the same high quality and film-related educational programming throughout the year. Children and families can learn about the history of the medium and its critical context, as well as the craft of filmmaking; through media literacy programs, hands-on workshops, and filmmaker presentations. We proudly collaborate with community organizations such as RISD Museum, Providence Children’s Museum, AS220, the Boys and Girls Clubs of Providence, Providence CityArts, Rhode Island Museum of Science and Arts (RIMOSA), Providence Athenaeum Children’s Library, Providence Community Library, The Media Education Lab, and the Rhode Island Office of Information and Services.

CRITERIA

The PCFF selection committee seeks films with content that speaks positively to children, teens and families from diverse backgrounds and ethnicities. Please consider submitting if you have created work that can speak to all, including children and teens. We seek films that are entertaining and/or challenging to young minds with serious, true-to-life topics and narratives that may span a range of emotions. The film need not have a "story-book" ending to find a place in our festival. PCFF welcomes foreign films with subtitles, documentaries, live action, animation and even experimental films that may inspire our viewers to think about the world in a new way.

SELECTION

The Director of Programming will make selections along with the Festival Film Selection jury composed of educators, filmmakers, parents and children. PCFF takes pride in bringing children into the selection process; as a member of the PCFF Jury, youth have a voice from beginning to end, taking part in final film selections, festival programming, and award distributions. PCFF will email all entrants no later than January 10, 2019, whether films have been selected for the festival. 

SPECIAL EVENTS

In addition to our Opening Night Party and final Awards Presentation Event, PCFF hosts a Filmmaker Soiree’ during the festival. No box juices or Goldfish crackers here. The Soiree is a private, low-key and relaxing get together with our star filmmakers and some of our festival devotee's. In between bites you may meet some filmmakers who have films in this year's festival or share a drink with one of our invited Reel Connection speakers. You will certainly meet many of the people who helped create and support this year's festival.

AWARDS
On the last weekend of the festival twelve awards will be announced: 

Audience Choice Award Best Feature Live Action Film
Audience Choice Award Best Feature Animated Film
Audience Choice Award Best Feature Documentary Film
Audience Choice Award Best Short Live Action Film
Audience Choice Award Best Short Animated Film
Audience Choice Award Best Short Documentary Film
Special Jury Award Best Feature Film
Special Jury Award Best Short Live Action Film
Special Jury Award Best Short Animated Film
Global Awareness Short Film Award
Children’s Hospital Jury Award
Emerging Filmmaker Award

YOUTH FILMMAKER SHOWCASE (YFS)
Created in 2014, PCFF’s Youth Filmmaker Showcase (YFS) celebrates the artistic talents of youth from here in Rhode Island and around the world. This juried show of local, national and international films by young filmmakers provides opportunities for these artists to share their vision and discuss their inspiration and production challenges. This exciting screening takes place during the annual Providence Children’s Film Festival and is designed to encourage talented and committed up-and-coming young filmmakers, and to inspire those who are just thinking about it. Young filmmakers may apply as an individual or as a team. (e.g. youth organizations, film clubs, etc.).

AWARDS

On the last weekend of the festival twelve awards will be announced.

Audience Choice Award Best Feature Live Action Film
Audience Choice Award Best Feature Animated Film
Audience Choice Award Best Feature Documentary Film
Audience Choice Award Best Short Live Action Film
Audience Choice Award Best Short Animated Film
Audience Choice Award Best Short Documentary Film
Special Jury Award Best Feature Film
Special Jury Award Best Short Live Action Film
Special Jury Award Best Short Animated Film
Global Awareness Short Film Award
Children’s Hospital Jury Award
Emerging Filmmaker Award

The individual or entity submitting this film (1) warrants that it holds all necessary rights for submission of this film for exhibition in the Providence Children's Film Festival ("PCFF") and for use in related promotional and educational events prior to the festival and up to 24 months thereafter and (2) shall indemnify and hold harmless PCFF from and against any and all claims, costs, suits, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including but not limited to attorney’s fees, and court costs) by reason of any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, royalties, publicity and/or screening related to the film. In addition, the individual or entity understands that PCFF will handle the film, film media and any related materials with a maximum of care but shall not be held liable for any damage or loss during the shipping, preview or screening of the same.

Accepted filmmakers agree to arrange and pay costs of shipping the film print or exhibition material to PCFF, including payment of shipping, insurance and customs fees. PCFF is responsible for the return shipping of all accepted films.

Final acceptance decisions are made by the PCFF Director of Programming with assistance from the festival film jury. These decisions are final and are not subject to appeal. Submission fees are non-refundable.

Final film format decisions of accepted films are solely decided by the PCFF Director of Programming. We will make every effort to show on the best format, with the best resolution and sound quality but there are no guarantees. Exhibition formats and level of screening quality may change based on equipment availability and venue changes.

The Providence Children’s Film Festival is granted the right to utilize and excerpt from any film or image submitted and accepted for exhibition at the festival, on the PCFF website, and for promotional purposes.

All accepted short films are to be shown on a digital file. Our preferred format is Quicktime: h.264 codec, 1920x1080 frame size at 30fps. Other options may be used but will remain in their native format.

PCFF shall use best efforts to ensure correct title and credits are listed on festival materials but shall not be held liable for inadvertent errors and omissions. PCFF reserves the right to adjust dates and times of film screenings/festival and shall not be responsible for delays or cancellations due to equipment failure, shipping delays, inclement weather, the condition of the prints delivered, or for any reason outside the control of PCFF.

PCFF reserves the right to decide all questions not specifically provided for herein.

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  • Annie O'Neil

    Great festival! Loved going, and had a great time!

    October 2018
  • JC Little

    While I could not attend this festival I was especially delighted my latest film made it into Providence - it is such a cool festival, they care about the filmmaker and give valuable feedback. Highly recommend.

    March 2018
  • Keith Cantrell

    Love this festival so much! I decided to take a trip from Los Angeles to Providence, Rhode Island to participate in the festival on the day my short film Paddleball Hole was screened. Wish I could have stayed longer and attended more events. The festival staff and attendees made me feel right at home. I would love to participate again someday. Thanks for including me in your festival, PCFF Team!

    March 2018
  • ChiaLing Yang

    It was a great experience to work with Providence Children's Film Festival

    March 2018
  • Partho Gupte

    Hello! I've had my films two years in a row at Providence in the Youth Filmmaker Showcase and while I've never been able to make it to the festival, I've been touched by Eric Bilodeau's emails regarding the films. It is so so rare for a festival to highlight what they like about your film...as a 17 year old young filmmaker with a long road ahead of me, I treasure the notes for the encouragement and support they contain.
    Hope to make it to the festival some time in life!

    March 2018