When: Jan. 24-25, 10 a.m. 2015
Film festivals are often reserved for movies that are daringly creative or inventive, but that doesn’t mean they have to be reserved for adult audiences. In its seventh year, the annual Bay Area International Children’s Film Festival is offering more than fifty family-friendly films from around the world, plus a whole weekend of animation workshops for kids at the Chabot Space and Science Center (10000 Skyline Blvd., Oakland). Included in the exciting lineup is an advanced screening of Song of the Sea, the acclaimed upcoming animated release from Tomm Moore, whose 2009 The Secret of Kells was a commercial and critical success. Another highlight will be Pixar Production Designer Ralph Eggleston’s presentation on the making of his Oscar-winning short film For the Birds. In addition, film and media students from Berkeley City College will be teaching a series of hands-on workshops in which kids learn to create short, animated sequences. These are then edited together into a humorous compilation at the end of each day, and played on the big screen for everyone to see. And in a bid to feature more serious youth filmmakers, the fest will screen a showcase of local youth-made movies and the launch of Green Innovation/Green Imagination, a filmmaking challenge to encourage youth to make movies about climate change. Day passes for children are only $15, and $25 for adults. Or, a family of four can go for the whole weekend for $70.
Price: $15 - $25, weekend pass for $70