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Monday, February 8, 2010


Contact: Karina Wood 401-595-2999

At the first annual Providence Children's Film Festival, February 12, 2010.

(Category: Animated Feature Film)

Four days of award-winning, innovative movies and workshops in the Creative Capital
President's Day Holiday Weekend, February 12 - 15, 2010


The first annual Providence Children's Film Festival will present the New England premiere of The Secret of Kells, nominated for a 2010 Academy Award for Best Animated Feature Film.


This highly anticipated animated masterpiece from the producers of Kirikou and the Sorceress, and The Triplets of Belleville brings together magic, fantasy and Celtic mythology in a riot of color and detail that dazzle the eyes in this sweeping story about the power of imagination and faith to carry humanity through dark times. The Academy Award nominees were announced February 2.

The New England premiere of The Secret of Kells will take place at the Festival Kick-off Reception, Friday, February 12, 5:30 pm, at the Cable Car Cinema.

Providence Children's Film Festival is the first and only not-for-profit dedicated solely to bringing high quality independent and international children's films and film-related programming to Rhode Island. Its inaugural event will be a four-day festival that will introduce Rhode Island children, youth and their families to the great variety of high quality independent films from the United States and around the world made specifically for young audiences.

The festival will feature a delightful collection of animated, live-action, and documentary films, including recent award winners and favorites from major North American children's film festivals, including the New York, Chicago, and Toronto International Children's Film Festivals.

With support from local community arts and education organizations, such as New Urban Arts and City Arts!, the festival will also present a program of films made by Rhode Island youth on Sunday, February 14, 3:30, Metcalf Auditorium, RISD Museum.

For a full listing of films, descriptions, trailers and reviews, please visit: http://www.providencechildrensfilmfestival.org/Films.html

Education and hands-on opportunities are vital to the Festival's mission. This year's workshops will focus on animation, with two local artists, Annie Lavigne (RISD Faculty, Department of Film, Animation and Video) and Amy Lovera (Providence based multi-media artist), leading workshops in direct animation and cut paper animation (which is a kind of stop motion animation).

Advanced registration for the workshops is highly recommended (see www.providencechildrensfilmfestival.org/Workshops.html).

There will be other opportunities to meet film professionals. The Saturday 12:30 screening of Gus Outdoors: Gull Island will feature a question and answer session with Portsmouth, RI, filmmaker Sean Nightingale. For the Saturday 3:30 screening of Songs of Freedom, a new film about the Underground Railroad that knits together dramatic re-creation and contemporary and modern storytelling and music, director/producer David Marshall will be present to answer questions. Both of these presentations are part of the free programming that will take place at the Metcalf Auditorium, RISD Museum.

The festival will take place Friday, February 12 - Monday, February 15, 2010 (Presidents' Day Weekend).

Kick-off Reception & Premier Screening of "The Secret of Kells": Friday, February 12, 5:30 pm, Cable Car. Ticketed event $15. Advance ticket purchase recommended via http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/97479

Complete Schedule of events at: http://www.providencechildrensfilmfestival.org/Schedule.html

The Providence Children's Film Festival is made possible through major funding support from the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities, an independent state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Funding is also provided in part by a grant from the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, through an appropriation by the Rhode Island General Assembly, a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts and private funders.

This is not an RIFC Production


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