Boston International Kids Film Festival back November 18-20; Filmmakers Collaborative paves the way for a future generation of creators with a weekend of learning and fun
BOSTON – The Boston International Kids Film Festival (BIKFF) returns for its 10th annual weekend dedicated to films for, by and about children. Featuring workshops, panel discussions and nearly 80 films from a dozen different countries, BIKFF takes place November 18-20 at the Mosesian Center for the Arts in Watertown.
The festival will feature many films with local connections this year, including a documentary about a Newton debate team that follows a group of girls struggling to find their voices in the competitive, male-dominated activity of high school debate. The other two features of the festival include a story of four young friends and their struggles growing up queer and a fictional film about ballet starring a local Boston dancer. In addition to regular screenings in two theaters at Mosesian, the festival also features panel discussions for professional filmmakers and workshops on drama and stop-motion animation films for younger artists. All screenings are open to the public and tickets can be purchased at bikff.org. Festival passes start at $55 (for ages 12 and under) and include full access to all screenings and activity sessions.
Now in the 10thth Annually, BIKFF screens feature-length documentaries, animated shorts for children under 10, and shorts appropriate for middle school students and beyond. The festival also features films created by students participating in another Filmmakers Collaborative program, FC Academy – an after-school and summer break filmmaking program that introduces children to the latest technologies and filmmaking techniques.
Movies are shown in blocks throughout the day up to the featured movies which are shown each night. These films include:
Friday: “Girl Talk” directed by Lucia Small
“Girl Talk” follows five girls from Newton South’s top-ranking all-girls debate team over a four-year period as they strive to become the best debaters in the United States on their own terms. As “Girl Talk” follows a diverse group of debaters, it offers leaders a front row seat as they learn to navigate gender bias in the world of debate.
Saturday: “HELLO WORLD” directed by Hei Verden
HELLO WORLD is a festival for children and young people who have the courage to be different and are proud of their own identities. The film follows Runa 12, Dina 13, Viktor 12 and Joachim 14 as they define themselves differently while their peers do what they can to fit in. They are the first people to be public gay come out in their classes and the youngest in their respective communities. Told through the eyes of four young people, the film gives us a glimpse of what it’s like to grow up queer.
Sunday: “Copellia” directed by Steven de Beul, Ben Tesseur and Jeff Tudor
BIKFF will conclude Sunday with a screening of ‘Coppelia’, a film that tells the story of a doll brought to life by a toymaker and charismatic plastic surgeon, Doctor Coppelius. The film stars acclaimed dancer, local author and inspirational activist Michaela DePrince. Also represented is an outstanding cast of international dance professionals including Daniel Camargo (Brazil), Royal Ballet star Sasha Mukhamedov (UK), Igonede Jongh (Netherlands) and prima ballerina Darcy Bussell (UK).
“We look forward to presenting this year’s film selection,” said Laura Azevedo, Executive Director of Filmmakers Collaborative, the festival’s moderator. “This year’s festival features great films with strong local ties. Showcasing this shows just how much the film industry has evolved in and around Boston since the festival started 10 years ago.”
The festival’s annual awards ceremony takes place on Saturday evening. Categories include Best Documentary, Best Short Film, Best International Film, Best Student Narrative Film, Best Student Documentary, Audience Choice Award and Peggy Charren Award for Excellence (the festival award).
In addition to the three main screening events, the weekend will include acting and filmmaking workshops, filmmaker panels, hands-on activities, live performances and more.
Starting Friday, kids can take part in a workshop and visit a kiosk hosted by award-winning NYC-based organization Storybooth. Storybooth invites teenagers to record themselves telling a short personal story, which then has the potential to be professionally animated and featured on one of their many streaming platforms. Storybooth will present field trips for schools on Friday and then open to the public on Saturday.
For more information, including a full schedule of performances and to purchase tickets, visit https://bikff.org/.
About Filmmakers Collaborative
The Boston International Kids Film Festival is a project of Filmmakers Collaborative (FC), a non-profit organization that encourages and supports people of all ages and experience levels to make great films and media projects. FC provides grant administration, mentoring and workshops to a diverse and national community that includes award-winning PBS documentarians, first-time producers and directors, and young people just discovering the power and potential of visual media. For more information, visit: www.filmmakerscollab.org.