Saturday (Feb. 27) marks the opening of the REDCAT International Children's Film Festival in Los Angeles. Presented in partnership with Northwest Film Forum, the festival offers animated, live-action and classic films for all ages throughout its five-day run.
- The opening day lineup focuses on short films from around the globe, including Nappy Heads by Sabrina Moella (Canada) and The King of the Island by Raimondo Della Calce (Italy).
- Day 2 (Feb. 28) is Nickelodeon Family Fun Day at REDCAT. The Nickelodeon programming showcases previews of shows from both Nickelodeon and Nick Jr., such as Dora the Explorer ("Swiper, the Explorer") and The Penguins of Madagascar ("Kaboom & Kabust.") Young attendees will have the opportunity to meet favorite costumed network characters--SpongeBob, Patrick, Dora and Diego--and receive giveaways.
- Day 3 (March 1) celebrates the 20th anniversary of Northern Ireland's award-winning Cinemagic International Film & Television Festival for Young People. On the program are four feature-length live-action films, including A Shine of Rainbows starring Aidan Quinn and Connie Nielsen. (See the trailer posted above.)
- Day 4 (March 6): The program features three blocks of short films, each with a different theme: Creature Comfort (films suitable for the youngest of viewers), Chills and Spills (films that are either a little scary or action-packed) and Passport (films from around the world about real kids making a difference.)
- The festival ends on March 7 with short films from Latvian animators, innovative international animation and an an environmentally conscious program.
Here are a few stills from several of the films:
REDCAT International Children's Film Festival
Feb. 27-March 1 and March 6-7
Tickets for each screening: $5