Something for the Kid in All of Us: REDCAT International Children’s Film Festival

'Blue Elephant' by Sung-chi Lo (Taiwan) at RICFF.

‘Blue Elephant’ by Sung-chi Lo (Taiwan) at RICFF.

For the next four weekends (from March 26-April 17), REDCAT will present its 6th annual International Children’s Film Festival. The festival will include a new mind-expanding collection of short film programs, each crafted with care to appeal to the next generation of movie-lovers. Curated by Elizabeth Shepherd, these inspiring, magical works made by acclaimed filmmakers and up-and-coming artists from around the globe present programs for a younger audience, chills and thrills for adventurous older viewers and films to inspire the whole family.

On Sunday (March 27), the ever-popular Nick Family Fun Day offers attendees the opportunity to meet the costumed characters of Nickelodeon and Nick Jr. favorites—SpongeBob, Patrick, Dora and Diego—and receive giveaways. At 12 PM, Nick Jr. hosts a special screening of its highly anticipated new series in addition to its widely watched pre-school programming: The Fresh Beat Band, Dora the Explorer, and Bubble Guppies. At 3 PM, Nickelodeon will host special advance screenings of its top-rated hit series: The Penguins of Madagascar, T.U.F.F. Puppy, and SpongeBob SquarePants. (The latter two series were created by CalArts alums, Butch Hartman [Film/Video CERT 86] and Steve Hillenburg [Film/Video MFA 92], respectively.)

Additional highlights of this year’s festival include Joe Chang and Friends: a special selection of new animation from China curated by acclaimed animator Joe Chang (April 9), and Indigenous Showcase: a program showcasing the emerging talents of indigenous filmmakers from throughout the world (April 2).

Other festival highlights:

  • Tally Ho: Films that Fly High
  • Round the World and Home Again
  • All Creatures Great and Small
  • Once Upon an Adventure
  • Family Matters
  • Legends Come Alive
  • Into the Woods and Under the Sea
  • Goosebumps Galore

Check out the full schedule here.

REDCAT International Children’s Film Festival
Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater
March 26 – April 17
$5 per screening

The trailer for Marcel the Shell with Shoes On, posted above, directed by Dean Fleischer-Camp, screens at the festival on Saturday. More film trailers can be found on REDCAT’s YouTube Channel.

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