The Bay Area International Children’s Film Festival (BAICFF) is gearing up for its 11th annual edition, taking place February 16 & 17 at the Chabot Space & Science Center in Oakland, California. The next “Playdate for the Imagination” will offer a fun weekend of events and special programs for families, including premiere screenings, presentations from award-winning Disney and Pixar filmmakers, hand-on animation workshops for kids, and more.
This year’s theme is “Imagination without Borders,” with festival imagery featuring the work of celebrated Oakland artist Favianna Rodriguez — a transnational interdisciplinary artist and cultural organizer who was recently featured on Ben & Jerry’s new ice cream flavor, Pecan Resist. The theme will resonate throughout the weekend with panels, workshops, and films around the topic.
“The Bay Area International Children’s Film Festival, now in its 11th year, is an opportunity for Bay Area families, and kids of all ages, to be inspired by the art of film and open up their imagination to new possibilities,” said BAICFF Co-Founders and Oakland Residents, Jim Capobianco (animation sequence supervisor, Mary Poppins Returns) and Shelley Trott. “Our theme this year, Imagination Without Borders, exemplifies our mission to present diverse perspectives from around the world and offer creative workshops for kids with leading artists and animators.”
Tickets are available here; all tickets include admission to the Chabot Space & Science Center.
BAICFF 2019 Animation Highlights:
- Special screening of Pixar’s Academy Award[-winning film, Coco, featuring a presentation on the making of the film with director Lee Unkrich & story supervisor Jason Katz.
- Cartoon Network program with screenings of new shows in development. Learn first-hand from the creators of the shows about how their projects get developed from inception to short and beyond! (Great for teens!)
- New partnership with the New York International Children’s Film Festival featuring a collection of Mexican short films, Viva Kid Flicks.
- Beyond the Boundaries of Cartoons: New voices are telling stories once thought beyond the traditional “Cartoon.” Watch new films made by a new generation of leading animators touching on subjects not usually approached in animation. Followed by a panel discussion about the future of animation storytelling.
- Signature Hands-On Animation Filmmaking Workshops: Outdoor Live-Action Pixilation, Stop-Motion Technique with Found Objects & Signature Professional Clay Animation Figures. Including a special storyboarding workshop with Coco story supervisor, Jason Katz.
- Imagination Lab: The Importance of Beeing, a short mixed-media documentary which aims to spotlight the importance of bees. The Festival’s Imagination Lab will host an exhibition about bee keeping and what you can do to promote bees in your neighborhood.
Visit baicff.com for more information.