8th Annual

Providence Children's Film Festival

February 16, 2018 to February 25, 2018

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Feature Length Narrative
The festival jury is looking for films with content that offer multiple perspectives to children, teens and families of diverse ages, backgrounds and ethnicities. Films with English subtitles are treated equally as films in English. Narrative topics can span the entire range of emotions. A film need not have a "story-book" ending.
Feature Length Documentary
Documentaries are very popular with our young audiences. The focus can be on ideas, people, food, music etc... that inspire a young mind and/or expand their perspective.
Short Film
Never judge a film by it's running time! To satisfy kids with "short" attention spans... we seek live action, animation, documentary, experimental and music films that inspire creative thought in minds of all ages.
Youth Filmmaker Show
PCFF is committed to nurturing the work of young filmmakers and so is proud to present a program of films all made by youth - from around the world - and to provide an opportunity for young filmmakers to talk about both the fun and the challenges they face following the YSF screening. Films created / produced by youths, age 6 to 17, are considered to be “youth-produced”. An adult supervisor is allowed; however, the entire film MUST be conceived and created by the youth(s) submitting with minimal adult input.


The Providence Children’s Film Festival (PCFF) seeks films that inspire, delight, educate, and connect a diverse community of youth and families by curating, presenting, and exploring the best of independent and international cinema.

Our annual Festival brings the world to our children and our community through important films made from extraordinary, often unrecognized filmmakers from all over the globe. Each year we search for films appropriate for youth and children with interesting stories, that offers wisdom and multiple cultural perspectives and connections across all ages. Through our thoughtfully selected films, we hope to demonstrate the artistry and craft of filmmaking and provide opportunities to discuss the stories, people and connections from near and afar.



Now in its ninth year, the Providence Children’s Film Festival enhances and energizes the local arts and cultural community and has become of one the most highly anticipated family events of the year. The annual Festival takes place in February at multiple venues within walking distance of downtown Providence, with over ten days of screenings, filmmaking workshops, and drop-in activities, along with pre and post-film conversations that we call "Reel Connections". During the Festival, PCFF screens an average of 16 feature length films (including a classic film title) along with over 100 short films, including live-action, documentary, and animation made by filmmakers from around the world. Beginning in 2014, PCFF added the Youth Filmmaker Showcase, a juried program of films made by international youth, followed by an opportunity for young filmmakers to talk about both the fun and the challenges they face during the creative process.


2017 Festival winners were…

Audience Choice Award Best Feature: FANNY'S JOURNEY (Belgium/France, 2016)
Audience Choice Award Best Documentary: SONITA (Iran, 2015)
Audience Choice Award Best Short: SUMMER CAMP ISLAND (USA, 2016)

Special Jury Award Best Feature: BLANKA (Philippines, 2015)
Special Jury Award Best Short: BIRDLIME (Canada, 2016)
Children's Hospital Jury Award: ONCE UPON A BLUE MOON (Canada, 2016)

In addition to the annual festival, PCFF presents films of the same high quality and film-related educational programming throughout the year. Children and families can learn about the history of the medium and its critical context, as well as the craft of filmmaking; through media literacy programs, hands-on workshops, and filmmaker presentations. We proudly collaborate with community organizations such as RISD Museum, Providence Children’s Museum, AS220, the Boys and Girls Clubs of Providence, Providence CityArts, Rhode Island Museum of Science and Arts (RIMOSA), Providence Athenaeum Children’s Library, Providence Community Library, Media Smart Libraries Project, and the Rhode Island Office of Information and Services.


The PCFF selection committee seeks films with content that speaks positively to children, teens and families from diverse backgrounds and ethnicities. Please consider submitting if you have created work that can speak to all, including children and teens. We seek films that are entertaining and/or challenging to young minds with serious, true-to-life topics and narratives that may span a range of emotions. The film need not have a "story-book" ending to find a place in our festival. PCFF welcomes foreign films with subtitles, documentaries, live action, animation and even experimental films that may inspire our viewers to think about the world in a new way.


The Director of Programming will make selections along with the Festival Film Selection jury composed of educators, filmmakers, parents and children. PCFF takes pride in bringing children into the selection process; as a member of the PCFF Jury, youth have a voice from beginning to end, taking part in final film selections, festival programming, and award distributions. PCFF will email all entrants no later than January 10, 2018, whether films have been selected for the festival. Preview DVDs, thumb drives, and related materials of all films submitted for consideration will NOT be returned unless submission includes a prepaid, self-addressed, stamped envelope.


In addition to our Opening Night Party and final Awards Presentation Event, PCFF hosts a Filmmaker Soiree’ during the festival. No box juices or Goldfish crackers here. The Soiree is a private, low-key and relaxing get together with our star filmmakers and some of our festival devotee's. In between bites you may meet some filmmakers who have films in this year's festival or share a drink with one of our invited Reel Connection speakers. You will certainly meet many of the people who helped create and support this year's festival. 


On the last day of the festival six awards will be granted: Our audience selects Audience Choice Awards for Best Narrative Feature Film, Best Feature Length Documentary and Best Short Film. PCFF’s Award Jury will select Special Jury Awards for Best Feature Film and Best Short Film. Our Hospital Jury (comprised of hospitalized youth) will select a winner for the Hospital Jury Award for Best Short Film.


PCFF is committed to nurturing the work of young “amateur” filmmakers (aged 17 and under) and so is proud to present a juried program of films all made by youth—from our local community and around the world—and to provide an opportunity for young filmmakers to talk about both the fun and the challenges they face during the creative process. This exciting screening is designed to encourage talented and committed up-and-coming young filmmakers, and to inspire those who are just thinking about it. Young filmmakers may apply as an individual or as a team. (e.g. Youth organizations, film clubs, etc.).


Anisa Raoof (Executive Director); Eric Bilodeau (Director of Programming)


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The individual or entity submitting this film (1) warrants that it holds all necessary rights for submission of this film for exhibition in the Providence Children's Film Festival ("PCFF") and use in related promotional and educational events prior to the festival and up to 24 months thereafter and (2) shall indemnify and hold harmless PCFF from and against any and all claims, costs, suits, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including but not limited to attorney’s fees, and court costs) by reason of any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, royalties, publicity and/or screening related to the film. In addition, the individual or entity understands that PCFF will handle the film, film media and any related materials with a maximum of care but shall not be held liable for any damage or loss during the shipping, preview or screening of the same.

Accepted filmmakers agree to arrange and pay costs of shipping the film print or exhibition material to PCFF, including payment of shipping, insurance and customs fees. PCFF is responsible for the return shipping.

Final acceptance decisions are made by the PCFF Director of Programming with assistance from the festival film jury. These decisions are final and are not subject to appeal. Submission fees are non-refundable.

Final film format decisions of accepted films are solely decided by the PCFF Director of Programming. We will make every effort to show on the best format, with the best resolution and sound quality but there are no guarantees. Exhibition formats and level of screening quality may change based on equipment availability and venue changes.

The Providence Children’s Film Festival is granted the right to utilize and excerpt from any film or image submitted and accepted for exhibition at the festival, on the PCFF website, and for promotional purposes.

Please do not put multiple films on the same DVD. Submission and screening formats for feature length films include DVD, Blu-Ray, on-line screener and DCP. Please test your digital files before sending.

All accepted short films are to be shown on a digital file. Our preferred format is Quicktime: h.264 codec, 1920x1080 frame size at 30fps. Other options may be used but will remain in their native format.

PCFF shall use best efforts to ensure correct title and credits are listed on festival materials but shall not be held liable for inadvertent errors and omissions. PCFF reserves the right to adjust dates and times of film screenings/festival and shall not be responsible for delays or cancellations due to equipment failure, shipping delays, inclement weather, the condition of the prints delivered, or for any reason outside the control of PCFF.

PCFF reserves the right to decide all questions not specifically provided for herein.