The second annual Miami International Children's Film Festival, presented by the Coral Gables Art Cinema, the event will take place Friday to Sunday, October 17 to 19, 2014 at the Cinema, South Florida's leading art house venue, in partnership with the prestigious New York International Children's Film Festival, announced Gables Cinema Director Robert Rosenberg. A huge success in last year's first edition, the Festival returns to bring more of the best of international cinema for children to South Florida.
The Festival will showcase a diverse range of premieres of family-appealing films not otherwise available to Miami audiences, as well as hands-on workshops, parties, meet-the-filmmaker events and more. The event provides South Florida families with fun, meaningful and thought-provoking activities within a supportive community setting, exposing children to alternative film programming that can broaden their horizons.
The Miami International Children's Film Festival is an outgrowth of a successful history of specialized family-friendly film events, summer film camps and a highly acclaimed first-run art house exhibition schedule at the Coral Gables Art Cinema. The Festival will have films and programs for children from ages three to adult, with special offerings for pre-teens and teenagers, including animated and live action shorts and features.
"Last year was a home-run for us, in terms of expanding our kids' audience and bringing in families to an art-house environment. We are thrilled that the Festival is returning," says Cinema Director Robert Rosenberg. "Miami families are really hungry for alternatives to the commercial films you can already see here in theaters or at home. We curate this Festival with the goal of really having an exciting and inspiring event for South Florida kids."
The Miami Festival is also a unique partnership with New York International Children's Film Festival, the largest one of its kind for children and teens in North America.
"Working with New York has really been an incredible advantage for us as we create a festival that speaks to our Miami community, with their two decades of leadership in the field," said Rosenberg. Other groups that will be collaborating with the Miami International Children's Film Festival include Books & Books, the Coral Gables Museum, the Florida Film Institute and Miami-Dade Public Schools. Nina Guralnick, Executive Director of New York International Children's Film Festival, says, "We are pleased to continue our partnership with Miami to bring the best of this year's new, outstanding global films to the children and families of South Florida.”
The Coral Gables Art Cinema is South Florida's leading state-of-the-art venue for experiencing independent, alternative and international film, offering first-run, seven-day-a-week showcase presentations in both 35mm and true industry-standard theater quality digital projection. It is located at 260 Aragon Avenue, directly across the street from Books & Books, on the western end of the ground floor of the Museum Parking Garage.
New York Int'l Children's Film Festival was established in 1997 to promote intelligent, passionate, provocative films from around the world and to help define a more dynamic film culture for children and teens. Now an Oscar(r)-qualifying event, the annual Festival is comprised of over 75 events attended by over 25,000 audience members at venues throughout New York City. Each year, the Festival premieres 100 exceptional new films and hosts filmmaker Q&As, receptions, panels, workshops, retrospectives, audience voting, and an annual awards ceremony.
Funding for the Miami International Children's Film Festival comes in part from the Knight Foundation; the Coral Gables Community Foundation; the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Mayor and Board of County Commissioners; the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture; the City of Coral Gables; Magnatech Electronic; Continental Film & Digital Labs, Inc.; Professional Bank; Bagel Emporium & Grille; and the other businesses and individuals who support the Festival.
WHAT: Second annual Miami International Children’s Film Festival presented by the Coral Gables Art Cinema in partnership with the New York International Children’s Film Festival
WHEN: October 17 through October 19, 2014
WHERE: Coral Gables Art Cinema
260 Aragon Avenue
Coral Gables, Florida, 33134
parking on-site in covered garage
TICKETS: Ticket prices and purchase options to be announced September 1, 2014
Photo by Sohail Fazluddin.