Bay Area International Children's Film Festival

Bay Area International Children's Film Festival A playdate for the imagination. The Bay Area International Film Festival (BAICFF) promotes unity through art and film. We are gathering another fantastic line up of high-quality family-friendly films from around the world.
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The 2019 program will showcase award-winning films that offer something for every child's imagination: eye-popping animation, amazing documentaries, stories that tackle important issues from a kids-eye view, and unique opportunities to chat with filmmakers. Since its first festival in 2009, BAICFF has presented over 500 family-friendly films from around the world.

The 2019 program will showcase award-winning films that offer something for every child's imagination: eye-popping animation, amazing documentaries, stories that tackle important issues from a kids-eye view, and unique opportunities to chat with filmmakers. Since its first festival in 2009, BAICFF has presented over 500 family-friendly films from around the world.

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Watch a Special Screening of "Shooom's Odyssey" at BAICFF 2021 and listen to Director Julien Bisaro & Producer Claire Pa...
06/15/2021

Watch a Special Screening of "Shooom's Odyssey" at BAICFF 2021 and listen to Director Julien Bisaro & Producer Claire Paoletti talk about how they made this enthralling tale about two adorable owlets come to life. L'Odyssée de Choum #baicff #baicff2021 #filmfestival

Watch a Special Screening of "Shooom's Odyssey" at BAICFF 2021 and listen to Director Julien Bisaro & Producer Claire Paoletti talk about how they made this enthralling tale about two adorable owlets come to life. L'Odyssée de Choum #baicff #baicff2021 #filmfestival

Our BAICFF 2021 Programs webpage has been updated with info on what's in store for everyone and there's more to come! Ch...
06/10/2021
Films - Bay Area International Children's Film Festival

Our BAICFF 2021 Programs webpage has been updated with info on what's in store for everyone and there's more to come! Check it out for some exciting virtual events!!! 🤩 #baicff #baicff2021 #filmfestival

Join us this summer for our virtual film festival event on July 22-25, 2021.

Our official teaser trailer for this year's virtual film festival! #BAICFF #baicff2021 #filmfestival
06/03/2021
Official teaser for BAICFF 2021

Our official teaser trailer for this year's virtual film festival! #BAICFF #baicff2021 #filmfestival

Official teaser for the 13th edition of BAICFF taking place in your own living rooms on July 22 - 25 in partnership with The Festival of Curiosity

SAVE THE DATE and check out this year's BAICFF poster illustrated by Bay Area artist, Nichole Wong Forti! #BAICFF #BAICF...
05/26/2021

SAVE THE DATE and check out this year's BAICFF poster illustrated by Bay Area artist, Nichole Wong Forti! #BAICFF #BAICFF2021

SAVE THE DATE and check out this year's BAICFF poster illustrated by Bay Area artist, Nichole Wong Forti! #BAICFF #BAICFF2021

Send us your films!  Submissions are now OPEN! For the 13th edition of BAICFF in partnership with The Festival Of Curios...
04/27/2021
BAICFF - Bay Area International Children's Film Festival

Send us your films! Submissions are now OPEN! For the 13th edition of BAICFF in partnership with The Festival Of Curiosity taking place across the globe virtually July 21 -25th. https://filmfreeway.com/BAICFF

BAICFF is an annual Playdate for the Imagination™ where education and imagination collide. The festival offers families a cinematic view of the world’s varie...

04/22/2021

Hello all - BAICFF fans - as we emerge from this most terrible of years - we thought it would be good to have a Playdate! One for the Imagination! And to do that we need films! So, heads up - launching next week our 2021 open call for films! The festival will be held this summer - a first ! - at this stage totally virtually. We are partnering with our friends over at The Festival of Curiosity in Dublin, Ireland and will be offering access to their programing as well. The festival will take place July 22-25. More info coming soon! The Playdate will happen!

Our friends at NYICFF New York Int'l Children's Film Festival - is online and available across the country - tickets on ...
03/05/2021
Tickets | New York Int'l Children's Film Festival

Our friends at NYICFF New York Int'l Children's Film Festival - is online and available across the country - tickets on sale now! - Check out their wonderful programing - https://nyicff.org/tickets/

NYICFF 2019 runs February 22 through March 17. Don't miss the best new films from around the world (and parties, and premieres, and special guests, and more!) for audiences of all ages.

Hey all check out this great opportunity to see Cartoon Saloon's next film "Wolfwalkers"  curtesy of our friends over at...
12/15/2020
Wolfwalkers Q&A registration

Hey all check out this great opportunity to see Cartoon Saloon's next film "Wolfwalkers" curtesy of our friends over at NYICFF - It's Free! and you can win dinner too! https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdkpgr0s6EsvjBUjY4sOFKXWDccLAPIvRQgVc7v4PnUZJwUtw/viewform

We're thrilled to be hosting a special Wolfwalkers Q&A with directors Tomm Moore and Ross Stewart with guest appearances by the voice cast and more!! We'll share the link to the interview on December 18th at 5:30pm EST. Apple wants to make your at-home movie night special! The first participants to....

11/20/2020
The Inventor

Do miss out on this! There is still time to enter! https://fb.watch/1TIZM4an83/

Less than two weeks left to enter The Inventor Award. Take the #cardboardchallenge a competition for children & young inventors. WIN incredible prizes + the winner will also be made into a stop-motion puppet in our new #film about #LeonardoDaVinci

Find out more here > https://theinventorfilm.com/award/

Thanks to our incredible partners The Festival of Curiosity, Makey Makey, Chabot Space & Science Center, Museo Galileo, Twenty One Toys

#STEM #Competition #MakerEd #CardboardChallange #Edu

Last year at BAICFF we promoted the movement to reduce plastic use with the doc Microplastic Madness. PBS Frontline and ...
09/11/2020
Plastic Wars

Last year at BAICFF we promoted the movement to reduce plastic use with the doc Microplastic Madness. PBS Frontline and NPR released back in March this amazing report Plastic Wars on recycling and the plastic industry. Please take sometime and check it out - https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/frontline/film/plastic-wars/

also check out Micorplastic Madness- http://www.cafeteriaculture.org

and after support non-plastic sellers and groups like our own local
https://zerogrocery.com
and
https://wildminimalist.com
and from Canada -
https://club.shopetee.com

FRONTLINE and NPR investigate the fight over the future of plastics.

08/11/2020
Pixar on Twitter

Our friends over at @pixar created something - yet again - wonderful - but this time it isn't animation - enjoy -
https://twitter.com/Pixar/status/1292861049700585472

“Our in-house a capella group, The Pixar Singers created and recorded an original song entitled “All at Once” to help raise the spirits of everyone sheltering in place. This is dedicated to all the frontline workers and their families.(Music & lyrics by Julia Cho and Barney Jones) https://...

Hi BAICFF community - As some of you know who attended last year's festival - Jim Capobianco BAICFF's programmer and co-...
08/11/2020
Join Leonardo Da Vinci on an epic new stop-motion adventure

Hi BAICFF community - As some of you know who attended last year's festival - Jim Capobianco BAICFF's programmer and co-director is making an animated feature film about Leonardo da Vinci called "The Inventor". If you'd like to learn more about the film we have a beautiful website - sign up for notifications on the project and also a chance to be a part of it with our Kickstarter campaign. -go to - https://www.theinventorfilm.com

Written & Directed by Academy Award nominee and Pixar veteran Jim Capobianco, The Inventor is an upcoming stop-motion adventure film about the life of Leonardo da Vinci

https://festivalofcuriosity.ie/shortfilm/ Don't forget to register and and check out tomorrow's virtual Playdate for the...
07/17/2020
Playdate for the Imagination

https://festivalofcuriosity.ie/shortfilm/ Don't forget to register and and check out tomorrow's virtual Playdate for the Imagination! BAICff's own Jim Capobianco will be showing 6 short films and Q&A with filmmakers Olesaya Shchukina, Pierre-Luc Granjon and Everett Downing as well as his own little film about Apollo 15! This is at 11am PST. Click the link here to go the Festival of Curiosity's website to register - it's FREE!

In partnership with the Bay Area International Children’s FilmFestival in San Francisco join us for a unique playdate for theimagination.

Hey young inventors! Want something to do? Make inventions with cardboard and objects around the house - The 'Inventor' ...
07/14/2020
The Inventor Award Competition - Museo Galileo

Hey young inventors! Want something to do? Make inventions with cardboard and objects around the house - The 'Inventor' award is being launched at the Festival of Curiosity this weekend! In partnership with The Museo Galileo in Florence Italy and also Chabot Space and Science Center here in the Bay Area - https://www.museogalileo.it/en/events-and-news/1985-the-inventor-award-competition-eng.html

The Festival of Curiosity, Dublin’s annual international festival of science, arts, design and technology, has invited Museo Galileo to participate as one of the judges for the Inventor Award Competition.

06/07/2020
justmercyfilm.com

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Hello BAICFF Family - Warner Bros. Studios is streaming for free "Just Mercy" - From their website :

"WE BELIEVE IN THE POWER OF STORY. OUR FILM JUST MERCY, BASED ON THE LIFE WORK OF CIVIL RIGHTS ATTORNEY BRYAN STEVENSON, IS ONE RESOURCE WE CAN HUMBLY OFFER TO THOSE WHO ARE INTERESTED IN LEARNING MORE ABOUT THE SYSTEMIC RACISM THAT PLAGUES OUR SOCIETY.
FOR THE MONTH OF JUNE, JUST MERCY WILL BE AVAILABLE TO RENT FOR FREE ACROSS DIGITAL PLATFORMS IN THE US."

Find it here - https://www.justmercyfilm.com

Rated PG-13 - so take that into account -
Commonsense Media - Review - includes trailer https://www.commonsensemedia.org/movie-reviews/just-mercy

05/10/2020

BAICFF @ home - HAPPY MOTHER's Day! Yea to moms! Here are some films to celebrate our moms and grandma's!

"My Grandmother Ironed the King's Shirts" by Torill Kove, 10'05", Canada / Norway, 1999 - This Oscar®-nominated animated film comes from Oscar®-winning filmmaker Torill Kove (The Danish Poet). It's a tall tale about her grandmother's life in Oslo, Norway, during World War II. Sharp and whimsical, her story combines her grandmother's tales with historical events and fantasy, showing how a cherished anecdote can come to acquire a mythical status. King Harald of Norway said, "I love the irony of this short."
https://www.nfb.ca/film/my_grandmother_ironed_the_king_shirts/

"My Mom is an Airplane" by Yulya Aronova, 6'45", Russia 2013 - Russian animator Yulya Aronova plays the concept straight, providing the film with an undiluted sense of wonder that is so pure it is disarming.
https://youtu.be/HLkmBx9o8uA

"Late Afternoon" by Louise Bagnall, 8'57", Ireland 2017 - Academy Award nominated short about an a woman's mom looking back at her past memories. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MWAx3lONch0

Making of "Late Afternoon" , 6'37" Ireland 2017 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=45Bfa8wneTM

Hi all BAICFF @ Home continues ( sorry for going dark a bit )  - our friends at SFFilm are hosting a special fun event t...
04/27/2020
Online Filmmaker Q&A: “The Willoughbys” Director Kris Pearn - SFFILM

Hi all BAICFF @ Home continues ( sorry for going dark a bit ) - our friends at SFFilm are hosting a special fun event tomorrow of the new Netflix film - The Willoughbys. They will take RSVP's up till tomorrow at around 12-1pm. Follow the below instructions to register:
Follow these steps to RSVP on the site:
-Click on the "RSVP" button.
-Select your ticket quantity (1), then click "ADD TO CART".
-If you're not a SFFILM member, click "CHECK OUT AS A GUEST" at the final step and fill out your contact informationhttps://sffilm.org/event/online-filmmaker-qa-the-willoughbys-director-kris-pearn/

Join us for a fun and educational Q&A with Kris Pearn, director of the animated feature 'The Willoughbys.'

04/21/2020
Get Better During the Blip

Professional animation artists teaching great art classes for kids of all ages. - Getting Better During the Blip - https://www.facebook.com/getbetterduringtheblip/

Get Better During the Blip is a free daily art class from the world-class artist, John Burton, with guest teaching stints by top talent form the fine art, film and design. We can't wait to have you come draw with us.

BAICFF @ Home Film Fest. Hey folks Jim here - this is pretty cool!  Did you know our BAICFF partner Chabot Space & Scien...
04/11/2020
Chabot's Role in Apollo 13 - Chabot Space & Science Center | East Bay Area - Oakland CA

BAICFF @ Home Film Fest. Hey folks Jim here - this is pretty cool! Did you know our BAICFF partner Chabot Space & Science Center played a role in the Apollo 13 rescue! 50th Anniversary of which is this weekend. - Check out this post and also on April 25th join Chabot for a talk :

Chabot Observatory’s Role in the Rescue of Apollo 13
By David Rodrigues, Program Director of the Eastbay Astronomical Society.
https://www.facebook.com/events/868124450369347/?active_tab=about

And maybe this weekend check out the great Ron Howard/ Tom Hanks pretty family friendly film 'Apollo 13' - you can find it on most streaming services - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bYu9LdzFMiA

https://chabotspace.org/chabots-role-in-apollo-13/

  Chabot Space and Science Center played a crucial role in the final phases of Apollo 13 on April 17, 1970. Part of the optical tracking network, Chabot’s 20-inch refracting telescope helped bring Apollo 13 and its crew home.   About Apollo 13 Planned to be the third lunar landing attempt, Apoll...

More fun workshops at home! This time from our partners at  The Walt Disney Family Museum MAKE PAPER AIRPLANES! Next Wee...
04/04/2020
The Magic of Paper Airplanes with The Paper Airplane Guy John Collins | The Walt Disney Family Museum

More fun workshops at home! This time from our partners at The Walt Disney Family Museum MAKE PAPER AIRPLANES! Next Weekend.- https://www.waltdisney.org/education/talks/magic-paper-airplanes-paper-airplane-guy-john-collins

When people ask John Collins how he started building paper airplanes, he responds: “I just never stopped.” Little did he know that a childhood hobby would turn into a world record for the furthest paper airplane flight, appearances on numerous television shows, including Conan and TE

BAICFF @ Home Film Fest continues with more workshop possibilities - although not film exactly - wood working and buildi...
04/01/2020
Builder Kit: MINI-TOOLBOX (April 5 pickup at Girls Garage)

BAICFF @ Home Film Fest continues with more workshop possibilities - although not film exactly - wood working and building are really important on a film set. These skills are quite valuable through life and also to build confidence - especially in girls - so check out what the awesome Girls Garage is offering - https://www.eventbrite.com/e/builder-kit-mini-toolbox-april-5-pickup-at-girls-garage-tickets-100837192758?utm_campaign=69d4f093f7-email_2020%2F04%2F01_aprildistancelearning&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Girls+Garage&utm_term=0_7b6af5749c-69d4f093f7-455130081

It's distance learning for fearless builder girls! Pick up a "build-it-at-home" project kit from Girls Garage!

BAICFF @ Home Film Fest continues with some workshops! Check out CTN's ( Cartoon Talent Network) Teacher Noah as he teac...
03/31/2020

BAICFF @ Home Film Fest continues with some workshops! Check out CTN's ( Cartoon Talent Network) Teacher Noah as he teachs kids various drawing techniques and cartooning! - he also teaches karate to get the kids moving -

Join Teacher Noah LIVE Tuesday at 10am - 11am PST and every Wednesday and Thursday same time. Noah has been teaching young people who want to draw for 5+ years encouraging their creativity and spirit. He is donating his time to help during this crisis. Please share with families who have kids who love to draw and let's social distance together.

https://www.membership.creativetalentnetwork.com/axNewsLetters.php?newsletterId=236

03/29/2020
#PlayOn: Colorado Symphony's Digital Ode to Joy

BAICFF @ Home Film Festival continues with two versions of "Joy" in these hard times - perhaps you've seen these - if so it is worth a moment to look at and hear again, if not prepare to be choked up as only Beethoven's 9th- The Ode to Joy - can do. To me these videos of orchestras coming together, using today's technology, show us humans can face adversity and bring hope for the future. - Enjoy -

Colorado Symphony - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p09hpKAv9Jc

Rotterdams Philharmonisch Orkest - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3eXT60rbBVk

Bonus - further Joy! - Copland's Appalachian Spring - Toronto Symphony - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5rzZ2F18MwI

Beethoven's Ninth Symphony is an ode to humanity, to peace over desperation, to universal kinship and, of course, to joy. We hope that this small tribute sta...

03/25/2020
Ice Breakers

BACIFF @ Home Film Fest continues exploring the NFB with this uplifting documentary about a teen African-Canadian Hockey player, Josh Crooks - for those missing sports - this is a great little film to check out - Ice Breakers by Sandamini Rankaduwa, Canada, 15 min - https://www.nfb.ca/film/ice-breakers/

Watch on March 25 Josh Crooks is a promising teen hockey star in a sport where Black players like him are chronically underrepresented. Ice Breakers reveals the buried ...

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A Playdate for the Imagination

We invite you and your family to join us on February 22 & 23, 2020 at the Chabot Space and Science Center in Oakland for an amazing weekend of international films, animation workshops and special events. Join us as we explore our theme, The Power of Kids. Meet filmmakers, create your own animated film, and connect with friends and family at our 12th annual Bay Area International Children's Film Festival (BAICFF).

MISSION: BAICFF presents engaging, culturally diverse films and education programs for children and families. The festival is an annual Playdate for the Imagination™ where education and imagination collide. Our programming inspires creativity and connection, and offers cultural exchange through cinematic storytelling.

VISION: We believe the art of filmmaking builds empathy and fosters social cohesion. By presenting films from six continents, BAICFF connects children and families to the world’s varied cultures and traditions.

HISTORY: BAICFF has produced eleven annual festivals presenting 600 wonderful family-friendly films from around the world for an audience of over 13,000 people. 1,300 children have participated in our hands-on workshops designed to introduce kids to the world of animation and live-action filmmaking.

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This year's festival has been absolutely amazing! So empowering to learn about children and youth who are tackling a wide range of challenges in the world (from poverty, abuse, clean water, refugee crisis, and climate change). My 10-year-old daughter was very inspired! She also had a chance to do a mini stop motion video that you can see on Vimeo link below! https://vimeo.com/394073394
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