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January 21, 2014 > Imagination on the loose at Children's Film Festival

Imagination on the loose at Children's Film Festival

Submitted By Chabot Space & Science Center

Chabot Space & Science Center and the Bay Area International Children's Film Festival (BAICFF) have joined forces to present the 6th annual ÒPlaydate for the ImaginationÓ where education and imagination collide. The festival offers families a cinematic view of the world's varied cultures and traditions, with films that inspire curiosity and conversation and allow children to experience a wide range of cultural perspectives.
OaklandÕs The Renaissance School partnered with Screen 360: Films for Children of the World in January 2009 to produce the first Bay Area International ChildrenÕs Film Festival. It began as a fundraiser to support educational programs which foster global understanding and cultural exchange, such as The Renaissance SchoolÕs biannual international travel program. The festival has grown each year, presenting over 185 highly artistic family-friendly films from across the globe in its five year history. Workshops are also incorporated into the day, introducing hundreds of children to the world of animation and live-action filmmaking.
The January 25 and 26 festival will showcase animated, live action and documentary short and feature films from around the world, along with the "best of the fest" playing throughout the day. Films are shown in blocks aimed at ages 3 plus, 6 plus, 8 plus and teens. Hands-on animation workshops developed by Academy Award-nominated Pixar animator Jim Capobianco will be held both days: Clay Puppet AnimationÊand Pixilation Workshops on Saturday, andÊFound ObjectÊandÊPixilation Workshops on Sunday.

Listen to music by Michael Chiaravelotti on his hand-made sonarimba (created almost exclusively from repurposed building materials), build Zoetropes from recycled materials with comic artist Nick Dragotta, enjoy healthy international cuisine and have a fun family day at Chabot! Over 1,000 people are expected to attend, so reserve tickets now for this widely popular festival!

Tickets can be purchased in advance at or purchased at the Front Desk on the day of the event. Sign up for workshops at

Playdate for the ImaginationÊÊ
Saturday, Jan 25 and Sunday, Jan 26
Jan 25: 10 a.m. - 8:30 p.m.ÊÊ
Jan 26: 10 a.m. Ð 5 p.m.
Chabot Space & Science Center
10000 Skyline Boulevard, Oakland
(510) 336-7373
Tickets: Guest Adult: $25 / Youth: $14, Member Adult: $15 / Youth: $7
Guest Weekend Pass: $65 (up to 2 adults and 2 children)
Member Weekend Pass: $35 (up to 2 adults and 2 children)
Workshops: $25, $35

Saturday, Jan 25:
10 a.m. - 10:50 a.m.: Shorts for All Ages
ÒEspritsÓ (France), ÒHome Hole HorrorÓ (Latvia), ÒCapalito Ð SwatterÓ (Argentina), ÒAlimationÓ (France), ÒMy Mom is an AirplaneÓ (Russia), ÒCapalito Ð TackleÓ (Argentina), ÒPetit NaturalisteÓ (France), ÒHome Sweet HomeÓ (France)

11 a.m. - 11:35 a.m.: InventorÕs Toys and Rocket Ships
ÒTopsÕ (Eames), ÒWallace and Gromit in: A Grand Day OutÓ

11:45 a.m. - 12:40 p.m.: DisneyÕs Tomorrowland
ÒMan in SpaceÓ

1:40 p.m. - 2:40 p.m.: Shorts for 7 and Up
ÒThe Moon that Fell into the SeaÓ (Japan), ÒUsÓ (France), ÒShame and GlassesÓ (Italy), ÒOrdinary LifeÓ (Japan), ÒRescue Team - Dog CatchersÓ (Latvia), ÒGraveyard Jamboree with Mysterious MoseÓ (USA), ÒStar CrossedÓ (USA)

2:50 p.m. - 3:20 p.m.: How did they do that?
ÒPartysaurus Rex,Ó Q&A with director Mark Walsh

3:30 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.: Workshop Shorts

3:45 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.: Feature (7 and Up)
ÒStella and the Star of the OrientÓ (Germany)

5:30 p.m. - 6:15 p.m.: Shorts with a Conscience (10 and Up)
ÒBountyÓ (The Netherlands), ÒMelawa - The Festival of MarriagesÓ (India), ÒRunaway RennÓ (USA)

7:15 p.m. - 9:15 p.m.: SPECIAL EVENT: Nightmare Before Christmas 20th Anniversary Screening
ÒThe Quiet LifeÓ (USA), ÒNightmare Before Christmas,Ó Q&A Panel with Filmmakers

Sunday, Jan 26:
10 a.m. - 11a.m.: Shorts for All Ages
ÒCapalito Ð HoneyÓ (Argentina), ÒBonhommesÓ (France), ÒLittle SmileÓ (India), ÒCapalito Ð AremodelistÓ (Argentina), ÒMagmomen in DangerÓ (Spain/India), ÒA Toy Train in SpaceÓ (USA), ÒInspiraceÓ (Czech Republic 1948), ÒHello Kitty in SpaceÓ (USA), ÒAnimals Ð MagicianÓ (Latvia)

11:05 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.: InventorÕs Toys and Rocket Ships
ÒToccata for Toy TrainsÓ (Eames), ÒWallace and Gromit in: A Grand Day OutÓ

11:50 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.: DisneyÕs Tomorrowland
ÒMars and BeyondÓ

1:40 p.m. - 2:40 p.m.: Shorts for 7 and Up
ÒMy Daddy is a Movie DirectorÓ (Spain), ÒThe Raining TreeÓ (Indonesia), ÒFugueÓ (France), ÒRumeursÓ (France), ÒMy ChopsticksÓ (Japan), ÒDigital WorldÓ (USA), ÒRescue Team Ð RacketÓ (Latvia)

2:50 p.m. - 3:20 p.m.: How did they do that? Aardman Studios
ÒShaun the SheepÓ (UK), Q&A with director J.P. Vine

3:30 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.: Workshop Shorts

3:45 p.m. - 5:45 p.m.: Afternoon Event "Le Ballet Program"
ÒLe BalletÓ (France), ÒFirst PositionÓ (USA), ÒFreefallÓ (USA), Q&A with dancer Miko Fogarty and director of ÒFreefall,Ó Luke Willis

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