South Florida’s youngest film aficionados are eagerly awaiting the first annual Miami International Children’s Film Festival, presented by the Coral Gables Art Cinema, as it prepares for its debut, Oct. 25-27, at the Coral Gables Art Cinema.
Families throughout the community will have the opportunity to experience the best in global “art house” films for children, as well as film workshops, parties and talks with visiting filmmakers.
“Our first Miami International Children’s Film Festival is just around the corner,” said Steven Krams, president and founder of the Cinema. “We are thrilled to kick off this fantastic cultural event in the heart of South Florida, where countless families are bound to foster a love of cinema together.”
In partnership with New York International Children’s Film Festival, lauded as the country’s most prominent festival of its kind, the inaugural Miami International Children’s Film Festival aims to provide its audiences with diverse and awe-inspiring films, including several area premieres.
Festival highlights include:
• The Florida premiere of eight films: AninA, Pinocchio, Magic Piano 3D, Cinderella Moon, Ernest & Celestine, Zarafa, Kirikou, and Wolf Children;
• Showcase of films from around the globe, including France, China, Italy, Japan and more;
• Q&A with Alfredo Soderguit, director of AninA who will be attending the festival inperson from Uruguay, following the Florida premiere screening;
• Spanish and Portuguese language shorts program, exclusively curated for Miami audiences;
• Special Florida premiere screening of Magic Piano 3D, featuring live piano accompaniment;
• Hands-on animation workshops for kids presented by JohnMartin’s Irish Pub & Restaurant, and
• Opening night reception featuring bites by Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza, Miller’s Ale House and an open bar by Bacardi.
“The unique collaboration with our seasoned festival counterparts in New York has allowed us to screen a diverse selection of films from all around the globe,” said Robert Rosenberg, director of the Coral Gables Art Cinema. “In addition, we are excited to showcase eight Florida premieres that are bound to delight our South Florida audiences.”
Other groups that will be collaborating with the Miami International Children’s Film Festival include Books & Books, Coral Gables Museum, JohnMartin’s Irish Pub & Restaurant, Florida Film Institute and Miami-Dade Public Schools.
Opening Night Reception and Screening (Friday, Oct. 25, 6:30 p.m. reception with food and drinks, 7:30 p.m. screening) ticket prices: $20, general admission; $15, Gables Cinema members, and $10, children (up to 12 years).
All other screening ticket prices: $11.50, general admission; $7.50, Gables Cinema members; $9.50 seniors (65 and over with valid ID), and $6.50, children (up to 12 years).
Tickets are available for purchase online at www.movietickets.com or inperson at the Cinema box office during any regular film screening hours. For more information visit the Cinema’s website at www.gablescinema.com or the Cinema’s Facebook page www.facebook/gablescinema or call 786-385- 9689. The Coral Gables Art Cinema is located at 260 Aragon Ave., directly across the street from Books & Books, on the western end of the ground floor of the Museum Parking Garage.