You know what we all need, what we all long for right now? A break, and The Picture House Regional Film Center in Pelham has one with kids in mind. Through Dec. 31, The Picture House presents the 2020 NYICFF Kid Flicks and Holiday Arts Breaks, bringing you some of the best new children’s films from around the world and accompanying family-friendly activities. This year’s diverse program is sponsored by longtime Picture House supporter, the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Bronx Zoo.
“In a year when travel has been put on hold for most of us, the 2020 NYICFF Kid Flicks program offers viewers of all ages the chance to travel the world without leaving home,” said Clayton Bushong, director of programming at The Picture House. “This lively collection of short animation, live action and documentary films is as diverse as the myriad countries in which they were made and is a great way to spark meaningful conversations and imaginations.”
The NYICFF Kid Flicks program will be available in the Picture House’s Virtual Screening Room online and include three varied programs – Kid Flicks One for ages 5 and up, Kid Flicks Two for ages 8 and up, and Viva Kid Flicks, celebrating some of the best Spanish-language short films from around the globe for ages 8 and up.
The corresponding Holiday Arts Breaks are inspired by one short film from each program and provide thought-provoking discussion questions and suggested hands-on activities for the whole family.
“Movies have the ability to transport people to places they may never even have imagined,” said Francile Albright, director of education at The Picture House. “These Holiday Arts Breaks are meant to help spark meaningful family discussions and to inspire kids of all ages to stay creative and connected throughout the holiday season.”
Tickets to the NYICFF Kid Flicks are $12/each and the accompanying Arts Breaks are free, thanks to the sponsorship of the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Bronx Zoo. The NYICFF Kid Flicks synopses, Virtual Screening Room ticket and access to the accompanying Holiday Arts Breaks are available at thepicturehouse.org.
– edited by Georgette Gouveia