Boston International Kids Film Festival

Annual Boston International Kids Film Festival

From November 3-6, 2016, Arlington’s Capitol Theatre and the Somerville Theatre will come alive in a celebration of imagination and creativity as the 4th Annual Boston International Kids Film Festival gets underway.

The Boston International Kids Film Festival offers films made for kids and by kids, and hands-on workshops that will enable the next generation of filmmakers to realize the power and potential of media.

Designed for young people and their families, the festival will showcase features, shorts, documentaries and student-made films from around the world.

54 films have been accepted to this year’s festival, representing 12 countries, including UK, Australia, USA, Spain, Canada, Qatar, The Russian Federation, Chile, Brazil, France, Mexico and the Netherlands.

The festival will kick-off on Thursday night at 8:30 p.m. at the Capitol Theatre with a screening of nine short student films, designed for ages 12 and over.

On Friday, November 4, the festival will offer a free screening of seven short films from 3:30 – 5:30 p.m. at the Somerville Theatre. Later that evening, the festival will feature a screening of the film Annabelle Hooper and the Ghosts of Nantucket, a film that follows a teenage mystery writer and her friends as they outwit two scheming thieves to solve the secret behind a legendary ghost story. The film was directed by Emmy-Award winning local director Paul Serafini.

On Saturday, November 5 at the Somerville Theatre, the festival will feature two series of short films (one geared specifically for kids ages 10 and under) as well as a series of documentary short films. On Saturday night, the festival will screen the feature film Life, Animated, a documentary film from Academy Award winning director Roger Ross Williams. The film tells the inspirational story of Owen Suskind, a young man who was unable to speak as a child until he and his family discovered a unique way to communicate by immersing themselves in the world of classic Disney-animated films.

On Sunday, November 6th, the festival will offer an autism-friendly screening of the film Life, Animated at 1:00 p.m. The festival will also offer a screening of student films and a screening of short films before concluding with an awards ceremony and wrap party, hosted by Boston theatre and film critic Joyce Kulhawik.

In addition to the films, the 2016 Boston International Kids Film Festival will feature a variety of workshops designed to teach kids the basics of filmmaking and media. The workshops include:

All Day Filmmaking, a special one-day filmmaker bootcamp offered by Filmmakers Collaborative on Saturday, November 5, 2016 at 9:00 a.m. Students will learn filmmaking basics and make a short film in one day, which will be shown at the festival on Sunday.

Stop-Motion Animation Workshop, on Saturday, November 5th from 10:am – 12 noon. Students can experiment with animating pure movement without the constraints of the drawn line and explore the principles that create the illusion of movement with both stop motion and 2D animation

Media Girls Workshop on Friday, November 5th from 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm. Designed for middle-schools girls, this workshop will teach participants to challenge how girls are portrayed in the mainstream media. Participants become a part of the solution by creating content in which they speak out against gender stereotypes and shine the spotlight on girls and women making positive contributions.

For more information or to purchase tickets to the festival, visit http://bikff.org/.

  • Arlington    781-648-4340    204 Massachusetts Ave., Arlington, MA, 02474
  • Somerville    617-625-5700  55 Davis Square, Somerville, MA, 02144
When: 
November 3-6, 2016
Movie and workshop times vary each day. Check the schedule for details.
Phone: 
781-648-4340

Robots and Beyond: Exploring Artificial Intelligence at MIT

Minsky Arm, created by Marvin Minsky on display at the MIT Museum!
Robots and Beyond shares the results of decades of Artificial Intelligence (AI) innovation at MIT. Explore the ideas that shaped AI and the birth of robotics, fields that are synonymous with research at MIT.
Where: MIT Museum

AJH: Newborn Care Class

Anna Jaques Hospital Parent Support Group Newborn Care Class
The Newborn Care class will cover practical baby care topics that will help you to feel more confident in your ability to care for your newborn. Classes are on Sundays from 9:30am-12:00am in the Higgins Conference Room at Anna Jaques Hospital.
9:30 am to 12:00 pm

Beginning Birding at Harold Parker

Meet at Harold Parker State Park for beginning birding in North Andover Massachusetts
Come to Harold Parker State Forest, for a birding session with the park interpreter!
9:30 am to 10:30 am

Swan Boat Rides in Boston Public Garden

Swan Boat Boston North Shore Parent, North Shore Parents Summer Activities Guide
The Public Garden may be one of the most ideal picnicking locations in Boston. Well-groomed and overflowing with tulips, cherry-trees, with willows cascading over the duck pond, the Boston Public Garden is a great place to relax during Boston's most beautiful season.
10:00 am to 4:00 pm

See The Addison’s Model Ship Collection - Andover

Addison Gallery of American Art Andover MA. Addison Gallery of American Art
Families are invited to explore The Addison Gallery's famed model ship collection, permanently installed in the building's lower level, consisted originally of 24 works commissioned by the museum's founder, Thomas Cochran, to document four centuries of American history.
10:00 am to 5:00 pm

Newburyport Spring Festival 2018

Celebrate Spring in Newburyport on Memorial Day Weekend with the entire family!
The Newburyport Chamber of Commerce invites you to welcome Spring's arrival to Newburyport at the 2018 Spring Fest!  Held annually on Memorial Day Weekend in historic downtown Newburyport, Spring Fest is a two-day festival featuring great live music, art, fine crafts, food from Newburyport’s best...
10:00 am to 5:00 pm

MFA: Mark Rothko: Reflection

Museum of Fine Art Mark Rothko Exhibit
An immersive display of 11 masterpieces by Mark Rothko (1903–70), on loan from the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., invites visitors to contemplate the power of art to shape human experience. Opening on September 24, don’t miss “Mark Rothko: Reflection,” an immersive display of 11...
10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Fitness on the Green at MarketStreet Lynnfield - Athleta

Workout and get fit on The Green with fitness and health experts at MarketStreet Lynnfield MA.
Join us on The Green at MarketStreet Lynnfield for sweat-inducing workouts. These complimentary classes run from May through October.
10:00 am to 11:00 am

Secrets of the Gardens

Magnolia flowers are just one of the flowering trees you'll see at Maudslay State Park along the Merrimack River in Newburyport, Massachusetts
The gardens of Maudslay are special landmarks, telling the stories of the Moseley family love of botanical history. Learn about how the gardens used to look and how they became the gardens they are today.  Wear comfortable walking shoes and bring water.
10:30 am to 11:30 am

Seaside Cycle Family Trail Ride

Join Seaside Cycle on a family bike ride in the woods of Grodon College in Beverly Massachusetts
Do you have a kid or two that wants to get their mountain bike on the trails but aren't sure how to get them started? Or does your child ride at school and want to go out with you? We've got the perfect ride for you! How technical the ride is will depend on participant ability and we are happy to...
12:00 pm to 1:30 pm

Public Skate & Learn to Skate at Peabody Skating Rink

Learn to Skate with the Peabody Skating Club at Peabody Skating Rink
The McVann-O'Keefe Skating Rink in Peabody is open for Public Skating weekdays from 10-11:45 am, Saturday's at 2 pm, and Sundays at 2:10 pm. Call today to ask about the Learn to Skate program at with the Peabody Skating Club. The ice is perfect. The Halloween and Christmas parties are a blast, and...
2:00 pm to 3:45 pm

Monday, May 28

Robots and Beyond: Exploring Artificial Intelligence at MIT

Minsky Arm, created by Marvin Minsky on display at the MIT Museum!
Robots and Beyond shares the results of decades of Artificial Intelligence (AI) innovation at MIT. Explore the ideas that shaped AI and the birth of robotics, fields that are synonymous with research at MIT.
Where: MIT Museum

Amesbury Memorial Day

Doughboy Memorial in Amesbury Massachusetts is just one of the stops for the Memorial Day ceremonies.
The Amesbury Post of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) hosts the Memorial Day celebration. The day’s events will begin at 7:30 a.m. at Alliance Park, where a ceremonial wreath representing lost sailors and Marines will be tossed into the Merrimack River. Post 2016 will render a rifle salute. There...
7:30 am to 1:00 pm

Marblehead Memorial Day Parade

Glover's Regimment Fires a Salute on Memorial Day in Marblehead Massachusetts. Photo: Eyal Oren, Wednesdays in Marblehead
Marblehead's Memorial Day activities start at an 8am muster, where Veterans leave from the Old Town House on Washington Street march along Pleasant Street to Memorial Park. The main parade begins and participants will march the following route:
8:00 am

Manchester Memorial Day Parade

In Manchester, legion members and parade participants will assemble Monday at 8:30 a.m. at the Amaral-Bailey Post 113 for a brief seaside service. Wreaths and flowers will be dropped into the harbor in remembrance of those lost at sea. The parade then will move on to the Pleasant Grove Cemetery to...
8:30 am

Danvers Memorial Day Parade

Memorial Day in Danvers MA. Photo: All Saints Episcopal Church of the North Shore
The Danvers Memorial Day parade begins at Town Hall at 9 a.m. sharp, and will follow the traditional route of previous years - down Sylvan Street, through downtown and back to Town Hall.
9:00 am to 11:00 am

Middleton Memorial Day Parade

Middleton's Memorial Day Parade begins at Memorial Hall and marches to Middleton Flint Library and Veterans’ Monuments for a brief prayer, laying of wreaths, a salute and “Taps.” The parade resumes down Maple Street to the Oakdale Cemetery for a ceremony at the Veterans’ Monument with active...
9:00 am to 10:00 am

Topsfield Memorial Day Parade

The annual Memorial Day Parade starts on Grove Street and continues along Main Street to the Veterans Memorial Green for a service.  The parade reforms, and will continue to Pine Grove Cemetery for another service.
9:00 am to 10:00 am

Essex Memorial Day Parade

Don’t miss the small town charm of a Memorial Day Parade in Essex. The parade begins at 9 am and progresses to the Town Cemetery for a military rifle salute to our country’s war veterans and then up Main Street to the Causeway Bridge.
9:00 am

Hamilton Memorial Day Parade

Hamilton’s American Legion A.P. Gardner Post 194 host the annual parade. Marchers will assemble and step off the parade from Town Hall to Hamilton Cemetery for a short ceremony. the parade continues to Town Hall, the Community House, Patton Park, and ends at the Legion Post.
9:00 am

Boxford Memorial Day Parade

Parade steps-off from Community Center in East Boxford Village and marches to Brookside Cemetery via Washington Street to Main Street, then turns right onto Main Street.
9:30 am