Coastline Children’s Film Festival returns to the Box Factory for the Arts

Coastline Children’s Film Festival returns to the Box Factory for the Arts for Summer Films series


Coastline Children’s Film Festival is pleased to announce a series of summer film screenings for kids and their families at the Box Factory for the Arts in St. Joseph Michigan. These award-winning international feature films are screening the fourth Thursday of each month. An informal, post-screening discussion will follow each film. FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC ($1 SUGGESTED DONATION)


June 27 - 7 pm: Okko’s Inn

After losing her parents, Okko goes to live in the countryside with her grandmother, who runs a traditional Japanese inn built on top of an ancient spring said to have healing waters. While she goes about her chores and prepares to become the inn’s next caretaker, Okko discovers there are spirits who live there that only she can see – not scary ones, but welcoming ghosts who keep her company, play games and help her navigate her new environment. The inn’s motto is that it welcomes all and will reject none, and this is soon put to the test as a string of new guests challenge Okko’s ability to be a gracious host. Ultimately Okko discovers that dedicating herself to others becomes the key to taking care of herself. The latest feature from famed anime studio Madhouse and director Kitaro Kosaka, who was a key animator on numerous classic films at the venerable Studio Ghibli, seamlessly blends immersive, idyllic landscapes with the storybook charm of Okko’s beloved ghosts. Okko’s Inn delivers a rare ghost story that –despite several floating characters – is firmly grounded in the trials and joys of humanity.

July 25 - 7 pm: The Map to Paradise

The Map To Paradise is an adventure-filled and spectacularly gorgeous tale about the birth of the global movement to protect the sea. From underwater worlds of ice to glistening coral sanctuaries, discover what it takes to build a movement and to create positive change.  Filmed across six continents, the filmmakers have set out to challenge the mainstream narrative of hard-hitting environmental documentaries with a “doom and gloom” message, and replace it with one of hope and courage. Along the way, we meet a prince, a president, a pirate, and also an island chief—among others—who are all playing a role in the quest to save the planet. Mixing colorful character-driven stories and hand-rendered animations, The Map To Paradise is a rare urgent environmental wake-up call that retains a sense of awe and wonder for the kind of beauty that is still possible.

August 22 - 7 pm: Tito and the Birds

Tito is a shy 10-year-old boy who lives with his mother. Suddenly, an unusual epidemic starts to spread, making people sick whenever they get scared. Tito quickly discovers that the cure is somehow related to his missing father’s research on bird song. He embarks on a journey to save the world from the epidemic with his friends. Tito’s search for the antidote becomes a quest for his missing father and for his own identity. The richly textured and vibrant images of this dazzling animation tell a moving story about the paralyzing power of fear being overcome by empathy and compassion for others.


The mission of the Coastline Children's Film Festival is to bring high-quality independent films and animation for children and young adults to the area and to present them - on the big screen - as shared theatrical experiences for the whole community. The Box Factory for the Arts, located at 1101 Broad St. (St. Joseph, Michigan) was created in 1995 in a building purchased by the Berrien Artist Guild. Originally an artists’ hang out, it has grown to become a fullservice arts space featuring studios, a theatre, reception halls and concert space.


The Box Factory for the Artsis located at1101 Broad Street, St. Joseph, MI 49085.


For more information, contact the Box Factory for the Arts at 269.983.3688 or visit





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