Coastline Children's Film Festival

OPENING NIGHT COSTUME PARTY • YOUNG FILMMAKERS COMPETITION RED CARPET AWARDS  •  PERFORMANCE, SCREENING & FILM WORKSHOP WITH RIGHT IN THE EYE FROM FRANCE  •  LIVE PIANO IMPROVISATIONS ACCOMPANYING CLASSIC SILENT FILMS  •  DANCEMAKER FILM SCREENING AND DISCUSSION WITH CITADEL FOUNDER EILEEN CROPLEY  •  FILMS FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD  •  ALL FOR FREE
 
The Coastline Children’s Film Festival (CCFF) announces the unveiling of our 10TH ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL CHILDREN’S FILM FESTIVAL. This one-of-a-kind family event takes place in fourteen locations in Berrien County and beyond, from March 8 through March 17, 2019.
 
Ten years ago, we were inspired by the 8 and ½ Foundation—founded by Tilda Swinton and Mark Cousins—and their efforts to make great films available to young people everywhere.  In their words: “We have noticed over the many hundred cinema journeys we have taken that our most memorable and exhilarating cinema memories are not from the bigger films…but littler films, often from other countries, maybe made many decades ago, maybe made without color, maybe with subtitles, or not a single word”. That idea became our mandate, our manifesto.  For 10 days we will provide 100 sources of inspiration—all for FREE ($1 suggested donation). Full-length features. Documentaries. Silent classics. Shorts Films.  Young Filmmakers Competition.
 
THE BEST FILMS PROVIDE A PLACE WHERE WE ARE ALL INVITED, NO BORDERS, NO VISAS REQUIRED AND NO POSSIBILITY OF BEING EXCLUDED OR EXILED.
 
This year we will present a host of outstanding films for the whole family, many for the very young and some appropriate for middle and high school students; all will delight and inspire. We are again presenting the best and latest short films from the world-renowned NEW YORK INTERNATIONAL CHILDREN’S FILM FESTIVAL (NYICFF/GKIDS).  They include a kaleidoscopic showcase of the best short film and animation from around the world, for ages 3 to 8 (KID FLICKS ONE), a selection of the most entertaining, thought-provoking and visually stunning short films for children ages 8 to 18 (KID FLICKS TWO), (VIVA KID FLICKS) a new Spanish-language program of animated, documentary, and live action films full of warmth, wit, and cultural richness. NYICFF crossed the Atlantic to join forces with Cinekid, the Netherland’s premiere film festival for children, to share a program of the very best of Dutch animation, featuring diverse stories and hilarious romps. Inventive design, storytelling and themes combine to make this DUTCH ANIMATION CELEBRATION a whole lot of fun! 
 
Calling all party animals! This year’s festival will begin on March 13th with an OPENING NIGHT COSTUME PARTY at the Krasl Art Center, with the amazing Brandon Mattson and his ukulele students providing musical entertainment at 6:00 pm and featuring the acclaimed NYICFF/GKIDS Kid Flicks One shorts film program at 7:00 pm. Come as one of your favorite animated characters. There will be arts activities around adding to your costume. Prizes for the best most creative costumes will be awarded.  Be ready to dance and partake in serious cupcake consumption.
 
The 100 films selected for this year speak positively to children and families and include award-winning films that have been screened all over the globe. Some highlights— MARONA’S FANTASTIC TALE is a beautiful and deeply emotional animated story of an average dog and her extraordinary life. THE SPIRIT OF THE BEEHIVE is a bewitching portrait of a child’s inner life and one of the most visually arresting movies ever made. This year, the inimitable DR. LARRY SCHANKER will provide improvisational piano accompaniment for 3 silent films — including the silent 1925 classic GO WEST with Buster Keaton that closes the festival at Krasl Art Center on Sunday March 22nd.
 
As part of our 10th year celebration we’re thrilled to be presenting RIGHT IN THE EYE/ EN PLEIN DANS L’OEIL A SILENT FILM SCREENING/PERFORMANCE BASED ON THE CINEMATOGRAPHIC WORKS OF GEORGES MÉLIÈS. If fanciful mental constructs and abstract concepts were to become personified, it would be no surprise if they took the form of Georges Méliès.  Considered the inventor of cinema by the Lumière brothers, Méliès is someone best defined by superlatives. It took just a few years for this pioneer and entertainer of genius, gifted with an inventive and emblematic personality, to reveal the full extent of his visionary genius, before ending his life in poverty, entirely forgotten.  Drawing its inspiration from the fictional fantasy worlds of such features as Le voyage à travers l’impossible (The Impossible Voyage), or the universe of shorts such as Un home de têtes (The Four Troublesome Heads), the film screening concert En plein dans l’oeil (RIGHT IN THE EYE) presents a modern rendition of the poetic and playful universe of Georges Méliès by aptly serving both its images and its narrative. Lighting and scenic design impart a very special identity that makes Right in The Eye much more than a movie-concert.  An original composition has been arranged for each film, thus producing a unique piece, harmoniously integrated into the entire production. The wealth of Méliès’ cinematographic legacy and creativity has inspired special orchestrations that offer a very broad range of tonal colours and variety of modal scales. The production is led by JEAN-FRANÇOIS ALCOLÉA, a piano player, composer, improviser and stage designer whose shows reflect his singular world, combining music, sound effects, lights, stills and animations, street art, dance, texts, and visual creations. These staging techniques shape an ingenious production that is at once poetic and wondrous. 
 
 
The YOUNG FILMMAKERS COMPETITION (YFC) will premiere at the New Buffalo Township Library (MI) on Saturday March 14th. The human body is composed of 5065% water. Water covers 71% of the planet’s surface. Water is the only natural substance that can take the form of a liquid, a solid (ice) and a gas (steam). Water can be both beneficial and destructive. It can also be inspirational. This year, in honor of our 10th year the 2020 YOUNG FILMMAKERS COMPETITION theme was JUST ADD WATER. We accepted short films (5 minutes or less) that were about, or inspired by, water. Entry was FREE and open to anyone age 18 and under from Michigan, Indiana and the Chicago area. Categories included Narrative/Live Action, Documentary, and Animation. Films were judged on creativity, originality and artistic/technical mastery. Awards will be presented to the top three films and the Audience Favorite on March 20th at a Hollywood red carpet style screening and ceremony in the Oak Room at the Citadel immediately following the 5:30 pm screening. Attend a YFC screening on March 14 or March 18 to cast your vote for the Audience Favorite.  The YFC is juried by Doreen Bartoni, founding Dean, School of Media Arts at Columbia College Chicago.
 
On March 15th we will screen the Oscar nominated DANCEMAKER, a look at the world of preeminent dancer the late Paul Taylor. The film includes a 1962 clip from the famous Taylor work Aureole.  A panel discussion will follow the film with Eileen Cropley, former Taylor dancer and founder of Citadel Dance Company in Benton Harbor. We’ve enlisted a young filmmaker and southwest Michigan native to document the work of Ms. Cropley and other milestones as a short film. A sneak peak of this cinema verite short chronicling this rare and indelible creative spirit will be screened as well.
 
Films will be screened at the following venues: BOX FACTORY FOR THE ARTS and KRASL ART CENTER in St. Joseph; the CITADEL OAK ROOM, the BENTON HARBOR PUBLIC LIBRARY and THE GHOSTLIGHT THEATRE in Benton Harbor; the NEW BUFFALO TOWNSHIP LIBRARY; the BRIDGMAN PUBLIC LIBRARY and the VICKERS THEATRE in Three Oaks. The ST. JOSEPH COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY is hosting seven screenings at six branch libraries—CENTRE TOWNSHIP BRANCH, FRANCIS BRANCH, LASALLE BRANCH, KELLER PARK BRANCH, RIVER PARK BRANCH, and WESTERN BRANCH.
 
A comprehensive festival program booklet with a complete list of all the films is available now, at all venues and from our website. For descriptions of each of the films and a downloadable version, visit www.coastlinechildrensfilmfestival.com. All films are offered free of charge with only a $1 suggested donation.
 
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 family and community. The anchor event for the organization is a 10-day annual festival held in March, in locations throughout the county and beyond. CCFF also sees educational opportunities as central to its mission so alongside the screening of features, shorts and documentaries, our festival participants have the opportunity to learn about the history of the medium, as well as the craft of filmmaking through hands-on workshops and presentations.
 
The festival is sponsored by a major grant from the VIRGINIA AND HARVEY KIMMEL FAMILY FOUNDATION with contributions from MODERN DENTISTRY ASSOCIATES, FRUITBELT, SAM AND CONNIE MONTE, and the NEW BUFFALO TIMES. The programs at the New Buffalo Township Library and the Vickers Theater in Three Oaks are made possible with a grant from THE POKAGON FUND. This activity is also supported by the MICHIGAN COUNCIL FOR ARTS AND CULTURAL AFFAIRS MINIGRANT PROGRAM administered by the ARTS COUNCIL OF GREATER KALAMAZOO.
 
ADMISSION FOR ALL FILMS IS FREE; HOWEVER, A ONE-DOLLAR SUGGESTED DONATION PER PERSON IS WELCOMED. THE FESTIVAL BOOKLET OFFERS PARENTS GUIDANCE TO CONTENT AND AGE APPROPRIATENESS. FOR MORE INFORMATION CALL LESLIE SULLIVAN AT 269-757-1491.



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