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Coastline Children’s Film Festival


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Click (here) for PDF flyer of Festival


For more information Please contact:

Leslie Sullivan


or email: atouchofgreatness@hotmail.com

The Coastline Children’s Film Festival in partnership with Brookview School announces the unveiling of the 3rd annual international children’s film festival for Southwest Michigan. This one-of-a-kind family event will take place in ten locations in Berrien County and beyond, from February 1 through February 10, 2013.To most children across the county, a weekend out of school often equals cartoons and decade-old Disney movies on television.  We hope to change that.  One of the best things about going to the movies is how magical the experience can be: the flip-up seats, the expectant crowd, the lights going down, and the enchantment of the film.   We are offering over 50 films in this year's festival. There’s comedy, adventure, love, music, dancing, lots of happy endings and a few sad ones. 


This year we will be presenting a host of outstanding films for the whole family, many for the very young and some appropriate for middle and high school students. We are again presenting the best and latest short films from the world-renowned New York International Children’s Film Festival (NYICFF).  They include a kaleidoscopic showcase of the best short film and animation from around the world, for ages 4 to 8 and a selection of the most entertaining, thought-provoking and visually stunning short films for ages 8 to18. This collection of award winning shorts will be presented at several locations. 



This year’s festival will begin with an Opening Night Pajama Party on February 1 from 5:30 pm to 9:00 pm at Brookview School.  The films planned for this year speak positively to children and families of diverse ages, backgrounds and ethnicities.  They include films that have been screened across the globe—A Cat in Paris, a French animated film nominated this year for an Academy Award; Circus Dreams, a documentary following a youth circus; Up Heartbreak Hill, a film chronicling three Native American teenagers; Salaam Dunk, a film that follows an Iraqi girls basketball team; and the great silent films of Charles Chaplin, Harold Lloyd and Buster Keaton. We will also be screening a selection of films by local students for our Young Filmmakers Competition and chosen by our film jury. The North Berrien Historical Museum and the Loma Theatre will host an event with marching band music and a model rocket launch on Feb. 2. A Pancake Breakfast at Brookview in the morning from 10 am to noon and a special screening of the silent film classic Peter Pan with music by local resident and nationally recognized composer Larry Schanker will conclude the festival on Feb. 10 at 4:00 pm at the Krasl Art Center.  All films are offered free of charge with only a $1 suggested donation. 


Seeing a movie can be like a visit to a wonder-filled land we may never come across in our everyday lives.  The best films provide a place where we are all invited, no borders, no visas required, and no possibility of being excluded or exiled. We expect that in this third year, the festival will serve over 1,000 children.


Films will be screened in St. Joseph at the Box Factory for the Arts and the Krasl Art Center; in Benton Harbor at the Anna Russo-Sieber Gallery and the Citadel Dance and Music Center (Dance Campus @ 91 Hinkley St); in Three Oaks at The Acorn Theater; at the New Buffalo Performing Arts Center at the New Buffalo Middle School/High School and at the Bridgman Public Library. The New Buffalo Arts Council (www.nbartscouncil.org / 312 282-4486) is co-sponsoring all of our screenings in New Buffalo.  This year we are also screening films at Brookview School, the Loma Theatre in Coloma and the Lubeznik Center for the Arts in Michigan City, Indiana. A comprehensive festival booklet with a complete list of all the films will be available on January 14. For descriptions of each of the films and a downloadable entry form for the Young Filmmakers Competition visit www.brookviewschool.org.


The Anna Russo-Sieber Gallery (ARS) in the Benton Harbor arts district, the North Berrien Historical Museum in Coloma and the Krasl Art Center in St. Joseph are hosting hands-on workshops and special events for young adults during the ten-day festival.  Krasl Art Center will be presenting Fire & Ice performance artists on the KAC courtyard at 10:30 am on February 9th and Magician John Dudley in the Galleries at noon. Please contact Jody Hardy at 269-983-0271 ext. 15 or jhardy@krasl.org for more information about these events.  


The two workshops at ARS Gallery will focus on film education. On the evening February 6 at 6:00 pm we will explore stop motion, writing, and scene design, as well as character development, making characters & creating background.  This workshop follows a screening of short films by the great Russian animator Yuri Norstein. On February 9th at 1:30 pm, a writing and painting workshop has been created around the film Finding Kalman, a documentary centered on how shared memories and art help a family reclaim the spirit of a child lost in the Holocaust.  Participants will examine how to express through art & writing what they may not be able to say in words. Students will develop a written work and a mixed media art piece. They will create their own poem, song or prose as a response to the film. The art piece will take inspiration from the abstract expressionism movement and the students will use line, rhythm, movement, and color theory to create an art piece as a complement to the written work. Sign up by going to www.annarussoart.com or calling 269-208-4409.


The North Berrien Historical Museum will present Out of this World on February 2 at 3pm, with a musical performance featuring Coloma Bands, a Model Rocket Launch along with a display of a space travel appliance developed by Whirlpool in the 1960s-70s.  On Sunday, February 10, after the 1:00 pm screening of Harold Lloyds’ silent classic, Safety Last at the Loma Theatre, the Museum will present a Sound History Workshop from 2:30 to 3:30pm. It is being offered free for children ages 9+.  Pre-registration is required. Participants will view and listen to historic sound-makers including a variety of instruments, a Victrola, a modern phonograph, 8-tracks, cassettes, CDs and then make and take home a candy i-Pod craft.  For more information or to register for the program, please contact the Museum at 269 468-3330 or info@northberrienhistory.org.


The mission of the Coastline Children's Film Festival is to bring high quality independent films and animation for children and young adults to Berrien County 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 an annual festival held during the first two weeks in February, in locations throughout the county, with occasional screenings of films in between the core festival.  Recognizing that film and animation are still among the most accessible and innovative media for the communication of stories and ideas, the CCFF also sees educational opportunities as central to its mission.  Alongside the screening of animated and live action films, features, shorts and documentaries, our festival participants will 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 grant from the Virginia and Harvey Kimmel Arts Education Fund of The Philadelphia Foundation and contributions from the Loma Theatre, the New Buffalo Arts Council, Chemical Bank, Martin’s Super Markets, and Mid-West Family Broadcasting/WSJM-AM St. Joseph/WSJM-FM Benton Harbor MI. The Delta Mu Chapter of Tri Kappa is underwriting our events at the Lubeznik Center for the Arts. A film festival for a children’s audience is the first of its kind in Berrien County. The partnership with Brookview School, an independent Montessori school, serving children from infancy to 6th grade, enhances ties with our educational and international community.  The sponsorship with the New Buffalo Arts Council, whose mission is: to educate and enrich the lives of children and adults through the arts, helps to bring this quality film experience to residents in Harbor Country.  Admission for all films is free; however, a one-dollar suggested donation per person is requested. Parents will be given guidance to content and age appropriateness. For more information call Brookview School at 269 925-3544 or Leslie Sullivan at 269-757-1491.



This page last updated on 4/28/2015.

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