Enjoying Great Films in Boston


Boston is home to many fun festivals, among them being festivals that celebrate the art of film. Here are a couple of film-related festivals taking place this month.

Boston International Kids Film Festival

The Boston International Kids Film Festival will take place November 6th through November 8th. Geared toward teens and their families, the three-day festival features moves that were made for, about and by kids. The event will also feature workshops and opportunities for budding filmmakers to participate in mentorships. Workshops scheduled for this year’s event include:

♥ Animated Shorts and Workshop: Includes one hour of animated shorts followed by an animation workshop (recommended for kids 10 and under).

♥ Mediagirls: Examines how girls are portrayed in mainstream media, exploring everything from selfies to beauty standards. Participants go on to create content that speaks out against gender stereotypes (recommended for middle school girls).

♥ Social Media Bootcamp for Parents: Interactive workshop designed to help parents and caregivers learn about social media while providing them with advice to help their children navigate through social media.

♥ GoPro Workshop: Teaches the basics of GoPro cameras, mounts and accessories, including an exploration of the different types of cameras and their settings.

The Boston International Kids Film Festival is presented by Filmmakers Collaborative, which strives to encourage and support filmmaking by people of all ability levels and ages. The organization offers grants management, workshops and mentoring opportunities to those who are interested in the art of filmmaking, including first-time producers and directors. The festival will take place at Seaport World Trade Center, which is located a 200 Seaport Boulevard in Boston. Tickets providing access to the festival for all three days, including all films and workshops, are $50. A one-day pass for all of the workshops on Saturday or a one-day pass for all of the films on Sunday costs $30, while tickets for individual events throughout the weekend range in cost from $10 to $15.

27th Annual Boston Jewish Film Festival

The 27th Annual Boston Jewish Film Festival will take place from November 4th through November 16th. Founded by filmmaker William Goldman in 1989, the Boston Jewish Film Festival celebrates the Jewish experience through film and media. As such, the festival strives to engage and inspire the community to explore Jewish culture, values and life. Since its founding, the festival has grown from just ten screenings to more than 50, with more than 1,000 films presented to audiences. Screenings are shown at the Museum of Fine Arts, the Coolidge Corner Theatre and a number of other venues throughout the Greater Boston area. Many of the films that have been shown at the festival have gone on to win Academy Awards, including The Pianist, Nowhere in Africa and The Personals.

In addition to providing screenings of new films, the festival also features panel discussions and offers opportunities for audience questions. The festival also offers live events, including pre-screening music, post-screening concerts and dance performances.

While screenings will take place at other Boston-area locations throughout the entire time frame of the festival, screenings at the Museum of Fine Arts will take place on November 14th and 15th. Screenings taking place at the Museum of Fine Arts include:

♣ Atlit
♣ On the Banks of the Tigris
♣ Projections of America
♣ Red Leaves
♣ Once in a Lifetime

The Museum of Fine Arts in Boston is located at 465 Huntington Avenue.


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