Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Coming Attraction: REDCAT International Children's Film Festival 2011

The sixth annual REDCAT International Children's Film Festival will kick off March 26 at the downtown theater space, and CC has been counting the days.

The festival, which features short films from around the world, targets kids of all ages but breaks up the screenings over four weekends (March 26-April 17), so as not to overwhelm the little ones -- or their parents, for that matter. And while lots of films are packed into each screening, the screenings themselves run only about an hour total.

Another bonus? Each screening is only $5 per person.

Besides simply loving to say the word "Redcat," CC is also a big fan of the event, which we attended for the first time last year. Not only does it screen kid-friendly fare, the festival also treats the kids like kids -- not short adults. For example, they allow little ones to move from their seats and take a spot on the floor in front of the big screen, if they so choose. For fidgety kids, that's definitely a plus.

This weekend's picks feature an all-ages section called "Tally Ho: Films That Fly High," with films from countries such as Latvia, Germany, the U.S. and U.K. that spotlight adventure. (March 26; 12 p.m.)

"Legends Come Alive," for kids ages 7 and up, focuses on "tall tales and fantastic fables." (March 26; 1:30 p.m.)

"Family Matters," for those ages 9 and above, looks at families from Australia, Canada and the United States. (March 26; 3 p.m.)

Nickelodeon Family Fun Day, which runs Sunday, March 27, will showcase characters and shows for kids ages 2-6 (Nick Jr.) and 7 and up. Nick Jr. will also host a special screening of its new series "Bubble Guppies."

Maybe we'll see you there!

REDCAT International Children's Film Festival
631 W. 2nd St.
Los Angeles, CA 90012

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