Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Asheville International Children's Film Festival


The third annual Asheville International Children's Film Festival will be held November 4-13th in the Asheville area of Western North Carolina and is the largest children's film festival in the Southeast.  Festival venues include Asheville Pizza and Brewing, Earth Fare, Posana Cafe, The Lab (all in Asheville city limits) and the Tryon Theater in Tryon, NC.  Events are scheduled over the 10 day period at the various venues.  The feature film is "The Crocodiles Strike Back."  There are seven short block films:  "Family Matters," "Round the World and Home Again," "Legends Come Alive," "All Creatures Great & Small," Tally Ho! Films that Fly High," "Once Upon an Adventure," and "into the Woods and Under the Sea."  For a schedule of events, clips and more details about each movie, visit the AICFF website.

The festival is for ages 3 to adult with the goal of using film media "to stimulate critical thinking and promote intelligent dialogue through the introduction of passionate and provocative cinematic works."

"The festival celebrates the best and brightest in international children’s cinema with a 10-day extravaganza of more than 70 films from 25 countries. This year’s festival has an exciting blend of programs, including animation, features, shorts, historical films, and fantastic hands-on, interactive workshops for the filmmakers of tomorrow. The festival provides families with the opportunity to screen one-of-a-kind films not available on DVD."

Besides the children's film festival, there are many fun and fantastic things to do and see in the Asheville Area as well as family friendly lodging options.  Mix your film watching with daytime hikes along the Blue Ridge Parkway, a trip to the Biltmore Estate, Chimney Rock Park and more!