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Twelve years ago we were inspired by the 8½ FOUNDATION ( Founded by Tilda Swinton and Mark Cousins, its mission is to make great films available to young people everywhere:

“And we have noticed over the many hundred cinema journeys we have taken that our most memorable may be made many decades ago, may be made without color, may be with subtitles or not a single spoken word.”

That idea became our mandate; our manifesto. For 10 days, we invite you to enjoy a selection of full-length features, documentaries, short films and classic silent films for FREE ($1 suggested donation)!

The festival kicks off FRIDAY MARCH 18TH with an OPENING NIGHT COSTUME PARTY at The Oakroom at the Citadel (Benton Harbor). Come as your favorite animated character and you could win a prize for the most creative costume. Festivities begin at 6:00 pm with popcorn, cupcakes from Bit of Swiss and a music program featuring the First Grade Choir from South Elementary School  (Watervliet) led by BRANDON MATTSON. KID FLICKS ONE, a selection of animated and live action shorts from the New York International Children’s Film Festival (NYICFF), begins at 7:00 pm.

The YOUNG FILMMAKERS COMPETITION will premiere at New Buffalo Township Library on SATURDAY MARCH 19TH. This year's competition features 22 short films by young visionaries from 10 states (including) Michigan. Awards will be presented, red carpet style on FRIDAY MARCH 25TH following the 6:00 pm screening of the program at The Oak Room at The Citadel.

Other events include a NIGHT HIKE & OWL PROWL at Sarett Nature Center (Benton Harbor), GATHER, FLAPJACKS & FLICKS – a pancake breakfast with music by BRANDON J. WOODCOX at the Friends of New Troy Community Center (New Troy), an OPEN HOUSE at the new Coastline Children’s Film Festival Storefront (Sawyer),  HEART TO HEART – a short documentary about the All God’s Children choir by AINESH SHINTRE (who will also be teaching a FILMMAKING WORKSHOP for beginners at the CCFF Storefront). In addition, we’re excited to announce a special screening of the civil rights documentary – MIGHTY TIMES: THE CHILDREN’S MARCH in cooperation with the UNIFIED CIVIC MONUMENTS PROJECT at The Oak Room at The Citadel on SUNDAY MARCH 27TH. Following the film, UCMP will lead a TRIVIA MARCH from Benton Harbor to St. Joseph. Last, but not least, DR. LARRY SCHANKER (a southwest Michigan treasure) will provide improvisational piano accompaniment for 2 silent films — GRANDMA’S BOY (1922) and GO WEST (1925) which closes the festival at The Oak Room at The Citadel on SUNDAY MARCH 27TH.

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