For many children, a weekend away from school means cartoons or decade-old Disney movies on television. Coastline Children’s Film Festival wants to change that. Cinema has the power to inspire young minds and, for 10 days in March, we will provide nearly 75 sources of inspiration — all for free ($1 suggested donation) — in collaboration with the Krasl Art Center (St. Joseph). Some films are new and some are not-so-new. In fact, a few of them are really old! Many have enjoyed world-wide acclaim while others continue to lavish in obscurity. There are award winners and audience favorites. All chosen just for you!


Full-length features  |  Documentaries  |  Shorts  |  Silent Classics


The festival kicks off on March 13th with an Opening Night Pajama Party hosted by the Krasl Art Center. The evening begins at 6:00pm with music by the multitalented Morgan Ingle and continues at 7:00pm with Kid Flix Mix—a selection of winning short films from the New York International Children’s Film Festival (NYICFF). The first screening of the Young Filmmakers Competition program will be at the New Buffalo Township Public Library at 2:00pm on March 14th. Now in its third year, the competition features 16 short films directed by local young visionaries. Awards will be presented, red carpet style, at the Citadel Oak Room at 7:00 pm following the 5:30 pm screening on March 20th. Other events this year include a Lego Stop-Motion Animation Workshop, a panel discussion about documentary filmmaking and a very special tea party.




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Finally (we always save the best for last) the inimitable Dr. Larry Schanker will, once again, provide  improvisational piano accompaniment to not one, but three silent films: The Goldrush (1925), Alice In Wonderland (1915) and The General (1927)—which will close the festival at the Krasl Art Center on March 22nd.