Tickets for the popular the BAMkids Film Festival go on sale January 7; a BAM spokesperson has informed Scooter. The festival, which is celebrating 15 years of delivering cinematographic excellence to an often under-appreciated demographic, will showcase some 76 films from 24 countries, several of which will be world premieres. The 2013 festival will take place at BAM Rose Cinemas in Fort Greene, Brooklyn over the weekend of February 2 and 3 and targets an audience ages 2-10 and their families.
“Watching movies shouldn’t be a passive experience and at the BAMkids Film Festival, it isn’t,” explained festival curator Nicole Dreiske. “The whole lobby, four cinemas, and BAMcafé become a festival ‘fun zone’ with activities and discussions designed to make the experience memorable and interactive for even the littlest cinephiles.”
This year, organizers have confirmed the “Animation Extravaganza,” an all-animation program geared for ages 7-9 that will include six international features as well as two short film programs for toddlers.
Cinematic themes addressed in this season’s line-up range from fantasy to self-discovery and adventure. An interactive feature of the festival will be post-screening Q&As with the filmmakers where kids can ask anything about the films they just watched. Additionally, attendees can vote for their favorite movies in a variety of categories (best feature, best animated short, best live-action short and best short film for 2–5 year olds) for the 2013 BAMmies awards.
“Every year the quantity, quality, and diversity of the Festival’s films increases,” said Suzanne Youngerman, director of Education and Family Programs at BAM. “We are proud to offer this rich array of films that stimulate children’s imaginations, broaden their horizons, and appeal to adults as well. In addition to the films, we are also excited to present two of Brooklyn’s most beloved bands—The Deedle Deedle Dees and The Suzi Shelton Band. This year the Festival is part of a new expanded BAMfamily season of films, live performances, and workshops that will offer families a full slate of innovative programming.”
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