It has been two years since we moved from Brooklyn to Westchester and I still feel like I’m figuring out my way, finding the cool things to experience and explore over the weekend. One place that we discovered pretty soon after our move was the Jacob Burns Film Center.
Located in Pleasantville, it become a favorite for spot for viewing independent films and checking out cool and educational programs for the kids through their JBFC Kids division. This includes the chance to watch family-friendly movies (we loved The Little Prince last year), experience FREE interactive and hands-on activities at Family Saturdays @ the Lab as well as courses and workshops designed for ages 3–13 such as Adventures in Media, Experiments in Media, and more.
On September 23rd and the September 24th, they will be kicking off the season with The Best of the 2017 New York International Children’s Film Festival. The event will allow families to enjoy FREE hands-on activities like stop-motion animation and a floor puzzle/drawing, the chance to view films from the New York International Children’s Film Festival, select shorts made by JBFC students, and an opportunity for kids and families to vote for their favorite film.
The Best of the 2017 New York International Children’s Film Festival: Kidflix 1
Recommended for ages 3-7
Sept. 23 & 24, noon
These delightful animated films from around the world include appealing stories and characters that young audiences will love—young girls who find primate pals; tiny creatures who are both welcome and unwelcome additions to someone’s home; a well-fed crocodile; and much more.
The Best of the 2017 New York International Children’s Film Festival: Kidflix 2
Recommended for ages 8+
Sept. 23 & 24, 1:45
Older kids will love these award-winning shorts: three friends spend a day walking in each other’s shoes…and legs, and torsos; a boy finds adventure in his lunchbox; a teenage monster confronts a bully; and other witty and wise takes on friends, family, and fitting in.
The event on September 24th also coincides with Art House Theater Day, a nationwide celebration of independent films and its role in community. On this day, kids will have the opportunity to experience hands-on activities (before and after the films) and check out a collection of films such as shorts, creative animated films from around the world, live action movies, and more.
In addition to the events at The Best of the 2017 New York International Children’s Film Festival, JBFC Kids also has a ton of films and courses that you’ve got to check out this season, including:
Films at JBFC Kids
Oct. 7 Amazon Adventure 3D*
Oct. 7 Family Saturdays @ the Lab
Oct 21 Revolting Rhymes*
Oct. 22 Revolting Rhymes
Nov. 4 Family Saturdays @ the Lab Babe*
Nov. 19 Babe
*These screenings are accompanied by JBFC Kids activities
Courses and Workshops at JBFC Kids
Sept. 11 Adventures in Media (Grades 7–8)
Sept. 12 Storyville (Grades 1–2)
Sept. 14 Experiments in Media: Time & Color (Grades 3–4) Sept. 15 Adventures in Media (Grades 5–6)
Sept. 15 Experiments in Media: Time & Color (Grades 5–6) Sept. 15 Projects in Media (Grades 7–8)
Sept. 27 Cinemania: Afterschool Film Club (Grades 7–8) Sept. 28 Image, Sound, and Story (Homeschool Students,
￼Oct. 14 Oct. 21 Oct. 28 Nov. 7 Nov. 18
Video Game Club (Grades 5–8)
Picturing Stories (Grades 1–2)
Experiments in Media Workshop (Grades 5–6) Storyville (Grades 1–2)
Experiments in Media Workshop (Grades 3–4)
Jacob Burns Film Center Giveaway!
To celebrate the awesome programming at JBFC Kids (and The Best of the 2017 New York International Children’s Film Festival), we are giving away a Film Family Membership (a $165 value) to one lucky reader.
The membership perks includes the following:
A discounted ticket price
Access to members-only events and presales
Waived registration fee and 10% off classes for kids and adults
Early entry to their FREE Family Saturdays @ the Lab
To enter, simply visit Kidflix 1 or Kidflix 2 and tell me what movies you are excited to check out with your family in the comments section. I will select one winner, at random, on September 28th at 12pmEST.
Hope to see you at The Best of the 2017 New York International Children’s Film Festival on the 24th! I’ll be there taking over the Jacob Burns Instagram account to give you a behind-the-scenes look at all of the interactive activities!
￼Jacob Burns Film Center
364 Manville Road, Pleasantville, NY Exit 30 Saw Mill Pkwy N/Exit 29 S
Nonprofit. Film. Education. Community.
Theater Info-line: 914.747.5555
For more information, please visit: https://burnsfilmcenter.org/
This is a sponsored post. However, all opinions, as always, are my own.