Parents looking for alternative ways to keep kids entertained over the holiday break have a culturally enriching option.
The third annual Miami International Children’s Film Festival runs Dec. 26-31 at the Coral Gables Art Cinema. The modestly priced event features films from around the world, including movies from France, Finland, Norway, Paraguay, South Korea and the United States, with most of them area premieres. Presented in partnership with the New York International Children’s Film Festival, the event aims to expand kids’ tastes beyond mass-market commercial fare, says Midge Blumberg-Krams, chairperson of Children and Family Programs at the Coral Gables Cinema.
“We’re creating a way to expose South Florida families to international films,” Blumberg-Krams says, “creating a love for independent films at a young age and expanding their horizons.”
There will be animation, live-action, shorts and 3D movies on tap. They include Belle and Sebastian, about a boy who foils a Nazi plot with the help of a stray dog; Moomins on the Riviera, about a family of friendly creatures on a luxe vacation, based on a Finish comic strip; Mune, a 3D animated film about a magical faun struggling to safeguard the moon; Enchanted Kingdom, a 3D exploration of wildlife in Africa; and Landfill Harmonic, about children living in a slum on a landfill in Paraguay who form an orchestra with instruments they make from trash. A free family celebration on the Cinema’s plaza at 10:30 a.m. Dec. 26 and 9:30 a.m. Dec. 27, rounds out the week’s events.
Everything takes place at the Coral Gables Art Cinema, 260 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables. Tickets are $10-$15 for the opening reception and screening starting at 1 p.m. Dec. 26, and $5-$7 for each show thereafter. A a week-long pass is $50. The schedule, information and tickets are available by calling 786-385-9689 or visiting www.gablescinema.com/festivals/micff/.