Lights, Camera …

In February 2020, the Providence Children’s Film Festival shorts program was held in the basement of The Athanaeum. Kids crawled over each other like puppies and draped over adults — some theirs, some not — to better see the screen. It was a cozy and enthralling afternoon away from the frigid outdoor temperatures, inspiring to even the tiniest cinephile.

This year, COVID won’t allow for quite the same joyful experience of togetherness, but the 12th annual festival, which takes place February 12 – 21, keeps it just as cozy and inspiring with a full slate of films from around the world that will virtually connect children and families throughout New England.

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