PHILADELPHIA FILM SOCIETY ANNOUNCES UPCOMING DATES FOR PHILADELPHIA INTERNATIONAL CHILDREN’S FILM FESTIVAL FRIDAY, JUNE 6 – SATURDAY, JUNE 8 2014

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FESTIVAL PAVES THE WAY FOR YEAR-ROUND YOUTH & FAMILY PROGRAMMING, FEATURING 2014 ACADEMY AWARD NOMINATED FILM THE SECRET OF KELLS

(PHILADELPHIA, PA) FEBRUARY 12, 2014 - The Philadelphia Film Society (PFS) is proud to announce the official dates of the Philadelphia International Children’s Film Festival (PICFF). Partnering with New York International Children’s Film Festival, one of the longest running and acclaimed children’s film festivals on the circuit, the three-day festival, held June 6- 8, 2014,  will offer a variety of animated, live-action and experimental short and feature films from all around the world. Now in its second year, the event will be held exclusively at the PFS Theater at the Roxy, 2021 Sansom Street Philadelphia, home of the Philadelphia Film Society.

Further expanding programming for children and families throughout the year, the Philadelphia Film Society will host ‘Saturday Morning Specials,’ an affordable monthly screening series of unique, family-friendly contemporary and classic films from all around the world. In an effort to further accessibility in the local community, a reduced ticket price accompanies each screening.  Adult matinee and member prices apply. Kids ages 12 year old and under are just $1.00. ‘Saturday Morning Specials’ is supported by The Virginia and Harvey Kimmel Arts Education Fund of the Philadelphia Foundation.

 “What better way to spend a Saturday morning as a young person than at a real movie theatre, seeing good film. Great excitement, learning and memories for a lifetime,” says Mr. Kimmel. “We hope and believe this will be another wonderful cultural experience for the youth of Philadelphia.”

Finally, to accomodate film lovers with infants, the Philadelphia Film Society launched ‘Babies on Board’ in early January. PFS invites new parents and caretakers to the PFS Theater at the Roxy with their children to view a new release film while avoiding the social limitations of the traditional theater experience. Volume is lowered, lights are raised, and fussing is not a problem.  The films screen at matinee times and the ticket price for infants is always free. Designated ‘Babies on Board’ screenings are noted on the screening schedule at http://filmadelphia.org/nowshowing

Saturday Morning Specials
Current Schedule

Saturday, February 22 – 10:00am
WHITE LION
Live Action, Michael Swan, South Africa, 2010. 88 minutes.

White LionAccording to Shangaan legend, the birth of a white lion is a gift from the ancestors-it’s presence ensuring peace and prosperity across the land. Many years had passed since one had been seen in the African Valley, when a cub named Letsatsi is miraculously born. Cast out of his pride, Letsatsi embarks on an extraordinary adventure in search of a new life and a new home.  Meeting friends like Gisani, a young Shangaan, along the way, Letsatsi discovers the true meaning of friendship and the significance of becoming the lion he was born to be.

Saturday, March 22 – 10:00am
THE SECRET OF KELLS
Animation, Tomm Moore, Ireland/France/Belgium, 2009. 78 minutes.

In this Academy Award nominee for Best Animated Feature, Young Brendan lives in a remote medieval outpost under siege from barbarian raids. But a new life of adventure beckons when a celebrated master illuminator arrives from the isle of Iona carrying an ancient but unfinished book, brimming with secret wisdom and powers. To help complete the magical book, Brendan has to overcome his deepest fears on a dangerous quest that takes him into the enchanted forest where mythical creatures hide. It is here that he meets the fairy Aisling, a mysterious young wolf- girl, who helps him along the way. But with the barbarians closing in, will Brendan’s determination and artistic vision illuminate the darkness and show that enlightenment is the best fortification against evil?

For upcoming events for youth and family programming, visit www.filmadelphia.org/programs-education.

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