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Bay Area International Children's Film Festival



Saturday, February 24, 2018
Sunday, February 25, 2018

Chabot Space & Science Center and the Bay Area International Children’s Film Festival have joined forces to present the 10th annual Playdate for the Imagination™ where education and imagination collide. In its 10th year, the festival continues to delight and inspire Bay Area families with a full weekend of events and special programs that include internationally celebrated family-friendly films, special presentations from Award-Winning Pixar filmmakers, hands-on animation workshops and more. 
General Admission: $25 / Youth: $14 (includes admission to the center)
General Admission 2 Day Weekend Pass: Adult $35 / Youth: $20
Member Adult: $15 / Youth: $7 (includes admission to the center)
Member 2 Day Weekend Pass: Adult $21 / Youth: $10

General Admission/Member: $5 after 5pm on Saturday Only

Tickets can also be purchased at the Front Desk on the day of the event.
All tickets include General Admission to the Center.


Friday, February 23, 2018
The Fantastic Films:Short Films and a Discussion with Bay Area International Children’s Film Festival Co-founder Jim Capobianco 


In honor of the 10th anniversary of the Bay Area International Children’s Film Festival, join us for a lively discussion with BAICFF programmer, co-founder, and filmmaker Jim Capobianco. Jim will show some of the short films he has created independently and at Pixar. Fellow BAICFF co-founder, Shelley Trott, will lead a discussion with Jim on his 25-year career in animation and discuss what, in his opinion, makes a great short film. Audience participation is encouraged as we uncover the magic behind the scenes of some of our favorite short films. This is an event not to miss!

Jim Capobianco received the 2008 Academy Award nomination for Best Original Screenplay for Ratatouille. He went on to write and direct the short film, "Your Friend The Rat,” found on the Ratatouille DVD, winning the 2008 ASIFA-Hollywood Annie Award for short films. Jim followed YFtR up with directing the critically acclaimed end titles for Pixar’s 2008 release Wall•E.

A graduate of California Institute of the Arts, Jim started in the story department at Walt Disney Feature Animation on The Lion King. After five years at Disney, Jim relocated to Pixar Animation Studios where he was influential on the stories of many of Pixar’s films of the past 19 years, including Toy Story 2, Finding Nemo, UP and Inside Out. In 2009, Jim finished  "Leonardo” his first independent film, now in the permanent collection of the MoMA NYC.

In addition to his work as a filmmaker, Jim co-created the Bay Area International Children’s Film Festival now in its 10th year. Now with Aerial Contrivance Workshop, Jim is creating and producing in connection to Walt Disney Motion Pictures the new 2D animated sequence for Mary Poppins Returns.

Friday Tickets: $8.00 non-member/ Free for members

Friday Tickets


BAICFF is an annual Playdate for the Imagination™ where education and imagination collide. The festival offers families a cinematic view of the world’s varied cultures and traditions. The films inspire curiosity and conversation, and allow children to experience a wide range of cultural perspectives.

Saturday All Day Festival Tickets

Saturday 5-8PM Festival Tickets

 Sunday All Day Festival Tickets

Children can learn filmmaking techniques and produce their own short, animated video by enrolling in the workshops listed below:  

The workshops require a fee in addition to the film festival tickets and are instructed by filmmakers and animators from Berkeley City College's Multimedia program. Each day workshop films can be seen on a big screen in the afternoons of the festival.  Films produced in the workshops will be available for download by participants.
Clay Puppet Workshop 
Our most popular workshop! Decorate and film your very own professional stop-motion puppet and take the puppet home with you. Spend the first half of the workshop personalizing your "actor” with googly eyes, buttons, feathers, etc. Then lights, camera, action – it’s time to make your puppet come alive. Use your imagination to place your little "actor” in a series of poses that add up to action!  

Saturday February 24
Duration: 45 minutes
Age Range: 7 – 14 years old
Price: $30
Number of Participants per Time-Slot: 10, *Note: 1pm session will only accept 4 participants*

Start Times:
10:00am https://tinyurl.com/y8kybdms
10:45am https://tinyurl.com/yafef6hq
11:30am https://tinyurl.com/y9lalt94
12:15pm https://tinyurl.com/ydx9vtxl
1:00pm https://tinyurl.com/ydewgh38

Pixilation & Foley Workshops 
What is Pixilation? It’s an animation technique that uses the most readily available tool at your disposal – your body! In this workshop, the participants are the actors. Just change your pose slightly from one photo frame to the next and you will magically float, fly around a room, ice skate, disappear and reappear in a different location, slide along the ground, drive an invisible car, or almost anything else you can imagine!

You add the sound! In addition to creating your film using pixilation you will then add your own sound effects in our Foley Sound workshop. At no additional cost, we will record you creating noises on our foley stage to the live playback of your pixilation film. We will provide a variety of noise making objects and props, you can even use your own mouth to make explosions - boom!, car engine noises - vroom! vroom! or other bips and boops.

Dates: Saturday February 24 & Sunday February 25   
Duration: 55 minutes
Age Range: 6 – 14 years old
Price: $30
Number of Participants per Time Slot: 4

Saturday Start Times:
9:30am https://tinyurl.com/ybjgp2p5
10:10am https://tinyurl.com/yalvpvtk
10:40am https://tinyurl.com/y9zfh9ob
11:10am https://tinyurl.com/y84vzwzo
11:50am https://tinyurl.com/yacc85vp
12:20pm https://tinyurl.com/ycpav8f2
1:00pm https://tinyurl.com/yd4z4gjt

Sunday Start Times:
9:30am https://tinyurl.com/y8cosrzz
10:10am https://tinyurl.com/y83yqb3j
10:40am https://tinyurl.com/y7cj88gy
11:10am https://tinyurl.com/ycd922je
11:50am https://tinyurl.com/y8s98jbk
12:20pm https://tinyurl.com/ya7rcfs4
1:00pm https://tinyurl.com/y72ejah2

Family Fun Stop-Motion Workshop 
Using found objects, children and their parents will create short stop-motion animated films. Select your objects and use your imagination to change their placement slightly from one photo frame to the next to tell a story. Watch the objects come alive as they disappear and reappear, travel from one side of the screen to another, or magically create cool patterns and designs. 

Date: Sunday February 25
Duration: 45 minutes
Age Range: 7 – 14 years old & up to two adults free with registered child
Price: $25
Number of Participants per Time-Slot: 10, *Note: 1pm session will only accept 4 child participants*

Start Times:
10:00am  https://tinyurl.com/y9mpecun
10:45am https://tinyurl.com/y9krpzjh
11:30am https://tinyurl.com/y9sok43f
12:15pm https://tinyurl.com/y8olthjh
1:00pm https://tinyurl.com/y8zz9uxk

How to Be a Kid Critic: "Meerkat Moonship" (Media Education Workshop) 
We're delighted to work with Common Sense Media to present "How to Be a Kid Critic: Meerkat Moonship" at this year's festival. Our children are consuming an enormous amount of media, often filled with conflicting information. "We can't cover our kids' eyes, but we can teach them to see," said Common Sense Media's founding editor in chief, Liz Perle. In this workshop, kids who've seen the feature film Meerkat Moonship will learn what it means to evaluate media critically through discussion and hands-on activities based on Common Sense's unique rating system.

Date: Sunday February 25
Duration: 45 minutes
Age Range: 10 – 14 years old 
Price: $15
Number of Participants per Time-Slot: 15

Start Time: 
4:00pm https://tinyurl.com/ydfz7xt5