A Word from The Chair
Have you ever dreamed of going on trip around the world with your family?
You don’t need a plane or luggage at Louisville Children’s Film Festival, because this year’s fest will feature more than 20 films from 15+ countries. Kids can hear the music of different languages in the Festival and learn of different cultures. Beautiful hand-drawn animation and live action films, that you won’t find elsewhere, may make you laugh out loud or surprise you.
Film is a great tool for learning about the world. At Louisville Children’s Film Festival, we select stories with relevant themes for our world. Many films in our 2020 festival explore family life–across cultures and in its varied forms. Other films express a love of the natural world with beautiful cinematography that fills a big screen. All Festival films tell us their stories through the lens and wonder of children.
My children are starting to encounter the media arts at school, thankfully! They are learning to respond critically to images that bombard them on screens—and technical skills like editing images and soundtracks needed to communicate with media. The National Core Arts Standards now include the media arts. And, in Kentucky, KET has just produced a Media Arts Toolkit for teachers. This is where LCFF plays a key role. Our programs and workshops engage children to interpret, evaluate, and produce media works—and have fun while they are doing it! For these reasons, we say that LCFF offers more than popcorn.
Realizing our mission–to support the educational development of children in Greater Louisville – LCFF is proud to partner with the Gheens Foundation this fall to create a one-of-a-kind residency program in filmmaking at Western Middle School. In October, LCFF will kick off its second Young Filmmakers’ Contest. We have also expanded our reach through the Cultural Pass program and new creative partnerships.
As we prepare for the third Louisville Children’s Film Festival in February 2020, I hope you will join us now to support the Festival and sit in the front row when the lights go down!