About Us

Our Mission

To support the educational development of children in Louisville, inspiring an openness and curiousity about the world through the showing of high quality, diverse films.

The Festival

The Louisville Children’s Film Festival is an annual presentation of independent films for and by kids– a 501(c) 3 nonprofit founded in 2017.

For the past 3 years, LCFF has brought media arts programs to local schools and has grown its imprint as a festival  of international children’s film. Each year, we give kids in Greater Louisville and their families the chance to see innovative, inspiring and fun films  from around the globe, participate in workshops, and take part in meet and greet  discussions with visiting filmmakers.

Each year, the festival selects more than 20 films,  reaching close to 1,000 people during festival screenings in Louisville and Southern Indiana and educational programs that run year long.

This year’s festival, slated for February 21 – February 29, will spark  delight, discussion, and interest in different cultures and ways of life. Through  films, workshops, audience discussions and encounters with f i lmmakers,  the festival shows children in Greater Louisville the world and sparks their imagination. Annual events such as an opening night party and awards ceremony for young filmmakers add to the excitement.

For 2020 LCFF is partnering with the Cultural Pass, Honeywick, Carmichael Kids and other like-minded businesses to add reach to our LCFF communications. In return for varying levels of sponsorship support, LCFF offers top brand placement throughout our festival.

Film Criteria

The LCFF film committee selects films with content that speak positively to children, youth and families of diverse ages, backgrounds and ethnicities. The Festival presents films that are entertaining and/or challenging to young minds with serious, true-to-life topics and narratives.

Film topics span the entire range of emotions. LCFF includes foreign films with subtitles, documentaries, animation and even experimental films that might widen the perspectives of those who attend. Through the selected films we hope to demonstrate the artistry and craft of filmmaking and to provoke discussions about the stories.

Children have been an important part of LCFF from the get-go. Students from Kammerer Middle, Chenoweth and Hawthorne Elementary Schools have created videos for the festival. Other kids have participated in the review and selection of festival films.

LCFF Members

Board Members

Martha Nichols-Pecceu, Ph.D.
Chair and Founder

Jennifer Koch
Vice Chair
Library Media Specialist
Chenoweth Elementary School

Eric Pecceu
Treasurer
Vice President of Global Key Accounts
Essilor USA

Duane Parker
Private Investor

Melinda Mast
Terrill Foundation

Padmini Moffett, M.D.
Department of Internal Medicine
University of Louisville

Advisory Board

Neil Cox
Filmmaker

Victor Darrigrandi
Broadcasting Teacher
Kammerer Middle School

Nancy S. Hancock
Hancock Legal Services, PLLC

Russell Hockenbury
Jaeger Education Center
Jefferson County Schools

Dean Otto
Curator of Film
Speed Art Museum

Stephen Swan
University of Louisville
College of Education

Tracy Thomas
Youth Programs Coordinator
Louisville Free Public Library

Morgan Wittinghill
Marketing Assistant
Atria Senior Living

Michele Shaver
Manager
Carmichael’s Kids

Danielle Tejeira
Web Designer