Belmont World Film Family Festival

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Belmont World Film’s 9th Annual Family Festival—A Cinematic Kaleidoscope of Cats, Characters & Circus Dreams—November 11 in Belmont

Films and a live performance for kids & tweens to take place at the Arsenal Center for the Arts, Watertown and Studio Cinema, Belmont

 Belmont World Film, dedicated to promoting cross-cultural understanding through the language of film, presents its 9th Annual Family Film Festival, “A Cinematic Kaleidoscope of Cats, Characters and Circus Dreams,” with screenings at Watertown’s Arsenal Center for the Arts on Saturday, November 5 and Friday, November 11 at Belmont’s Studio Cinema.

“The Family Film Festival offers filmgoers an alternative to the standard Hollywood fare typically found at the multiplex,” says Family Film Festival Director Rebecca Richards. “By partnering this year with both our longtime venue The Studio Cinema as well as Watertown’s Arsenal Center for the Arts, Belmont World Film aims to expand its audience for the best in international cinema for children and families.”

 This year’s line-up includes stories about self-reliance and acceptance, creativity and imagination, the magic of books and reading, a mysterious cat living in Paris, a war on chocolate, and the chance to go behind the scenes of a traveling youth circus—a kaleidoscope of films for the whole family

Friday, Nov. 11th Screenings at Studio Cinema, Belmont

10:30 AM - Animated Best-Loved Children’s Books from Scholastic/Weston Woods Studios, Program II: A continuation of the November 5th award-winning shorts program includes the Boston premieres of Kevin Henkes’ Kitten’s First Full Moon (Caldecott Winner)and Children Make Terrible Pets and Too Many Toys, both produced by Watertown’s Soup2Nuts studio. Returning favorites include Crazy Hair Day and Wallace’s Lists, both narrated by Zach Braff, The Happy Owls by Celestino Piatti, and Goodnight Gorilla by Peggy Rathmann (age 3+).

4:00 PM - CHOCOLATE UNDERGROUND: Imagine a world without candy or sweets. This Japanese anime film by director Hamana Takayuki follows Smudger and Huntley, two teenage friends who stand up to authorities and create an illegal chocolate factory after the country bans chocolate in favor of “healthy foods.” The teens’ “Chocolate Underground” is where “revolutionaries” can indulge in their coveted confections. Features a mix of fast-paced action scenes and Japanese pop-music soundtrack (in English. Ages 8+).

Tickets for the morning screenings are $3; the afternoon programs are $5 for children under 12 and $7 for adults.  Purchase on day of show at theater’s box offices. The Studio Cinema is wheelchair accessible.


For more information and a full schedule of films, please visit www.belmontworldfilm.org or call 617-484-3980.



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