Today's Idea
Sunday, February 17, 2019

Make a Minute Movie Challenge

Got kids who want to be in the movies? Got a Saturday? The Make a Minute Movie Challenge – one of the highlights of the yearly Providence Children’s Film Festival --  is something to look into.


It’s an ambitious idea. In just five hours (you’re there from 11 AM to 6 PM, including viewing of the finished films) teams of kids ages 12 to 17 make a one-minute movie from beginning to end -- brainstorming, writing, storyboarding, acting, filming and editing their own film. They’re guided by a film coach and at completion, parents are invited to watch the finished films and hear the teams discuss the process. Cost is $65 (includes passes to the Film Festival, see the next paragraph) and preregistration is required. It’s an extremely hot ticket so it sells out quickly; if you can’t get in this year, bookmark it for next.


Whether or not you’re not participating in the challenge, there are many other opportunities to find an adventure at the Providence Children’s Film Festival, which offers over 140 thoughtfully curated films that appeal to both adults and children from countries around the world. The Festival runs from February 15 to 28., with highlights that include the East Coast Premiere of Film School Africa (Africa), Supa Modo (Kenya), Los Bando (Norway) and Kipuka: Anti-Bully Project (Hawaii) along with the heart-warming/heartbreaking Rhode Island documentary Tre Maisan Dasan that features three boys growing up with a parent in prison.


Tickets for individual films are $10 for adults and $8 for youth (under 18) and seniors (65+), and take place at multiple venues all in walking distance in downtown Providence, including the Rhode Island School of Design and The  Providence Atheneum. There are also events at satellite sites like the Newport Art Museum.  For additional information, complete schedule and tickets visit