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Film Fest for Kids Returns to Lincoln Center This Weekend

Film Fest for Kids Returns to Lincoln Center This Weekend

The Film Society of Lincoln Center hosts My First Film Fest Nov. 10-12.

The Film Society of Lincoln Center hosts its second annual kid-focused series, My First Film Fest, Nov. 10-12. In addition to plenty of movie screenings, guests can enjoy events, workshops, and meet and greets with filmmakers over the weekend. There's also free popcorn at every screening for all attendees!

My First Film Fest has a variety of screenings appropriate for adults and children of all ages. Guests can attend a work-in-progress presentation of the yet-to-be-released movie, Ferdinand, which is an animated comedy from the creators of Rio and Ice Age. Director Carlos Saldanha will be on hand to answer questions after the sneak preview of the film. There will also be a 30-minute animation workshop held by Ferdinand's animators after the presentation. Ferdinand will be playing on Saturday, Nov. 11 at 4:30pm, the sneak preview and workshop are both free but require an RSVP. Ferdinand is scheduled to be released in theaters starting Dec. 15.

Kids will also have the opportunity to watch 35mm classics such as Charlie Chaplin's The Gold Rush, and Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory.

My Film Fest runs from Nov.10-Nov. 12 and tickets are on sale now. A special Young Movie Lover Pass is being offered for $25 that will admit two (one adult, one child) for the whole weekend. There's also a 3+ Film Package available for $8 for members, $9 for students and seniors, and $11 for the general public. Tickets can also be purchased for individual films for $7 for children ages 17 and younger, $9 for members, $11 for students, and $14 dollars for the general public.

Other highlights of the second annual My First Film Fest include:

Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory
Friday, November 10, 9:15pm

A perennial favorite for children and adults alike, this musical adaptation of Roald Dahl’s fanciful novel stars Gene Wilder as the zany, top-hatted recluse Willy Wonka. 

I Kill Giants
Saturday, November 11, 6:30pm (Includes Q-and-A with director Joe Kelly)

Smart, rebellious, and unafraid to speak her mind, precocious teenager Barbara Thorson (Madison Wolfe) lives in two worlds. There is the turbulent reality of school and home, where she deals with bullying and parents who are out of the picture.

Revolting Rhymes
Sunday, November 12, 1:30pm

Did you know that Little Red Riding Hood was really a fearless wolf warrior? And that Cinderella’s Prince Charming wasn’t so charming after all? In this whimsical collection of new short animations based on the book by Roald Dahl, the big bad wolf himself narrates the real stories behind fairy-tale favorites, from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs to Jack and the Beanstalk.

Sunday, November 12, 7:15pm

It’s the summer of 1976. America is celebrating its bicentennial, AM rock rules the radio, and in Nova Scotia, Canada, closeted teenager Kit (Dylan Authors) is preparing to run away from home.

The Film Society Lincoln Center is located at 165 W. 65th St., Upper West Side. For more information visit


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