A film that promises to genuinely entertain both parents and kids alike, EIGHTH GRADE follows thirteen year-old Kayla as she endures the tidal wave of contemporary suburban adolescence as she makes her way through the last week of middle school—the end of her thus far disastrous eighth grade year before she begins high school. The critically-acclaimed Eighth Grade was written and directed by Hamilton, MA native Bo Burnham, in his feature film directorial debut. Actress Catherine Oliviere will be in attendance for Q&A.
From November 16-18, 2018, families from across Greater Boston will gather at the Somerville Theatre, Lesley University College of Art and Design and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to celebrate and inspire creativity in today’s youth at the sixth annual Boston International Kids Film Festival.
The mission of the BIKFF is to inspire kids to use the media to tell their own stories while screening some of the best films that independent filmmaking has to offer. Over 50 films have been accepted to this year’s festival, representing 16 countries. There is something for everyone; professionally made feature-length films and documentaries, shorts appropriate for ages 10 and under and short films for middle school students and older. Roughly 40% of the films being screened are student-made, with the producers and directors being 18 years or younger.
Student-made films will be screened on Saturday, November 17 beginning at 1:30pm and will be live-judged. Lisa Strout of the MA Film Office has signed on to be a judge and a number of other invitations to prominent members of the filmmaking community are pending.
All screenings are open to the public and tickets can be purchased at http://bikff.org/
“The Boston International Kids Film Festival is all about kids. In a city that provides ample opportunity for adults to watch independently-made feature films and documentaries, we wanted to create an event geared specifically towards middle and high school students and their families,” said Laura Azevedo, executive director of Filmmakers Collaborative, the festival’s presenter. “The student-made films are particularly fun to watch. The stories are as varied as the filmmakers and the skill level of the producer/directors have a broad range, but their voices are proud and brave and we are happy to magnify them.”