Row House Cinema takes families around the world for the latest edition of its Pittsburgh International Children's Film Festival.
From July 26-Aug. 1, the single-screen theater will host a week of films, including classic favorites, award-winning shorts, documentaries, and acclaimed animated features. There will also be fun activities for all ages, including the chance to meet local animal celebrity, Doc the Pig.
Now in its third year, the festival continues Row House’s mission of exposing audiences to films they wouldn’t otherwise see in mainstream theaters.
“We love that this festival introduces kids to a wider variety of films that aren’t coming out of major studios like Disney and Pixar,” says festival director Molly Ebert. “When choosing films, we’re thinking about diversity in the types of films we’re showing as well as the characters and families shown on screen.”
The lineup boasts the Pittsburgh premieres of three animated feature-length films – Tito and the Birds from Brazil, The Big Bad Fox and Other Tales from France, and Mexico’s first-ever Oscar entry for Best Animated Feature, Ana y Bruno. Also on the docket are shorts from the New York International Children’s Film Festival and Nostalgia Sunday, a full day featuring screenings of Casper, Little Rascals, Babe, The Great Muppet Caper, and Labyrinth.
Row House marketing manager, Kelsey Zehmisch, says they also have some new programming in store for this year.
“We’re particularly proud to be presenting new baby-friendly screenings, and we’re partnering with The Children’s Museum and MuseumLab, who will host our closing night in their new beautiful new facility, which is an exciting first for us,” says Zehmisch.