Coastline Children’s Film Festival expands

Published 9:30 am Thursday, December 6, 2012

The Coastline Children’s Film Festival in partnership with Brookview School announces the unveiling of the third annual international children’s film festival for Southwest Michigan. This one-of-a-kind family event will expand into 10 locations in Berrien County and beyond from Feb. 1-10.

More than 50 films will be featured, including comedy, adventure, love, music, dancing, lots of happy endings and a few sad ones.

Films presented represent the best and latest short films from the world-renowned New York International Children’s Film Festival (NYICFF), including a kaleidoscopic showcase of the best short film and animation from around the world, for ages 3 to 6 and a selection of the most entertaining, thought-provoking and visually stunning short films for ages 7 to 14. This year’s festival will begin with an Opening Night Pajama Party at 6 p.m. Feb. 1 at Brookview School.

A selection of films by local students will be screened as a part of the Young Filmmakers Competition and chosen by a film jury.

The deadline to enter the short-film competition — 12 minutes or less — for those ages 18 and younger is Jan. 10. Download an entry form at

A pancake breakfast and special screening of “Peter Pan” with music by local resident and national recognized composer Larry Schanker will conclude the festival on Feb. 10.

All films are offered free of charge with only a $1 suggested donation.