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The Pelham Picture House Hosts International Children's Film Festival

The Pelham Picture House is showcasing children's films from around the world.
The Pelham Picture House is showcasing children's films from around the world. Photo Credit: Submitted

PELHAM, N.Y. – Looking for something to do pre-back-to-school?

The Picture House Regional Film Center (TPH) will present its third annual Westchester International Children’s Film Festival (WICFF) from Friday, Sept. 1 to Tuesday, Sept. 5.

For the second year in a row, the WICFF is being sponsored by the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Bronx Zoo.

The festival will kick-off on Friday with an opening celebration and screening of the award-winning At Eye Level. Other highlights include a screening of Nelly’s Adventure, a Middle Eastern Shorts program, and the ‘Best of the Fest’ animation and live action films.

Additionally, on Sunday, the festival will feature the documentary Swim Team which chronicles the rise of a competitive swim team made up of diverse teens on the autism spectrum. The screening will be sensory-friendly (with the lights turned up and the sound down) and after the film there will be a discussion and Q&A with director Lara Stolman.

“We are thrilled that the Westchester International Children’s Film Festival has become an end-of-summer tradition at The Picture House,” said Clayton Bushong, Director of Programming, Marketing, and Operations at The Picture House. “The third annual festival, with fantastic films from Germany, the United States, the Middle East and beyond, is a chance to travel the world through film without leaving Westchester.”

The Westchester International Children’s Film Festival will conclude with a ‘Taste of Education’ day-long program at the theater, featuring one-hour workshops of some of the Picture House’s most popular education classes taught by TPH faculty. These classes will be free and open to the public but are subject to availability and are offered on a first come, first served basis.

A full schedule of screenings and film synopses is available on www.thepicturehouse.org .

Tickets to the event are $12 for general admission, $6/members, $10/students and seniors for individual screenings. A Family Pass (good for a family of four) to all the screenings is available for $125/ $115 for members. Additional family members can be added for $10 each. Tickets are available at www.thepicturehouse.org or at the box office, 175 Wolfs Lane.

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