This February marks a huge milestone for the Bay Area International Children’s Film Festival as they celebrate 10 years of throwing the most awesome, imaginative playdate around! For a decade, the BAICFF has been the hottest family ticket in town to watch diverse, family-friendly films from all around the globe. This year’s event is no exception with three jam-packed days full of flicks and workshops all taking place at Oakland’s amazing Chabot Space and Science Center, and all tailored to mini movie buffs. This is definitely the type of screen time you can get behind.  


The festival kicks off on Friday, February 23 from 7-9 p.m. with a special event: “The Fantastic Films: Short Films” and a discussion with BAICFF co-founder Jim Capobianco. The talk explores questions about the secrets of animation and participants also get to enjoy short films. Bonus: Chabot telescope viewing after the event (weather permitting). 

You can find opening night ticketing info here (note that Friday tickets are limited). 


Saturday and Sunday are broken down into two sets of films: morning and afternoon. The morning movies are great for kids of all ages (and attention spans). The afternoon features shorts as well as a feature length film, and is recommended for the older set (7+ for the shorts and 8+ for the feature). Some of this year’s film highlights includes Fingerprints, the story of two groups of kids—one from Haiti and the other from the Bay Area—who come together virtually to record two songs. In Doctor of Monsters, a boy has to face his fears of becoming a doctor to monsters. Are You Volleyball? is a film from Tehran is about a group of refugees who arrive at the border of Iran where the soldiers and guards are hostile to them, but end up finding friendship and connection through a game of volleyball. A View from the Window looks at a school day through the eyes of deaf children.

Visit the 2018 program schedule for the full scoop.

photo: from the film Negative Space, France


For all of your pint-sized auteurs-in-training, the festival offers fun, hands-on workshops in clay puppeting, found objects and pixilation. After the workshops, students get to premiere their work on the big screen! How cool is that?

Learn more about the workshops here.


A few helpful details: Museum parking is (drumroll, please)… FREE! Options for lunch and snacks include the museum café and food trucks. (Foodie pro tip: if you pay for a whole day pass get stamped—you can always leave for lunch and return.) Finally, the price of your admission ticket also includes museum entry, so make sure to take advantage of all the cool exhibits before and after the films.

Find directions to the event and easy parking info here.

photo: from the film A Film of Cinema, Brazil


WhenFriday, February 23 (7-9 p.m.); Saturday, February 24 (10 a.m.–8 p.m.); Sunday, February 25 (10 a.m.-5 p.m.)
Where: Chabot Space & Science Center, 10000 Skyline Blvd. Oakland, CA
General Admission: Adult/$25, Youth/$14; Two-Day Weekend Pass: Adult/$35, Youth/$20
Member Admission: Adult/$15, Youth/$7; Two-Day Weekend Pass: Adult/$21, Youth/$10
Note: Tickets can also be purchased at the front desk on the day of the event. All tickets include General Admission to the Chabot Space and Science Center so be sure to explore. (Basically, this is the best kind of whole-day affair!)

photo: from the film A View from the Window, USA

Have you attended this awesome film festival? What was your favorite part? Share in the comments!

Mae Respicio

All photos courtesy of BAICFF.