Recently, a group of fourth-graders from Packer Collegiate Institute made a short film to screen alongside our Tom & Jerry show. A live-action romp, the film was such a hit with our young audience that we decided to add an entire short film festival to our line up. An open call was sent out to all NYC students 18 years-old and younger. The diversity and imagination of the films submitted was astounding and our now annual festival was born. The festival is co-sponsored by The Children's Museum of the Arts and screens at Cobble Hill Cinemas in June and at the CMA outpost on Governor's Island in September each year.
Our outreach program, Short Cuts, allows us to offer free admission to Brooklyn children and families who cannot afford the ticket price. Every June, with Rooftop Films and the Cobble Hill Association, we present a free movie night in the PS29 schoolyard. All concession proceeds are donated to the public school’s arts committee.
Big Movies for Little Kids is sponsored, in part, by the Greater New York Arts Development Fund of the New York State Council for the Arts, administered by the Brooklyn Arts Council. We are honored to be named "Best Film Series" in New York Magazine's "Best of New York 2009".