Our kids’ program mission is to produce family events that engage children with films, discussion, and activities that promote film literacy and community interaction. Check out the way in which we are fulfilling our mission!
Cinema Circus is a free family event that promotes media literacy and community interaction. On Wednesday evenings throughout the summer, hundreds of kids gather for filmmaking activities, face painting, costumes, a circus show under the big top, and thoughtfully selected short films from all over the world. Cinema Circus provides fun for the whole family, and aims to inspire children to be both enthusiastic creators and critical consumers of all media.
Check out our 2019 schedule here!
FILMMAKING IN ISLAND SCHOOLS
MVFF’s filmmaking program in the schools is expanding to be in all seven island schools in 2019. This March we taught a story building workshop in 4 kindergarten classrooms. The stories that those students created were made into movies by students at our free filmmaking workshops at the 19th annual Martha’s Vineyard Film Festival.
Check out kids’ videos here!
Each workshop will be focused on the production and completion of a short film to be shown the following Wednesday at Cinema Circus. And each will focus on aspects of narrative documentary filmmaking, as well as opportunities for animation, art-making, and storytelling.
Check out kid created films here!
Each week in the summer a child reviews the films from Cinema Circus for the Vineyard Gazette. The young student is profiled in the paper and shares their opinions of each of the short films. The kid critics thoughts are often a launching pad for discussion with the audience between each film at Cinema Circus.
Become a kid critic today!
In June of 2018 Brian Ditchfield and Danielle Mulcahy took five 7th grade students from Martha’s Vineyard on a filmmaking trip to meet and create with students from different social and political backgrounds. The week-long trip began in a neighborhood school in Chicago and culminated with students in Kentucky.
Check out their film!