BY AMY GARLAND
RiverRun International Film Festival celebrates its 20th anniversary in April with a lineup of more than 160 films. This year, even more than in years past, the Festival includes a superb selection of freekid- and family-friendly films and activities, including the very popular Saturday Morning Cartoons, Family Fun Night at Bailey Park, and its ever-expanding Films With Class programming. These films and activities headline an array of family fun during the 11-day Festival and beyond.
Saturday Morning Cartoonssponsored by Salem Smiles Orthodontics
Remember when we had to wait until Saturday morning to binge on cartoons? RiverRun’s screening of animated shorts for young audiences harkens back to that time with its Saturday Morning Cartoons events, slated for both Saturdays during the Festival. We search high and low for the best new animated shorts which appeal to children and parents alike, collecting a variety of films encompassing many different and interesting animation techniques and stories. Want to know more about brushing your teeth and making it fun? Our free Saturday Morning Cartoons truly have something for all ages.
Peppercorn Theatre at RiverRun
Come early for the Saturday Morning Cartoons on both Festival weekends to join the interactive fun of Peppercorn Theatre at Kaleideum’s Prop Shop Pop Up in the theatre lobby. They will also present the short stage play, What Goes Up …on the first Festival Saturday afternoon, followed by a collection of RiverRun short films: The Little Giraffe, Supernova, and Tethered, made by UNCSA students just for our youngest audiences.
Family Fun Night at Bailey Park presented by The Mast General Store
RiverRunshares its 20th anniversary with the Disney classic, Mulan!Join us at Bailey Park in the Wake Forest Innovation Quarter for a free outdoor screening. Make sure to come early and enjoy our free photo booth, live music, and food and beverages for sale from various vendors and food trucks. Rain location: Inside Biotech Place
Films With Class sponsored by Wells Fargo
In addition to our regular programming, RiverRun presents free screenings to students from participating schools during the run of the annual Festival. Films With Class, RiverRun’s educational outreach initiative, is also the most active component of RiverRun’s year-round activities, exposing thousands of students to the diversity of the human experience—and it offers exceptional film-related experiences!
According to Rob Davis, RiverRun’s Executive Director, “We appreciate and welcome audiences of all ages. We hope that these programs curated for children and families will welcome young minds to the entertainment and educational aspects of film to further the influence of the art of film in their creative minds.”
For the latest details on RiverRun 2018 venues, times and dates, visit riverrunfilm.com after March 20th.