Belmont World Film's 21st Family Festival


Belmont World Film

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Embark on an enchanting adventure at Belmont World Film’s 21st Family Festival, a 4-day celebration of international culture for children age 3-12 that promises an immersive and rich experience.

No application or registration needed.


Shorts Programs: $8

Feature Length Films: $12

Family Film Festival Flex Pass: $40 (provides admission to all 15 film programs)

VIP Family Film Festival Flex Pass: $120 (provides admission to all 15 film programs, two festival t-shirts, your name in our programs for a year, and our deepest appreciation).

Introduction to Film Camera Techniques Workshop: $20

Virtual Shorts Programs (January 20-21): $15

  • Financial Aid and/or Scholarship Available

Tickets are half price to EBT, WIC, and ConnectorCare cardholders.


  • Both in-person and virtual (online or over the phone).

Apple Cinemas

168 Alewife Brook Parkway
Cambridge, MA 02138
United States


Cambridge Highlands, Neighborhood 9, and North Cambridge

Brattle Theatre

40 Brattle Street (Harvard Square)
Cambridge, MA 02138
United States


West Cambridge

Regent Theatre

7 Medford Street
Arlington, MA 02474
United States


Outside Cambridge

Belmont Media Center

9 Lexington Street
Belmont, MA 02478
United States


Outside Cambridge

Dates and Times

.: Saturday, January 13, 10:30AM – 5PMSunday, January 14, 10:30AM – 5PMMonday, January 15, 10:30AM – 5PMSunday, January 21, 10AM – 12PMSunday, January 21, 1PM – 6PM.

Additional information

The festival features films from around the world in English and multiple languages, including Chinese, Czech, French, Dutch, Norwegian—even sign language. Most films cannot be seen anywhere else in New England.

The festival kicks off Saturday, January 13, at Apple Cinemas in Cambridge (168 Alewife Brook Parkway, followed by screenings at West Newton Cinema (1296 Washington Street) on Sunday, January 14, the Brattle Theatre in Cambridge (40 Brattle Street) on Monday, January 15, in celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Day, and the Regent Theatre in Arlington (7 Medford Street) on Sunday, January 21. Five shorts programs will also be available online from January 20-21.

Subtitles for films in languages other than English will be read aloud through headphones, ensuring an inclusive experience for children with difficulty reading. Many films are making their US or New England premieres; most films are also based on classic and contemporary children’s books, which help reinforce an interest in reading and literature, while supplementing the Massachusetts Public School System’s Curriculum Frameworks.

The lineup includes a carefully curated mix of animated and live-action feature length and short films, offering something for every age group. View the complete schedule at Highlights include:

•           Yuku and the Himalayan Flower (1/13, Apple Cinemas; US premiere): a colorful and adorable animated musical, about a little mouse who goes in search of a rare plant that radiates eternal light to restore her grandmother back to health. With her ukulele and her original bouncy rap tunes, she makes friends along the way during her sometimes-perilous journey. The film premiered at the Annecy Film Festival.

•           OkThanksBye (1/14, West Newton, New England premiere): a road movie that follows two hearing impaired pre-teens from Rotterdam to Paris, followed by a discussion with ASL interpretation.

•           Tony, Shelly and the Magic Light (1/14, West Newton, US premiere): an astounding stop-motion film from the Czech Republic, winner of the Contretemps Award at the prestigious Annecy Film Festival, about an 11-year-old boy who glows.

•           Tabby McTat (1/14, West Newton; North American premiere): a short, animated film based on the picture book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s (The Gruffalo), about the warm and wonderful friendship between a musical cat and a street busker in London, featuring the voice of Jodi Whittaker (Dr. Who) and comedian Rob Brydon.

•           Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (1/15, Brattle), a short film program based on books about Dr. King and his contemporaries, including the US premiere of I Am Ruby Bridges, written by the civil rights activist who was the first African American child to attend a formerly whites-only elementary school.

•           Totem (1/21, Regent, New England premiere): a gripping film about a girl whose parents are asylum seekers from Senegal but is raised to feel completely Dutch, and her journey to discover her roots through an extraordinary totem animal. Followed by a discussion about the film and dual cultural identities, led by Ghanaian-American filmmaker Menefese Kudumu-Clavell.

•           Intro to Film Camera Techniques Workshop (Sunday, January 21, 10 AM-Noon, Belmont Media Center) for children age 10+, covering fundamental camera techniques, as well as rarely-used ones that define the unique style of foreign films. 


Ellen Gitelman

Belmont World Film

617-484-3980 or 617-484-3980

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.: Saturday, January 13, 10:30AM – 5PMSunday, January 14, 10:30AM – 5PMMonday, January 15, 10:30AM – 5PMSunday, January 21, 10AM – 12PMSunday, January 21, 1PM – 6PM.

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Ellen Gitelman

Belmont World Film

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