MFF16 Family Films: Bring the Kids!

Check out the Montclair Film Festival 2016 line-up of classic and new Family Films!


When the Mousekewitz family— Mama, Papa, Tanya, and Fievel— are forced by circumstance to leave their native Russia behind, they decide to make their way to the promise of the United States. But once they arrive in New York City, the family is separated, leaving young Fievel on his own to handle the challenges and excitement of the new world. Can Fievel find his family and survive the perils of the big city? Don Bluth’s Oscar-nominated AN AMERICAN TAIL is a moving look at the American immigrant experience, told for the entire family.

Bellevue Theater 1, Sat, Apr 30 11:00 AM, Buy Tickets
Bellevue Theater 1, Sun, May 1 11:00 AM, Buy Tickets


From the Academy Award-nominated directors of A CAT IN PARIS comes a riveting new animated crime thriller for families and adults. Leo has a secret—a mysterious illness has transformed him into a phantom boy, able to leave the confines of his body and explore the city as a ghostly apparition. While in the hospital, Leo befriends Alex, a police officer injured while attempting to capture a nefarious gangster who has taken control of the city’s power supply. Now they must form an extraordinary duo, using Leo’s phantom powers and Alex’s detective work to save New York from destruction. In French with English subtitles. Parent’s Note: This film features cartoon violence, but does include guns and adults in perilous situations.

Bellevue Theater 2, Sat, Apr 30 12:30 PM, Buy Tickets
Bellevue Theater 2, Sun, May 8 12:00 PM, Buy Tickets


A collection of 9 live action and animated stories for kids and parents. In THE BENCH (Cameron Burnett), a blind man makes an unexpected friend on a park bench. In HEY DEER!, (Ors Barczy), a reindeer lives in a topsy turvy world. In ONCE UPON A BLUE MOON (Steve Boot), a robot gets an unwanted alien friend on the moon. In PTICHKA (THE BIRDIE) (Yekaterina Filippov), a birdie chases worm, meets hippo and all three become friends. THE GIRL WHO SPOKE CAT (Dottie Kultys), a little girl in colorless world meets a cat who brightens her life and sets her apart. In THE RED THUNDER (Alvaro Ron), a young girl discovers her lowly mom has a super-secret power. In AIR-MAIL (Isabelle Favez), a boxer and his neighbor meet through their pets. In ARIA FOR A COW (Dan Lund), Cows disrespected by the farmhand sing a song to get some R-E-S-P-E-C-T. In CHOPPING ONIONS (Adinah Dancyger), a Korean little girl gets a lesson in confidence from her grandmother.

In Person:
Several members of the Filmmaking Teams

Bellevue Theater 2, Sat, Apr 30 2:30 PM, Buy Tickets


The MFF’s EMERGING FILMMAKER COMPETITION celebrates the work of filmmakers from our region in the 4th-12th grade. These films, adjudicated by a jury of local film professionals, represent a wide-range of styles and voices that showcase the diverse talents of young people who are using cinema to tell their stories. Categories include Narrative, Comedy, Documentary and Experimental films, and awards will be given in each of these categories, as well as for films that make a social impact. This screening is open to the public and all ages are welcome as we celebrate these outstanding films!

In Person:
Several members of the filmmaking team

The Wellmont Theater, Sat, May 7 11:00 AM, Buy Tickets


In her beautifully crafted short documentary JOE’S VIOLIN, Kahane Cooperman tells the story of Joseph Feingold, a 91-year-old Polish Holocaust survivor who donates his violin of 70 years to a local instrument drive. When the violin lands in the hands of a 12-year-old schoolgirl from the nation’s poorest congressional district, their lives intersect, changing both of them forever. This special screening will feature a musical performance and extended Q&A with the filmmakers and subjects. Co-Presented by Kensington Senior Living.

In Person:
Director/Producer Kahane Cooperman, Producer Raphaela Neihausen, Editors Amira Dughri and Andrew Saunderson, Subjects Joe Feingold, Brianna Perez, Kokoe Tanaka-Suwan and many others.

The Wellmont Theater, Sat, Apr 30 11:00 AM, Buy Tickets


Ten-year old Ricky (Julian Dennison) is a charming and mischievous kid living in what he hopes will be his last foster home—until an unexpected set of events threatens to tear apart the only family he has left. When child services comes knocking, Ricky goes on the run with his cantankerous foster uncle Hec (Sam Neill) and his dog, Tupac, deep into the New Zealand bush. Quickly a national manhunt ensues, putting in motion a hilarious and heartwarming adventure for the whole family.

Bellevue Theater 1, Thu, May 5 7:00 PM, Buy Tickets