programs & events

Film Screenings

Providence Children's Film Festival Jury Meet!

6:30 pm     Newport Art Museum (76 Bellevue Avenue)


The Providence Children's Film Festival is loading up their film wagon and pulling it over to the bridge to the Newport Art Museum for the first ever Newport Jury Meet! 

Hundreds of films are submitted to the festival for consideration from all over the world, from India Point in Providence, to India proper!

Families are instrumental in helping to select the very best films through regular community "Jury Meets". 

Jury Meets are fun and engaging gatherings for film-loving families where kids and parents watch and review films together. Kids always speak first, and discussing their disparate viewpoints is the BEST part. Post film discussions tease out the successful (and unsuccessful) elements of the films and are led by Eric Bilodeau, Director of Programming for PCFF. 

As a bonus incentive, we'll be serving delicious fresh popcorn! So sharpen up your scoring pencils and we'll see you there!

Films are suitable for families, adults, and children ages 5 on up. Parents must accompany children.

This is a free event, but registration is recommended!


About The Providence Children's Film Festival

The Film Festival is held every February in Providence and at the Newport Art Museum in April. Visit for more information.

Providence Art + Design Film Festival

6:30 pm     Newport Art Museum (76 Bellevue Avenue)


Loving Vincent


"We cannot speak other than by our paintings."
Written by Vincent van Gogh in a letter the week before his death.

27th July 1890.  A gaunt figure stumbled down a drowsy high street at twilight in the small French country town of Auvers.  The man was carrying nothing; his hands clasped to a fresh bullet wound leaking blood from his belly. 

This was Vincent van Gogh, then a little known artist; now the most famous artist in the world. His tragic death has long been known, what has remained a mystery is how and why he came to be shot.

Loving Vincent tells this story in the world's first fully painted feature film. Every one of the 65,000 frames in the film is an oil-painting hand-painted by 125 professional oil painters. A remarkable and intense labor of love.


Watch the Trailer

Written and Directed by Dorota Kobiela & Hugh Welchman
Running Time:  94 minutes
Oil-painted Animated Film
2017, Poland/UK co-production, with participation of Qatar
Language: English

Tickets: $10

Purchase online or at the door.  Seating is limited.


Providence Art + Design Film Festival

5:30 pm     Newport Art Museum (76 Bellevue Avenue)



Elsa Dorfman's Portrait Photography 


Portrait photographer Elsa Dorfman found her medium in 1980: the larger than life Polaroid Land 20x24 camera. The instant photographs it producted were enormous, with saturated colors and unparalleled detail. Dorfman was bewitched.

For the next 35 years she captured the "surfaces" of those who visited her Cambridge, MA studio: families, Beat poets, rock stars, and Harvard notables. 

Through her career, Dorfman sought to celebrate the personalities, idiosyncrasies, and everyday triumphs of the people who stepped into her studio. 

Dorfman always took at least two 20x24 images per portraits session, but her clients only purchased one. Journey with director and friend Errol Morris through a surreal show-and-tell inside her archives, where the oft-neglected, hidden treasures (the B-Side portraits) live.  

Watch the Trailer

Directed by Errol Morris
Running Time:  76 minutes
Rated R (for some graphic nude images and brief language)
2017, USA
Language: English

Tickets: $10

Purchase online or at the door.  Seating is limited.


Providence Art + Design Film Festival

7:30 pm     Newport Art Museum (76 Bellevue Avenue)


The Challenge


Falconry has a history that stretches back over 40 centuries. In the West it was a prevailing passion of the medieval aristocracy, but its prestige continues undiminished in contemporary Arab culture. Italian film maker and acclaimed visual artist Yuri Ancarani observed and filmed for 3 years to capture the spirit of a tradition that allows its participants to maintain a close rapport with the desert, despite their predominantly urban 

lifestyle. A rare and cinematically stunning window into the opulence of Qatar.


Watch the Trailer

Directed by Yuri Ancarani 
Running Time:  70 minutes
No Rating
2017, France/Italy
Language: Arabic with English subtitles

Tickets: $10

Purchase online or at the door. Seating is limited.