JBFC Kids Free Events
Drop by the JBFC Media Arts Lab between 10:30 am–12:30 pm on the select Saturdays (March, May, and June) for our JBFC Kids Free Onsite Events! Each month’s event features three FREE hands-on media activities for students ages 3–13. With the help of our faculty and staff, media-makers of all ages can explore, discover, and create amazing projects. We offer a wide variety of activities, from animation and sound editing to live green-screening and group storytelling projects!
March 7, 2020
- Stop Motion Animation: People, objects, and paper; you can animate anything!
- Create a character: Build your own character and animate!
- Live Motion Capture Animation: Track facial movements and record your voice to bring a virtual character alive!
May 2, 2020
JBFC Kids celebrates Focus on Nature! Come watch a film and join us for fun hands on activities for the whole family!
June 6, 2020
- Mood through Music: Film a short scene and score it to create different moods.
- Foley Fun: Using everyday items, create sound effects to make silent scenes alive!
- Story Soundscapes: Draw and color a scene that tells a story and add sound effects to bring it to life.
Please note: This event is FREE and open to the public. No registration is necessary – just sign in when you arrive, and remember to bring your JBFC Kids stamp card!
WHEN DO JBFC KIDS FREE EVENTS RUN?
JBFC Kids Free Events are held on select Saturdays from October through June from 10:30 am–12:30 pm.
WHAT IS THE FORMAT OF JBFC KIDS FREE EVENTS?
We offer a drop-in schedule, so you may arrive to the Media Arts Lab whenever you like. Most families spend approximately 45 minutes at the event. Each month we explore a new film-related theme. Each of the three featured activities will be centered on that theme. Our faculty and staff will guide your media-making with a brief demonstration of each of the projects, and all materials will be provided.
WHAT IS THE MEDIA ARTS LAB?
The Media Arts Lab, located down the street from the JBFC Theater in Pleasantville, NY, is the hub of our education initiatives. This 27,000-square-foot production space features state-of-the art technology, including an animation studio, a fully equipped soundstage, a recording studio, workshop space, a 60-seat screening room, 16 editing suites, and an equipment room stocked with audio and visual capturing technology. Our building is wheelchair accessible and there are a limited number of cubbies available to you for storage.
WHAT TYPES OF ACTIVITIES CAN BE EXPECTED?
Each month’s JBFC Kids Free Event features three hands-on activities. All of our activities encourage thoughtful and engaged media production. Past activities include: sound editing in our recording studio, 2D and 3D animation filmmaking, live green-screening, and an interactive digital puppet show (just to name a few!).
HOW DO THE ACTIVITIES DIFFER EACH MONTH?
Each JBFC Kids Free Event is designed around a specific theme. Past themes have included sound, character, and lighting, among others.
IS THERE AN AGE LIMIT FOR JBFC KIDS FREE EVENTS?
We do our very best to provide an all-ages experience. Many of our featured activities are best suited for children ages 3–13, but we strongly encourage guardian participation! Your attention, encouragement, and enthusiasm will positively contribute to your child’s experience at the Media Arts Lab.
CAN I KEEP THE MEDIA I MAKE?
Yes! All digital media creations will be distributed to you after the event via a download link, which you can use to save or share your original projects. The download link is emailed to the address provided on our JBFC Kids Free Event sign-in sheet, so make sure to sign in when you arrive at the Lab!
WHY ARE THERE NO JBFC KIDS FREE EVENTS FROM JULY THROUGH SEPTEMBER?
We take a warm-weather break from July through September because at that time, our Media Arts Lab is filled with campers in grades 5–12! Our JBFC Camp runs M–F from 9:00–4:00 pm. Although our JBFC Kids Free Events go on hiatus during this time, our JBFC Kids screenings are year-round!
ARE THERE OTHER FAMILY PROGRAMS AT THE JBFC?
Yes! Through our JBFC Kids program, we offer a variety of campus-wide activities for families. We’ve made the theater-going experience more inviting for kids with monthly, family-friendly screenings at our five-theater cinema, and we offer a wide variety of courses, seminars, and camps year-round. Check out the JBFC Kids page on our website to stay up-to-date on all JBFC Kids screenings and events!
Can’t get enough JBFC? Check out our general film programming calendar to find out what movies will be playing the day of your visit.
JBFC Kids Free Events are proudly presented by JBFC Kids.
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