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FILM | Rochester International Children's Film Festival 

Now in its 10th year, the Rochester International Children's Film Festival is a free annual program of award-winning shorts that highlight the best of family-friendly filmmaking from around the world, with an emphasis on non-violent and socially conscious messages. From potato-shaped aliens to escaped toys and street-sweeping elephants, this year's films are sure to capture the imaginations of budding cinephiles and demonstrate enough artistic quality to entertain movie lovers of all ages.

Included in the hour-long program of 10 short films, this year's festival will feature a screening of "Our Hopes and Dreams," a short animated film made by local children enrolled in the Maplewood YMCA Afterschool Program, as part of a hands-on workshop on animation hostel by the festival in partnership with Animatus Studio. Attendees will also be able to take part in a host of educational arts-and-crafts activities following each of the festival screenings. In an effort to make the films accessible to anyone who wishes to see them, the festival will be touring area public libraries beginning this Thursday, April 2, (at Arnett Branch Library, 310 Arnett Boulevard) and continuing throughout the month of April. For more information and a complete schedule of screenings, visit


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