Belmont World Film is holding its 14th Annual Family Festival from January 13-16, 2017, at the Regent Theatre in Arlington, the Studio Cinema in Belmont, and the Brattle Theatre in Cambridge. Although some films are for people of any age, the majority of films are geared toward children age 3-12.
This year's festival, "Where Books Come Alive," features films based mostly on best-loved children's books, including MAKE WAY FOR DUCKLINGS, which is celebrating its 75th anniversary, and a new version of Johanna Spyri's HEIDI. Many of the films have subtitles, even the ones in English, which help to reinforce reading skills and a love of reading. The opening night event is particularly exceptional: the creative director of Wallace & Gromit in the UK will be giving a talk about clay animation after a screening of WALLACE & GROMIT: THE CURSE OF THE WERE RABBIT (he also served as a director on CHICKEN RUN and has just been named Animation Director for the upcoming EARLY MAN, another film by Nick Park). It also happens to be Martin Luther King Day weekend, so one of the programs is devoted completely to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.