2018 Film Festival

Special Events — From Reel to Real!

Finding the Story in History

Come, learn, and film a short video or animation with the Kentucky Historical Society program POV (Point of View). Examine the real Kentucky stories behind various primary sources and touchable artifacts. Then try on historic costume pieces and work with others to practice simple animation and/or filming techniques using iPads (provided) to create your own short video stories inspired by history.

Venue: Clifton Center
Date: Saturday, February 24th, 2018
Time: 9:00 AM

Music Videomaking

Making/Editing a music video workshop with Patrick Fitzgerald of Beargrass Media and friends. We will record a song during the concert with kids operating multiple cameras and assisting with editing a multi-camera concert footage video into a music video.

Free of charge with purchase of screening ticket for Dan Zanes & Friends Concert, but limited to first eight to register.

Venue: The Louisville Palace
Date: Saturday, February 24th, 2018
Time: 1:00 PM

Make a Movie/See a Movie!

Open screen workshop with Patrick Fitzgerald of Beargrass Media and friends. We will record short acting scenes with walk-in child actors. The camera crew and editing crew will be children who work on local school broadcasts.

Venue: U of L Rauch Planetarium
Date: Sunday, February 25th, 2018
Time: 1:00 PM

Pyjama Party

Wear your PJs and bring your pillow to see 13 of the best short films and animations from around the world for ages 3 and up from the 2017 New York International Children’s Film Festival. Films either in English or without dialogue. Games and crafts for children by Play Cousins.

Venue: The Grand Theater in New Albany
Date: Sunday, February 25th, 2018
Time: 1:30 PM (Doors Open)

Special Talk after Ballet Boys

Q&A with Robert Curran, Artistic Director and Executive Director of Louisville Ballet, Helen Daigle, Brandon Ragland, and Ryan Stokes, all principal dancers with the company. Louisville Ballet Trainees, Trevor Williams and Xavier Pelin will also discuss about the movie, will talk about their work and challenges they encountered along the way. It’s a must-attend for a full movie experience.

Venue: Village 8 Theatres
Date: Sunday, February 25th, 2018
Time: 4:30 PM

Green Screen Workshop

Green Screen Workshop for children with students in broadcasting from Kammerer Middle School.

Make the movies of your imaginations: dragons, beaches, ghosts, or Mars. Wherever you want to go, whatever you want to see, it can be part of your movie. We’ll show you how to use what you already have to make a green screen movie with spectacular results. No special supplies need.

Venue: American Printing House for the Blind
Date: Monday, February 26th, 2018
Time: 2:00 PM

Meet the Maker

This film is based on true events(!) and was funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities. Louise Van Lew is a 12-year-old living in Richmond, Virginia, with her aunt during the final days of the Civil War. Her aunt’s anti-war, anti-slavery views make things difficult for Louise, but when a suspicious Confederate general comes to search the house for an escaped Yankee, she is forced to take sides. The Director Nell Cox, will present the screening and lead discussion following the film.

Venue: American Printing House for the Blind
Date: Monday, February 26th, 2018
Time: 5:30 PM

Film Schedule

Saturday, February 24th

10 a.m. – Clifton Center – The Breadwinner – Co-sponsored by Carmichael’s Kids
10 a.m. – Iroquois Branch, LFPL – ¡Viva NYICFF! – FREE
2 p – Louisville Palace – Kickoff Concert with Dan Zanes & Friends
5 p.m. – LFPL Main Branch – Swim Team – USA Documentary – Co-presented with the Louisville Free Public Library – FREE

Sunday, February 25th

12:30 p.m. – Speed Museum – Louise by the Shore – France-Canada, in French (English subtitles) – Co-sponsored by French Cultural Services and the Speed Museum – FREE
2 p.m. – UofL Planetarium – Longing and Belonging – Best of Seattle Children’s Film Fest
2 p.m. – South Central Branch, LFPL – Shine On – Best of the Seattle Children’s Film Fest – FREE
2 p.m. – Grand Theater – Kids Flix 1 – Best of the Fest from New York International Children’s Film Festival
4:30 p.m. – Village 8 Theatres – Ballet Boys – Co-presented with Louisville Ballet and the Louisville Ballet School
7 p.m. – Village 8 Theatres – Belle and Sebastian – France (dubbed in English) – Co-Sponsored by Louisville Jewish Film Festival

Monday, February 26th

4 p.m. – American Printing House for the Blind – Traitor in my House – FREE
5 p.m. – Southwest Branch, LFPL – On the Way to School – France, Mexico / In Swahili, Spanish, Arabic, Hindi (English subtitles) – FREE

Film Guidance

LCFF films are not always appropriate for all ages. To help parents make informed decisions about what their children see and to provide context for discussions, LCFF film listings include recommended ages, notes on thematic elements, and descriptions of potentially challenging content.


American Printing House for the Blind
1839 Frankfort Ave, Louisville

Clifton Center
2117 Payne St., Louisville

Louisville Free Public Library — Main Branch
301 York St., Louisville

LFPL – Southwest Branch
9725 Dixie Highway, Louisville

LFPL – Iroquois Branch
601 W. Woodlawn Ave., Louisville

LFPL – South Central Branch
7300 Jefferson Boulevard, Louisville

Speed Art Museum
2035 South Third St., Louisville

University of Louisville Planetarium
106 W Brandeis Ave., Louisville

Louisville Palace
625 S. 4th St., Louisville

Village 8 Theatres
4014 Dutchmans Ln #16, Louisville

Grand Theater
138 E Market St., New Albany, IN