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The Bay Area International Children's Film Festival Finds New Home at Chabot Space & Science Center

Oakland CA, August 21, 2013 - Chabot Space & Science Center and the Bay Area International Children's Film Festival (BAICFF) have entered a partnership agreement to host the 6th annual film festival at the science center, located in Oakland. The film festival has gained a reputation for screening engaging cinematic works and conducting popular film education workshops specifically for the young and the young at heart.

Touted as a festival where "education and imagination collide," the event presents animated, live-action, short, and feature length films. Interested applicants throughout the globe are encouraged to submit entries through October 31, 2013. The festival attracts submissions from the international community culminating in a full line-up of high-quality family-friendly, culturally-diverse films.

Held over a two-day weekend, the popular festival also hosts hands-on cinema workshops for visitors. Past workshop topics have included sand animation, zoetrope building, pixilation and Claymation. BAICFF has presented over 185 films and held workshops for over 200 children designed to introduce kids to the world of animation and live-action filmmaking.

Founded as a school fundraiser by Pixar Story Artist, Jim Capobianco, the festival has grown over the years and was looking to stretch its wings. Chabot Space & Science Center has been a leader in offering engaging STEM and STEAM activities in the community for many decades. Home to activities, classes, and exhibits that cater to both youth and adults, Chabot is poised to host an event of this nature which turns interest and inquest into experiential exploration guided by leaders and innovators in the industry.

"The Chabot Space and Science Center is a natural partner for BAICFF," said Jim Capobianco, Pixar Story Artist and Founder of BAICFF. "Both organizations aim to educate and inspire children of all ages. We are thrilled to explore uncharted horizons and expand our education and film programming universe with the Chabot team."

The festival runs January 25 & 26, 2014. Chabot Space & Science Center has a full-dome planetarium and Imax style theatre available for screening so visitors can expect a fully immersive feel. Visit the Bay Area International Children's Festival website at baicff.com for more information on how to submit a film.

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Media Contact: Autumn King, (510) 336-7306 or AKing@ChabotSpace.org

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About Chabot Space & Science Center

Chabot Space & Science Center is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit interactive science center whose mission is to inspire and educate students of all ages about Planet Earth and the Universe. Located in the Oakland hills, the Center focuses on the earth, life, physical and astronomical sciences, with a 128-year legacy of serving Bay Area communities through exhibits, public programs, school field trips, science camps, teacher training, teen development programs and community outreach; hosts 50,000 students on school field trips and over 115,000 public visitors each year; and offers over 20,000 sq ft of interactive exhibits on a variety of space and science subjects, a world-class planetarium, school classes on over 30 different science topics, hands-on science activities, state-of-the-art classrooms and labs and publicly-available research-level telescopes.

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Chabot Space & Science Center, a Smithsonian affiliate, and Bay Area Certified Green Business, is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit interactive science center whose mission is to inspire and educate students of all ages about Planet Earth and the Universe. Founded in 1883, the Center is located at 10000 Skyline Blvd. just off Highway 13 in the Oakland hills. For more information, visit www.chabotspace.org.

Bay Area International Children's Film Festival was founded in January 2009 when The Renaissance School and Screen 360: Films for Children of the World produced the first Bay Area International Children's Film Festival in the San Francisco East Bay. The festival began as a creative community event to support educational programs that foster global understanding and cultural exchange. BAICFF has since produced five annual film festivals, presented over 185 family-friendly films of high artistic value from around the world, and held workshops for over 200 children designed to introduce kids to the world of animation and live-action filmmaking.