Children can learn about cultural diversity at the First International Film Festival for Children!
The Hickory International Council and the Footcandle Film Society of Catawba County are presenting the first International Film Festival for Children (IFFC) on Saturday, May 11 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the S.A.L.T. Block Auditorium. This event a One World One Community Festival and is an extension of the annual International Spring Fest events. This year, the emphasis is on children in kindergarten through high school.
The main mission of the HIC is to help Hickory become more international. “It is important to highlight cultures from outside the United States and work together to understand and accept the similarities and differences” said Hani Nassar, the HIC Chair.
The 2013 IFFC films to be shown at the event include Red Balloon, a short movie from France, Ponyo, a Japanese feature movie, Children of Heaven, a feature movie from Iran, as well as one or two additional short movies. The morning will be dedicated to kindergarten through fifth graders, and the afternoon for those in grade six through high school. During the event there will be some international activities, such as Origami, magician shows, and internationally themed bingo. And, best of all, the event is free to the public.
Additionally, the HIC incorporated children into the event by having the 2013 IFFC logo designed by Meadow Frye, a fifth grader at Shuford Elementary School in Conover. The 2014 IFFC logo competition rules will be announced at this year’s Festival.
The mission of the HIC is to act as a forum for the local and global international community and to act as a liaison between that community and the city government in order to promote goodwill, mutual understanding, cooperation, and respect among citizens.