December 15, 2015


The Maryland International Kids FilmFest – MIKFF – is an outgrowth of the children’s programming at the annual Frederick Film Festival -The F3- held each year in June – and a partnership with the Weinberg Center for the Arts. Since the beginning, the F3 has been dedicated to providing not only a unique film-going experience in the region by providing premiere films as well as films not likely to be screened in the area, but also providing children’s programming on Saturday mornings in the early years.

This portion of the F3’s programming was so popular that the festival organizers felt an entire weekend of great film should not just be reserved for adults, but be provided for the younger set as well. Often, films and programs aimed at children seem…childish. Not challenging. Safe. And far too often, not entertaining. Especially those constructed to be long commercials in the guise of young people’s programming.

The Maryland International Kids FilmFest is committed to bring high-quality, challenging, and, most importantly, ENTERTAINING movie programming…in the form of short films as well as feature length films…to the state. And we can pretty much guarantee that you’ll not see any film with a fast-food restaurant tie-in product.

The MIKFF also includes some workshops related to animation to give kids some hands on experience making their own form of animation, either video or in a historical construct. The aim is to show that creativity and moving pictures can be a part of every child’s life and is within everyone’s ability.

Other film events during the MIKFF will highlight the venue itself. The Weinberg Center for the Arts is an historic building and a jewel valued by the entire state and the festival is proud to have the opportunity to show movies in one of the grandest movie palaces in the area. Take some time to walk around the building while you’re here and discover what an extraordinary thing going to the movies once was.