San Joaquin Film Society
2nd San Joaquin Children's Film Festival
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Welcome to a festival for the young and the young-at-heart! The San Joaquin Film Society, presenter of the annual San Joaquin International Film Festival (SJIFF), presents the 2nd San Joaquin Children's Film Festival, April 21s & 22nd at the Janet Leigh Theatre on the campus of University of the Pacific.

Engage with a selection of new, innovative and award-winning films from master directors and new talents. This year spotlights the extraordinary world of French animated cinema, featuring three of the most internationally-successful children's films from France of recent years: ›› A Cat in Paris ‹‹," the 2012 Academy Award nominee for Best Animated Feature Film is the Opening Day Feature. As April 22nd is Earth Day, the festival's Centerpiece highlights the new English-language version of the adventurous and meaningful ›› Mia and the Migoo ‹‹ . World-renown auteur Michel Ocelot's latest work, the enchanting ›› Tales of the Night ‹‹ , will close the festival, with attendees encouraged to dress up as princesses and princes, queens and kings (winners will be selected; prizes will be bestowed). ›› It's a Small World ‹‹ - the globe-spanning shorts program of films from Australia, Denmark, The Netherlands, Norway, Russia, UK and USA will compete for audience-voted and juried awards.

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Festival is open to the public. Discounts are available for Film Society members, seniors 65+, students 26 and under, kids 12 and under, and groups. Foreign-language films will have English subtitles.


Press Room

Apr. 2012 - eBook of Festival Guide, 2nd San Joaquin Children's Film Festival - open book
Mar. 29, 2012 - 2nd San Joaquin Children's Film Festival unveils Official Selections - read press release


In the News

Lodi News
April 20, 2012 "The Dreamer behind the San Joaquin International Film Festival" by Lauren Nelson (read article)

The Record
April 19, 2012 "Children's film festival is a tribute to founder's love affair with cinema" by Lori Gilbert (read article)


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Festival Schedule

Saturday, April 21, 2012

1:30pm -
It's a Small World - Shorts Program

3:30pm - Opening Day Feature
"A Cat in Paris"


Sunday, April 22, 2012

1:00pm -
It's a Small World - Shorts Program

3:00pm - Earth Day Centerpiece
"Mia and the Migoo"


5:30pm - Closing Night Film
"Tales of the Night"



Films in English

"Mia and the Migoo"
"The Girl and the Fox"
"Mandarin Peel"
"Play by Play"
"The Storyteller"

Other films are either in a Foreign Language and has English subtitles, or are without dialogue.


Pick up a Guide

In Stockton, printed festival guides are available at the following locations:

Cancun Restaurant
135 East Miner Avenue

Cocoro Restaurant
2105 Pacific Avenue

Downtown Stockton Alliance
343 East Main Street

The Haggin Museum
1201 N. Pershing (at Victory Park)

Janet Leigh Theatre
on Pacific's campus

Mexican Heritage Center
111 S. Sutter

Stockton Empire Theatre
1825 Pacific

University Plaza Waterfront Hotel
110 W. Fremont

In Modesto, at:
The State Theatre
1307 J Street

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