8 Family Friendly Films and Workshops from the SF Film Festival

The SF Film Festival has more films and workshops during their 13 day run than fingers you can count. To make it easier to get through them all, we have created a list of the 8 films and workshops that we think look good for the whole family to enjoy.

We are the Radical Monarchs

This documentary follows the Radical Monarchs which is an Oakland based leadership troop with a focus on ally-ship, social justice, and activism. It navigates how the troop has handled the ever changing political climate of the last couple years. It will take place on Saturday April 13 at 1:00pm. The venue for this film is the Castro Theatre. Click the photo to buy your tickets.

Shorts 6: Family Films

Shorts 6 is an assortment of family films from around the world. There are 12 films with an average showtime of about 4 to 5 minutes each. It will take place on Saturday April 13 at 10:00am. It will be located at the Castro Theatre. Click the photo to buy your tickets.

Workshop for Kids: Stop Motion + LAIKA’s Missing Link

In this workshop, the creators of the films Boxtrolls and Coraline will give kids a sneak peak behind the scenes of their newest film “The Missing Link.” They will also get hands on experience with how to create a stop motion film. This workshop takes place on Sat. April 13 at 2:00pm. It will be located at the SFFilm Filmhouse. Click the photo to buy your tickets.

Knock Down the House

This documentary follows four women, one of which is Alexandria Ocasio Cortez, who ran grassroots political campaigns against well known and well seasoned male political figures. You can see it on Saturday April 13 at 7:30pm. It will be played at the Castro Theatre. Click the photo to buy your tickets.

A still from Knock Down The House by Rachel Lears, an official selection of the U.S. Documentary Competition at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival. Courtesy of Sundance Institute

Shorts 7: Youth Works

Shorts:7 is an assortment of short films by student all over the world. The list is expansive at just over 10 films. The films average about 4 to 6 minutes long. It takes place on April 14 at 12:30pm. You can see it at the Roxie Theatre. Click the photo to buy your tickets.

Well Groomed

This documentary follows the competitive world of dog grooming. This showing is different in that furry friends are welcome in the theatre. They have to be registered and must sit on the ground, but they do not require a ticket. You can see this documentary on Friday April 19 at 8:45 It is showing at Grand Lake Theatre. Click the photo to buy your tickets.

The Elephant Queen

This documentary film follows the journey of a herd of elephants. They are on the lookout for water. The directors lived in Kenya and filmed this herd for four years. It is recommended for children older than 8. Parents should also note that the “circle of life” will be depicted. It takes place on Saturday April 20 at 12:00pm. You can see it at Castro Theatre. Click the photo to buy your tickets.

A still from The Elephant Queen by Victoria Stone and Mark Deeble, an official selection of the Kids program at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival. Courtesy of Sundance Institute | photo by Janna Deeble.

Workshop for Kids: Creative Poetry + Film

In this workshop, the poetry that your kids create is brought to life through illustration. They will play poetry games and collaborate with other children. It takes place on Sat. April 20 at 1:30pm. It will take place at the SFFilm Filmhouse. Click the photo to buy your tickets.

As far as family films go, these are our picks. However, the festival has a lot more to offer in the way of workshops and films. We recommend taking a look at their site. Don’t forget to stop by the museum before or after your film to do some creating of your own!

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