Hands-on Animation Workshops & More!

 

In addition to quality films, BAICFF offers children exciting hands-on learning. Our very popular workshops were developed by Academy Award-nominated animator Jim Capobianco and staffed by talented film & media students of Berkeley City College. A unique feature of BAICFF is our commitment to show the day’s workshop films on the big screen. This is a big highlight of the festival and always a lot of fun.

Workshop ticket information

Watch the video of our 2014 Clay Puppet, Pixilation, and Found Object Animation Workshops, or download it here.

BAICFF 2014 Clay Puppet, Found Object and Pixilation Workshop Video from Baicff Videos on Vimeo.

 BAICFF Workshop Descriptions

Clay Puppet Animation Workshop (Saturday only)

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Our most popular workshop! Decorate and film your very own, professional stop-motion puppet and take the puppet home with you. Spend the first half of the workshop personalizing your “actor” with googly eyes, buttons, feathers, etc. Then lights, camera, action – it’s time to make your puppet come alive. Use your imagination to place your little “actor” in a series of poses that add up to action!  After the festival, we post the final films for download so that every child has a copy. Each day we screen a sneak peek at workshop films toward the end of the festival program.


Date: Saturday, February 22, 2020
Start Times: 10:15a, 11:05a, 11:55a, 12:45p
Duration: 45 minutes
Age Range: 7 – 14 years old
Fee: $30
# of Children per Time-Slot: 4

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Short stop-motion animation created by children taking a workshop at the 4th annual Bay Area International Children’s Film Festival in 2012.

Stop-motion animation created by children taking a workshop at the 3rd annual Bay Area International Children’s Film Festival in 2011.

Pixilation & Foley Workshop (Saturday & Sunday)

What is Pixilation? It’s an animation technique that uses the most readily available tool at your disposal – your body! In this workshop, the participants are the actors. Just change your pose slightly from one photo frame to the next and you will magically fly around a room, ice skate, disappear and reappear in a different location, or almost anything else you can imagine!

You add the sound! In addition to creating your film using pixilation, you will then add your own sound effects in our Foley Sound workshop. We record you creating noises on our foley stage to the live playback of your pixilation film. We will provide a variety of noise making objects and props, you can even use your own mouth to make explosions – boom!, car engine noises – vroom! vroom! or other bips and boops.

After the festival, we post the final films for download so that every child has a copy. Each day we screen a sneak peek at workshop films toward the end of the festival program.


Date: Saturday, February 22 & Sunday, February 23, 2020 
Saturday Start Times: 10:15a, 11:00a, 11:45a, 12:30p
Sunday Start Times: 10:15a, 11:00a, 11:45a, 12:30p, 1:15p
Duration: 55 minutes
Age Range: 7 – 14 years old
Fee: $30
# of Children per Time-Slot: 4

REGISTRATION OPENS SOON!

Pixilation animation created by children taking a workshop at the 4th annual Bay Area International Children’s Film Festival in 2012.

Family Fun Stop-Motion Workshop (Sunday only)

Make objects come alive! Using found objects, children and their parents will create short stop-motion animated films. Select your objects and use your imagination to change their placement slightly from one photo frame to the next to tell a story. Watch the objects come alive as they disappear and reappear, travel from one side of the screen to the other, or magically create cool patterns and designs. After the festival, we post the final films for download so that every child has a copy. Each day we screen a sneak peek at workshop films toward the end of the festival program.


Date: Sunday, February 23, 2020
Start Times: 10:15a, 11:05a, 11:55a, 12:45p, 1:35p
Duration: 45 minutes
Age Range: 7 – 14 years old & up to two adults
Fee: $30
# of Children per Time-Slot: 4

REGISTRATION OPENS SOON!

Story Boarding Workshop – 2019 only

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How does Pixar do it? Come join Jason Katz, Coco’s Story Supervisor and Pixar veteran story artist introduce you to the world of  animation storytelling. Using the timeless “Once upon a time…” assignment given to many story trainees, Jason will instruct a little band of story artists in training to create their own story and storyboard.


Date: Saturday Feb. 16 & Sunday, Feb. 17
Start Time: Saturday at 1:30p / Sunday at 3:00 p
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Age Range: 7 – 14 years old
Fee: $15
# of Children per Time-Slot: 20

 

 

 

How to Be a Kid Critic: Media Education Workshop – Coco – 2019 only

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We’re delighted to work with Common Sense Media to present “How to Be a Kid Critic: Coco” at this year’s festival. Our children are consuming an enormous amount of media, often filled with conflicting information. “We can’t cover our kids’ eyes, but we can teach them to see,” said Common Sense Media’s founding editor in chief, Liz Perle. In this workshop, kids who’ve seen the movie “Coco” will learn what it means to evaluate media critically through discussion and hands-on activities based on Common Sense’s unique rating system.


Date: Sunday, February 17, 2019
Start Times: 2:30pm
Duration: 45 minutes
Age Range: 10 – 15 years old
Fee: $15
# of Children per Time-Slot: 15

 

IMAGINATION GARDEN

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The Imagination Garden at BACIFF 2019 is a pop-up play space where you can take a hands-on adventure in play, electronics, craft, and curious invention. From Paper Crafting to Curious Robots and Singing Plants, drop by throughout the festival for some curious crafting and invention.
Brought to you by The Festival of Curiosity, Ireland. An international festival of science, arts, design, and technology.

Date: Saturday and Sunday
Start Times: 10:30pm – til close
Duration: Drop in
Age Range: 05 – 105 years old
Fee: Free
# of Children per Time-Slot: Drop in