Thanks for participating in our 18th Annual Family Festival (and our first virtual one)!

January 15-24, 2021

This year’s Family Festival took place completely online, enabling audience members to view these wonderful films in the comfort and safety of their own homes. We also held several well-attended workshops, including a Junior Film Critics Workshop conducted by renowned film and theater critic Joyce Kulhawik and Boston Globe film critic Ty Burr and three model-making workshops with Aardman Animation’s senior model maker, creators of the Wallace & Gromit films and more. We even hosted several filmmaker Q&As!

Belmont World Film’s Family Festival is a must-attend event for families with children ages 3-12, offering some of the world’s most significant films for children that provide a window into the lives of children around the world, as well as filmmaking workshops that will enrich your children’s lives. Since most films are based on international children’s books and feature subtitles, it helps children develop a love of books and reading, not to mention helping to increase reading fluency.

Belmont World Film’s Virtual Family Festival Audience Award Winners

The Best Feature Film Audience Award went to the Dutch film Summer with Rana by Sanne Vogel, a thoughtful story about two 10 year old girls—one the daughter of a journalist covering the Syrian Civil War, and the other a Syrian refugee living in a nearby camp in the Dutch countryside—who develop a strong and unlikely friendship during one summer, which made its North American premiere at the festival. Several audience members commented that although they enjoyed all the films in the festival, Summer with Rana was a film that resonated strongly with them. 

The Best Short Film Audience Award went to Zog by two-time Oscar-nominated director Max Lang and Daniel Snaddon, based on the picture book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler (The Gruffalo) about a keen but accident prone dragon who learns how to fly, roar, breathe fire, and save a princess during his first year at Dragon School. The UK-based directors are also in this year’s Oscar race for their version of Donaldson’s The Snail and the Whale, shown at last year’s Family Festival.

2021 Family Festival Sponsors

Thanks to the following organizations for their generous grants:




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