Children’s Film Festival Kicks off Thursday

Published 3:59 pm Tuesday, June 14, 2011

By Alison McFerrin

The Selma Times-Journal

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A movie theatre ticket can cost $10 or more, but a movie at the 2nd Annual Selma Children’s Film Festival is free.

“It’s open for everyone — churches, daycare — just something to get the kids out to do and see,” LaFawnda Watson said. Watson is with the Selma Children’s Museum, which is hosting this three-day event at the Larry D. Striplin Performing Arts Center.

“We’re showing back-to-back children’s films, all (rated) G,” Watson said. To tie in with the “Year of Alabama Music” events, each movie shown will be a musical, including films like Happy Feet and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.

Watson said they are expecting a big turnout.

“Some paper in Atlanta called me and they wanted to put it in there,” said Watson, who also got a call from a woman in Ohio about the festival. She said a lot of interest has been generated by the event being posted on the Year of Alabama Music webpage.

“Obviously a lot of people like music, and they want to come to Alabama,” Watson said.

Movies will be shown on Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Children nine and younger must be accompanied by an adult, and all ages are welcome.

Refreshments will also be available. ”You can’t go to a movie without popcorn,” Watson said.

Movies include:


Fantasia, 10:30 a.m.

Cats Don’t Dance, 11:45 a.m.

Annie, 1:10 p.m.

Babe, 2:45 p.m.

Babe, Pig in the City, 4:25 p.m.


Aladdin, 10:30 a.m.

The Wiz, 12:05 p.m.

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, 2:20 p.m.

The Princess and the Frog, 4:20 p.m.


The Lion King, 10:30 a.m.

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, 12:05 p.m.

Happy Feet, 2 p.m.

Justin Bieber “Never Say Never,” 4 p.m.