The Santa Barbara Intl. Film Festival will launch its first Kids Film Festival on Oct. 3-5 as a “festival for the children, by the children.”
Mara Wilson, young star of such pics as “Mrs. Doubtfire,” “Miracle on 34th Street” and the recent “A Simple Wish,” will serve as spokeswoman for the fest, which will involve kids as associate producers and participants, not just as audiences.
In addition to screenings and Q&A sessions moderated by Santa Barbara high school students, two seminars will take place Oct. 4: “Kids on Acting,” in which current child actors will discuss their experiences in the film industry, and “Kids Talk About Violence in the Media,” a discussion in which local high schoolers will take part.
The annual Santa Barbara Festival runs March 5-15.