OAKLAND -- This weekend, the Chabot Space and Science Center is bringing another world of imagination and education to life.

For the first time, the center and the Bay Area International Children's Film Festival have teamed up to present the festival's sixth annual event.

"The two of us coming together is a great conjunction of the planets," said Jim Capobianco, the film festival's co-founder and Pixar writer, director and storyboard artist. "It's a great partnership. Hopefully, we'll be there for many years."

Titled "A Playdate for the Imagination," stirring up kids' curiosity and creative powers are the event's goals.

"I think (sparking kids' curiosity is) important because everything comes from creativity and imagination," Capobianco said.

Youngsters and parents can screen films from all over the world, including some with space themes. And children will have the opportunity to learn to make stop-motion and pixillation films. Before each day's afternoon feature, festival organizers will show the children's' films.

This year's films date from 1948 to 2013, with several getting a special mention from Capobianco and co-founder Shelley Trott. At 2:15 p.m. Saturday, director Mark Walsh will explain how Pixar made the computer-animated movie, "Partysaurus Rex."

"The Nightmare Before Christmas" celebrates 20 years since its first screening. The film was made in the Bay Area and after the 7:15 p.m. Saturday showing, filmmakers will host a question-and-answer session for moviegoers.

Other highlights include the movies "First Position" and "Shaun the Sheep." After the 3:45 p.m. Sunday showing of "First Position," attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions of Miko Fogarty, the main dancer in the film. After "Shaun the Sheep," which shows at 2:45 p.m. Sunday, director J.P. Vine will explain how the stop-motion animated film was made.

The 'Best of the Fest' includes Children's Choice winners from the past five festivals, Trott said.

Since it began in 2009, the festival has held workshops for more than 200 children and has presented more than 185 films. Film submissions come from all over the world, and the end result is a lineup of family friendly, culturally diverse works.

Films for different ages are in different time slots. In the morning on both days, the festival is screening films for all ages. In the afternoon, families can see films for children 7 years and older. Three films for ages 10 and up are being shown Saturday evening.

"Children love the fest and workshops," Trott said. "We have heard stories over the years about kids being inspired by workshops to create their own animated films at home."

Organizers expect about 1,000 people to attend this year's festival, which in its first year, attracted 300 attendees. Capobianco hopes the festival grows to three days or more in the future.

"I would love it to be the premier children's film festival in the Bay Area," he said.

IF YOU GO
What: "A Playdate for the Imagination," the sixth annual Bay Area International Children's Film Festival
When: Saturday and Sunday
Where: Chabot Space & Science Center, 10000 Skyline Boulevard, Oakland
Tickets (includes admission to the science center): adult guest, $25; youth guest, $14; weekend guest pass, $65 (up to two adults and two children); adult member, $15; youth member, $7; weekend member pass, $35 (up to two adults and two children); tickets can be purchased online or at the front desk the day of the event
Information: VisitorInfo@ChabotSpace.org, 510-336-7373