Last year, the Utah Film Center kicked off the inaugural Tumbleweeds Children's Film Festival—a film fest full of independent, kid-friendly flicks. And now that we've had a taste, we're more excited for this year's festival later this month.
This year's films include 11 features and 14 shorts from seven countries and in five different languages (films screened in foreign languages include a subtitle narrator for young movie-goers).
Spy Hop Productions will also hold film workshops for the young film enthusiasts. And screenings will be held March 23 through 25 at these locations: Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center (138 W. Broadway, SLC), Spy Hop Productions (511 W. 200 South #100, SLC), The City Library (210 E. 400 South)
All screening tickets are $6, and workshops are $30 and are available starting March 5 at arttix.org
Here is this year's lineup—opening and closing night films are TBA. Click here for times and locations of films, as well as workshop information.
Amazing Animations, ages six and up
A collection of short animated films, including one about a dog who becomes best friends with his tail and another featuring a pigeon that sabotages a secret mission. Fun, inventive and like nothing else you've seen.
Aurelie Laflamme's Diary, ages 12 and up (French with English subtitles)
Directed by Christian Laurance, young Aurelie Laflamme begins to suspect she's actually an alien.
Bacalar, ages nine and up (Spanish with English subtitles)
A Mexican film by director Patricia Arriaga-Jordan about two friends who attempt to rescue endangered wolf cubs from animal smugglers.
A Cat in Paris, ages eight and up (French with English subtitles)
An Academy Award nominee for Best Animated Film, this animated film follows a nighttime adventure across the rooftops of Paris.
Circus Dreams, ages eight and up
A documentary about the young acrobats, clowns and performers of Circus Smirkus, the USA's only travelling youth circus—directed by Signe Taylor.
Friends Forever, ages four and up
Johnny the Mouse, Charlie the Rooster and Percy the Pig learn the value of friendship when they go to rescue their friend in this animated adventure by directors Toney Loeser and Theresa Strozyk.
The Letter for the King, ages eight and up (Dutch with English subtitles)
The fate of an entire kingdom rests on the shoulders a of a medieval teen, who must evade his enemies to deliver s very important letter. Directed by Pieter Verhoerff.
Louder Than a Bomb, ages 13 and up
Greg Jacobs and Jon Siskel's documentary about four groups of students preparing and competing in one of the country's biggest youth poetry slams.
The Magician, ages seven and up
Aspiring young magician Ben investigages the disappearnace of his best friend Sylvie in this charming family film by director Joram Lursen
Moonbeam Bear & His Friends, ages four and up
Moonbeam Bear and his friends help Mr. Moon return to the night's sky in this delightful animated film. Directed by Thomas Bodenstein and Mike Maurus.
Tiger Team, ages eight and up
Bigi, Luk and Patrick are the Tiger Team, and in this film by director Peter Gersina, the boys race to unlock an age-old palace of riches hidden in a mountain in China.