For Kids Only!

The Kids Film Festival launches in full this year with two days of fun workshops and movie screenings for kids ages 5-17! 

KID FILM FESTIVAL

Sponsored by KidsFirst.org, HTC Vive, Tom Speed-Transworld Business Advisors, and an anonymous donor

Two-Day Pass: $20 (includes snacks and meals, as well as all activities)

Powerhouse (413 South 14th St)

The Kid Film Festival will have two days of movies, workshops and Virtual Reality play for two age groups to participate in the festival and learn more about the moviemaking process.

Buy the pass here! 

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FILMS

All Kid Films are rated G unless otherwise indicated.

The Adventure of the Afternoon

Director: Vance Yang, Stella Huang

TRT: 8 min.       Country: Taiwan

The tale of a kind and freedom-loving boy who meets an unexpected friend on a beautiful afternoon. They start an adventure journey to discover the world.

Ages 5-10

Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

 

The Adventures of Catty Wompus

Director: Craig Comstock

TRT:  25 min.      Country: United States

Catty Wompus, an adventurous young girl, takes her three best friends on a quest to see a “musical” sandcastle. Once there, they’re magically transported inside with the help of their Super-Thinking-Noggin-Toppers and the powers of positive thinking.

Ages 5-10

Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

 

Agrinoui

Director: Alexis Chaviaras

TRT: 20 min.   Country: Cyprus

A young mare visits Cyprus to take part in races. Frustrated from failure, she abandons the racetrack after confronting her strict father. The mare will meet new friends who will try to help her find her lost courage.

Ages 5-10

Sunday, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m

 

The Amazing Wizard of Paws

Director: Bryan Michael Stoller

TRT: 1 hr 36 min.    Country: USA

What happens when you find out the family dog is actually 600 years old and was once owned by a great and powerful wizard? In this charming and magical adventure, young Bobby Spade and his faithful therapy dog, Ozzy, stumble upon an ancient wizard's mystical book of spells. The once shy boy and loveable canine are unprepared for what comes next as the two find themselves suddenly graced with extraordinary magical powers.

Ages 5-10

Sunday, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m

 

Ami

Director: Gonzalo San Vicente

TRT: 6 min.    Country: Germany

Little Ami finds out her mother must leave on a business trip. Mom tells her a white lie to appease her mind while she is away. Find out what happens when the innocent lie turns true in a way neither of them expected.

Ages 5-10

Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

 

The Boy by the Sea

Director: Vasily Chuprina

TRT:  7 min.      Country: Latvia/Netherlands

The story of an unlikely friendship. A young boy sitting by the sea, watching the stones he throws disappear beneath the surface. An old lighthouse keeper. A different truth beyond the water.

Ages 11-17

Sunday, 1:15 to 3:15 p.m.

 

Brand New Day

Director: Patricia Beckmann Wells

TRT:  4 min.     Country: United States

A narrative short without voice-over, set to the music of Big D and the Kid's Table. The song 'Brand New Day' is based on the solo by Brad in Rocky Horror Picture Show.

Ages 5-10

Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

 

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Director: Edward Ramsey-Morin (OFF Alum)

TRT:  3 min.      Country: United States

Matter and Energy, Mind and Spirit, Science and Magic.

Ages 11-17

Sunday, 1:15 to 3:15 p.m.

 

Dreamscope

Director: Anna Antonova

TRT:  7 min.   Country: India/United States/Russia

Have you ever thought about how children come up with such strange ideas and questions?

Ages 5-10

Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

 

Emilie

Director: Olivier Pesch

TRT:  17 min.    Country: Belgium

Emilie, a curious 7-year-old girl, and her father Marcel, a scientist very busy with his latest invention, live in a small house located at the entrance of a dump. Marcel does not really have time to attend to his daughter Emilie, who fulfills this absence by making sculptures using garbage.

Ages 5-10

Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

 

Eyes in the Back of Her Head

Director: Madison Durand

TRT:   4 min.     Country: United States

A little monster wonders if his well-meaning mother is hiding an unusual secret.

Ages 5-10

Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

 

Falling Up

Director: RJ Collins

TRT:  16 min.      Country: United States

One ordinary day, 10-year-old Charles Henry is delighted to discover that he has the ability to float. But when society pressures him to conform and fix his 'problem', he must find the courage to overcome what others think and embrace who he is.

Ages 11-17

Sunday, 1:15 to 3:15 p.m.

 

Freedom of the Press

Director: Robe Imbriano

TRT:   25 min.     Country: United States

This documentary examines the First Amendment's protection of a free press, the historic origins of this right, and the ramifications of the landmark ruling in New York Times v. United States, known as the Pentagon Papers case, in which the Supreme Court ruled that prior restraint is unconstitutional. Justice Hugo Black wrote: “Only a free and unrestrained press can effectively expose deception in government...”

Ages 11-17

Sunday, 1:15 to 3:15 p.m.

 

Ghost Beats

Director: Brent Barson

TRT:  3 min.      Country: United States

A ghost story about exclusion and acceptance, and the power of music and dance.

Ages 5-10

Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

 

Good Boy

Director: Rachel Beltran, Nicole Meyers

TRT:  7 min.     Country: United States

A hopeful man goes on a blind date with the woman of his dreams expecting to have the best night of his life. Things seem to be going perfect, until the night takes an unexpected turn.

Ages 11-17

Sunday, 1:15 to 3:15 p.m.

 

Homegrown

Director: Quentin Haberham

TRT:   9 min.    Country: United Kingdom

Francis raises his son like he cultivates his plants, shielded from harm, comfortable inside. However when the boy outgrows his father's protective confines, Francis must face an uncomfortable truth.

Ages 5-10

Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

 

I Am Dyslexic

Director: Mads Johan Øgaard & Katie Noel Wyman

TRT: 7 min.       Country: United Kingdom

The animated short film I Am Dyslexic expresses what it feels like to have a learning difference in our current school system.

Ages 11-17

Sunday, 1:15 to 3:15 p.m.

 

Insta-Tree

Director: Isaiah Ferguson

TRT:  3 min.      Country: United States

An animated "commercial" that advertises an all new growing alternative to vegetation.

Ages 5-10

Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

 

I've Just Had A Dream

Director: Javier Navarro

TRT:   8 min.     Country: Spain

Irene is eight and she just woke up from a horrible dream.

Ages 11-17

Sunday, 1:15 to 3:15 p.m.

 

Kukuschka

Director: Dina Velikovskaya

TRT:  9 min.      Country: Russia

Kukuschka is a bird, who follows the sun. It seems to her as if she already could touch it, but the sun is still far away. Suddenly she is not alone anymore, but for two it is even more difficult to keep going so fast.

Ages 11-17

Sunday, 1:15 to 3:15 p.m.

 

Light Sight

Director: Seyed M. Tabatabaei

TRT:  7 min.     Country: Iran

M.E., the imprisoned character in a room, is attracted to a hanging light and tries to catch it. But the room itself becomes an obstacle on his way.

Ages 11-17

Sunday, 1:15 to 3:15 p.m.

 

Loop

Director: Ryan Beard, Stephen Gentry, Eli Hall

TRT:  3 min.     Country: United States

In the future technology of virtual reality, a man breaks the law to experience the thrill of other worlds.

Ages 11-17

Sunday, 1:15 to 3:15 p.m.

 

Man's Best Friend

Director: Rob Sprackling

TRT:  8 min.     Country: United Kingdom

10-year-old Zach loves his football, and his football loves him back. They enjoy playing in the garden, going to the park and spending time together, just like a boy with a faithful dog. But when his ball gets lost, Zach must team up with his neglected Mum, to find his best friend.

Ages 5-10

Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

 

Meerkat Moonship

Director: Hanneke Schutte

TRT: 1 hr. 37 min.  Country: South Africa

Timid, wildly imaginative 13-year-old Gideonette de La Rey learns that the name she was given comes with it a horrible curse. After her father dies, Gideonette is paralyzed by fear and is sent to live on a farm with her grandparents where she befriends a young deaf boy who is “training” to become an astronaut and preparing to fly away in a Moonship that Gideonette’s grandfather had built.

Ages 11-17

Saturday, 1:15 to 3:15 p.m.

 

Otter of the Underground

Director: Christina Jean Benenati

TRT:   5 min.     Country: United States

When their gold mine experiences a mysterious power outage, Otter and Mole's journey to restore the mine spirals into a wild adventure.

Ages 5-10

Saturday, 9:30 am - 12:30 p.m.

 

A Message for Brazey

Director: Jared D. Weiss (OFF Alum)

TRT:   2 min.     Country: United States

Brazey gets a phone call.

Ages 11-17

Sunday, 1:15 to 3:15 p.m.

 

Not One of Us

Director: Bill Jarcho

TRT: 9 min.       Country: United States

When a small tribe of green natives are conquered by a ’superior” orange race, things go from bad to worse for everyone involved.

Ages 11-17

Sunday, 1:15 to 3:15 p.m.

 

Picnic Perfect

Director: Cal Thacher

TRT:   5 min.     Country: United States

A young girl arranges an elaborate picnic for her 92-year-old great-grandmother but, for one reason or another, things do not go as planned.

Ages 5-10

Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

 

Pieces of War

Director: Joey Blackburn

TRT:   4 min.     Country: United States

The trials and strategies of war told through a game of chess.

Ages 11-17

Sunday, 1:15 to 3:15 p.m.

 

Plastic is Forever

Director: Dylan D'Haeze

TRT:  20 min.      Country: United States

An in-depth look at plastic pollution from a kid's perspective. What kids can do to solve the problem?

Ages 11-17

Sunday, 1:15 to 3:15 p.m.

 

Polka Dott

Director: Cynthia Pepper

TRT:  7 min.      Country: United States

Dott has a wild and wonderful imagination. She likes to be silly and she enjoys a good homonym. She can "knot" say "know" to ice cream. Sometimes she imagines being a very spoiled princess. Occasionally she plays the flute with a hummingbird. Every so often, she floats like a mermaid up into a tree. Then Dott gets another idea: How about a party?

Ages 5-10

Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

 

Saving Santa

Director: Keith O’Grady

TRT: 17 min.    Country: United Kingdom

Ruby Fair is still dealing with her mother's death when she comes across a seemingly destitute man in the street: a street drinker who bears a striking resemblance to Santa Claus. Despite his protestations, she takes great comfort in helping him.

Ages 11-17

Saturday, 1:15 to 3:15 p.m.

 

Sneaky

TRT:  6 min.   

Boy loses cat. Boy meets girl.

Ages 11-17

Sunday, 1:15 to 3:15 p.m.

 

Stars

Director: Han Zhang

TRT:  5 min.      Country: United States

Grandpa and grandson are street sellers selling stars in a town near the shore. One night, they run out of the stars.

Ages 5-10

Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

 

The Teacher and the Flower

Director: Daniel Irabien

TRT:   9 min.     Country: Mexico

In a selfish and violent world, where everyone is against everyone, a teacher finds refuge taking care of a delicate flower, to which he tells his dreams and desires. Nevertheless, one day he stumbles upon a young woman, and falls in love with her. Without money and not much else to offer, he decides to give this young woman his most precious possession in an attempt to win her heart.

Ages 5-10

Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

 

The Trumpeter

Director: Raul Morales Reyes

TRT:   10 min.     Country: Mexico

A trumpet player is trapped in an army marching band in the epitome of authoritarian control and fear. His nature prevents him from playing the note he is being told to play, and he is punished as a consequence. In his recurring arrest and, after engaging in a musical dialogue, he recognizes his creative power; it is in his confinement where he finds freedom to play his own music.

Ages 5-10

Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

 

Water Path for a Fish

Director: Mercedes Marro

TRT:    8 min.    Country: Spain

It is a starry night when Oscar sees from his window... a little goldfish jumping in a dirty puddle! Two cats are watching from the shadows.

Ages 5-10

Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

 

Whale Rider

Rating: PG-13

Director: Niki Caro

TRT:  1 hr. 41 min. Country: New Zealand

A contemporary story of love, rejection and triumph as a young Maori girl fights to fulfill a destiny her grandfather refuses to recognize.

Sunday, 3:15 to 5:00 p.m.

 

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WORKSHOPS

 

Easy Movie Magic Costumes with Andi Bedsworth

Sunday, 9:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. (Ages 11-17)

(photo credit Bruce Newman)

 

Transform bubble wrap, corrugated cardboard, boxes, cast off clothes, and more to create fun costumes with little money but big on personality. Participants will get lots of ideas from sample costume ideas and have a chance to create some fun costume accessories to take home.

 

Andi Sherrill Bedsworth is a costume designer and mixed media fiber artist originally from South Louisiana. She currently owns her own business, Art To Go LLC, a mobile art teaching business that takes her and her assistants to various locations in North Mississippi to instruct children and adults in art and sewing.


 

I Can Make a Movie! with Bobby Thompson

Saturday, 9:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. (Ages 11-17)

Sunday, 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. (Ages 5-10)

 

Learn how to tell a story by making it into a movie. We’ll use the simplest of tools and explain how to tell a story in the new digital age. Topics covered include story structure, how to use a phone/tablet or small camera, lights, sound and editing. At the end of the class, participants will get to see the movie they helped make.

 

Bobby Thompson has been a full-time freelance photographer and filmmaker for nineteen years. Based in the Midwest, his work has won awards and screened in festivals across the country. As one of the earliest adopters of both digital still photography and digital filmmaking, he is a frequent panelist, guest lecturer, and workshop leader at festivals, universities, and professional groups on numerous topics.

 

Lobaki Inc. Virtual Reality Workshop

Saturday, 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. (Ages 5-10)

The VR Academy has been designed to provide students an immersive introduction to Virtual Reality and the tools and techniques used to create VR experiences. The exciting aspect of creating VR experiences is that not everyone has to have a computer science interest or be a coder. Kid Film Fest participants will learn through a half-day workshop about the beginning tools of VR.

 

Based in Clarksdale, Mississippi, Lobaki Inc. explores Virtual Reality technologies through social entrepreneurship.