By Diane Ako
It’s soon to be summer and families are looking for affordable fun for everyone! The award-winning UH Manoa KIDS FIRST! Film Festival, presented by Outreach College, is coming up on five Sundays in June and July.
KIDS FIRST! gives young people the excitement and thrill of attending a film festival just for them -- and because it's free of charge, it's accessible to the whole family. To add to the festivities, door prizes are awarded at all screenings.
The KIDS FIRST! Film Festival 2015 screens on Sundays, June 7, 14 and 28 and July 12 and 19 at 3 p.m. in the UH Manoa Art Auditorium (follow the balloons on campus; parking is free on Sundays). For complete information, visit www.summer.hawaii.edu/kidsfirst or call 956-9883. Parking on Sundays is free.
The line-up of animated and live-action feature films hail from Germany, Australia, France, The Netherlands, Ireland and the U.S. All films are in English.
June 7, 87 min, Ages 4+ • Maya the Bee Movie Animation/Australia, Germany/In English
June 14, 99 min, Ages 9+ • Belle and Sebastian Live Action/ France/Dubbed in English
June 28, 88 min, Ages 6+ • The Seventh Dwarf Animation/Germany/In English
July 12, 83 min, Ages 5+ • The Boxcar Children Animation/U.S./In English
Director/Producer DAN CHUBA In Person for a post-film Q&A, with book prizes provided by publisher Albert Whitman & Company.
July 19, 99 min, Ages 12+ • The Legend of Longwood Live Action. The Netherlands, Ireland, Germany/In English
Plus, the publisher of Gertrude Chandler Warner's classic will provide books as prizes. Dan Chuba is co-founder of Hammerhead Productions, which produced and created digital visual effects and animation on more than 100 major motion pictures. Recent credits include Hangover 3, Prometheus, 42, Hunger Games, Hansel & Gretel, and Fast & Furious.
The KIDS FIRST! Film Festival, a project of the Coalition for Quality Children’s Media, partners each year with over 150 venues nationwide, reaching an audience of more than one million people, making it the largest kids' film festival in the world. Curated locally by UH Manoa's Outreach College to appeal to Hawai‘i audiences, KIDS FIRST! films are free of gratuitous violence; race, gender, or religious bias; inappropriate content; and condescension towards children.
Age-appropriate groupings of films entertain through a balance of animation and live action, plus varied themes from different cultures. Parents, grandparents, friends and neighborhood kids -- everyone can enjoy the films because they're juried by kids, parents, teachers, and child advocates nationwide to qualify for the Festival.
The UH Manoa KIDS FIRST! Film Festival is supported in part by the Sidney Stern Memorial Trust. Special thanks to Shout! Factory Kids, Film Movement, Hammerhead Productions and publisher Albert Whitman & Company.