A two-day adventure into the world of cinema invites young minds to enjoy the best that international cinema has to offer with the Tumbleweeds Film Festival. Utah Film Center is once again hosting the event, which runs September 23-25 at the Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center. One of the only film festivals geared toward children, the festival was created with the hope that young attendees will turn into the next generation of cinephiles.
“I am always amazed by the wonderful, international crop of films made for younger audiences and am delighted to bring the best to Utah,” said Utah Film Center Artistic Director Patrick Hubley. “This year’s Tumbleweeds program, which is our most diverse to date, includes films from Israel, South Korea and Mongolia, all countries that have not been represented in past festival lineups.”
Some of the titles selected for the festival include Sundance Kids favorite The Eagle Huntress, the much-anticipated The Little Prince, and the heart-warming classic Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory. This year’s audience can choose from 15 feature films, three shorts programs, four workshops and one panel discussion. Utah Film Center has also created the Kids’ Clubhouse, full of activities combining visual content and active play. Come for the classic favorites and stay for the new, foreign gems.
“Recent data compiled by the National Endowment of the Arts shows Utah leads the nation in moviegoing,” Utah Film Center Executive Director Elisabeth Nebeker said. “To continue this trend, this year’s Tumbleweeds lineup provides our younger audiences with quality storytelling told on film from around the world and nurtures audiences to value and understand the power of film in sharing new places, people, ideas and cultures.”
For more information on tickets and showtimes, visit http://www.utahfilmcenter.org/twds2016/.