Thursday, January 7, 2016

USA Film Festival Announces KidFilm schedule

The USA Film Festival just released the schedule of events for the 32nd annual KidFilm® Festival taking place Saturday, January 23 and Sunday, January 24, 2016 at the Angelika Film Center. KidFilm is the oldest and largest-attended children’s film festival in the United States, featuring an entertaining, educational, and diverse line-up of new and classic films for both children and adults. This year, the Festival pays tribute to favorite children's book authors, celebrates diversity, the power of music and rhyming, classic fairy tales, magical journeys, and salutes environmental activism with a program featuring live action and animation, short films and feature-length works for audiences of any age. Tickets for all shows are FREE for children & adults! Programs are free but you must have a ticket for admission; Tickets and seating are limited. Tickets for all shows are available day of show only, beginning one hour before each showtime. For additional information, please call the USA Film Festival at 214-821-FILM (3456) or visit The Angelika Film Center is located at 5321 E. Mockingbird Lane at Central Exp, Dallas.

Highlights of this year’s program include: 􀁹

A Tribute to author Kate McMullan and illustrator Jim McMullan. The program will include screenings of several of the McMullan’s books adapted for the screen including I’m Dirty!, I Stink!, I’m Fast! and I’m Brave! followed by a reading with the audience of their new book, “I’m Cool!” FREE copies of “I’m Cool!” will be distributed at the show (while supplies last). After the on-screen program, the McMullans will sign books for the audience.

A Tribute to actor/author Taye Diggs and illustrator Shane Evans. The program will include a “Read-Along” presentation of Digg’s new book, “Mixed Me!” with illustrations by Evans. FREE copies of “Mixed Me!” will be distributed at the show (while supplies last). Following the reading, Diggs and Evans will sign books for the audience.

A Tribute to singer/songwriter Lisa Loeb with a “Sing-Along” performance by Loeb featuring past favorites from her children’s releases and selections from her new CD of classic nursery rhymes, “Nursery Rhyme Parade!” FREE copies of “Nursery Rhyme Parade!” will be distributed at the show (while supplies last). After the program Lisa will sign mini posters for all kids.

A Tribute to author Katherine Paterson, award-winning author of contemporary classic young adult novels “Bridge to Terabithia” and “The Great Gilly Hopkins.” The KidFilm program will include a sneak preview of the new live-action feature film The Great Gilly Hopkins, starring Julia Stiles, Kathy Bates, Glenn Close, Billy Magnussen, Octavia Spencer, Bill Cobbs and Sophie Nélisse (The Book Thief) as Gilly Hopkins. An on-stage Q&A with Katherine Paterson and David Paterson (screenwriter) will follow the screening.

New animated feature films to be presented include the much-anticipated Kung Fu Panda 3 in 3D, the adventurous heroic tale Albert: Up, Up, and Away! (Denmark), and the hilariously surreal anime Satellite Girl and Milk Cow (South Korea). KidFilm is an annual outreach program of the USA Film Festival/Dallas, a 501c3 nonprofitorganization dedicated to the recognition and promotion of excellence in the film and video arts. Honorary Co-Chairs for KidFilm are USA Film Festival.