Finding positive, age-appropriate entertainment is a challenge for many families with young children. Enter the 2011 Kids First! Film Festival series in June and the Families of the World Film Festival in July, both presented by the Outreach College at UH Mānoa.
Kids First! Film Festival
The Kids First! festival is a project of the Coalition for Quality Children’s Media, whose mission is to teach children critical viewing skills and to increase the visibility and availability of quality children’s media.
Shown free of charge, the films aren’t condescending to children and are free from gratuitous violence, racial and cultural bias and inappropriate or unsafe behaviors. Film descriptions, showtimes and directions are available on the Hawaiʻi Kids First! festival page. All the films are shown at 3 p.m. in the UH Mānoa Art Auditorium.
- June 5—The Little Engine That Could, ages 4–9, 82 minutes
The famous little engine that could, animated and voiced by an all-star cast.
- June 12—Shorts from Here and There, ages 6–12, 97 minutes
Animated and live-action shorts from the US, Canada, Mexico, Germany, Brazil and Israel.
- June 26—White Lion, ages 8+, 88 minutes
The adventurous journey of a rare white lion cub.
Families of the World
Narrated by children, each film in the Families of the World festival is a kids’-eye view of the day from breakfast to bedtime with families in Korea, Australia, Vietnam, Japan, Thailand and China.
The films, geared for age 5 and up, illuminate similarities and differences in housing, education, food, clothing and celebrations in different countries.
Presented in conjunction with Outreach College’s summer theme, Advancing Asia-Pacific, the Families of the World festival runs on Sunday July 24, 2011 in the Architecture Auditorium. The 10–11:30 program features films from Korea, Australia and Vietnam; the 1–2:30 p.m. program features films from Japan, Thailand and China.