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Award-winning Independent Shorts At KIDS FIRST! Film Festival
UH Mānoa hosts 11th annual KIDS FIRST Film Festival

11th Annual KIDS FIRST Film Festival

The University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa’s Outreach College presents the 11th Annual KIDS FIRST! Film Festival June 11—July 30 at the UH Mānoa Art Auditorium.

The free KIDS FIRST! Film Festival enters its 11th summer, boasting 40 live-action and animated films from 13 countries over 5 Sundays: June 11 and 25 and July 9, 23 and 30.

Film screenings

The free screenings are comprised of award-winning independent shorts; episodes from newly and soon-to-be released series, including Gwen Stefani’s Kuu Kuu Harajuku, France’s Mily Miss Questions, and Russia’s Alisa Knows What to Do; and a special showing of the acclaimed feature film Whale Rider, back on the big screen for its 15th anniversary.

Kids watching a movie one wearing a monster mask

UH Mānoa hosts 11th annual KIDS FIRST Film Festival

  • Sunday, June 11
    Ages 4+, Small Kine Keiki
    Films: Mily Miss Questions, I am Not a Mouse, Eyes in the Back of Her Head, Polka Dott, PAWO, KCKPL’s Stories on the Bus, Waves from the Sky, Man’s Best Friend, Notorious Corn
  • Sunday, June 25
    Ages 8+, Techies, Trekkies, Spies and Sci-Fi
    Films: Alisa Knows What to Do, Force-Full Imagination, Kuu Kuu Harajuku: Music, Baby!, Light Sight, Albedo Absolute, The Astronomer’s Sun, Chasing Rabbits, Star Taxi
  • Sunday, July 9
    Ages 4-12+, Nurture Nature
    Films: The Machine, Love Song of the Drone, The Hole, My Haggan Dream, Water Path for a Fish, Ami, Barnyard Aces, Hey Deer!, Plastic is Forever, PapaUnderwater, Our Wonderful Nature–The Common Chameleon
  • Sunday, July 23
    Ages 5-15+, Be True to You!
    Films: Only One You, The Trumpeter, Lost in Spring, Welcome to the Neighborhood, Dear Henri, The Something,
    Kuu Kuu Harajuku: Music, Baby!, Kojo: A Short Documentary, Monster Doctor, I am Dyslexic
  • Sunday, July 30
    Ages 10+, 15th Anniversary, Whale Rider

This year’s festival provides quality entertainment for children and youth from 4 to 15+ years of age. Free parking is available on campus; follow balloons to the Art Building Auditorium. Doors open at 2:30 p.m.; program starts at 3 p.m. with door prizes followed by the films.

A project of the Coalition for Quality Children’s Media, KIDS FIRST! films are free of gratuitous violence; race, gender, or religious bias; and condescension towards children.

For complete information, please visit KIDS FIRST or call Outreach College at (808) 956-9883.

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