Polar bear and bird from Polar Opposites

Polar Opposites

The University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Outreach College presents the KIDS FIRST! film festival on four consecutive Sundays in July at the UH Mānoa Art Auditorium. In its 13th year, this summer event offers family-friendly films from around the world.

The festival will showcase animation and live-action shorts suitable for ages 3 and older. Doors open at 2:30 p.m. The program starts at 3 p.m. with door prizes followed by the screening.

KIDS FIRST! opens on July 7, with an all-animation program including television favorites and independent films geared to children ages 3 and older. The July 14 award-winning films, selected for keiki ages 5 and above, span the globe from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, South Africa, Singapore, United Kingdom and the U.S.

The event on July 21, intended for ages 8 and older, will feature films about puppies, cats, fish and horses as well as stories about human adventures. Finally, on July 28, the screening is for a variety of ages and focuses on empowered youth who are making a difference in the world they will inherit.

Child in colorful headdress

The Little Fish and the Crocodile

KIDS FIRST! film festival line-up

Sunday, July 7
All-Stars and Originals (Ages 3+)
Films: Llama Llama, aeiouy, Floogals, PigTails, Munki and Trunk, Polar Opposites, Balance, Octonauts: Reef Rescue, the Symphony of Triangle

Sunday, July 14
Stories and Shenanigans (Ages 5+)
Films: Story Time!, Miles Away, Our Way to Fall, Lilly Hits the Road, The Little Fish and the Crocodile, Toco Tim and the Turtles, Moko the Young Explorer, Dream Catcher, A Dreamer’s Melody, Grizzy and the Lemmings, Max and the Dragonfly, Team MeowSA

Sunday, July 21
Hooman and Tail Tales (Ages 8+)
Films: Donut Thieves from Argon V, The Puppy, Neko No Hi, Hero Complex All in Good Time, Mister Mirror Man, Blue Toes, Billie, Parker Bubblegum, Horse’s Stone, Urban Legends/Auntie Veronica

Sunday, July 28
Do All the Good (Ages 5+)
Films: Make a Difference, Little Warriors, Change for Chimps, Skyfall, Educate Girls, The Adventures of Zack and Molly, Chika, The Dog in the Ghetto, Are You Volleyball?!

See the website for more information or call Outreach College at (808) 956-9883.

The UH Mānoa KIDS FIRST! film festival is supported in part by the Sidney Stern Memorial Trust. Special thanks to NCircle Entertainment.

Two children playing flutes

All in Good Time