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Free First Saturday: Kids’ Film Festival

Explore a range of activities and art-making on Free First Saturday! Enjoy free gallery admission and family fun for all on the first Saturday of each month. Activities designed for kids ages 6 to 12 are offered from 10 am to 3 pm.

In March, join us for a day that celebrates movies made for the entire family with art-making, workshops, and screenings of animated shorts from around the world.

Short Film: Animated Adventures, 11 am and 1 pm

Walker Cinema
Doors open 30 minutes prior to each screening; seating is limited.

  • 5 Mètres, 80
    A herd of giraffes launches into a sequence of acrobatic dives in a deserted swimming pool. Directed by Nicolas Deveaux, France, 2012, 5 minutes.

  • Bear Story
    An old bear goes out every day to a busy street corner, where he sets up and presents a special puppet show. Directed by Gabriel Osorio, Chile, 2014, 10 minutes.

  • Copacao
    In a fantastical story about the town of Copacao, an imaginary tree grows and grows to the point of taking over the whole planet. Directed by Carciova Adrian, Romania, 2013, 3 minutes.

  • Home Sweet Home
    Tired of its neighborhood, a house in Detroit breaks free from its foundation and sets out on an adventure. Directed by Alejandro Diaz, Pierre Clenet, Romain Mazevet, and Stéphane Paccolat, France, 2013, 10 minutes.

  • Lambs
    Sheep parents are bewildered by their little lamb whose style sets it apart from the herd. Directed by Gottfried Mentor, Germany, 2013, 5 minutes.

  • Little Matryoshka
    A matryoshka family, wary of strangers, takes shelter in solitude but the curiosity of its youngest member soon leads them on a life-changing adventure. Directed by Serin Inan and Tolga Yildiz, Turkey, 2014, 9 minutes.

  • Macropolis
    Two defective toys discarded from a factory go on a hunt to find a new home that appreciates them for their uniqueness. Directed by Joel Simon, Northern Ireland, 2012, 7 minutes.

  • Mia
    In her quest to help her mother, a little girl unlocks the hidden secrets that make the world turn. Directed by Wouter Bongaerts, Belgium, 2013, 9 minutes.

  • The Numberlys
    In a world where there is no alphabet and only numbers, a group of friends sets out to devise a new way to communicate. Directed by William Joyce & Brandon Oldenburg, USA, 2013, 12 minutes.

Feature Film: Song of the Sea, 3 pm

Walker Cinema
Doors open at 2:30 pm; seating is limited.

From the creators of the Academy Award-nominated The Secret of Kells comes a hand-drawn masterpiece. Based on the Irish legend of the Selkies, Song of the Sea tells the story of a seal-child and her brother who go on an epic journey to save the world of magic. Nominated for an Academy Award for Best Animated Film. Directed by Tomm Moore, Ireland/Luxembourg/Belgium/France/Denmark, 2014, 93 minutes.

Film: The Dam Keeper, 10 am–3 pm

Lecture Room
A small town’s survival is solely due to a large windmill that acts as a fan to keep out poisonous clouds. Its operator, Pig, works tirelessly to keep the sails spinning, despite bullying from classmates. When a new student joins his class, everything begins to change. Nominated for an Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film. Directed by Robert Kondo and Dice Tsutusmi, USA, 2013, 18 minutes.

Film: In the Shadow, 10 am–3 pm

Orientation Lounge
A squirrel looks for her place in the sun and declares war on the large sign mounted in front of her home. Directed by Manuel Sumberac, Croatia, 2011, 4 minutes.

Art Making: Storyboard, 10 am–3 pm

Star Tribune Foundation Art Lab
Explore animation through tracing, illustrations, and your imagination!


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