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KidFilm Festival Coming to Dallas


This came across my desk and I thought I’d pass it along. The 32nd annual KidFilm® Festival is headed to the Angelika Film Center, 5321 E. Mockingbird Lane, Dallas this weekend January 23-24, and it really sounds fantastic. 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.

Check it out:

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READ-ALONG WITH TAYE DIGGS AND SHANE EVANS! — 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.

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SING-ALONG WITH LISA LOEB! — 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.

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MEET KATHERINE PATERSON! — 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. (Trailer below) An on-stage Q&A with Katherine Paterson and David Paterson (screenwriter) will follow the screening.

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? 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).

MEET THE MCMULLANS! — 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 new live-action feature film presentation of the lavish French production of the classic fairy tale Beauty and the Beast starring Léa Seydoux, Vincent Cassel and André Dussol.

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 Board of Directors members Belinda Dabliz, Laura Williamson, Kristin Schor and Yvette Ostolaza. “We are so pleased to be able to offer this year’s program as a free admission event thanks to support from the City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs and from the Festival’s Sponsors,” said Schor. 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.

For additional information and a schedule of events, please visit: USA Film Festival. 


  1. Yes! This is sure to be a great weekend! My name is Sarah Nolen and I also have a short film playing this weekend. It is called “Treeples” and it is a 20 minute film starring humans and puppets, all geared toward empowering girls! Check it out at 2:30pm on Sunday Jan 24! I’ll be there with the puppets, so come on by!

    • Hate I missed it! Where else can we see it?


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