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Summer at Wilkes presents
The KIDS FIRST! Film Festival

The award-winning KIDS FIRST! Film Festival will be held at Wilkes University this summer! Join us for a mix of short and feature films lasting no more than 90 minutes total. Learn more about KIDS FIRST!

KIDS FIRST! Film Festival
3 p.m. on Sundays

June 15    July 20    Aug. 17
Stark Learning Center, Room 101
Questions? Contact Michele Garrison at (570) 408-4239.

June 15 Ages 4+ 70 minutes
Sharks and Rays
28 minutes
From the Dive Into Your Imagination® series of DVDs, produced and filmed by leading ocean educator Annie Crawley and her production team. This film takes you on an adventure to discover sharks and rays around the world, including the world's first shark sanctuary in Palau.

Home Was the Sailor
4 minutes
Canada. The myth of Sisyphus retold with a Maritime twist. Painterly animated music video.
The Great Race
8 minutes
A genuine sprint race over 50 meters between Marty and his one eyed cat, Midge. No one has ever seen a cat that races a human, but Midge races Marty all the time and is determined to win. The film played in the shorts corner of the Cannes Film Festival and became the biggest news story in the UK, in all the papers and TV coverage.

Gus Outdoors: Lizard Town
30 minutes
With six-year-old naturalist Gus as host, explore the Bahamas in search of lizards, iguanas and snakes; then snorkel with creatures of the sea.

July 20 Ages 8+ 84 minutes
3 minutes
When a team of robots lands on a planet for a mission, one member gets accidentally left behind.
Cores e Botas/Colors & Boots
16 minutes
Brazil. Joana has the same dream as all young Brazilian girls in the 80s: she wants to be a Paquita dancer on TV. But there’s a problem. Multiple award-winner. In Portuguese with subtitles.
Squeaky Business
6 minutes
A photographer enters a pet photo contest, but his dog has playtime on her mind. Best Animation, Melbourne Film Festival.

The Knightswood
15 minutes
Fantasy about a boy who puts aside his video game to venture into the forest. There his imagination comes to life with fair maidens and courageous knights.
Knights of the Playground
5 minutes
Kyle and Billy were best friends until a princess came between them. Or was it a dragon?
How to Get to Candybar
15 minutes
Multiple award-winner from the director of Broadway’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas! A child's imagination transforms a calloused old man into a believer. Note: the word “h**l” is used.
Recipe for Love
4 minutes

Falling Up
16 minutes
Charles discovers he has the ability to float. When pressured to fix his "problem," he finds the courage to embrace who he is. From a poem by Shel Silverstein.

King Tigermore in Strawberry Fields
4 minutes
Award-winning animation synchronized to Mozart's Symphony No. 25 in G Minor. Falling asleep during a chess match, Kimi imagines the white king has come to life.

August 17 Ages 5+ 76 minutes

I Wish I Went to Ecuador
6 minutes
U.K. Multiple award-winning animation made by children takes you into the heart of the rainforest from a child's eye view. “A terrific commentary on climate change and its devastating impacts upon our planet.” - Al Gore

My Best Friend
70 minutes
Singapore. A girl learns the importance of trees and asks for one for her birthday. Trouble comes when a developer buys the land where her tree is planted. Award of Excellence, International Film Festival for Environment, Health, and Culture.
KIDS FIRST! is 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.
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