Children's Film Festival Offers Inspiring, Magical Works

Children's Film Festival Offers Inspiring, Magical Works

Still from What Makes Me Happy – Bushra’s Film. (Annie Gibbs)

HOUSTON, June 25, 2013 — The internationally lauded Children’s Film Festival Seattle returns to Asia Society Texas Center for more films overflowing with adventure and glee, wonder, and magic. Now in its eighth year, the Festival has become one of the largest and most respected film festivals dedicated to children and their families. This year, curator Elizabeth Shepherd and her colleagues have created feasts for the eyes that take us from China to Colombia, Mozambique to Mongolia.

Tickets

Asia Society members and children under 8 $5 per program, nonmembers $8 per program.
Tickets may be purchased online by clicking the links below.

The Jade Stone Café Special

Show your ticket stub for a 10% discount at The Jade Stone Café (one discount per table).

 

Schedule

Saturday, July 13, 2012, 11:30 am | Short & Sweet

This gentle lineup of animated films is a perfect introduction to big screen wonders for your little one. Meet a dancing bear, play with a mischievous hen, get to know pixies and encounter other lovely, lovable creatures.

Ages 2 to 6. Three films, in Mandarin and Portuguese, with English subtitles, but dialogue is not needed for understanding. Running time: 46 minutes.

 

Saturday, July 13, 2012, 2:00 pm | See the World ANIMATED!

Feel like taking a trip around the world? Then hop aboard a celluloid magic carpet to take a trip all the way from the Arctic to Mozambique, with stops along the way to see animated sights in Instanbul, Germany, France, Argentina, Germany and India!

For all ages. A few scenes depicting danger in a couple of films, but there are always happy endings. One film has subtitles (German). Running time: 67 minutes.


 

Sunday, July 14, 2013, 11:30 am | Animal Kingdom

This program of beautiful animation is designed to delight kids who love critters both large and small. Enjoy the antics of elephants, birds, foxes, mice, pigs, hedgehogs, dogs and cats, and meet a seriously hardworking ant!

Ages 4 and up. Three films, in Dutch and German, with English subtitles, but dialogue is not needed for understanding. Running time: 56 minutes.

 

Sunday, July 14, 2013, 2:30 pm | China Fantasia

Thrill to the artistry, imagination and deep love of Chinese culture on display in animator Joe Chang’s China Fantasia. This sumptuously told tale blends popular Chinese folk music with Chang’s masterful use of traditional Chinese painting techniques, cut-paper and glorious swirling color.

All ages. Running time: 48 minutes.

 

Saturday, July 20, 2013, 11:30 am | For the Beauty of the Earth

The silver screen goes green for this collection of live-action and animated shorts about our ever-changing planet. These humorous and thought-provoking films are designed to make kids think, ask questions and come up with new ways to honor Mother Earth.

The film Damned is about beavers! Ages 8 and up. Running time: 60 minutes.

 

Saturday, July 20, 2013, 2:00 pm | US Premiere! My Avatar Horse (Mongolia)
A film by Hu Keming and Liu Shen


Husile and his white horse named Chagan are inseparable. In the prairie where they live, there is a legend about an obo (shrine) protected by the avatar horse. One day, Husile met three wise men who came from afar in search of the avatar horse. They are convinced that Chagan is the one they are looking for, and made the promise that a year later they will return to perform the reincarnation ceremony. Upon learning about this, Husile’s father dismisses the story as just a child’s tale. With the set date for the ceremony, Husile’s father decides to move the family into the city and sell Chagan. In order to keep him, Husile and his friends begin a most ingenious—and adventurous—rescue operation.

Ages 7 and up. In Mandarin with English subtitles. Running time: 84 minutes.

 

Sunday, July 21, 2013, 11:30 am | See the World LIVE!

The girls and boys in these films are full a determination to live life to the fullest — despite obstacles and challenges that sometimes seem daunting. You'll be amazed by their ingenuity, strength and sense of adventure. See the world and feed your mind with this collection of live action shorts.

Ages 7 and up. A few films depict scenes of emotional difficulty, with happy endings. Two films with subtitles (Spanish and Portuguese). Running time: 67 minutes.

 

Sunday, July 21, 2013, 2:00 pm | Caleidoscopio: Film from Latin America

Take a live action and animated journey to beaches, back roads, jungles and bustling cities throughout Latin America. Get ready to encounter exuberant kids, luminous magic, lively music and surprise endings.

Ages 8 and up. Four films, in Portuguese and Spanish, with English subtitles. Suitable for younger children, depending on reading skills or language comprehension. Running time: 70 minutes.

 

Saturday, July 27, 2013, 11:30 am | China Fantasia

Thrill to the artistry, imagination and deep love of Chinese culture on display in animator Joe Chang’s China Fantasia. This sumptuously told tale blends popular Chinese folk music with Chang’s masterful use of traditional Chinese painting techniques, cut-paper and glorious swirling color.

All ages. Running time: 48 minutes.

 

Saturday, July 27, 2013, 2:00 pm | Krish, Trish and Baltiboy

Krish a monkey, Trish a cat, and Baltiboy a donkey are 3 minstrels who take you on an exotic journey to the land of Indian Folk tales and folk music. These endearing characters take you to three different region of India — Rajasthan, Kerala, and Punjab.

Ages 7 and up. In Hindi with English subtitles. Running time: 80 minutes.

 

Sunday, July 28, 2013, 11:30 am | Short & Sweet

This gentle line-up of animated films is a perfect introduction to big-screen wonders for your little one. Meet a dancing bear, play with a mischievous hen, get to know pixies and encounter other lovely, lovable creatures.

Ages 2 to 6. Three films, in Mandarin and Portuguese, with English subtitles, but dialogue is not needed for understanding. Running time: 46 minutes.

 

Sunday, July 28, 2013, 2:00 pm | US Premiere! My Avatar Horse (Mongolia)
A film by Hu Keming and Liu Shen

Husile and his white horse named Chagan are inseparable. In the prairie where they live, there is a legend about an obo (shrine) protected by the avatar horse. One day, Husile met three wise men who came from afar in search of the avatar horse. They are convinced that Chagan is the one they are looking for, and made the promise that a year later they will return to perform the reincarnation ceremony. Upon learning about this, Husile’s father dismisses the story as just a child’s tale. With the set date for the ceremony, Husile’s father decides to move the family into the city and sell Chagan. In order to keep him, Husile and his friends begin a most ingenious—and adventurous—rescue operation.

Ages 7 and up. In Mandarin with English subtitles. Running time: 84 minutes.

 

Supported by The Brown Foundation, Inc., Houston Arts Alliance, City of Houston, The Cullen Trust for the Performing Arts, Bank of America, and United Airlines – Official Airline of Asia Society Texas Center.

 

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June 25, 2013
by Anna Foret