Children's Film Festival Offers Inspiring, Magical Works

HOUSTON, June 20, 2012 — Curated by the Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater (REDCAT) and Elizabeth Shepherd of Northwest Film Forum, this award-winning festival makes its Houston debut at Asia Society Texas Center.

In celebration of its seventh anniversary, the festival rolls out the red carpet for a mind-expanding collection of short film programs, each crafted with care to appeal to the next generation of movie-lovers.

Inspiring, magical works made by acclaimed filmmakers and up-and-coming auteurs alike take viewers on a celluloid ride around the globe, with enchanting programs for tiny tots, chills and thrills for adventurous older viewers, and films sure to inspire the whole family.


Asia Society members $5 per program, nonmembers $7 per program.
Tickets may be purchased online by clicking the links below.

The Jade Stone Café Special

Present your REDCAT film festival ticket at The Jade Stone Cafe counter to receive 10% off your lunch.


Click here to download the full, printer-friendly schedule as a PDF.

Screenings take place at 1 pm every Wednesday from July 18 through September 5, 2012.

July 18, 2012 | Birds of a Feather

Be transported to an enchanted, animated animal kingdom to explore the worlds of a loveable array of critters, varmints and other furry and feathered creatures. 
One film with English subtitles, in German.

Ages 4 and up. Running time: 67 min.

July 25, 2012 | Planet Kid

Journey deep into the worlds of funny, fantastic, courageous kids through the lens of these live action and animated shorts that prove every child is truly one-of-a-kind. Two films with English subtitles, in French and Hindi.

One film depicts a bullying situation with a happy resolution. The last film, The Road Home, is the most serious and longest film of the program. It depicts the situation of a boy who has run away from a boarding school in India.

Ages 8 and up. Running time: 75 min.

August 1, 2012 | Once Upon a Time

Gather ’round a cinematic campfire of fractured fairy tales and fanciful fables. One film with English subtitles, in German.

Ages 8 and up. Running Time: 52 min.

August 8, 2012 | Touch My Heart: Gentle Films on the Big Screen

Dive into the sumptuous animation and vivid live-action of these richly textured films that reveal gentle tales and sweet stories suited to the youngest of film fans. Three films with English subtitles, in Danish, Japanese, and German.

All ages. Running time: 54 min.

August 15, 2012 | A Journey Beyond

Vibrant music and colorful cultures come to life in a cinematic sightseeing trip to Poland, Mexico, Vietnam, Italy and a magical New York City subway ride! One film with English subtitles, in French.

Ages 7 and up. Running time: 67 min.

August 22, 2012 | Fire and Ice: New Animation from Russia

Experience a dazzling array of animation techniques as charming characters sled down snowy hills, traverse cityscapes, and take to the open seas. From Moscow's famed SHAR Studio and Animation School. Three films with English subtitles, in Russian.

Ages 7 and up. Running time: 55 min.

August 29, 2012 | Wild Ride

Set sail with this fast-paced collection of live action and animated films from four continents, and find out why adventure makes the world go around. One film with English subtitles, in French and Spanish.

Ages 7 and up. Running time: 78 min.

September 5, 2012 | Fright Delight

Experience thrill to hair-raising encounters with vampires, ghosts, creepy crimes and horrendous homework — for kids who love scary stuff! 
One film with English subtitles, in French.

No kidding, some of these films are scary!

Ages 9 and up. Running time: 57 min.

Related Link

REDCAT Playlist on Asia Society Texas Center's YouTube Channel


Funding for the festival’s Houston presentation is provided by Houston Arts Alliance and The Brown Foundation. Additional support provided by Asia Society Texas Center’s generous donors and members.


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