ANDkids World Film Festival to open July 23

Author: Julie Hail Flory

ANDkids World Film Festival

The University of Notre Dame will present the first ANDkids World Film Festival from July 23 to 25 (Thursday to Saturday) at the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center and various locations around the South Bend community.

The festival line-up features live action and animated features, shorts, repertory classics, documentaries and outdoor screenings, all showcasing culturally diverse cinema for children. It also includes opportunities for children and families to interact with actors, directors and musicians through workshops and discussions.

Highlights will include a live performance by the Andreas Kapsalis Trio of the world premiere score for “The Adventures of Prince Achmed” on July 23 and an appearance by actor Sean Astin, known to film fans for his performances in “Rudy” and the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy, who will join the festival July 25 to introduce and discuss the 1962 film “The Miracle Worker,” for which his mother, Patty Duke, won an Academy Award.

All screenings and presentations are free and open to the public, but most require tickets, which may be reserved by calling the center ticket office at 574-631-8200.

Scheduled events are:

  • Game Changers: Films About Growing Up (2007-08), July 23 at 11 a.m., and July 25 at 1 p.m., Browning Cinema, performing arts center;
  • NYICFF Party Mix, July 23, 1 p.m., Browning Cinema;
  • “Azur and Asmar” (2008), July 23, 3 p.m., Browning Cinema;
  • “The Adventures of Prince Achmed” (1927), July 23, 6 p.m., Leighton Concert Hall, performing arts center, featuring world premiere score with live musical accompaniment by the Andreas Kapsalis Trio;
  • Film scoring workshop with the Andreas Kapsalis Trio, July 23, 7:30 p.m., Leighton Concert Hall, for kids ages 6 and older;
  • “Gentle Planet” (2007-08), July 24, 11 a.m., Browning Cinema;
  • “Lotte from Gadgetville” (2007), July 24, 1 p.m., Browning Cinema;
  • It’s Your World: Films for Kids to Think About (2007-08), July 24, 3 p.m., Browning Cinema;
  • “Tulpan” (2009), July 24, 6 p.m., Browning Cinema;
  • “Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit” (2005), July 24, 9 p.m., College Football Hall of Fame, downtown South Bend (free outdoor event; tickets are not required);
  • NYICFF Kid Flix Mix, July 25, 11 a.m., Browning Cinema;
  • “The Miracle Worker” (1962), July 25, 3 p.m., Browning Cinema, featuring introduction by actor Sean Astin;
  • “Sita Sings the Blues” (2008), July 25, 6 p.m., Browning Cinema;
  • Classical Indian dance demonstration and workshop, July 25, 8 p.m., Penote Performers Hall, performing arts center;
  • “The Magic Flute” (2007), July 25, 9 p.m., Irish Green and Terrace, Notre Dame campus (free outdoor event; tickets are not required). A complete schedule of events is available at

    Contact: Jon Vickers, DeBartolo Performing Arts Center, 574-631-2725,