ANDkids World Film Festival opens fifth year Wednesday

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The ANDkids World Film Festival, the signature summer children’s film festival hosted by the University of Notre Dame’s DeBartolo Performing Arts Center, opens its fifth year at 7 p.m. Wednesday (July 24) with the University’s new ensemble-in-residence, Third Coast Percussion, performing a live percussion accompaniment to a silent film.

The four-day (July 24-27) ANDkids World Film Festival features a variety of live-action, animation, shorts and feature films. New this year, each film will be introduced by children from the community. The introductions are based on brief reviews that the children wrote after screening advance copies of the films shown at the festival.

To kick off the event this year, Third Coast Percussion will perform a live accompaniment to the 1906 Pathé Frères’ silent film “Invisible Men,” which is about a wizard and his partner who create a potion that makes them invisible. An improvisational performance to accompany Albert Lamorisse’s 1956 classic “The Red Balloon” will follow. Third Coast Percussion, a Chicago-based quartet, assumed the position as ensemble-in-residence at the University of Notre Dame in June. The evening starts at 7 p.m. at the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center on campus.

On Thursday and Friday (July 25 and 26), children will be able to participate in the free Foley Workshop in the Penote Performers Assembly at DeBartolo. Kevin Krizmanich, cinema production assistant, will show how Foley artists – film industry professionals who create sound for movies – do their work. Children who attend will learn how to make a bird chirp, a car rev and a dinosaur roar.

All screenings and events are free and open to the public, but most require tickets, which may be reserved by calling the ticket office at 574-631-2800 or visiting the website at

Scheduled films include:

  • “Animal Kingdom” (2013), English, Dutch and German with English subtitles, 11 a.m. July 25.
  • “For the Beauty of the Earth” (2013), 1:30 p.m. July 25.
  • “B-Boy” (2012) and “The Zig Zag Kid” (2012), English, Dutch and French with English subtitles, 3:30 p.m. July 25.
  • Zarafa” (2012), French with English subtitles, 7 p.m. July 25.
  • “Short and Sweet” (2013), English and Mandarin with English subtitles, live translation provided, 11 a.m. July 26.
  • “Caleidoscopo! Films from Latin America” (2013), English, Portuguese and Spanish with English subtitles, live translation provided, 1:30 p.m. July 26.
  • “Continent Hop” (2013), English and Spanish with English subtitles, live translation provided, 3:30 p.m. July 26.
  • “Approved for Adoption” (2012), French with English subtitles, 7 p.m. July 26.
  • “Meet the Small Potatoes” (2012), 11 a.m. July 27.
  • “Pathwaves” (2013), 1:30 p.m. July 27.
  • “Kauwboy” (2012), Dutch with English subtitles, 3:30 p.m. July 27.
  • “From Up on Poppy Hill” (2012), 7 p.m. July 27.

The festival is supported by the Lauran E. and Justin L. Tuck Endowment for Children’s Programming and by WNIT Public Television. For more information, visit the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center website at