ANDkids World Film Festival opens sixth 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 sixth year at 11 a.m. Wednesday (July 23) with an all-ages screening of “Take Wing,” a collection of short stories from around the world.

The four-day festival features a variety of live-action, animation, shorts and feature films. New this year, the center will host an outdoor movie at 9 p.m. in downtown South Bend on the Gridiron Plaza, featuring a “Frozen” singalong. No tickets are required for this event, which is free and open to the public.

Also new this year is the local shorts showcase at the closing night reception. At 7 p.m. Saturday (July 26), the festival will close with a screening of a collection of short films made by young filmmakers from around Michiana, followed by a dessert reception.

At 3 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday (July 23 and 24), children will be able to participate in the free Foley Workshop at DeBartolo Performing Arts Center. Kevin Krizmanich, cinema production assistant, will demonstrate 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 engine rev and a dinosaur roar.

All on-campus screenings and events are open to the public and are free but require tickets. Tickets can be reserved by calling the ticket office at 574-631-2800 or visiting the website at performingarts.nd.edu.

Scheduled films include:

July 23

  • “Take Wing,” English and Russian with English subtitles, 11 a.m.
  • “Ernest and Celestine” (2012), English language version, 1 p.m.
  • “Antboy” (2013), English language version, 3 p.m.
  • “Welcome to the Space Show” (2010), English language version, 7 p.m.

July 24

  • “Moon Man” (2012), English language version, 11 a.m.
  • “Nocturna” (2007), English language version, 1 p.m.
  • “Cinema Magic,” Dutch, Hebrew, Indonesian and Basque with English subtitles, 3 p.m.
  • “Jack and the Cuckoo Clock Heart” (2013), English language version, 7 p.m.

July 25

  • “Paint Me a Story: Animation from Around the World,” English, German, Russian and Korean with English subtitles, 11 a.m. Live translation provided.
  • “Anina” (2013), Spanish with English subtitles, 1 p.m.
  • “Buta” (2011), Azeri with English subtitles, 3 p.m.
  • “Frozen” singalong, 9 p.m., Gridiron Plaza, downtown South Bend.

July 26

  • “Boy and the World” (2014), English language version, 11 a.m.
  • “Gabriel” (2013), Polish with English subtitles, 1 p.m.
  • “Horizon Beautiful” (2013), English and Amharic with English subtitles, 3 p.m.
  • Closing night screening and reception: Local shorts showcase, 7 p.m.

The festival is sponsored by the Lauran E. and Justin L. Tuck Endowment for Children’s Programming and by WNIT Public Television. For more information, visit performingarts.nd.edu.