University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa • Outreach College
9th ANNUAL KIDS FIRST! FILM FESTIVAL
A project of the Coalition for Quality Children’s Media, KIDS FIRST! films are free of gratuitous violence; race, gender, or religious bias; and condescension towards children.
Supported in part by the Sidney Stern Memorial Trust.
SUNDAYS • June 7, 14, 28 and July 12, 19 • 3pm
UH Mānoa Art Auditorium • FREE!
JUNE 7 • Ages 4+ • 87 minutes
Maya the Bee Movie
Animation/Australia, Germany/In English A fearless little bee with a big heart, Maya won't follow one of the rules of the hive: don’t trust other bugs, especially hornets. She makes friends with everyone — a grasshopper violinist; a dung beetle; and Sting, a young hornet. When the Royal Jelly is stolen, the hornets are suspected — with Maya as an accomplice! It's up to Maya and her friends to prove their innocence! Shout! Factory Kids
JUNE 14 • Ages 9+ • 99 minutes
Belle and Sebastian
Dubbed in English In the snowy Alps of occupied France, 6-year-old Sebastian befriends an enormous sheepdog. With Nazis in their village rooting out resistance fighters helping Jewish refugees cross the border, Belle and Sebastian have the chance to become heroes. Heartwarming, suspenseful, with breathtaking scenery. Grand Prize, New York International Children’s Film Festival; Audience Award/Best Feature, Palm Beach Jewish Film Festival; and Films4Families Youth Jury Award, Seattle International Film Festival. Parental Guidance: some tense scenes with brief depictions of drinking, hunting, and blood. Film Movement
JUNE 28 • Ages 6+ • 88 minutes
The Seventh Dwarf
Animation/Germany/In English The youngest dwarf, Bobo, accidentally pricks Princess Rose, setting off the evil queen’s spell and sending the kingdom into a century-long slumber. Bobo and the other six dwarves must travel into the future in order to revive Rose…and find that even the smallest dwarf can be a king. A mash-up of fairy tales featuring a surprising dragon, an evil queen, toe-tapping songs, and non-stop gags. Shout! Factory Kids
July 12 • Ages 5+ • 83 minutes
The Boxcar Children
Animation/U.S./In English All-star voice talent includes JK Simmons, Martin Sheen, Zach Gordon, Mackenzie Foy, Joey King, and Jadon Sand. True to the book, this tale of family togetherness is based Gertrude Chandler Warner’s best-selling classic. Four orphaned children, frightened to live with a grandfather they have never met, make a home in an abandoned boxcar in the woods. Gentle and touching, with themes of personal integrity; positive values; making do with what you have; and appreciation of the kindness of friends, family, and strangers. Hammerhead Productions
Director/Producer DAN CHUBA In person for a post-film Q&A, with book prizes provided by publisher Albert Whitman & Company.
As a founding partner of Hammerhead Productions, Dan has overseen digital visual effects and computer animation on over 100 major motions pictures. His credits include Heaven Is For Real; Godzilla; X-Men, and Fury, starring Brad Pitt. He has produced nine of Hammerhead’s animated feature films. The Boxcar Children is his directorial debut.
JULY 19 • Ages 12+ • 99 minutes
The Legend of Longwood
Live Action/The Netherlands, Ireland, Germany/In English When 12-year-old Mickey moves from New York to Ireland, she discovers a link between herself and the 300-year-old legend of the mysterious Black Knight who haunts the village. With courage and a sharp mind, she sets out to save a precious herd of white horses and thwart the evil plans of a greedy, ambitious woman. Crumbling castles, frightening spirits, beautiful horses, and a fearless heroine all come together in this magical film set in the starkly beautiful landscapes of rural Ireland. Shout! Factory Kids