A perennial favorite of the Browning Cinema’s summer, the 10th Annual ANDkids World Film Festival is set to launch this upcoming August 1-3. The 2018 festival includes twelve screenings, including various shorts programs, that represent both a wide selection of national film cultures and the diverse offerings currently available to those both young and young at heart. Through a partnership with WNIT Public Television and co-presented by a gift of the Lauran E. and Justin L. Tuck Endowment for Children’s Programming, the ANDkids World Film Festival is free for all members of the community and gives the opportunity to see international films often unavailable in theaters or through streaming services.
The family-friendly screenings ramp up slowly in maturity level through the course of the day, but the shorts programs to begin the day are accessible to pre-literate children with all subtitles narrated aloud. Like in previous ANDkids World Film Festivals, this year crisscrosses the globe with 25 nations represented (Ivory Coast, Iran, Germany, Nepal, United States of America, the Netherlands, Syria, Kenya, France, Italy, Spain, the United Kingdom, Colombia, Turkey, Australia, India, Switzerland, Czech Republic, Mexico, Slovenia, Argentina, Russia, Canada, Lebanon, and Japan). Further, a mix of genres, from nature documentaries (Mountain), animated films (Revolting Rhymes), musicals (Annie), to science-fiction (Fireworks) among others, are represented in the diverse program.
Some events naturally pop out when looking at the schedule. Among those are many firsts: the Force for Good Shorts Program, inspired by the words of the University of Notre Dame’s founder Rev. Edward Sorin, C.S.C, who predicted that the University would become “a powerful force for good,” will have its public debut; the first sing-along at ANDkids will kick off the opening night of the festival with the 1983 film version of Annie; and WNIT Public Television will be onsite to present a sneak peak of their popular animated show Splash and Bubbles.
For more information on all the screenings and how to reserve tickets, contact the Ticket Office at (574) 631-2800.