Sidewalk Film Festival: Family Film Lineup

The Sidewalk Film Festival is just around the corner and in case you didn’t know, it’s a very family friendly event! Mark your calendars now and use this lineup below to decide what you’ll see with your kiddos!

* All Family Film Festival events will take place the the Rushton Theater at the McWane Science Center and admission is free!


Mia and the Migoo
Director: Jaques-Remy Girerd
91mins/France/Animated Feature
Saturday, August 27th – 12:15pm

Mia and the Migoo features a tenacious female lead character and strong environmental messages, as well as themes related to the importance of family. Animator Jacques-Rémy Girard created Mia and the Migoo from over 500,000 hand-painted animated frames, a refreshing change from the popular, modern computer generated approach to animation. Dany Boon, Matthew Modine, Whoopi Goldberg and more lend their voices to the film. Appropriate for all ages.

Director: Joel Fendelman*
80mins/USA/Narrative Feature
Saturday, August 27th – 4:15pm
*scheduled to attend

A powerful and entertaining film, David packs in a long history of religious tension with elegance and respect. Its star, Muatasem Mishal, carries the film like a trained veteran. It’s a story that should appeal to all ages and personal beliefs.

Eleanor’s Secret
Director: Dominique Monfery
80mins/France/Animated Feature
Sunday, August 28th – 12:10pm

Eleanor’s Secret is the new, imaginatively animated work from Academy-Award-nominated Director/Animator Dominique Monfery. The film presents a pro-literacy message through the frames of a beautifully animated setting. Appropriate for all ages.

Fort McCoy
Directors: Kate Connor and Michael Worth
101mins/USA/Narrative Feature
Sunday, August 28th – 4:10pm

Eric Stoltz, Camryn Manheim, screenwriter Kate Connor and many other renowned actors star in Fort McCoy. Aside from the expectedly exceptional performances, the incredible work done by the wardrobe, prop and locations departments is exceedingly notable. Part adventure, part romance and part drama, Fort McCoy, mostly told through the eyes of young Gertie, is a surprisingly family-friendly, patiently paced independent film with a pleasantly wholesome and old-fashioned tone.

Short Blocks:

Fun for the little ones. Saturday, August 27th 10:30am:

Karl Dahl and the Golden Cube
Directed by Chris Olsen
13mins/USA/Animated Short
Twin vaudevillian nutcrackers (Karl and Vincent Dahl) inadvertently foil a major Museum Gold Heist in this epic animated comedy adventure!

Midtown Twist
Directed by Gary Leib
1min/USA/Animated Short
An animated story of Midtown Manhattan

Hola Gorilla
Directed by Walter Moore (Alabama Filmmaker)
2mins/USA/Animated Short
An animated Gorilla speaks Spanish!

The Gruffalo
Directed by Max Lang and Jakob Schuh
27mins/UK/Animated Short
Based on the bestselling book, a cunning mouse goes for a walk in the forest and outwits a succession of predators.

Neighborhood Watch
Directed by Zack Booth
3mins/USA/Animated Short
With an unlimited supply of chalk, this short film explores various interpretations of the phrase “neighborhood watch”

Directed by Madeleine Mathis
2mins/USA/Animated Short
A stop motion short in which a junkyard dog chases a thieving raccoon through the forest, only to discover something he did not expect.

Fun for the “big kids”  Saturday, August 27th 2:30pm:

Regular Kids
Directed by Rich Leder
12mins/USA/Narrative Short
Children of circus performer’s don’t get to trick-or-treat on Halloween like regular kids.

Chicken Cowboy
Directed by Stephen P. Neary
7mins/USA/Animated Short
A chicken cowboy rides into town.

Directed by Irina Golina-Sagatelian
2mins/Israel/Animated Short
Vlad wants to eat his lunch alone but someone drops a small cat near his door.

Report Card Day

Directed by David Kilgo (Alabama Filmmaker)
1min/USA/Animated Short
Father checks his kid’s report cards. Let’s hope they’re good.

Sebastian’s Adventure

Directed by Nat Motulsky (Teen Filmmaker)
2mins/USA/Narrative Short
Imagine escaping…

The Director
Directed by Destri Martino
1min/USA/Animated Short
One director attempts to make a statement.

Directed by Michael Moore
10mins/USA/Animated Short
A group of worms wake up one morning to find themselves trapped in a young boy’s bait bucket.

Joe the Clay Guy and the Crystal Sword
Directed by Jeff Novaez
3mins/USA/Animated Short
Joe is out on his motorcycle in search of the cave that houses the legendary Crystal Sword


Directed by Molly Cinnamon and Miranda Kasher (Teen Filmmakers)
2mins/USA/Narrative Short
A child gathering seashells at the seashore discovers that under the surface things are not as they should be.


Directed by Kate McMath (Alabama and Teen Filmmaker)
8mins/USA/Animated Short
This film tells the silly story of a girl who has a great heart and lives in a village where everyone is blind.

Without Wings
Directed by Jo Meuris
4mins/Canada/Animated Short
A celebration of the human body in motion.

There will also be a Young Filmmaker Showcase, Films made by Teens for Teens (well mostly) on Sunday, August 28th, 2:10pm.

For more information on the Lineup for the Young Filmmaker Showcase or Sidewalk Film Festival in general, you can visit their site.

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