Free summer fun for families at the Annual UH KIDS FIRST! Film

(KHNL) - The University of Hawai‘i KIDS FIRST! Film Festival, presented by UH Manoa Outreach College, returns with another summer of quality family fun. Last year, the locally curated UH Festival garnered the "Best Community Film Series" award at the national KIDS FIRST! Best Awards in Hollywood.  This year, the Festival is paired up with the EarthDance Short-Attention-Span Environmental Film Festival to give families five Sundays of entertainment-and eco-tainment-at an affordable price-free!

The KIDS FIRST! Film Festival screens June 28 and July 12 & 19; the EarthDance Short-Attention-Span Environmental Film Festival for families screens on July 26.  All films are at 3:00pm in the UH Manoa Art Auditorium. Door prizes are given at the film screenings. For complete information, including film synopsis, visit


The KIDS FIRST! FIlm Festival,  a project of the Coalition for Quality Children's Media, travels to more than 120 locations nationwide each year, reaching an audience of more than one million people, making it the largest kids' film festival in the world.  In its tenth year, the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival offers sneak peeks at new films from major studios, classic films, independents and shorts in a variety of styles including animation and live action.  The films are evaluated by juries of adults and kids and must meet the KIDS FIRST! criteria of: no gratuitous violence, no racial or cultural bias, no inappropriate content, and no condescension towards children. UH Manoa's KIDS FIRST! Festival is supported in part by the Sidney Stern Memorial Trust.

Aligned with Outreach College's Sustain Your Brain summer theme, the EarthDance Short-Attention-Span Film Festival for families is a juried compilation of nine films from Italy, India, Canada, the UK and USA-comedies, documentaries, animations and adventures that celebrate the natural world, one short film at a time. Originally presented by the Oakland Museum, the festival brings its unique blend of eco-tainment to venues around the globe. EarthDance films have messages to tell about inspiration, celebration and action. A compilation of EarthDance films for grown-ups screens the following Saturday evening, August 1 at 7:00pm in the Art Auditorium. The screenings are held in conjunction with the Hawai‘i Conservation Alliance during Hawai‘i Conservation Week.

June 28 - Dragon Hunters (ages 8+)- gorgeous computer animated fantasy feature about a young girl who dreams of becoming a dragon slayer. France's submission for Best Animated Feature for the Oscars. Voices of Academy-award winner Forest Whitaker, Rob Paulsen and Mary Mouser.

July 12 - Animated Short: The Firefly and the Stars from Venezuela; Animated Feature: The Hidden Treasure of Wompkee Wood from Canada (ages 2-8).

July 19 - Feature: Heidi 4-Paws, a re-telling of the classic Heidi played by ALL DOGS IN ALL OF THE ROLES (even the goats)! Created by Holly Goldberg (screenwriter of "Made in America") with voices of Angela Lansbury, Steve Guttenberg, Stephen Rhea, and Julian Sands.

Plus, animated shorts from books (Ish; Wild About Books); and The Happy Duckling, a student-made film in a pop-up book world. (ages 5-12)

* On July 26, at 3 pm, Art Auditorium, FREE: EarthDance Short-Attention-Span Environmental Film Festival for families (ages 8+)

  • A compilation of documentaries, comedies, animations, and adventures that celebrate humans and nature, one short film at a time. (August 1 at 7pm, EarthDance for grown-ups)

For info including synopsis:

or call 956-9883.