2020 Tumbleweeds Film Festival

Tumbleweeds is Expanding to Two Weekends!

Utah Film Center’s 9th annual Tumbleweeds Film Festival for Kids takes place March 6–15, 2020 with all public events held at The City Library. Tumbleweeds, the Mountain West’s longest-running international film festival for families, features stories from around the world and provides culturally-enriching, curated film, media arts workshops, and clubhouse activities, all for ages 4 and up. Audiences will see the best animation and live-action films from around the world, participate in media arts workshops, and explore a variety of activities designed to balance visual content, active play, and critical thinking.

The Festival will take place the weekends of March 6-8 & 13-15, with Festival Field Trips offered in Salt Lake and Utah county free of charge to schools March 9-12.

Special free Festival screenings will take place the Friday, March 6 at 10am & 2:30pm, plus March 10-12 at 7pm!

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FILMS

 

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WORKSHOPS

 

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CLUBHOUSE

 

More Than Films
In addition to films from around the world, Tumbleweeds offers Workshops and Clubhouse activities. Workshops give kids the opportunity to connect directly with experts in such fields as virtual reality, sound effects, filmmaking, and film makeup to deepen their appreciation for the craft and inspire them to dig deeper into the elements of a story. The Tumbleweeds Clubhouse offers activities that will bring a buzz of excitement to the Library’s Urban Room (atrium) on Saturday and Sunday of each weekend, these free, drop-in activities are open to all, and are designed to engage the creative spirit and energy of our participants.

Individual tickets and Festival passes now on sale. Visit film and workshop pages to puchse tickets,

FILM TICKETS
$7
WORKSHOP TICKETS
$14
CLUBHOUSE
Free

Tickets will be available to purchase either in person at the Festival or online via this website . We encourage online purchasing, as some films or workshops could sell out. All prices include processing fees, no hidden fees.

Get the Most Out of Your Festival with a Festival Pass

A Tumbleweeds Festival pass is a great way to experience the whole Festival, while saving some money.

A pass saves you money while allowing you to choose what you are most interested in particpating!

You decide how you want to use them. Do you want one ticket to fix different films? Or five tickets to one film to bring your family and friends with you? Mix and match single and multiple tickets up to 8 total film tickets and 2 workshop tickets for a Festival Pass or 6 films for a 6 Ticket Film Pass.

In addition to film and workshop tickets, your pass gets you discounts all Festival weekend long at nearby restaurants. Plus, you get 20%+ off Festival and Utah Film Center merchandise at the Festival.

Family Sponsorship

Do you believe our views are shaped by the media we consume? Is providing access to curated media for your family and community important to you? Your family can sponsor the 2020 Tumbleweeds Film Festival.

Your Family Sponsorship in Action
  • Helps make the Festival accessible by covering the costs of listening devices to enable readers of all ages and ability levels to enjoy foreign-language films
  • Enables us to present high-quality and cutting-edge clubhouse and workshop activities
  • Supports independent filmmakers by generating an audience for their films
  • Assists in underwriting travel and curation of our Festival Field Trips
  • Allows us to provide vouchers for low-income families
  • Helps us keep ticket costs down

BONUS

Early sponsors will be invited to our Tumbleweeds partner events including Sundance Film Festival Kids Section films. Learn about the films here.


Would your family like to sponsor Tumbleweeds?

Our family sponsors are vital to the Festival’s success. Here are three levels of family sponsorship. If you don’t see a level that fits your financial needs but you would still like to be involved in supporting the festival, contact us.

Friends of the Festival

We strive to keep Tumbleweeds affordable through the generosity of Friends of the Festival, which include individual, family, foundation, and corporate sponsors.

Family and corporate sponsorships help ensure Utah families have access to diverse stories and creative experiences. Financial support for Tumbleweeds Film Festival offers unique recognition opportunities and great benefits while encouraging investment in Utah’s film and arts culture for the next generation. This Festival is possible through broad and diverse community support.

For more information about supporting the Festival or to discuss ideas for supporting the Festival please email our Development team at development [at] utahfilmcenter.org.

Photos and film stills from recent Tumbleweeds

Want Free Tickets? Volunteer
Tumbleweeds is a fun-filled event with many moving parts. Volunteers help it run smoothly. In exchange for volunteering you can receive tickets, passes, and even Utah Film Center memberships.

All films screen at The City Library in downtown Salt Lake City in the 300 seat Nancy Tessman Auditorium.
Films cost $7 per person or you can buy a Festival Pass to get discounted tickets and other perks – details here.

2019 AMAZING ANIMATIONS SHORTS PROGRAM

2019 AMAZING ANIMATIONS SHORTS PROGRAM

Friday, March 6 @ 10:00 am
FREE SCREENING!
Recommended for ages 4+
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SUPA MODO

SUPA MODO

Friday, March 6 @ 2:30 pm
FREE SCREENING!
Recommended for ages 8+
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2020 TUMBLEWEEDS OPENING NIGHT FILM: THE PRINCE'S VOYAGE

2020 TUMBLEWEEDS OPENING NIGHT FILM: THE PRINCE’S VOYAGE

Friday, March 6 @ 7:00 pm
Recommended for ages 6+
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2020 AMAZING ANIMATIONS

2020 AMAZING ANIMATIONS

Saturday, March 7 @ 9:30 am
Recommended for ages 4+
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LOUIS AND LUCA: Mission to the Moon (English screening)

LOUIS AND LUCA: Mission to the Moon (English screening)

Saturday, March 7 @ 11:30 am
Recommended for ages 4+
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ROCCA CHANGES THE WORLD

ROCCA CHANGES THE WORLD

Saturday, March 7 @ 1:45 pm
Recommended for ages 8+
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TOO FAR AWAY

TOO FAR AWAY

Saturday, March 7 @ 4:15 pm
Recommended for ages 8+
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H IS FOR HAPPINESS

H IS FOR HAPPINESS

Saturday, March 7 @ 6:30 pm
Recommended for ages 10+
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THE LUNNIS AND THE GREAT FAIRY TALE ADVENTURES

THE LUNNIS AND THE GREAT FAIRY TALE ADVENTURES

Sunday, March 8 @ 9:30 am
Recommended for ages 4+
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SPECTACULAR SHORTS

SPECTACULAR SHORTS

Sunday, March 8 @ 11:30 am
Recommended for ages 8+
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THE ELFKINS: Baking A Difference

THE ELFKINS: Baking A Difference

Sunday, March 8 @ 1:45 pm
Recommended for ages 4+
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I USED TO LIKE THE SEA

I USED TO LIKE THE SEA

Sunday, March 8 @ 3:45 pm
Recommended for ages 8+
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THE CLUB OF UGLY CHILDREN

THE CLUB OF UGLY CHILDREN

Sunday, March 8 @ 5:45 pm
Recommended for ages 10+
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WE ARE THE DREAM: The Kids of the Oakland MLK Oratorical Fest

WE ARE THE DREAM: The Kids of the Oakland MLK Oratorical Fest

Tuesday, March 10 @ 7:00 pm
FREE SCREENING!
Recommended for ages 8+
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ANBESSA

ANBESSA

Wednesday, March 11 @ 7:00 pm
FREE SCREENING!
Recommended for ages 10+
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BINTI

BINTI

Thursday, March 12 @ 7:00 pm
FREE SCREENING!
Recommended for ages 8+
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THE LUNNIS AND THE GREAT FAIRY TALE ADVENTURES

THE LUNNIS AND THE GREAT FAIRY TALE ADVENTURES

Friday, March 13 @ 4:00 pm
Recommended for ages 4+
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THE PRINCE'S VOYAGE

THE PRINCE’S VOYAGE

Friday, March 13 @ 6:30 pm
Recommended for ages 6+
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SPECTACULAR SHORTS

SPECTACULAR SHORTS

Saturday, March 14 @ 9:30 am
Recommended for ages 8+
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THE ELFKINS: Baking A Difference

THE ELFKINS: Baking A Difference

Saturday, March 14 @ 11:30 am
Recommended for ages 4+
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THE HOUSE OF US

THE HOUSE OF US

Saturday, March 14 @ 1:45 pm
Recommended for ages 8+
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ROMY'S SALON

ROMY’S SALON

Saturday, March 14 @ 4:00 pm
Recommended for ages 8+
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GIVING VOICE

GIVING VOICE

Saturday, March 14 @ 6:30 pm
Recommended for ages 12+
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2020 AMAZING ANIMATIONS

2020 AMAZING ANIMATIONS

Sunday, March 15 @ 9:30 am
Recommended for ages 4+
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LOUIS Y LUCA: Misión a la Luna (Presentación en español)

LOUIS Y LUCA: Misión a la Luna (Presentación en español)

Sunday, March 15 @ 11:15 am
Recomendado para mayores de 4 años.
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12 MINUTES MAX: Tumbleweeds Edition

12 MINUTES MAX: Tumbleweeds Edition

Sunday, March 15 @ 2:00 pm
FREE SPECIAL EVENT! Recommended for ages 6+
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H IS FOR HAPPINESS

H IS FOR HAPPINESS

Sunday, March 15 @ 4:00 pm
Recommended for ages 10+
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MARONA'S FANTASTIC TALE

MARONA’S FANTASTIC TALE

Sunday, March 15 @ 6:30 pm
Recommended for ages 10+
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Workshops will connect kids directly with experts in virtual reality, sound effects, filmmaking, and more to deepen their appreciation for storytelling and inspire them to dig deeper into the elements of a story.

All workshops are 90 minutes long and take place it The City Library’s Lower Urban Room (basement) conference rooms.
Workshops cost $14 per person or you can buy a Festival Pass to get discounted tickets and other perks – details here.

SPECIAL EFFECTS MAKEUP

SPECIAL EFFECTS MAKEUP

Saturday, March 7 @ 11:30 am
Recommended for ages 8+
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FEEL THE NOISE – Making Sound Effects for Film

FEEL THE NOISE – Making Sound Effects for Film

Saturday, March 7 @ 1:45 pm
Recommended for ages 8+
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FEEL THE NOISE – Making Sound Effects for Film

FEEL THE NOISE – Making Sound Effects for Film

Saturday, March 7 @ 4:00 pm
Recommended for ages 8+
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SPY HOP WORKSHOP: Claymation 101

SPY HOP WORKSHOP: Claymation 101

Sunday, March 8 @ 11:30 am
Recommended for ages 8-12
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SPECIAL EFFECTS MAKEUP

SPECIAL EFFECTS MAKEUP

Sunday, March 8 @ 11:30 am
Recommended for ages 8+
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SPECIAL EFFECTS MAKEUP

SPECIAL EFFECTS MAKEUP

Sunday, March 8 @ 1:45 pm
Recommended for ages 8+
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HOW TO TELL A GREAT STORY

HOW TO TELL A GREAT STORY

Saturday, March 14 @ 11:30 am
Recommended for ages 10+
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DIY AUGMENTED REALITY

DIY AUGMENTED REALITY

Saturday, March 14 @ 1:45 pm
Recommended for ages 8+
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DIY AUGMENTED REALITY

DIY AUGMENTED REALITY

Saturday, March 14 @ 4:00 pm
Recommended for ages 8+
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HOW TO TELL A GREAT STORY

HOW TO TELL A GREAT STORY

Sunday, March 15 @ 11:15 am
Recommended for ages 10+
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FEEL THE NOISE – Making Sound Effects for Film

FEEL THE NOISE – Making Sound Effects for Film

Sunday, March 15 @ 1:30 pm
Recommended for ages 8+
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DIY AUGMENTED REALITY

DIY AUGMENTED REALITY

Sunday, March 15 @ 1:30 pm
Recommended for ages 8+
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SPY HOP WORKSHOP: Scoring for Film

SPY HOP WORKSHOP: Scoring for Film

Sunday, March 15 @ 4:00 pm
Recommended for ages 8-12
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The Festival’s free Clubhouse activities will bring a buzz of excitement to the Library’s Urban Room (atrium) on Saturday and Sunday of each weekend. These free, drop-in activities are open to all, and are designed to engage the creative spirit and energy of our participants.

The Clubhouse is open Saturday and Sunday 10am to 5pm.

Clark Planetarium’s Mars 2020


An interactive VR experience based on an upcoming NASA mission. Experience Mars’ Jezero Crater with both a driveable rover and a flyable helicopter!

Christian McKay Heidicker’s Thieves of Weirdwood


Learn the art of storyboarding from author Christian McKay Heidicker. Kids will compose their own visual scenes with original art
from the book – a creepy, adventurous romp for readers of all ages!

The City Library’s Tinker Lab Green-Screen Magic


Transform your surroundings or even disappear while experimenting with the power of a green-screen studio. Explore facets of this technology while you create your own onscreen story.

Discovery Gateway’s A Riot of Color


How does your eye perceive light? And how does color figure into it? You’ll use different colored transparencies to learn how light and color work together, and take home your own color wheel.

Hand Drawn Photo Booth’s You’re A Work of Art


Get drawn by the Hand Drawn Photo Booth, a photo “machine” operated by a real-live artist.

Fantastic and Funny Family Photos


Get your photo taken at Tumbleweeds by photographer Miriam Teriipaia! She’ll have props and costumes at the ready to capture your Tumbleweeds experience.

Augmented Reality Scavenger Hunt


Use your mobile device to discover the storytelling innovations from the history of film. Clues are hidden throughout the Library’s main atrium in virtual and real life.

Prepared for Adventure!


What essentials would you pack on a perilous voyage into the unknown? With your imagination as your guide, customize your own survival tools to add to an adventurous installation with artist Maggie Willis.

UMOCA’s Optical Wizardry


Make thaumatropes, an art project where two images, spun together, combine to become one. This simple creation shows how easily we can trick our eyes and forms the basics for all moving images.

Utah Museum of Fine Arts’ Your Life in a Time Capsule


Work with artists from the Utah Museum of Fine Art to make a “film strip” of your life right now (favorite foods, friends, activities, etc.) then roll it up in a film canister to keep as a time capsule

Typed Stories While You Wait


The Poem Pros will type up any story you want on the spot. What’s on your mind? They’ll get to work.

2020 Tumbleweeds Festival Field Trips

Registration now open!

Monday, March 9 through Thursday, March 12
Library Square in downtown Salt Lake City, Viridian Library & Events Center in West Jordan, and SCERA Center for the Arts in Orem

Utah Film Center is pleased to offer FREE Tumbleweeds Festival Field Trips to grades 1-12 as part of our Tumbleweeds Film Festival for Kids. Field trips are curated with an eye toward introducing young audiences to the joys of international and independent cinema, creative thinking, and storytelling.

Scroll below and click on the type of field trip, Film or Workshop, you are interested in attending to see available venues, date, and times. Please note Workshops are only available on Monday, March 9 at The City Library in downtown Salt Lake City.

Underwriting for bus/transportation support is available, email mwalker [at] utahfilmcenter.org for information.

All film screenings include a post-film dicussion and a curriculum-linked study guide created by Utah Film Center’s Media Education department for educators to continue the conversation inspired by the film as part of their classroom activities.

Animated Shorts Program
with pre-film presentation and post-film discussion with a professional animator who graduated from BYU’s Animation Program.
Program runtime (film + discussion) is 75 minutes


A selection of animated films from around the world programmed specifically for youth film-lovers.

Orem
SCERA Center for the Arts
745 State St


West Jordan
Viridian Library and Event Center
8030 S 1825 W

We Are the Dream: The Kids of the Oakland MLK Oratorical Fest
with post-film discussion.
Program runtime (film + discussion) is approx. 100 minutes

Directed by Amy Schatz
67 min | 2020 | USA | TV-G

Follow students from schools across Oakland, California in the months leading up to the 40th annual MLK Oratorical Festival as they hone their speeches, hoping for a coveted spot in the finals. From Emmy-winning director Amy Schatz and executive producer Mahershala Ali.

Orem
SCERA Center for the Arts
745 State St

Salt Lake City
The City Library
210 E 400 S

West Jordan
Viridian Library and Event Center
8030 S 1825 W

Binti
with post-film discussion.
Program runtime (film + discussion) is 120 minutes

Directed by Frederike Migom
102 min | 2018 | Belgium/Netherlands | Not Rated
Cast: Bebel Tshiani Baloji, Mo Bakker, Joke Devynck, Baloji, Caroline Stas, Noa Jacobs

Twelve-year-old Binti dreams of becoming a famous vlogger like her idol Tatyana. But when the police raid her home, and try to deport her and her dad, they are forced to flee. Together with her friend Elias she now plots the perfect plan to stay in the country.

Presented in Dutch with English subtitles – reader provided.

Subtitles
To enhance our young viewers’ appreciation of foreign-language movies, we have readers read subtitles aloud. We play the readings through individual headsets, to allow those who do not require the service to experience the film without hearing the reader.

Salt Lake City
The City Library
210 E 400 S

Workshops connect kids directly with experts in animation, augmented reality, and virtual reality filmmaking. These workshops are designed to deepen students’ appreciation for storytelling while introducing them to media literacy concepts and the technology driving current and future forms of storytelling.

Workshop 1: Behind the Animation with Stop Motion Workshop
Instructor: Nathan Lindsay, Professor of Animation at BYU, animator for Disney Studios and Guardians of the Galaxy.
Program runtime 90 minutes.


An expanded version of our In Your Classroom program of the same name, this workshop will walk kids through the process of making an animated film. A professional animator who has worked for Disney/Pixar will lead this workshop.


Workshop 2: Augmented Reality Treasure Hunt on the History of Film
Instructors: Dane Christensen and Carol Dalrymple; VR filmmakers
Program runtime 90 minutes.


Explore the history and behind the scenes nature of film using Augmented Reality! Students will go on an Augmented Reality treasure hunt to learn about how cinema comes together and comes to life.


Workshop 3: Virtual Reality Documentary Clouds Over Sidra
Instructor: Karem Orrego; filmmaker
Program runtime 60 minutes.


This workshop is modeled after our In Your Classroom Moving Stories workshop. Students will be taken on a virtual journey through the life and thoughts of a young Syrian girl named Sidra who is living with her family in a Refugee Camp. The use of VR headsets will take place in this workshop and an in-depth discussion on the film will take place after viewing the short documentary. Because of content, discussion, and advanced technology use, this workshop is designed for grades 6th and up.


Who Goes to Tumbleweeds?
Kids of all ages! Films are programmed with an eye toward introducing young audiences to the joys of international and independent cinema. Parents and adults will enjoy films that have interesting universal themes and messages. Plus the Clubhouse and Workshops are a great way to learn and experience interactive media.

What Films are Playing at this Year’s Festival?
Films, Workshops, and Clubhouse activities will be announced starting in January. To see what was offered at the 2019 Festival click here.

Where is Tumbleweeds?
The Festival takes place takes place at The City Library (210 E 400 S) in downtown Salt Lake City.

Festival Field Trips takes place at The City Library, Viridian Event Center & Library, and SCERA Center for the Arts.

 How We Handle Subtitles
Tumbleweeds features the best films for kids from around the world and many of these films are from countries whose primary language is not English. When films are presented in a foreign language we present the screenings with English subtitles, but to make it easier for our young audience (and older ones when requested) we provide listening devices, headphones with adjustable volume that feature a subtitle reader reading the subtitles.


Tumbleweeds Film Festival Generously Supported By

Friends of the Festival

Brendan Ryan and Josette Formosa-Ryan
The Canella Family
Janice Boes and Family
Diamond Rental
Family Sponsors

GOLD
Mayor Jackie Biskupski
& Betty Iverson
C-Stone Family Céline, John, Oliver
& Eli Downen
The Gowski Family
Maunsel & Ann Pearce
Chris & Ellen Rossi
Josette & Brendan Ryan
SILVER
Elsa, Eli & Joshua Bloch
Havilah Clarke & Christoph Zeller
Missy & Kyle Dawson
The Jones Family
Katie & Ben Lieberman
Jennifer MacAdam
McPeck Cutler Family
The Porter Family
The Slattery Family
Hailey Watanabe & Family
Harper, Jason & Holly Yocom
BRONZE
Ryder & Arden Grace Cuch: Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribal Members
Hochman/Sheinberg Family
Andrew, Leah & Jacob Nelson
The St. André – Petheram’s