2020 Tumbleweeds Film Festival

Utah Film Center’s 9th annual Tumbleweeds Film Festival for Kids takes place March 6–12, 2020 at Library Square. Tumbleweeds, the Mountain West’s longest running international film festival for families, presents new, culturally-enriching, curated cinema 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 is open to the public the weekend of March 6-8, with Festival Field Trips offered free of charge to schools March 9-12.

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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 is free and open to the public, and features craft and technology activities that offer an exciting and fun approach to storytelling and creativity.

Individual tickets go on sale in early February when the full Festival program is announced.
Festival passes go on sale December 9th.


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


Get a pass for $40 through December 16.
Prices goes up to $60 starting December 17.

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.

The 8 film tickets and 2 workshop tickets you receive with your pass allow you to choose the films and workshops that you are most interested in.

You decide how you want to use them.
Do you want one ticket to eight different films? Or eight 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.

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


  • 6 Festival Passes*
  • 8 Tickets to Opening Night Party and Film
  • Sponsor Recognition Online and at Festival

*A Festival Pass includes 8 film and 2 workshop tickets. All tickets and passes are transferable.



  • 4 Festival Passes*
  • 6 Tickets to Opening Night Party and Film
  • Sponsor Recognition Online and at Festival

*A Festival Pass includes 8 film and 2 workshop tickets. All tickets and passes are transferable.



  • 2 Festival Passes*
  • 4 Tickets to Opening Night Party and Film
  • Sponsor Recognition Online and at Festival

*A Festival Pass includes 8 film and 2 workshop tickets. All tickets and passes are transferable.



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


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.

Check back soon to learn about shifts and incentives available.

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 2020 Tumbleweeds Film Festival takes place at Library Square in downtown Salt Lake City. Activities are scheduled to take place at both The City Library (210 E 400 S) and The Leonardo (209 E 500 S).

 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