2018 Tumbleweeds Film Festival

Utah Film Center's 7th annual Tumbleweeds Film Festival for Children and Youth takes place March 2–4, 2018 at Library Square and the Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center, presented in partnership with The City Library, The Leonardo, and UMOCA. Tumbleweeds features films from around the world and provides culturally-enriching, curated film, and media arts workshops for younger audiences. Founded in 2011, Tumbleweeds is the only film festival for children in the Intermountain West and has quickly become one of Utah’s premiere events.

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 the films that have interesting universal themes and messages. Plus the Clubhouse is a great way to learn and experience interactive media with your child.

 How We Handle Subtitles
Foreign language screenings are presented with English subtitles that will be read over listening devices by a “subtitle reader” for audience members who prefer an English dialogue track.

About the Festival
Utah Film Center’s Tumbleweeds Film Festival is an annual film festival for children and youth, ages 4 and up, providing opportunities for film lovers of all ages to engage their creative spirit, and bridge cultures by experiencing films whose stories transcend geographic, cultural, and political boundaries. Past Festival films include A Monster in Paris, The Eagle Huntress, Oddball, Long Way North (Tout en haut du monde), Eleanor’s Secret, Felix, Chandani the Elephant Whisperer, My Friend Raffi, I Learn America, Rainbow, and Ernest & Celestine.

Tickets and Festival Passes Now On Sale
Friday, Opening Night Film tickets are $10 each
Saturday and Sunday film tickets are $6 each

10 Ticket Festival passes, good for your choice of 10 films and/or workshops are now on sale for only $50! Click here to purchase your Festival Pass.

Film Image INTO THE WHO KNOWS!
Friday, March 2 @ 7:30 PM
 Rose Wagner
Recommended for ages 6+
Film Image AMAZING ANIMATIONS
Short Film Program
Saturday, March 3 @ 9:30 AM
 The City Library
Recommended for ages 4+
Film Image EDHEL
Saturday, March 3 @ 10 AM
 The Leonardo
Recommended for ages 8+
Film Image THE BIG BAD FOX AND OTHER TALES
Saturday, March 3 @ 12 PM
 The City Library
Recommended for ages 4+
Film Image WENDY (Wendy der Film)
Saturday, March 3 @ 12:30 PM
 The Leonardo
Recommended for ages 10+
Film Image CLOUDBOY
Saturday, March 3 @ 2:30 PM
 The City Library
Recommended for ages 8+
Film Image SPECTACULAR SHORTS Short Film Program
Saturday, March 3 @ 3 PM
 The Leonardo
Recommended for ages 8+
Film Image UP IN THE SKY
Saturday, March 3 @ 5 PM
 The City Library
Recommended for ages 6+
 
Film Image SOLD OUT: AT EYE LEVEL (Auf Augenhöe)
Saturday, March 3 @ 5:15 PM
 The Leonardo
Recommended for ages 10+
Film Image BIG FISH & BEGONIA
Saturday, March 3 @ 7:30 PM
 The City Library
Recommended for ages 12+
Film Image GIRLS RULE! Short Film Program
Sunday, March 4 @ 10 AM
 The City Library
Recommended for ages 8+
Film Image LOUIS & LUCA - The Big Cheese Race
Sunday, March 4 @ 10:30 AM
 The Leonardo
Recommended for ages 4+
Film Image ON WHEELS (Sobre Rodas)
Sunday, March 4 @ 12:30 PM
 The City Library
Recommended for ages 10+
Film Image BAMSE AND THE WITCH'S DAUGHTER
Sunday, March 4 @ 1 PM
 The Leonardo
Recommended for ages 4+
Film Image THE DAY MY FATHER BECAME A BUSH
Sunday, March 4 @ 3 PM
 The City Library
Recommended for ages 10+
Film Image ESTEBAN
Sunday, March 4 @ 3:30 PM
 The Leonardo
Recommended for ages 8+
Film Image ROOM 213
Sunday, March 4 @ 5:00 PM
 The City Library
Recommended for ages 12+
Film Image SCIENCE FAIR
Sunday, March 4 @ 7:00 PM
 The City Library
Recommended for ages 10+
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Workshops take place at The Leonardo and tickets are $10 each.
Space is limited, so purchase your tickets today!

10 Ticket Festival passes, good for your choice of 10 films and/or workshops are now on sale for only $50 Click here to purchase your Festival pass.

Film Image SOLD OUT: IT’S ALL IN YOUR HEAD(SET)–TAKE A TRIP WITH VR
Saturday, March 3 @ 10 AM
 The Leonardo
Recommended for ages 4+
Film Image SOLD OUT: FEEL THE NOISE–MAKING SOUND EFFECTS FOR FILM  
Saturday, March 3 @ 1 PM
 The Leonardo
Recommended for ages 8+
Film Image SOLD OUT: SPECIAL FX HOLLYWOOD MAKEUP 
Saturday, March 3 @ 1:15PM  The Leonardo
Recommended for ages 10+
Film Image SOLD OUT: IT’S ALL IN YOUR HEAD(SET)–TAKE A TRIP WITH VR 
Saturday, March 3 @ 3 PM
 The Leonardo
Recommended for ages 4+
Film Image SOLD OUT: IT’S ALL IN YOUR HEAD(SET)–TAKE A TRIP WITH VR
Sunday March 4 @ 10 AM
 The Leonardo

Recommended for ages 4+
Film Image SOLD OUT: FEEL THE NOISE–MAKING SOUND EFFECTS FOR FILM
Sunday March 4 @ 1 PM
 The Leonardo
Recommended for ages 8+
Film Image SOLD OUT: IT’S ALL IN YOUR HEAD(SET)–TAKE A TRIP WITH VR
Sunday March 4 @ 1:15 PM
 The Leonardo
Recommended for ages 4+
Film Image SOLD OUT: SPECIAL FX HOLLYWOOD MAKEUP
Sunday March 4 @ 2:45 PM
 The Leonardo
Recommended for ages 10+
The Tumbleweeds Clubhouse is free for all Library Square patrons and features over 20 craft and technology activities in The City Library's Urban Room (main lobby) and The Leonardo's Entrance Atrium.
The Clubhouse is open Saturday and Sunday 10am to 5pm.

The City Library Activities

Do-It-Yourself Festival Badge - Utah Film Center

Snap a photo of yourself and get official with this badge making photobooth and customization station. A silly badge works just as well as a serious one.

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

Get your picture drawn by the Hand Drawn Photo Booth, a pretend photo booth “machine” operated by a real-live artist. The photo booth can draw anything in reality and from your imagination. Request a picture as a character from a film or let your imagination go wild!

Master the Moving Image – Salt Lake City Maker Faire

Phenakistiscope! Thaumatrope! Zoetrope! What the heck do those words even mean? You’ll make your own of each of ’em —and more!— with Salt Lake City Maker Faire, and become an optical illusion wizard.

One Fish Two Fish – Interactive Paper Mache with Maggie Willis

In honor of Dr. Seuss’s birthday, join us as we create, paint, and decorate his famous fish from “One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish” that will be part of a collaborative installation leading into the entrance of the Film Festival! All of the sculptures are made from upcycled and previously used (lightly loved) materials, so you can learn how to do this at home!

Indonesian Shadow Puppets – Utah Museum of Fine Arts

Shadow puppets are a beautiful storytelling art form from Bali. Puppets from the Utah Museum of Fine Arts’ Education Collection will offer inspiration as you craft your own moveable shadow puppet. Flashlights and a puppet theater will be on-hand to bring your puppet to life.

Swoop Station - University of Utah Youth Education

Swoop by the University of Utah’s Youth Education booth to decorate your own Swoop mask. Represent the U with pride! Enter to win a gift bundle that includes a $50 gift certificate that can be used toward youth education tuition for 2018.

Block Party and Suncatchers – Discovery Gateway

Blow off some steam messing around with Discovery Gateway’s giant blocks. A good post-film stress reliever. Discovery Gateway will also be making suncatchers out of tissue paper and construction paper. A fun craft for younger kids!”

Junk Sculpture Marionettes – Clever Octopus

Build dancing animals, robots, and aliens with found materials, then make a video of them dancing on our fun backgrounds using your phone!

Foil Boats Challenge – The City Library

Using only aluminum foil and your imagination, create a boat that can hold the most marbles before sinking.

Wind Tunnel – The City Library

Kids and their families can experiment with the power of the wind as they create devices and watch them fly in a wind tube.

DIY for Me - Craft Lake City

Craft Lake City will be bringing their artistry and know-how in an interactive project that you can take home, details to come!

Typed Stories While You Wait – Poem Pros

These typists are the Poem Pros, waiting to type up any story you want on the spot. Tell them what's on your mind and they'll get to work.

The Leonardo Activities

Brains! Braaaaains! - University of Utah Neuroscience Department

Want to touch a real human brain? Or see what they look like through a microscope? The Neuroscience Program at the University of Utah will be presenting all manner of brain-based shenanigans, and will challenge you to brain teasers as well.

DIY Mini Lightsabers! – Utah Film Center

Learn how to make your very own mini light saber using batteries, LED lights, straws and tape. Kids will learn how to create their own (and fun stuff like basic electric circuitry! Yeah!). Great for future Jedi and electrical wizards alike!

Mind-Blowing Apps - Utah Film Center

Check out a vareity of cutting-ege interactive and augmented reality applications on tablets. Learn the latest music, robotics, movies, and drawing technolgies.

Virtual Reality Storytelling - Documentarian Carol Dalrymple

Documentaries bring us real stories, but how do virtual reality documentaries work? Feel what it's like to be immersed the story with 360 documentarian Carol Dalrymple of KUED.

Defend The Earth - Clark Planetarium

Clark Planetarium produces video games and dome movies that are sold all around the world.  The Defend The Earth video game is a fun way for people of all ages to see how they do protecting the Earth from an extinction level meteor event like the dinosaurs experienced.  It uses real solutions that have been suggested by scientists.  Check out Clark Planetarium and see if you can defend the Earth!  

Playful Corp. Presents

Playful Corp is on a mission to bring joy to the world, one game at a time, bringing characters and stories to life in ways never before possible. "Star Child" is Playful's sci-fi cinematic platformer coming to PlayStation VR in 2018. “Super Lucky’s Tale", a launch title for the Xbox One X, is a delightful playground platformer featuring a lovable fox named Lucky.

Lights, Camera, Action - The Leonardo

Pop into the Leonardo for a multi-station hands-on experience in Mini Movie Making: Green Screen, Zoetrope, Animation, Storyboarding and all manner of jumping about! What is a story you want to tell? We will show you how to begin to tell it as a movie!

Drawing Donkeys - The Leonardo

Look out for drawing donkeys around the Leonardo: art, tech, and science-based stations where you can create images of what you see around the exhibit. Draw, shape, design!

Typed Stories While You Wait - Poem Pros

These typists are the Poem Pros, waiting to type up any story you want on the spot. Tell them what's on your mind and they'll get to work.

Free activities for Teachers and Classrooms


Festival Field Trips
For Grades 1+
The week leading up to the Festival we are proud to offer school screenings in Salt Lake City and West Jordan, each with a post-film discussion. All participating teachers will receive a study guide packet. This year we expand our offerings with a special Thursday all-day event that combines a film screening, post-film discussion, and workshops. Underwriting for bus/transportation support is available.

Learn more and reserve your class field trip today, seats will fill up quickly: utahfilmcenter.org/fieldtrips.

Film Spark Teacher Workshop
Teacher of all subjects in teams of 3 or more; grades 6-12
Film can spark conversation like few other platforms in the classroom can so the Utah Film Center created Film Spark to help teachers with a curriculum that provides structure for discussing important global topics. At Tumbleweeds join the Utah Film Center and documentary director Jean Michel Dissard, from the highly acclaimed film I Learn America for a free Film Spark workshop focused on integrating award-winning documentary films into your classroom. Each participating school team (3 or more teachers grades 6-12) receives a Film Spark Volume I curriculum guide containing twelve documentary DVDs and corresponding, standards-linked study guides, and Utah State Board of Education relicensure credit. To sign up email rwray@utahfilmcenter.org.

To learn more about the specific Film Spark documentary titles and to watch their trailers, visit utahfilmcenter.org/filmspark

Festival Map for Saturday and Sunday: Library Square

FESTIVAL PASSES: GET THE MOST OUT OF YOUR FESTIVAL EXPERIENCE

10 TICKET

Festival pass

10 Tickets to your choice of films and workshops

 

Discounts at local restaurants

 

Discounts on Festival Merchandise

 

$50

($100 value)

BRONZE

FAMily sponsorship

2 Festival Passes

(see 1st column for BENEFITS)

4 TICKETS TO OPENING NIGHT PARTY AND FILM

 

SPONSOR recognition onLINE AND AT FESTIVAL

 

$150


SILVER

FAMILY SPONSORHIP

4 FESTIVAL PASSES

(SEE 1ST COLUMN FOR BENEFITS)

6 TICKETS TO OPENING NIGHT PARTY AND FILM

 

SPONSOR RECOGNITION ONLINE AND AT FESTIVAL

 

$250


GOLD

FAMILY SPONSORSHIP

8 FESTIVAL PASSES

(SEE 1ST COLUMN FOR BENEFITS)

8 TICKETS TO OPENING NIGHT PARTY AND FILM

 

SPONSOR RECOGNITION ONLINE AND AT FESTIVAL

 

$500


SALES CLOSED

*Festival passes will be mailed in mid-January when films are announced.
Interested in being a corporate or foundation sponsor? Please click here to email our development team.

PAST FESTIVAL HIGHLIGHTS

TUMBLEWEEDS FILM FESTIVAL IS MADE POSSIBLE BY THE SUPPORT OF

                        

            
                   

ACE Salt Lake City | Salt Lake City Arts Council | Hires Big H
Downtown SLC Presents | Woosh Productions/Desk Top History
University of Utah Youth Education