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NEW YORK INTERNATIONAL CHILDREN’S FILM FESTIVAL & THE AMERICAN CINEMATHEQUE PRESENT

LOS ANGELES CHILDREN'S FILM FESTIVAL

APRIL 26 - MAY 5, 2013AERO THEATRE 1328 Montana Ave at 14th St., Santa Monica, CA 90403
www.americancinematheque.com

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Kid Film Critic Reviews

Sponsored by MommyPoppins.com. We're accepting applications until 5 PM on Thursday, April 12 for Kid Film Critics, who will be invited to press screenings to write reviews. Details online. Read our Kid Film Critic reviews after April 20th and give us your comments, exclusively on MommyPoppins.com!

Friday, April 26 - 7:30 PM
Los Angeles Premiere!
A LETTER TO MOMO
(MOMO E NO TEGAMI), 2011, GKIDS, 120min., Japan, Dir. Hiroyuki Okiura
Recommended ages: 8 and up

The last time Momo saw her father they fought. Now all she has to remember him by is a letter he began that says only “Dear Momo.” In her new home on a Japanese island, the three mischievous goblins she finds in the attic may hold the key to what her father was trying to tell her. Featuring beautiful hand-drawn animation, bursts of kinetic humor and deeply felt emotion.

In Japanese with English subtitles.

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Saturday, April 27 - 11:00 AM
Los Angeles Premiere!
KIDS FLIX MIX 1
2013, 60 min.
Recommended ages: 3 to 8

A kaleidoscopic showcase of the best short films from around the world, for ages 3 to 8. Program includes:

- The Little Bird and the Leaf (Sweden)

- Notebook Babies (USA)

- Goat Herder and His Lots and Lots and Lots of Goats (UK)

- Mungge, Not Again! (Switzerland)

- Keenan at Sea (USA)

- Twist & Shout (Japan)

- Elia (France)

- How Can You Swallow So Much Sleep? (UK)

- Animal Beatbox (Australia)

- Behind (Canada)

- Balloon Moon (Portugal)

- Macropolis (UK)

- Aston’s Presents (Sweden)

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Saturday, April 27 - 4:00 PM
Los Angeles Premiere!
A MONSTER IN PARIS
(UN MONSTRE À PARIS), 2011, Shout! Factory, 90 min., France, Dir. Bibo Bergeron
Recommended ages: 5 and up

In Paris in 1910, lovelorn film projectionist Emile and his inventor friend Raoul sneak into a scientist's laboratory and unwittingly release a monster. But the creature has a sensitive soul as well as musical talent, and cabaret singer Lucille lets him join her act. Despite the beast's peaceful demeanor, the city’s evil mayor puts the police force on his tail. Featuring guitar and vocals from Sean Lennon.

In English.

Shaw and Tell

Film preceded by a performance by professional actors of a screenplay written by a 5th grade participant in The Young Storytellers Foundation’s script to stage program.

Special 3D ticket pricing. No passes accepted.

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Saturday , April 27 - 7:30 PM
WOLF CHILDREN
(OKAMI KODOMO NO AME TO YUKI), 2012, Nippon Television, 117 min., Japan, Dir. Mamoru Hosoda
Recommended ages: 9 and up

Hana falls in love with a man who is a descendent of a tribe of wolfmen, and together they produce a son and daughter who behave more like pets than people. As they grow up, they must choose between living as civilized human beings or succumbing to the wild animal instincts within. This latest from director Mamoru Hosoda exhibits a wry sense of humor and a moving portrayal of siblings who transform.

In Japanese with English subtitles.

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Sunday, April 28 - 11:00 AM
Los Angeles Premiere!
MEET THE SMALL POTATOES
012, 60 min., USA, Dir. Josh Selig
Recommended ages: 3 and up

This mockumentary follows four of the cutest spuds to ever rule the radio waves -- from their humble beginnings on an Idaho potato farm to international pop stardom. Featuring lively musical numbers, this animated treat was created as a THIS IS SPINAL TAP for the preschool set but has picked up an even larger fan base of older kids and tweens.

In English.

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Sunday, April 28 - 2:00 PM
Los Angeles Premiere!
CINDERELLA MOON
2011, Louisa Productions, 96 min., China, Dir. Richard Bowen
Recommended ages: 7 to adult

Discussion following with director Richard Bowen.

This gorgeous adaptation of the earliest known version of Cinderella, the Chinese tale Ye Xian (768 A.D.) finds Mei Mei hoping to dance at a festival in her kingdom in her bejeweled slippers. When the moon gets stuck in the sky, the handsome young king must take a wife to restore celestial harmony. One day he sees Mei Mei floating on air in her magical slippers. When she runs off, she leaves one slipper behind...

In English.

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Sunday, April 28 - 5:00 PM
Los Angeles Premiere!
THE DAY OF THE CROWS
(LE JOUR DES CORNEILLES), 2012, 95 min., France. Dir. Jean-Christophe Dessaint
Recommended ages: 7 to adult

In the woods lives the ogre-like Pumpkin and his only child, who has been raised like an animal and forbidden to leave the forest. But when his father is injured, the boy must seek help in a neighboring village. There he befriends a young girl and discovers the wonders of human civilization—and the truth about his family’s past.

In French with English subtitles.

Program underwritten by E.L.M.A. (European Languages and Movies In America)

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Friday, May 3 - 7:30 PM
FROM UP ON POPPY HILL
2012, GKIDS, 92 min., Japan, Dir. Goro Miyazaki
Recommended ages: 9 and up

Actress Jamie Lee Curtis will introduce the screening.

The highly anticipated new film from Studio Ghibli was written by legendary studio founder Hayao Miyazaki (SPIRITED AWAY) and directed by Goro Miyazaki, the first feature film collaboration between father and son. In Yokohama in 1963, high school kids Umi and Shun work together to save a dilapidated Meiji-era clubhouse from demolition. But as their tentative romance begins to blossom, a buried secret from their past emerges to pull them apart. Richly evocative of the optimism in Japan in the run-up to the Tokyo Olympics. With a star-filled voice cast including Jamie Lee Curtis, Christina Hendricks, Ron Howard and Anton Yelchin.

In English.

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Saturday , May 4 - 11:00 AM
Los Angeles Premiere!
KIDS FLIX MIX 2
2013, 60 min.
Recommended ages: 5 to 10

A fun-filled mix of the best short films from around the world, for ages 5 to 10. Program includes:

- Snack Attack (USA)

- Ernesto (UK)

- I’m Going to Mums (New Zealand)

- Lola (France)

- The Storyteller (India/UK)

- At the Opera (Argentina)

- Subway Train (USA)

- Fresh Guacamole (USA)

- Paper Touch (Taiwan)

- A Different Perspective (Ireland)

- Gulp (UK)

- Extinction of the Saber-Toothed Housecat (USA)

- Grandmother (Columbia)

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Saturday , May 4 - 2:00 PM
Chuck Jones Creativity Center presents
DRAWING ON IMAGINATION
60 min.
Recommended ages: 7 to adult
Shaw and Tell

One of the great animation directors, Oscar-winner Chuck Jones directed more than 300 cartoons during his 60-year career, creating such classic characters as the Road Runner, Wile E. Coyote and Pepe LePew, and Making "Dr. Seuss’s How The Grinch Stole Christmas" a holiday TV tradition. Join us for a demonstration of animation techniques along with a screening of a small sample of his cartoons.

Show your ticket stub from any LACFF program for entry to this FREE event.

In English

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Saturday , May 4 - 4:00 PM
Los Angeles Premiere!
KIRIKOU AND THE MEN AND THE WOMEN
(KIRIKOU ET LES HOMMES ET LES FEMMES) 2012, 87 min., France, Dir. Michel Ocelot
Recommended ages: 7 and up

This third film in the trilogy featuring pint-sized child hero Kirikou weaves together a collection of short-form fables, mixing traditional storytelling and mythology with bits of humor and wit, enlivened with a vibrant use of color and an upbeat musical score from Malian, Togolese and French artists. Throughout, Kirikou is called upon to save his village from perils both supernatural and human, which he does with a certain naiveté about the way the world really works.

In French with English subtitles.

Special 3D ticket pricing. No passes accepted.

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Saturday , May - 7:30 PM
Los Angeles Premiere!
NINJA KIDS!!!
2011, 100 min., Japan, Dir. Takashi Miike
Recommended ages: 8 and up

Little Rantaro comes from a long line of ninjas, so when he leaves the family farm to enter ninja school he is determined to master star-throwing, explosives, and rock-climbing. But Rantaro’s first-year class is so inept that the headmaster declares an early vacation and sends them all home. The youngsters nonetheless earn their stars when they are challenged by a rival clan and must race to ring the bell at a mountaintop temple to save the school. Brilliant in its excess and bursting with energy from the infectious young cast, the film is loaded with non-stop visual gags, dopey villains, adorable ninja trainees…and easily earns all three exclamation points in its title!

In Japanese with English subtitles.

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Sunday, May 5 - 11:00 AM
Los Angeles Premiere!
THE PAINTING
(LE TABLEAU), 2012, GKIDS, 76 min., France Dir. Jean-François Laguionie
Recommended ages: 7 and up

Paintings literally come to life in this clever parable as three castes of characters grapple with their place in the artistic hierarchy: the fully finished “Allduns,” the partially colored “Halfies” and the charcoal outline “Sketchies.” Halfie Claire is in love with someone above her station, but shame over her unfinished face sends her running away into the forest. When friends Ramo and Lola follow her, the trio reaches the boundaries of the canvas—where they discover the artist’s studio…

"Enchanting! This consistently enjoyable, inventive and beautifully crafted tale is a color riot suitable for all ages! A constant feast for the eyes!"Variety.

In English.

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Sunday, May 5 - 2:00 PM
THE ZIGZAG KID
2012, Belgium, 90 min., Dir. Vincent Bal
Recommended ages: 8 and up

Nono, the son of the world’s greatest police inspector gets sidetracked on his way to visit his boring uncle, when he meets his father’s arch-nemesis, notorious criminal Felix Glick. Putting his detective skills to work, he hits the French Riviera, where he meets a seductive nightclub chanteuse (Isabella Rossellini). With only 24 hours to go before his Bar Mitzvah, Nono must complete his high-stakes mission and confront the mystery of his own identity as well as the truth about the mother he has never known. A stylish, witty, action-packed caper that also touches on more serious themes of self-discovery, the strength of family, and acceptance.

In English, Dutch and French with English subtitles.

Shaw and Tell

Program includes a brief presentation on movie sound effects presented by Tony Palermo.

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Sunday, May 5 - 5:00 PM
Los Angeles Premiere!
WELCOME TO THE SPACE SHOW
2011, 136 min., Japan, Dir. Koji Masunari
Recommended ages: 7 and up

With an intergalactic cast of thousands, director Koji Masunari’s colorfully explosive debut feature sets a new high for visual spectacle and sheer inventiveness of character design. Amane and her older cousin Natsuki think they have found an injured dog in the woods, but they find that Pochi is actually an alien botanist on the trail of a rare and powerful plant. He whisks the kids away to a space colony on the dark side of the moon, an interstellar gathering place of humorous alien creatures, jellyfish spaceships, dragon trains, and--if that weren’t enough--a theme song from UK pop anomaly Susan Boyle.

In English.

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Community Sponsors: The Drysdale Family, MommyPoppinsLA
Program Underwriter: E.L.M.A. (European Languages & Movies in America)

ArtKandy.com, the new online gallery from the folks who brought you Every Picture Tells A Story, will donate limited edition fine art prints from the top children's book illustrators - including Maurice Sendak, Mo Willems, Hilary Knight and Garth Williams - to be given away each night.

American Cinematheque
Aero Theatre 1328 Montana Avenue, Santa Monica, CA 90403
www.americancinematheque.com - 323.466.FILM
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LACFF GKIDS
also: AERO --(Sid Grauman) --

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General Admission: $11 ($13 for 3D shows)
Student/Senior/Child: $9 ($11 for 3D shows)
American Cinematheque Members: $7 ($9 for 3D shows)

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