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All, Tumbleweeds Film Festival

A unique film festival is likely to give children a taste of cultures around the world.

The Tumbleweeds Film Festival will embark on its second year on March 23-25 with the goal to use film as the medium to bridge cultural, geographic and political boundaries. Presented by the Utah Film Center, the festival geared toward children ages 4-14.

Twelve feature films and multiple shorts from seven countries in five languages will be featured.

"We just wanted to provide an alternative to mainstream films and give kids an opportunity to see films and stories from around the world to introduce them to different cultures," said Patrick Hubley, director of the Tumbleweeds festival.

The festival's lineup includes a mix of live-action and animated films such as "Chimpanzee," "Aurelie Laflamme's Diary" and "A Cat in Paris."

Films in languages other than English will include subtitles and many will have readers to narrate for younger children.

In addition to the film presentations, the festival also offers four workshops geared toward different age groups.

The workshops will each focus on an aspect of filmmaking, including stop motion animation, 3D game design and makeup effects.

All screenings and workshops will be held at either Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center, 138 W. 300 South; Spy Hop Productions, 511 W. 200 South; or the Salt Lake City Library, 210 E. 400 South.

Tickets are $6 for the screenings and $30 for the workshops including service charges. Both are available by calling 801-355-2787 or visiting www.arttix.org.

In addition to the three-day festival, the Utah Film Center offers other child-centered film screenings throughout the year.

Visit www.utahfilmcenter.org or www.kidsfilm.org for a complete schedule of the Tumbleweeds Festival and future community events.

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