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Family Guide to the Newport Beach Film Festival

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The Newport Beach Film Festival is coming on April 23th through the 30th. The festival is not just for adults and will be featuring a wide variety of family films, discussion panels with some of Disney and Pixar’s top filmmakers and more! Most of the younger children films are less than 30 minutes making it a great time to introduce your child to a theater experience. Get your tickets now for one these fantastic family films before they sell-out.

All of the family films are on Saturday, April 25th with the younger children films starting at 11am, and the teen films starting at 1:15pm. All films will be played at the Island Cinema in Newport Beach. Tickets are $14 for each adult.

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Highlight Family Film

Paper Planes
11:30 and
2:45pm on Thursday, Apr 30th
Director: Robert Connolly

Following the death of his mother, 11-year-old Dylan’s father is overcome by grief and has largely lost all connection with his son. Left to look after himself, Dylan discovers the art of folding paper planes through the encouragement of his friend, a Japanese Junior Champion, who also informs Dylan of the World Paper Plane Championships in Tokyo. Motivated by his friendship, he is able to earn himself a place at the competition and, as he gears up to travel to the contest, must learn to cope with his father’s emotional obstacles.

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Shorts for Shorties (Younger Children)

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The Numberlys
11am
Director: William Joyce
Friends 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 live in a world where there is no alphabet – only numbers. One day, they decide they want something different from their orderly, black-and-white world. They set out to create each letter of the alphabet and bring color, creativity and jellybeans to their world in this Oscar-nominated short.

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T.P.
11am
Director: Bob Blevins
A naive roll of toilet paper awakens in a disgusting gas station bathroom, and is horrified to discover what fate has in store for his kind. Inspired by his traumatized but well intentioned companion, he resolves to escape captivity and determine for himself how his destiny will unravel.

T.P. Official Trailer from WerleyBob Pictures on Vimeo.

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The Dam Keeper
11am
Director: Robert Kondo
The Dam Keeper, a short film by feature-animation artists Robert Kondo and Dice Tsutsumi tells the tale of a young pig with an important job, and a new classmate who changes everything. The short film blends traditional hand-drawn animation with digital painting techniques to bring Kondo and Tsutsumi’s celebrated painting style to life. In a desolate future, one small town has survived because of a large windmill dam that acts as a fan to keep out poisonous clouds. The dam’s operator, Pig, works tirelessly to keep the sails spinning and protect the town, despite bullying from classmates and an indifferent public. When a new student, Fox, joins Pig’s class, everything begins to change.

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The Little Cousteau
11am
Director: Maly Cousteau
A boy embarks on an undersea adventure in snowy city in this short homage to Jacques Cousteau.

The Little Cousteau – TRAILER – (Maly Cousteau, 2013, dir. Jakub Kouril) from Jakub Kouril on Vimeo.

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Cows (Moosic Video)
11am
Tickets $14
Director: Sandra Boynton
An all-out Broadway number performed by sincere yet overambitious bovines.

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Harald
11am
Director: Moritz Schneider
Harald is a champion wrestler, whose winning is always driven by his ambitious mother. His true passion, however, is for flowers. When his favorite one is taken away by his mother one day, Harald has to fight for it.

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Me and My Moulton
11am
Director: Torill Kove
A seven-year-old girl asks her hopelessly out-of-touch parents for a bicycle, but the unconventional ways of these modernist architects soon prove to be a source of quiet embarrassment and anxiety in this Oscar-nominated animation set in 1960s Norway.

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Mia
11am
Director: Wouter Bongaerts
7-year-old Mia tries to liberate her overworked mother from the clutches of an overpopulated metropolis. In her quest, she unlocks the hidden secrets that make the world turn.

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Shorts for Tweens

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ReConception
1:15pm
Director: Joe Petrilla
A hell-bent bunch of boys break into an abandoned cargo trailer. Their conquest is interrupted by the owner of the vehicle’s unexpected return.

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Page’s Great And Grand Escape
1:15pm
Director: Micky Levy
Page is a 16-year-old who dreams about being beautiful and popular. Luckily for Page, she has a special gift that just might enable her to pull off the biggest escape of all: an escape from herself.

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Dave’s Wild Life
1:15pm
Director: Samuel De Ceccatty
Dave is a socially awkward retail assistant who has never given up on his dream to make wildlife documentaries, and transforms every minute of his mundane life into an adventure by imagining undiscovered urban creatures.

Dave's Wild Life – TRAILER from Samuel de Ceccatty on Vimeo.

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The Present
1:15pm
Director: Jacob Frey
Jake spends all of his time playing video games indoors. One day, his mother comes home with a present that forces him up and off the couch.

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The Magic Bracelet
1:15pm
Director: Jon Poll
Ashley inherits a totem bracelet from a friend who died of Mitochondrial Disease (the same illness she herself battles). It leads the girls on a mystical journey of discovery in which a new level of friendship, family, and healing is revealed. Starring Bailee Madison and Hailee Steinfeld, featuring Jackson Rathbone, Kaitlin Doubleday, J.k. Simmons and James Van Der Beek.

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D.Asian
1:15pm
Tickets $14
Director: Sarah Smith
4th grade is all about fitting in. For 10 year-old Daniel that means owning the latest in Hello Kitty fashion, liking the cutest boy in class, and passing as Asian when everyone else thinks you’re white.

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The Milky Way
1:15pm
Director: Eliza Weiss
A quirky and anachronistic young woman must pour her efforts into her job selling milk in order to prove that she can succeed on her own.

The Milky Way from Heather DiPietro on Vimeo.

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So You’ve Grown Attached
1:15pm
Director: Kate Tsang
An off-beat comedy about Ex, an imaginary friend, who is forced to consider retirement when his creator, Izzy, starts to grow up.

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Two And A Quarter Minutes
1:15pm and 2:30pm
Director: Josh Ovalle
What goes through one’s mind in the two-and-a-quarter minutes it takes on average for someone to drown?

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