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August 3, 2014

Children's Film Festival will have two shows at Wildey and camps

The Wildey Theatre in Edwardsville will be a venue in the second annual St. Louis International Children's Film Festival this weekend and next, with free admission for both children and adults.

At 1 p.m. Sunday, "Welcome to the Space Show," a Japanese 2010 animated movie by Koji Masunari, will be shown at the Wildey, 225 N. Main in Edwardsville. It will be shown in English, and is appropriate for ages 8 and older. It is a colorful, visual spectacle, with inventive character design. It runs two hours and 16 minutes.

At 1 p.m. Aug. 10, "My Dog the Champion" will be shown at the Wildey. This 87-minute American film is about Madison, a spoiled big-city 16-year-old with a full teenage social life. When her mom is deployed overseas, she is sent to live with her hard-nosed grandpa on his cattle ranch.

Dora Madison Burge of "Friday Night Lights" stars as Madison and Lance Henriksen is her grandpa. It is appropriate for all ages. It will be shown with the short "Minimum Max."

No tickets are required, but seating is on a first-come, first-served basis, so early arrival is suggested.

SLIFF/Kids will also continue free film programs today and Aug. 8-10 at St. Louis Art Museum, St. Louis Public Library's Central Library, COCA, and Webster and Lindenwood universities.

The fest also brings in two native St. Louisan animators -- Shawn Krauss of Pixar Studios, who worked on "Toy Story," "Finding Nemo" and "The Incredibles," and Brad Schiff, who serves as the animation supervisor at LAIKA Studios, the award-winning company behind "Coraline," "ParaNorman," and the upcoming "The Boxtrolls."

Schiff spoke at a screening of "ParaNorman" on Saturday.

Krause will take the audience "Behind the Scenes" at Pixar Animation Studios during a program at 7 p.m. Aug. 8, at the St. Louis Art Museum.

With the participation of both Lindenwood and Webster universities, free Filmmaking Camps on live action and animation will be held at the St. Louis Public Library's Creative Experience Monday through Friday.

In addition, free Advanced Filmmaking Camps, for teens with previous experience, will be held the week after SLIFF/Kids Aug. 11-15 at both the St. Louis Public Library's Creative Experience (documentary camp) and Lindenwood University (live-action camp).

The Filmmaking Camps in live action and animation are free, but participation is limited and advance sign-up is required; call 314-289-4153 to inquire whether any space remains available.

And on Saturday, a full-day Teen Workshop on Animation will be held at the St. Louis Art Museum. There will be a charge for this workshop.

The workshop in the Art of Animation costs $75 ($50 for Saint Louis Art Museum members), but art supplies and lunch will be provided. To apply, visit the art museum website, then click on the "13-16 Years Old" button.

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