Year 3 Lineup for Audiences Showcases Adventure, Friendship, Strong Female Characters and Global Stories

Park City/Salt Lake City, UT–Utah Film Center has collaborated with Sundance Institute for the third year to program the “Sundance Kids” section of the 2016 Sundance Film Festival, being held in Park City, Salt Lake City, Ogden and Sundance, Utah, from January 21-January 31.

Due to the successes of past Sundance Kids sections and Utah Film Center’s Tumbleweeds Film Festivals, Utah Film Center and Sundance Institute have once again joined forces to curate this category at the Festival that appeals to all generations. The collaboration between the two organizations continues their missions to foster a diverse community, both of filmmakers and audiences. This year’s section is more varied than in the past, including an animated film, a live action Dutch film, and for the first time, a documentary.

Patrick Hubley, artistic director of the Utah Film Center said, “We are delighted with the continuing success of the Sundance Kids program and honored to continue our unique partnership with the Sundance Film Festival to present films for young audiences.”

Trevor Groth, Director of Programming for the Sundance Film Festival, said, “This year’s Sundance Kids lineup presents a range of stories from around the globe that provide a richness and quality of story that will surprise and delight audiences of all ages. We are pleased to offer these independent films in collaboration with Utah Film Center.”


The Eagle Huntress

The Eagle Huntress
Directed by Otto Bell
101 min | 2016 | USA
Presented in Kazakh with English subtitles.
Recommended for ages 12+

Step aside, Daenerys and Katniss—Aisholpan is a real-life role model on an epic journey in a faraway world. Follow this 13-year-old nomadic Mongolian girl as she battles to become the first female to hunt with a golden eagle in 2,000 years of male- dominated history. World Premiere

Little Gangster

Little Gangster
Directed by Arne Toonen
102 min | 2015 | Netherlands
Cast: Thor Braun, Henry Van Loon, Rene Van ‘T Hof, Meral Polat, Fedja Van Huêt, Maas Bronkhuyzen.
Presented in Dutch with English subtitles.
Recommended for ages 10+

Rik Boskamp wants a life where he’s not constantly bullied. When he and his family move, the people in their new town think his father is a Mafia boss, and everybody treats them with respect—until a bully from Rikkie’s past turns up. How long can he keep up his lie? North American Premiere


Directed by Jean-François Pouliot, François Brisso
80 min | 2015 | Canada
Cast: Sandra Oh, Ross Lynch, Angela Gallupo, Lucinda Davis, Don Shepherd, Sonja Ball.
Recommended for all ages

To amuse themselves during their winter break from school, the kids in a small village have a massive snowball fight. But what starts out as pure youthful fun and enthusiasm deteriorates into a more serious conflict as the children learn the role that love and friendship play in their lives. US Premiere

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Utah Film Center
Utah Film Center brings the world of film to local audiences through free community screenings and discussions, outreach programs, and visiting artists and professionals. Emphasizing social content and artistic excellence, we present the best documentary, independent, and dramatic cinema year-round. By collaborating with various educational and community organizations, Utah Film Center promotes a diversity of ideas, provides forums for underrepresented groups, and develops new audiences for film throughout Utah.

Annually, Utah Film Center presents the Tumbleweeds Film Festival. Utah’s premiere film festival for children and youth and the only festival of its kind in the Intermountain West, Tumbleweeds is committed to presenting inspiring and engaging films with high production and storytelling values, specifically curated for a youth audience.

Utah Film Center is generously sponsored by the George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Foundation, Salt Lake County Zoo, Arts & Parks Program, and Zions Bank.

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