Save the date! Tumbleweeds Film Festival for Kids | April 19-20, 2024

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2023 Tumbleweeds Film Festival

Our 12th annual Tumbleweeds Film Festival for Kids returned April 21-23, 2023 to the Viridian Event Center in West Jordan and online with streaming options.

The 2023 Tumbleweeds Film Festival opened a window to “Our Magical World” with cutting-edge animation, shorts, and feature-length films. This two-day festival opened with an award ceremony for the Tumbleweeds Kid’s Film Competition. It included interactive and enriching workshops taught by professionals in the film industry and free hands-on activities, crafts, and experiences for the whole family! 

The film line-up featured 20 films that brought stories set in space, on land, and in other worlds that peek at the imagination and adventurous minds of viewers of all ages. We journeyed into the filmmaking process with activities and workshops featuring the Harmon Bros, Override Films, and more.

Join us in 2024 at the Viridian Event Center on April 19-20 for the 13th annual Tumbleweeds Film Festival for Kids. 

Good Night Oppy

Recommended for ages: 10+

Good Night Oppy tells the inspirational true story of Opportunity, a rover that was sent to Mars for a 90-day mission but ended up surviving for 15 years. The film follows Opportunity’s groundbreaking journey on Mars and the remarkable bond forged between a robot and her humans millions of miles away.

Tumbleweeds Shorts Celebration

Recommended for ages: 9+

A collection of short films curated by Utah Film Center.

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April 22, 2023 at 12:00 pm
$5 or Included with Day Pass
Viridian Event Center

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April 23 to May 31, 2023
$5 Suggested
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Learn from Utah Education Network how to record, edit, and share your story as a podcaster! Learn the basics of audio recording including with tools possibly available in your home or school. Kids will also learn how to edit and add music to your podcast.

This event has concluded.

April 22, 2023 at 12:00 pm
Free
Viridian Event Center

Utah Education Network will teach kids tips and tricks to help create eye-catching films on your mobile device! BYOD (bring your own device) to this hands-on workshop!

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April 22, 2023 at 3:30 pm
Free
Viridian Event Center

Have you ever wondered about the magic behind films like The Nightmare Before Christmas, Shaun the Sheep, and Coraline? They were all created using a special technique called stop motion animation. In this engaging workshop, kids and their families will learn through demonstrations, behind-the-scenes footage, and hands-on activities how the same methods that studios employ on large-scale films like these, can be used to create stop motion animations at home.

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April 22, 2023 at 12:00 pm
$20
Viridian Event Center

For 90 minutes kids will become a small animation studio and model the process of creating art for a video game from start to finish. Participants will get a small glimpse of the different artistic roles in the animation/gaming industry and will experience the teamwork needed to bring a project vision to life. In the end we’ll get to play the game we just created!

This event has concluded.

April 22, 2023 at 12:00 pm
$20
Viridian Event Center

This is a class for kids that know a bit about film editing, but want to up their game and learn even further tricks of the trade. Utah Education Network will do a show & tell about editing and the motivation behind edits. Kids will also learn cool ways to transition between scenes and best practices to make your films look even more amazing!

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April 22, 2023 at 3:30 pm
Free
Viridian Event Center

Do you have a story in your head you want to see on the big screen? Utah Film Center will show you and your family the basics of storytelling and screenwriting format with an interactive games where families work together to write their story for the screen.

This event has concluded.

April 23, 2023 at 12:45 pm
$20
Viridian Event Center

Have you ever wondered about the magic behind films like The Nightmare Before Christmas, Shaun the Sheep, and Coraline? They were all created using a special technique called stop motion animation. In this engaging workshop, kids and their families will learn through demonstrations, behind-the-scenes footage, and hands-on activities how the same methods that studios employ on large-scale films like these, can be used to create stop motion animations at home.

This event has concluded.

April 23, 2023 at 3:30 pm
$20
Viridian Event Center

This workshop will show kids how to do filmmaking with a full 360 spherical view! Kids will get to film with stereoscopic 360 cameras and add 3D graphics with a production team. Films made in the workshop will be exported to a VR headset and to YouTube 360!

This event has concluded.

April 23, 2023 at 12:45 pm
$20
Viridian Event Center

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April 23, 2023 at 3:30 pm
$20
Viridian Event Center

Join Ashley Brown from Dreamscapes and Nightmare on 13th to learn special effects makeup and face/body painting. We will be using simple products that you can get in any Halloween or costume shop, and learn how to use these products effectively to create almost any illusion we want!

This event has concluded.

April 23, 2023 at 3:30 pm
$20
Viridian Event Center

Prosthetics are the backbone of the Special Effects (SFX) Industry, and in this workshop we will be going over types of prosthetics, and how to apply, paint and blend, and remove them properly. Teens will leave the workshop with everything you need to know to get started on their own SFX journey!

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April 22, 2023 at 3:30 pm
$20
Viridian Event Center

Recommended for Ages: All Ages

Join Live Caricature Artists as they draw you into a fun cartoon in 3 minutes or less!

Recommended for Ages: All Ages

Join Utah Film Center and draw or color beautiful worldscapes at this relaxed art station.

Recommended for Ages: All Ages

Swing by our photo booth and take a photo with your friends and/or family dressed up in funny costumes!

Recommended for Ages: All ages

Join the Great Salt lake Collaboarive for kid-friendly zines and stickers to promote the work of the Collaborative, which is a collection of 12 newsrooms in Utah working together to cover the Great Salt Lake.

Recommended for Ages: All ages

Join drone film industry leaders Override Films as they demonstrate their drone cameras they use on movies, commercials and other film locations across the country. Get an up close and hands on look at drones used in the film industry!

Recommended for Ages: All Ages

Learn about Utah Education Network, play some fun games and get lots of cool prizes and goodies!

Recommended for Ages: All ages

Come play with fun Mexican crafts and activities that are connected to our Tumbleweeds Film Luisa and the Feathered Snake. Take home goodies and crafts to extend the fun at home!

Learn from Utah Education Network how to record, edit, and share your story as a podcaster! Learn the basics of audio recording including with tools possibly available in your home or school. Kids will also learn how to edit and add music to your podcast.

This event has concluded.

April 22, 2023 at 12:00 pm
Free
Viridian Event Center

Utah Education Network will teach kids tips and tricks to help create eye-catching films on your mobile device! BYOD (bring your own device) to this hands-on workshop!

This event has concluded.

April 22, 2023 at 3:30 pm
Free
Viridian Event Center

Have you ever wondered about the magic behind films like The Nightmare Before Christmas, Shaun the Sheep, and Coraline? They were all created using a special technique called stop motion animation. In this engaging workshop, kids and their families will learn through demonstrations, behind-the-scenes footage, and hands-on activities how the same methods that studios employ on large-scale films like these, can be used to create stop motion animations at home.

This event has concluded.

April 22, 2023 at 12:00 pm
$20
Viridian Event Center

For 90 minutes kids will become a small animation studio and model the process of creating art for a video game from start to finish. Participants will get a small glimpse of the different artistic roles in the animation/gaming industry and will experience the teamwork needed to bring a project vision to life. In the end we’ll get to play the game we just created!

This event has concluded.

April 22, 2023 at 12:00 pm
$20
Viridian Event Center

This is a class for kids that know a bit about film editing, but want to up their game and learn even further tricks of the trade. Utah Education Network will do a show & tell about editing and the motivation behind edits. Kids will also learn cool ways to transition between scenes and best practices to make your films look even more amazing!

This event has concluded.

April 22, 2023 at 3:30 pm
Free
Viridian Event Center

Do you have a story in your head you want to see on the big screen? Utah Film Center will show you and your family the basics of storytelling and screenwriting format with an interactive games where families work together to write their story for the screen.

This event has concluded.

April 23, 2023 at 12:45 pm
$20
Viridian Event Center

Have you ever wondered about the magic behind films like The Nightmare Before Christmas, Shaun the Sheep, and Coraline? They were all created using a special technique called stop motion animation. In this engaging workshop, kids and their families will learn through demonstrations, behind-the-scenes footage, and hands-on activities how the same methods that studios employ on large-scale films like these, can be used to create stop motion animations at home.

This event has concluded.

April 23, 2023 at 3:30 pm
$20
Viridian Event Center

This workshop will show kids how to do filmmaking with a full 360 spherical view! Kids will get to film with stereoscopic 360 cameras and add 3D graphics with a production team. Films made in the workshop will be exported to a VR headset and to YouTube 360!

This event has concluded.

April 23, 2023 at 12:45 pm
$20
Viridian Event Center

This event has concluded.

April 23, 2023 at 3:30 pm
$20
Viridian Event Center

Join Ashley Brown from Dreamscapes and Nightmare on 13th to learn special effects makeup and face/body painting. We will be using simple products that you can get in any Halloween or costume shop, and learn how to use these products effectively to create almost any illusion we want!

This event has concluded.

April 23, 2023 at 3:30 pm
$20
Viridian Event Center

Prosthetics are the backbone of the Special Effects (SFX) Industry, and in this workshop we will be going over types of prosthetics, and how to apply, paint and blend, and remove them properly. Teens will leave the workshop with everything you need to know to get started on their own SFX journey!

This event has concluded.

April 22, 2023 at 3:30 pm
$20
Viridian Event Center

Whether you love to watch films, want to explore the hands on activities at the Clubhouse, or do both, a day pass is your access to the Festival!

Each day pass includes the following perks: In-person films on a first come, first served basis

  • Clubhouse activities.
  • Free UTA transit to the Festival at Mid-Valley Performing Arts Center in Taylorsville
 

Each member of your group needs a pass to access Tumbleweeds. Workshops require additional registration and fee. 

Choose a Saturday day pass, a Sunday day pass, or both! 

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