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

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Kids’ Film Competition

Tumbleweeds Film Festival for Kids, Utah’s premiere kids film festival, is excited to announce our 2nd annual kids film competition in partnership with UEN!

The 2024 Tumbleweeds Kids Film Competition is open to all Utah students grades K-8. Students may enter fiction or nonfiction films for competition. Films will be judged based on filmmakers’ ability to clearly tell a story or convey a message, artistic style, and technical skill.

The Finalists for the 2024 Film Competition are:

Grade K-3 Best Film Finalists

Moving to the City, by Indie June England, Age 6 Grade K

The Day I Was my Dad, by Beau Beck, Age 6, Grade 1

I am Thankful Because of Them by Sloan Henderson, Age 7, Grade 3

A Day in the Life of a Wild Toddler by Truman Douglas Beck, Age 8, Grade 3

Grades 4-6 Best Film Finalists

The Moon by Ethan Chi, Age 10, Grade 5

One Person by June Wadsworth, Age 10, Grade 5

Operation Sick by John Edward Maas & Carter Maxwell, Ages 11, Grade 5

The Sockening by Sophie Linzie McDonald, Age 11, Grade 5

The Dimension Jump by Brightyn Sorensen & Ruby Johnson, Ages 12, Grade 6

Grades 7-8 Best Film Finalists

Make a Difference by Ingrid May Jorgensen, Age 13, Grade 7

The Quest for Green Beans by Rilian Cutera, Age 13, Grade 7

Still Looking for that One Sock by Callin McDonald, Age 13, Grade 8

Save the Great Salt Lake by Zachary Kudlacz, Age 14, Grade 8

 

AWARDS CEREMONY INFO

WHAT: Tumbleweeds Kids Film Competition Awards Ceremony

 

WHEN: Friday, April 19, 2023 from 7:30pm – 9:00pm

 

WHERE: Viridian Event Center, West Jordan, UT

8030 S 1825 W, West Jordan, UT 84088

 

PROGRAM: 

  • Welcome from Utah Film Center & Utah Education Network.

  • Best Film K-3 Screening & Announcement of Winner

  • Best Film 4-6 Screening & Announcement of Winner

  • Best Film 7-8 Screening & Announcement of Winner

  • Audience Voting of Audience Favorite in each category.

  • Keynote Presentation by members of the original cast of Studio C.

  • Announcement of Audience Favorite Awards

 

 

2023 Competition finalists & Winners

Thank you to all the students across the state for submitting their films to the 2023 competition. The finalists and winners are listed below!

 

2023 Grade K-3 Finalists & Winners

“Moving Mountains”
By Logan Young
Age 7, Grade 2
Lehi, UT

“Dinohorse”–WINNER BEST FILM & AUDIENCE FAVORITE
By Sloan Henderson
Age 8, Grade 2
Centerville, UT

“Lunch Time Get Together”
By Finn Brooks
Age 9, Grade 3
Ephraim, UT

2023 Grades 4-6 Finalists & Winners

“The Sister Sister Jinx”–WINNER BEST FILM
By Sophia McDonald
Age 10, Grade 4
Ogden, UT

“Hawaiian Homeschool”
By Denali Titensor
Age 10, Grade 4
Lehi, UT

“Fly”
By Ismail Mohamed, Tal Moo, Kyaw Monday, Yahya Sidali
Age 12, Grade 6
Salt Lake City, UT

“Late”–WINNER AUDIENCE FAVORITE
By James Calderwood
Age 12, Grade 6
Highland, UT

2023 Grades 7-8 Finalists & Winners

“Rock, Paper, Scissors”
By Connor Snow
Age 13, Grade 7
Taylorsville, UT

“Pick Up Garbage PSA”–WINNER BEST FILM
By Alex Bamburg
Age 14, Grade 8
Salt Lake City, UT

“12 Year Old Morning Mood”–WINNER AUDIENCE FAVORITE
By Ben Buie
Age 14, Grade 8
Ephraim, UT

Livestream of the 2023 Awards Ceremony can be found here.

The 2023 film competition will be featured on UEN 9.1 Students in Focus program on Saturday, September 16, 2023 at 6:30 PM MST!

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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