Family Films from Past Film Festivals – 2014

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Film Festival 2014 BannerIn continuation of my series on past family films from the Minneapolis/St.Paul International Film Festival, I am taking a look at a few films that showed in 2014. The nice thing about catching these films later is that they are all in English now. No reading out loud required. You can see more options in my 2015 List Here. If these films inspire you to go to the film festival, you can find all this year’s Childish Film trailers here.

Full Length Family Films:

Antboy – Danish film in English

This was one of the films I really wanted to see in 2014. I’m excited that it is now streaming on Netflix. It is rated PG and Common Sense Media recommends it for ages 10+. However, it was my 4-year-old boy who LOVED this film. There is also a sequel currently streaming. I haven’t watched it yet. The Netflix version is dubbed into English, but it is very well done and I didn’t even notice until halfway through. My kids didn’t notice at all.

A Letter from Momo – Japanese film in English

This Anime film is a story about a young girl missing her father and the three goblins who look after her. It is not rated, but Common Sense Media rates it at ages 9+.  You can get this film from Hennepin County Library. If your children enjoyed My Neighbor Totoro, they will probably enjoy this film, too.


Short Family Films:

A Minneapolis Adventure with Big Bob and Tiny Tim – English

This cute film was created by two local children and won the 2013 RE/MAX Results City & Neighborhood Film Festival “Budding Filmmakers” Award.

A Minneapolis Adventure! // Re/Max Film Festival from Noah R and Rylan H on Vimeo.

Bottle – US – Wordless

My kids liked this film, however, the endings a bit sad. If you have super sensitive kids, you may want to pre-watch it.

Bottle from Kirsten Lepore on Vimeo.

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Joy Peters

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Besides Family Fun Twin Cities, I spend my 9 to 5 at a day job pursuing my weird passion for calendars and organizing things as a legal secretary. When I get home I spend my time with my four kids, 10, 6, 4 and 1. My amazing husband is both a full-time musician and full-time stay-at-home dad. Together we run a small radio empire — SiaNet Radio — playing, promoting and enjoying the wide variety of local music and art in the Twin Cities. I juggle all this while writing about exploring the Twin Cities with kids. I couldn’t be happier.

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