Vail festival films for the family |

Vail festival films for the family

Caramie Schnellcschnell@vaildaily.comVail, CO COlorado
Special to the Vail DailyThe Irish animated film "Secret of Kells" was nominated this year for an Academy Award for best animated feature film of the year. It shows at the Vail FIlm Festival on Saturday in Beaver Creek.

VAIL, Colorado -Since the Vail Film Festival began in 2004, festival organizers have been fielding the same question over and over again. “Is there anything at the festival for my kid?”Until this year, the answer was no. “A lot of independent films aren’t neccessarily appropriate for kids,” Vail Film Festival co-founder Sean Cross said. “I think a lot of filmmakers would like to make them but they don’t think there’s an audience for them,” continued Scott Cross, the other festival founder and Sean’s brother. “Many indie filmmakers feel that they have to make a film that’s edgy or dark in order to stand out, but hopefully they’ll see there’s an audience for them.”That’s why festival organizers had to do a little more legwork – filmmakers usually seek them out, not vice versa – searching out kid-friendly movies to show in the new family film showcase. The showcase will include two groups of animated short films with between six and eight films in each group. On average, each of the short films are five minutes long, and together will be about an hour long, said Megen Musegades, the festival’s associate director. “You’ll get to see films from all over the world,” she said. “It’s cool that kids get to experience indie film too.”The first group of shorts, called “Family Shorts 1” is for kids ages 9 to 16 and the second, “Family Shorts 2,” is for kids ages 3 to 8. Organizers hope to include family films in every festival moving forward.”It’s good to have filmmakers know there’s a place for family-friendly independent films in the world, and if they’re good, we’ll screen them in Vail,” Scott said.The animated film “Secret of Kells,” which was nominated for an Academy Award for best animated feature, is also showing at the festival. It’s a film that combines the themes of magic and fantasy with Celtic mythology. The main character, young Brendan, lives in a remote medieval outpost. Adventure beckons when a master illustrator brings him an ancient book full of secret wisdom. Brendan must help complete the magical-but-unfinished book by overcoming his fears and venturing into the forest. “Secret of Kells” will show along with the short film “Jillian Dillon,” a non-animated movie by a master puppeter. In the film a “hippoplatypus” transforms her flaws into powers that resolve conflict in her town. The director, Yvette Edery, will attend the screening of the film and answer questions during a Q&A. Both films show at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Vilar Center in Beaver Creek.

• Family Shorts 1 will show at Ford Hall in Beaver Creek at 11 a.m. Friday. • Family Shorts 2 will show at the Vail Plaza Hotel at 10 a.m. Saturday and again at 10:15 a.m. Sunday at the Vail Plaza. • “Jillian Dillon” and “Secret of Kells” will show at 1 p.m. on Saturday at the Vilar Performing Arts Center in Beaver Creek. For more information on family films showing at the festival, visit Life Editor Caramie Schnell can be reached at 970-748-2984 or

Support Local Journalism