Visit the Walker on March 5 for our annual Kids’ Film Fair, or get cozy and tune in from home all weekend long! The program will feature creative short films for all ages from around the world.
In-person, relaxed screenings of the Kids’ Film Fair will take place on Saturday, March 5 in the Walker Cinema. The films will screen on loop 10:30–11:45 am and again from 1:15–2:45 pm.
In-person programming on Saturday will also feature film-inspired art activities and a selection of additional short films screening on loop from 10 am to 3 pm in the Bentson Mediatheque.
Please see below for important COVID-19 vaccination, physical distancing, and masking requirements related to the in-person screenings.
Note that in-person programming is subject to change or cancellation. Please check back here for updates as the date approaches!
If viewing from home, watch the program right here for free beginning at 4:30 pm March 4 to 9 am on March 7! All films will be captioned in English. The runtime of the program is approximately 40 minutes.
Free First Saturday also features free gallery admission on the first Saturday of every month. Gallery admission tickets are available on-site on the event day from the Main Lobby desk; quantities are limited.
On Free First Saturdays, we require visitors over age 2 to wear face masks inside the building to support the safety and comfort of families and attendees. We ask that you continue to maintain a minimum distance of 6 feet away from people not in your household group.
About the Films
Total runtime: approximately 40 minutes. For all ages.
Catgot by Ho Tsz Wing
Dance, squiggle, and swirl in synch with the colorful shapes and sparkling tunes in this abstract animation. 2019, Hong Kong, nonverbal animation, 3 min.
Nest by Sonja Rohleder
A vibrant but slightly naïve bird of paradise goes out of his way to attract a mate. Will he find love? 2019, Netherlands, nonverbal animation, 4 min.
Kā Lupatiņi ceļoja (How Shammies Travelled) by Edmunds Jansons, Reinis Petersons, and Ineses Zandere
Bored at home, our pals the Shammies set off on an adventure. Look out for dragons, Shammies! 2020, Latvia, animated, in Latvian with English subtitles, 6 min.
El Mago Georges (Georges the Mage) by Kati Egely
A dreamlike tale of transformation and exploration unfolds when a magical child takes the form of a bird. 2020, Hungary and Argentina, nonverbal animation, 4 min.
Ailín en la luna (Ailín on the Moon) by Claudia Ruiz
Ailín feels like she’s been sent away to the moon after an argument with her mother at the end of a long day. An apologetic gesture highlights their shared love. 2018, Argentina, animated, in Spanish with English subtitles, 5 min.
Maraude et Murphy (Maraude and Murphy) by Hélène Ducrocq
Two playful bats meet by chance and set off to explore the night before the sun rises. 2018, France, animated, in French with English subtitles, 8 min.
Athleticus on Ice by Nicolas Deveaux
Hippos, kangaroos, ostriches, and even an elephant take to the ice for an unlikely ballet. 2018, France, nonverbal animation, 2 min.
In-Person Program Information
In-person screenings are available on March 5 in the Walker Cinema. The films will screen on loop twice, 10:30–11:45 am and 1:15–2:45 pm. These are relaxed screenings, adults are welcome to read subtitles to children and leave early if necessary
Attendance Requirements for In-Person Screenings
Mask-wearing is mandatory for all attendees aged 2 or over.
Food and beverages are not allowed in the Walker Cinema.
Attendance in the Walker Cinema will be capped at 40% capacity to allow for physical distancing. Space is limited. Please maintain at least 6 feet of distance from other groups.
The Walker requires all attendees over the age of 5 to show proof of a completed COVID-19 vaccination regimen to enter any screening or performance held in the Walker Cinema. A negative COVID-19 test result will no longer be accepted.
Proof of vaccination must match the ticket holder’s ID.
A completed COVID-19 vaccination regimen means at least 14 days have passed since receiving a second dose of the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine or a single dose of the Janssen/Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
Attendees may present a physical vaccination record card or a digital document on a mobile device (such as a photo image of a vaccination record card). The Docket or Bindle apps are an easy and convenient option for tracking and sharing your vaccination card digitally.
If you are medically unable to meet these requirements, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 612-375-7564.
To find out more about the Walker’s response to COVID-19, visit our COVID-19 guidelines page.
We will continue to share updates to the Walker’s response to COVID-19 as health guidelines evolve. If you have questions or require additional assistance, please email email@example.com or call 612-375-7600.
Canadian Animation Classics in the Bentson Mediatheque
Stop by the Bentson Mediatheque to watch two classic short animations from the National Film Board of Canada collection. The films will loop throughout the day between 10 am and 3 pm; capacity is limited to 10 people at a time. This is a relaxed screening appropriate for all ages.
Le merle (The Blackbird) by Norman McLaren
Simple lines and shapes create a blackbird’s beak, eyes, feathers, and feet, which multiply and dance across the screen to the bouncy, brisk tune of a French-Canadian folksong. 1958, Canada, animated, song lyrics in French, 4 min.
Fine Feathers by Evelyn Lambart
Two beautiful birds primp and preen, swapping out their feathers for leaves and flowers while competing for the best look. 1968, Canada, nonverbal animation, 5 min.
Join a Walker educator to create your own paper puppet, then bring your puppet to life using an iPad and stop-motion animation techniques! This is a drop-in activity available 10 am–3 pm. Attendance will be limited to 8 family groups at a time.
Get creative with an at-home art project inspired by film! Each kit will contain instructions and all the materials you need to create your own artworks. For ages 4 and up, young children will need some help from an adult. Quantities are limited, available in English and Spanish.
Art kits will be available for pickup in the Walker’s Main Lobby. Entry to the galleries is not required to pick up an art kit.
Virtual Screening Information
Prefer to view from home? Get cozy and watch the program right here for free from 4:30 pm on March 4 to 9 am on March 7! All films will be captioned in English. The runtime of the program is approximately 40 minutes.
Accessibility, Captions, and Subtitles
All films will be captioned in English. Film screenings in the Walker Cinema and Bentson Mediatheque will feature open captions and English subtitles for films with dialogue.
If viewing from home, click the CC icon in bottom right corner of the video to access captions and subtitles for the films with dialogue.
Sensory Notes: Catgot features slight flickering throughout, and the music volume increases 1 minute into the film. The animation of El Mago Georges features slight flickering throughout and flickering light levels appear for 4 seconds 1 minute into the film. Maraude et Murphy features a flickering effect (lightning) and loud sounds (thunder) beginning 40 seconds into the film and lasting about 1 minute, as well as loud drumming 3 and 6.5 minutes into the film.
For visitors who need to plan accessible transportation to the Walker, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 612-375-7564 to inquire about reserving timed admission.
To request accommodations for this program or for more information about accessibility, call 612-375-7564 or email email@example.com.
For more information about accessibility at the Walker, visit our Access page.