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For its fifth year, the Tumbleweeds Film Festival for Children and Youth are bringing together a wild variety of subjects — including a soccer-savvy hamster, a Ugandan baseball team, and the return of a famous band of treasure hunters.

The Utah Film Center today announced the 12 films that will be screened at the Tumbleweeds festival, which runs Sept. 25-27 at the Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center, 138 W. 300 South, Salt Lake City.

The festival also includes media arts workshops, and the Tumbleweeds Kids Clubhouse — where kids can enjoy physical activities that balance visual content and active play.

Tumbleweeds opens with the Australian adventure "Oddball," the story of an eccentric chicken farmer (Shane Jacobson) whose mischievous dog might be the key to saving a wild penguin sanctuary from fox attacks. The movie, directed by Stuart McDonald, is recommended for ages 7 and up. It screens Friday, Sept. 25, at 7 p.m. in the Jeanné Wagner Theatre. (Watch the trailer, above.)

Here's the rest of the Tumbleweeds screening schedule (with synopses provided by the Utah Film Center):

"Bamse and the City of Thieves (Bamse och tjuvstaden)" • Sweden, North American premiere • for 4 and up • Saturday, Sept. 26, 9:30 a.m. • Jeanne Wagner Theatre • "Bamse, Little Hop and Shellman must save Grandma from the evil Reynard Fox. He has kidnapped Grandma to prevent her from making thunder honey for Bamse — that's the honey that makes him the strongest bear in the world. Bamse and his friends must set out on a dangerous journey through the Goblin Forest to the City of Thieves."

"Best of NYICFF: Kids Flix Mix" • shorts program • for 4 and up • Saturday, Sept. 26, noon • Jeanne Wagner Theatre • "A wonderful selection of the best short films included in the 2015 New York International Children's Film Festival."

"Opposite Field" • U.S./Uganda • for 9 and up • Saturday, Sept. 26, 12:30 p.m. • Black Box Theatre • "Join a group of Ugandan youth on an inspiring quest to become the first African team to qualify for the Little League World Series."

"Antboy 2: Revenge of the Red Fury ( Antboy: Den Røde Furies hævn)" • Denmark/Germany, Utah premiere • for 9 and up • Saturday, Sept. 26, 2:30 p.m. • Jeanné Wagner Theatre • "Antboy is back! With his nemesis, 'The Flea,' defeated and in a padded cell, young Pelle is enjoying his newfound life as a popular superhero only to meet a new rival for the affections of his friend Ida and the emergence of a new super villain." Screens with the U.S./Spanish short "The Red Thunder."

"Kids Can Do It!" • shorts program • for 7 and up • Saturday, Sept. 26, 3 p.m. • Black Box Theatre • "This documentary program highlights the abilities and passions of young people and shows there are no limits to what kids can accomplish. It includes a wonderful 45-minute film directed by a 12-year-old living with food allergies, a film about a young entrepreneur who pursues his passion for fashion, and a short about a young girl who plays hockey with the boys."

"Paper Planes" • Australia, Utah premiere • for 10 and up • Saturday, Sept. 26, 5 p.m. • Jeanné Wagner Theatre • "Twelve-year-old Dylan's talent for folding and flying paper planes takes him from his home in rural Australia to the bright lights of Tokyo in this charming film that will leave you cheering." The cast includes Ed Oxenbould ("Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day") and Sam Worthingon ("Avatar").

"Molly Moon and the Incredible Book of Hypnotism" • United Kingdom, Utah Premiere • for 7 and up • Saturday, Sept. 26, 5:30 p.m. • Black Box Theatre • "Based on the beloved fantasy book series by Georgia Byng, this magical film tells the story of an orphan whose life takes a dramatic turn when she discovers a mysterious book about hypnotism." The cast includes Raffey Cassidy ("Tomorrowland"), Emily Watson, Dominic Monaghan ("Lost") and Joan Collins.

"The Goonies" • U.S., Centerpiece Screening • Saturday, Sept. 26, 7:30 p.m. • Jeanné Wagner Theatre • "The Goonies turns 30! Join us for a special 35mm screening of this classic adventure where a group of misfits sets out to find a pirate's ancient treasure in order to save their home from foreclosure." Starring Sean Astin, Josh Brolin, Jeff Cohen, Corey Feldman, Kerri Green, Martha Plimpton, Jonathan Ke Quan, John Matuszak, Robert Davi, Joe Pantoliano and Anne Ramsey.

"¡VIVA NYICFF! Best of Spanish & Latin American Short Films" • shorts program • for 9 and up • Sunday, Sept. 27, 11 a.m. • Jeanné Wagner Theatre • "A selection of short films chosen from over five years of the New York International Children's Film Festival short film programs, ¡VIVA NYICFF! presents a diverse selection of award-winners and audience favorites. This program also includes a film submitted directly to the Tumbleweeds Film Festival. All films in this program are from, or feature stories about, Spain and Latin America."

"Pim and Pom: The Big Adventure (Pim & Pom: Het Grote Avontuur)" • Netherlands, Utah Premiere • for 4 and up • Sunday, Sept. 27, 11:30 a.m. • Black Box Theatre • "Feline best friends, Pim and Pom, must find their way back to their beloved home in this adorable adventure based on a famous Dutch comic strip."

"Imagination Celebration" • shorts program • for 9 and up • Sunday, Sept. 27, 1:30 p.m. • Jeanné Wagner Theatre • "This collection of animated short films from around the world celebrates the power of the imagination!"

"Rainbow (Dhanak)" • India, Utah Premiere • for 9 and up • Sunday, Sept. 27, 2 p.m. • Black Box Theatre • "Orphaned siblings Pari and Chotu set off on a life-changing journey to restore Chotu's eyesight in this spirited and heartwarming film from India."

"Miniscule: Valley of the Lost Ants" • France • for 7 and up • Sunday, Sept. 27, 4 p.m. • Jeanné Wagner Theatre • "Enter the world of insects in this wonderfully fun and exciting award-winning animation, as a bold ladybug helps a colony of black ants in an epic battle against an army of red ants."

"A Little Game" • U.S., Utah premiere • for 10 and up • Sunday, Sept. 27, 4:30 p.m. • Black Box Theatre • "Learning to play chess helps ten-year-old Max navigate the changes in her life in this uplifting drama set in New York City." The cast includes Janeane Garofalo, Ralph Macchio, Oona Laurence, F. Murray Abraham and Mackenna Ballard.

"My Friend Raffi (Rettet Raffi!)" • Germany, North American premiere, Closing Night film • for 7 and up • Sunday, Sept. 27, 6:30 p.m. • Jeanné Wagner Theatre • "Sammy's little hamster Raffi is very special. He can kick goals and also has a very sensitive nose. Sadly, one day Raffi goes missing and Sammy is determined to find him, which launches the two friends into an adventure they will never forget." Plays with the British short "A Fish Called Keith."


Tickets for Tumbleweeds screenings are $6 per film, at ArtTix. A limited number of Opening Night tickets are available for $8 each, also via ArtTix. A 10-ticket pass is available for $40, at UFC's website.

For more information, including details on the workshops (in filmmaking, animation, 3D rigging and game design) and a panel discussion on creating YouTube shorts, go to the festival's website.