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Saint Louis Zoo kicks off 2017 with film festival

By: Bonnie Krueger


The Saint Louis Zoo is hosting “Big Eyes, Big Minds,” an international film festival showcasing award-winning films made for kids, about kids and sometimes by kids.

The St. Louis International Children’s Film Festival features international animated short films tailored to children ages 2-18; however, adults will find the films equally appealing.

The festival will showcase a selection of the best new children’s films from around the world. Its programs include culturally diverse and value-affirming films that kids can connect with. The goal is to expand perspectives and stimulate critical thinking. The organization also works to cultivate film appreciation, increase knowledge of the craft of film-making and provide a platform for kids to screen their own films.

The event will be held in the Anheuser-Busch Theatre at the Saint Louis Zoo on the following Saturday mornings: Jan. 28, Feb. 4, Feb. 18 and Feb. 25. The screenings for ages 2-7 will be from 9:30-10:15 a.m. and screenings for ages 5 and up are from 10:30-11:30 a.m. After each screening, Zoo Education Department staff will offer a range of crafts and activities related to the animals featured in the films.

For more information, including cost, visit www.stlzoo.org/filmfest.

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