Mother’s Day: Kids and kids-at-heart are invited to attend the 5th Annual Children’s Film Festival. Show time is Sunday, May 13, 4 p.m., at the Michael D. Palm Theatre. The program, produced by the Telluride Film Festival, is FREE and the running time is 90 minutes.

This year’s presentation includes short films from the Chicago International Children’s Film Festival including Academy Award winner (Best Animated Short, 2012) “The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore.”

Inspired, in equal measures, by Hurricane Katrina, Buster Keaton, “The Wizard of Oz,” and a love of books, “The Fantastic Flying Books” of Mr. Morris Lessmore” is a poignant, humorous allegory about the transformative powers of story.

“The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore” is the story of a boy named Morris who is whisked away to a beautiful old house of books after a hurricane destroys his home. Once inside the magical dwelling, he becomes the custodian of the books, which come alive and become his companions for the rest of his life. Author and illustrator William Joyce and co-director Brandon Oldenburg have mastered a hybrid style of animation using miniatures, computer animation and 2D animation.

For a preview, check out this video:

Also featuring “Second Hand Monarca,” plus many other surprises. 

Following the one-hour animated extravaganza, audience members will be treated to “Speak,” (18 minutes, a film produced and directed by Telluride High School students and Telluride TV’s Directors Club. The documentary features 11 teenagers talking about their goals and daily lives. Telluride High School students will be on hand to discuss their work.  Everyone will receive a special treat at the SHOW!

Sunday at the Palm is presented by The Telluride Film Festival, The Telluride Foundation, the Palm Theatre and the Telluride R1 School District.

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