at the Wexner Center for the Arts

It's the most wonderful time of the year - the Zoom Family Film Festival time of the year! And this year's edition starts tomorrow, Dec. 3, and continues through Sunday, Dec. 6 at the Wexner Center for the Arts.

This annual film festival brings great kid-appropriate films from around the world to Columbus each year at super-reasonable prices ($3-$4 per film, or $15-$20 per six-film package). We've got the detailed list of this year's films below, but if you have any questions about the films and their content, the Wexner encourages you to contact Jean Pitman, educator for youth programs, at 614-292-4614 or jpitman@wexarts.org.

Along with the films come an array of great family activities (many of them free) on Saturday, Dec. 5! These include: the Cereal and Pajama Party from 9-10 a.m.; the Family Studio project from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. (you get to build cardboard forts!); Hands-On crafts and activities from 11 a.m.- 4 p.m. in the nearby Mershon Auditorium lobby; and the Jeni's Ice Cream Social from 2:30-4 p.m., also in the Mershon lobby.

For more information, go to http://www.wexarts.org/series/zoom-family-film-festival.

Jellyfish Eyes

(Takashi Murakami, 2015, Japan)

Thu, Dec 3 | 7 pm

Ages 8 and up

World-renowned contemporary artist Takashi Murakami makes his feature film debut with Jellyfish Eyes. The Pokémon-influenced coming-of-age story follows Masashi, a young boy who moves to a sleepy town in the wake of an unnatural disaster only to discover that he and his new classmates can summon and control a menagerie of monster companions. This visual tour-de-force brings Murakami's wildly imaginative, trademark creatures into to a live-action setting kids will adore. In Japanese with English subtitles read aloud. (101 mins., DCP)

My Skinny Sister

(Sanna Lenken, 2015, Sweden)

Fri, Dec 4 | 7 pm

Ages 11 and up

My Skinny Sister offers a novel look at eating disorders-by observing the issue through the eyes of a sensitive 12-year-old girl. When she discovers that her older sister, a beautiful figure skater, has been starving herself, she's faced with a moral dilemma: should she keep her sister's secret, or seek her parents' help? Featuring an impressive performance by newcomer Rebecka Josephson, the granddaughter of Ingmar Bergman actor Erland Josephson. In Swedish with English subtitles. (95 mins., DCP)

Kid Flix Mix

Sat, Dec 5 | 10 am

Ages 4 and up

Our annual screening of lively animated shorts from the New York International Children's Film Festival is always a crowd pleaser (as is the cereal and pajama party beforehand). This year's lineup is full of colorful animation, lively music, and such Oscar-nominated films as Me and My Moulton, which charmingly tells the story of a girl who wishes for a bicycle but gets something completely different instead. (approx. 60 mins., video)

Golden Kingdom

(Brian Perkins, 2014, Germany/USA)

Sat, Dec 5 | noon

Ages 8 and up

Beautifully shot in newly opened Myanmar (formerly Burma) with nonprofessional actors, Golden Kingdom offers a view into a world virtually unseen by outsiders during decades of political isolation. Following four novice monks forced to venture out from their remote monastery, the film is full of long slow pans across gorgeous countryside, making it one to savor for its meditative qualities and concepts. Best suited for children with longer attention spans. In Burmese with English subtitles (read aloud). (101 mins., DCP)

Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet

(Various directors, 2014, Canada/France/Lebanon/Qatar/USA)

Sat, Dec 5 | 2 pm

Ages 9 and up

"Awe inspiring! A work of essential spiritual enlightenment...as visually mesmerizing as it is profound!"-Variety

Get ready for an enchanting cinematic realization of one of world's most popular books of poetry, Lebanese author Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet. Roger Alles (The Lion King) assembled an array of acclaimed animators to adapt episodes from the book-including past Wexner Center guests Bill Plympton, Nina Paley, Tomm Moore, and Joann Sfar. Featuring the voices of Quvenzhané Wallis, Liam Neeson, Salma Hayek, Frank Langella, and Alfred Molina, and music by Damien Rice, Glenn Hansard, and Yo-Yo Ma. In English. (85 mins., DCP)

Ballet Boys

(Kenneth Elvebakk, 2013, Norway)

Sat, Dec 5 | 4 pm

Free for members!

Ages 9 and up

"An engaging coming-of-age story with a healthy dose of beautiful dancing."-Telegraph (UK)

Follow the hopes and dreams of three talented teen boys who dedicate their lives to the art of ballet. This inspiring documentary follows Lukas, Syvert, and Torgeir over three years as they attempt to balance the demands of family, friendships, and first loves with the sacrifice it takes to make it into a prestigious academy-and someday, a professional career. In Norwegian with English subtitles. (75 mins., DCP)

Adventures in Cardboard Screenings

Experience the final three screenings of Zoom in a handmade, cardboard cinema installation created by artist Julian McFaul and his Adventures in Cardboard team, along with help from kids and families participating in our free Zoom Family Studio activity (see details at right). Grab a chair, find a spot on the floor (bring a blanket), or sit in a cardboard fort to watch the movies on a big screen in our Performance Space. What could be cooler?

Spaces and seating are limited, so buy your tickets early for these screenings!

Buster Keaton Comedy Classics

Sat, Dec 5 | 7 pm

Performance Space

With live music by Sue Harshe

Ages 7 and up

Join us for three sidesplitting short films starring one of the most beloved comedians of cinema's silent era. Sue Harshe, formerly of Scrawl, provides live musical accompaniment for some of Buster Keaton's finest, funniest, and fastest shorts, featuring his trademark physical humor and staggeringly choreographed stunts: The Scarecrow (1920), The Haunted House (1921), and The Goat (1921). (approx. 60 mins., Blu-ray)

Maya the Bee Movie

(Alexs Stadermann, 2014, Australia/Germany/Belgium)

Sun, Dec 6 | 1 pm

Performance Space

Ages 5 and up

Free screening!

In this delightful animated film, a nonconformist worker bee flees from her colony to go on a journey of self-discovery-but when she uncovers a dastardly plot against her queen, she realizes that she's the only one who can save the hive! A terrific film for our youngest audiences, featuring a story about acceptance, individuality, and growing up. (89 mins., Blu-ray)

Party Mix

Sun, Dec 6 | 3 pm

Performance Space

Ages 9 and u

Made for a slightly older audience than Kid Flix Mix, this lively and irresistible collection of the best shorts from the New York International Children's Film Festival features such delights as the playful The Single Life, which imagines music as a form of time travel, and Mythopolis, where old fables and myths are given a new twist. (approx. 60 mins., video)