Wexner Center Expands 'Zoom' Film Festival

Staff Writer
Columbus Parent
Attendees at the Zoom: Family Film Festival participate in hands-on activities.

The Zoom: Family Film Festival has long been a draw at the Wexner Center for the Arts. This year, instead of a weekend of kid-friendly movies, the initiative will grow to include more year-round programming.

The Family Film Festival, a weekend-long cinematic showcase that began in 2003, will take place on one day, Dec. 8, this year. Fear not: The event still will feature a free cereal-and-pajama party at 9 a.m., followed by a lineup of Kid Flicks from around the world. (This year’s titles have not yet been announced.) Free crafts and activities will be offered at 11 a.m., followed by feature-length movie screenings and a free ice cream social at 2 p.m. All movie tickets are $4.

The Wexner Center also announced it will add more family-friendly programming throughout the year under the Zoom umbrella. Families can look for the Zoom logo to find events appropriate for school-age (and older) children. Existing events such as the free Super Sunday series will fall under Zoom, and more movies will be shown for younger audiences. Sensory-friendly shows will become a regular offering.

In all, about a dozen Zoom-related events are expected annually, including:

  • “The Emperor’s Nightingale” by Czech animator Jiří Trnka will be screened Dec. 1.
  • Slingsby Theatre Company from Australia will perform an adaptation of “The Young King” by Oscar Wilde. Four shows will be held May 18-19, with a sensory-friendly performance at 1 p.m. May 19.

Find upcoming Zoom programming at wexarts.org/series/zoom.