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New Orleans International Children's Film Festival 

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Don't expect the audience at the New Orleans International Children's Film Festival to be attending any swanky after parties — some have to catch an afternoon nap. The festival features more than 90 short films including animation, live-action and documentary, all for young audiences. Featured works include 2 Fast 2 Furry, a live-action piece about two dogs joyriding in a car and letting the good times roll. A Flat in B Minor is an animated short about the changing of a tire to a tango rhythm while on a distant planet, and Abridged (pictured) is a romantic comedy set on the Golden Gate Bridge. The films were collected by the Los Angeles International Children's Film Festival, which was created in 2005 and began sharing its programming with the New Orleans Film Society in 2008. "These are the greatest hits of the past few years," says Dan Bennett, director of the Los Angeles festival. "You're getting the best of the best." The filmmakers run the gamut from university students to professional animators. Films are appropriate for children from 2 years old to early teens. The schedule divides films by suggested age groups. Earlier films are aimed at children 7 and under, and the afternoons are suited for audiences 8 and older. Each day ends with an animation workshop. "The idea is to get them thinking about art in a different way," Bennett says. "Animation and filmmaking are much easier now than ever before, and we hope to inspire children to make good films with good stories." Visit for film schedule information. Free admission. — Sarah Eddington

New Orleans International Children's Film Festival

10:30 a.m.-5:30: p.m., July 31-Aug. 1

Contemporary Arts Center, 900 Camp St., 528-3805;

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