Award-winning author and illustrator Marc Brown will read and sign free books at the free annual KidFilm Festival, presented by USA Film Festival, Jan. 19-20, 2019, at the Angelika Film Center in Dallas. (Photo provided by USA Film Festival.)

Award-winning author and illustrator Marc Brown will read and sign free books at the free annual KidFilm Festival, presented by USA Film Festival, Jan. 19-20, 2019, at the Angelika Film Center in Dallas. (Photo provided by USA Film Festival.)

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Want free tickets to see the new How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World animated film? How about a chance to meet Marc Brown, author and illustrator of the beloved Arthur book and Emmy-winning TV series? It's all part of the free, two-day 35th annual KidFilm Family Festival, presented by USA Film Festival on Jan. 19-20 at the Angelika Film Center in Dallas.

KidFilm Festival

KidFilm, the oldest children's film festival in the U.S., offers a diverse array of short and full-length animated and live-action films, along with an annual tribute to a favorite children's book author or illustrator. Brown, who is this year's honoree, will read his book Everyone Counts, coming out in the fall, and sign free copies of his Wild About Books while supplies last.

The program, supported by the city of Dallas' Office of Cultural Affairs and festival sponsors, features a mix of national and international fare, from the U.S., Brazil, Germany, Australia, Canada, Ireland, Japan, Norway, Russia, Slovenia, Spain, Taiwan and the United Kingdom.

While programs are free, you need a ticket for admission. They're available on the day of the event only, beginning one hour before each showtime, although lines can form earlier. Tickets and seating are limited, available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Nancy Churnin is a Dallas-area writer and former staff critic. Email: nancychurnin@mac.com; Twitter: @nchurnin

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