LINCOLN — Following are some of the highlights from the sophomore edition of the Lincoln Film Festival, returning Friday through Sunday to the Lincoln Grand 8 Theater, 225 S. Kickapoo St., in downtown Lincoln.
A complete festival lineup is at www.lincolnfilmfestival.com. Also available at the website are advance tickets, available as one- and two-day passes, or individually.
Grand opening gala, 5:30 p.m., Friday: In what may be a first for animation fans anywhere, Oscar-winning director Brenda ("Brave") Chapman is bringing her latest film to Lincoln as a "work in progress" sneak preview.
Joining her will be her production team consisting of producer Chris Chase ("Brave," "Prince of Egypt"), film editor Sarah Riemers ("Finding Dory," "Brave"), production designer Richie Chavez ("Mulan," "Prince of Egypt") and story artist Sharon Bridgman-Lukic ("How to Train Your Dragon," "Kung Fu Panda 2").
The five-segment event will feature a Prologue (Chapman introducing her team), Act 1 (production designer Chavez showing development art and discussing how the film's look is discovered) Act 2 (the entire panel offering a journey through the collaborative machinations of how animation films are put together, Act 3 (sharing story reels of the movie's first half; the reels are a projected comic strip with dialogue, sound effects and music); and an Epilogue (an 8:30 p.m. meet-and-greet with panel at the Lincoln/Logan Chamber of Commerce office in the historic Hangar Bros. building downtown; with light food and refreshments).
Disney/DreamWorks animation classics: Oscar-winning director and fest co-founder Brenda Chapman introduces screenings of her "Prince of Egypt" at 1 and 3:10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, followed by Q&A. Her husband, fellow Disney director Kevin ("Enchanted") Lima, introduces the world premiere of the digitally remastered version of his "A Goofy Movie," at 3:40 and 5:40 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, followed by Q&A.
Kids' animation program: Free collection of family friendly animated short films from San Francisco's Bay Area International Children's Festival, 10 a.m. Saturday.
18th Annual International Animated Show of Shows: Collection of award-winning international animated films, 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
Indie live-action/animated fest: More than a dozen short and feature-length film from national, international and regional filmmakers, from 12:30 to 9 p.m. Saturday and 12:30 to 6:30 p.m. Sunday. Among the offerings: "Dead Draw" (7:30 p.m. Saturday), a full-length crime caper shot in Lincoln and environs.