37th Annual VIRGINIA FILM FESTIVAL Oct 30-Nov 3, 2024

37th Annual VIRGINIA FILM FESTIVAL October 30-November 3, 2024

My Father’s Dragon


MY FATHER'S DRAGON - From five-time Academy Award®-nominated animation studio Cartoon Saloon (The Secret of Kells, Song of the Sea, Wolfwalkers) and Academy Award®-nominated director Nora Twomey (The Breadwinner), comes an exquisite film inspired by the Newbery-honored children’s book from author Ruth Stiles Gannett. Struggling to cope after a move to the city with his mother, Elmer (Jacob Tremblay) runs away in search of Wild Island and a young dragon called Boris (Gaten Matarazzo) who waits to be rescued. Elmer's adventures introduce him to ferocious beasts, a mysterious island and the friendship of a lifetime. Cr: Netflix © 2022


Based on the beloved 1948 Newberry Award-winning children’s book, My Father’s Dragon is the story of Elmer Elevator, a young boy so disenchanted with his move to the city that he runs away to Wild Island to find Boris, a young dragon in need of a rescue. Directed by two-time Oscar nominee Nora Twomey (The Breadwinner), co-written by Meg LeFauve, the Oscar-nominated co-writer of the Pixar hit Inside/Out, and produced by VAFF Advisory Board Member and UVA alumnae Julie Lynn, this gorgeously animated feature is a fantastical tale filled with exotic creatures, wild adventures, and fearless fun.

Presentation of Screenwriting Achievement Award to Meg LeFauve by John Lee Hancock (VAFF Board)

Discussion with director Nora Twomey, producer Julie Lynn, screenwriter Meg LeFauve, and supervising sound editor Zach Seivers, moderated by Carlos Aguilar (LA Times, The Wrap, AV Club)

Meg LeFauve is the Oscar®-Nominated writer of Pixar’s Inside Out, and Golden-Globe nominated writer of Pixar’s The Good Dinosaur. She was a mentor at Meryl Streep’s writer’s lab, and has written for live-action and animated features for TV and Film.





Saturday, November 5


10:00 AM


The Paramount Theater

Film Info

Director: Nora Twomey

Runtime: 99 min.

Genre: Animation, Family

Year: 2022

Country: USA

Language: English

Featuring: Gaten Matarazzo, Leighton Meester, Jacob Tremblay

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