Supa Modo

Friday, February 1 – 7:00pm
Saturday, February 2 – 5:00pm

Likarion Wainaina, Germany & Kenya, 2018, 1h 14m
Ages 11+
(Swahili, Kikuyu and English, with English subtitles)

Kenya’s official Oscar entry for Best Foreign Film!

Sometimes it takes a village to make our dreams come true. Jo, a nine year old, is obsessed with superheroes and dreams of becoming one to overcome her diagnosis of a terminal illness. Unable to force Jo to spend her remaining days in bed, her town community comes together to support her belief in her superpowers. Not all heroes have capes, but Jo sure does, and her powers are more inspiring than any of today’s superhero-based special effects blockbusters. Winner of more than 20 prizes at international film festivals in the past year.

Content advisoryThis uplifting film deals with difficult issues, including the impending death of a child. But the film has received acclaim for its hopeful and uplifting message and was recommended for ages 8+ at the Seattle International Film Festival. We believe it is better for older children.

 


 

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Journeys, Genders and Identity (Shorts Program)

Saturday, January 26 – 11:30am

Ages 11+

This program celebrates beautiful and complex stories of identity and diversity — just like you, the people you will meet in this program are one of kind, finding their way towards their authentic selves, rejecting stereotypes and reaching out to others who respect and affirm their journeys.

68 min.

* Co-presented with Three Dollar Bill Cinema! *

Content advisory: Animated characters in “Flash Flood” do not wear clothes, but their bodies do not signal any gender characteristics. In Little Heroes two Israeli boys discuss terrorism, in a simplistic way, through the lens of fear that they have learned. In Cat Days a doctor smokes. In Tough there is imagery of a gun while a daughter hears her mother’s memory of serving in an army.

 

 

Short Films in this Program:

People

 
 

(Lucas Hespenheide, US, 2017, animation, 1 min, English) Seattle premiere!

An introspective look at the differences between people, and learning to love who you are.


Aidan and Albert Sykes

 
 

(Richard O’Connor, US, 2017, animation, 3 min, English)

9-year-old Aidan Sykes, of Jackson, Mississippi, asks his father, Albert, a few important questions.


Cat Days

 
 

(John Frickey, Japan & Germany, animation, 2018, 11 min, Japanese with English subtitles) Seattle premiere!

What happens when you are told you are cat, but you know you are really a boy?


Flash Flood

 
 

(Ali MacKay, Canada & US, animation, 2107, 6 min, English)

Deep within an animated dream, three transgender people confront a cataclysmic flood.

Trailer >


199 Little Heroes: Newo from Israel

 
 

(Sigrid Klausmann-Sittler, Germany, live action documentary, 2018, 15 min, Hebrew with English subtitles) North American premiere!

A boy in Israel loves ballet, and finds friends and family who support him.


The Importance of Finding the Other

 

(Marcy Lyn Frutchey, US, live action, 2017, 9 min, English) Seattle premiere!

A young, biracial girl sets out to discover what it means to be an “other.”

Trailer >


Tough

 
 

(Jennifer Zhang, UK, animation, 2016, 5 min, in Mandarin and English, with English subtitles)

A British-born daughter has grown mature enough to be more curious about her mother’s experiences in China, and understand how differently she grew up.

Trailer >


The Big Picture

 
 

(Pooja Das Sarka, India, live action, 2017, 20 min, English and Hindi with English subtitles) Seattle premiere!

A teenager’s love of Bollywood musicals leads him to question why people believe there are certain things men and women should and shouldn’t do.

Trailer >

 


 

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Unstoppable (Shorts Program)

Saturday, January 26 – 1:30pm
Wednesday, January 30 – 10:30am

Ages 12+

These tales of growing up include narrative and documentary films about young people from Mexico, Romania, India, Guatemala, China and the US who, despite huge challenges and long odds, look to the future with hope and determination.

76 min.

Content advisory: Some films in the program show conflict between parents and young people, and difficult living situations.

** Director Julio Benito Cabrera (Danaé) in attendance! **

Co-presented with American Romanian Cultural Society

 

 

 

Short Films in this Program:

The Bookmobile

 
 

(Julie Zammarchi, US, animation, 2015, 4 min, English)

Storm Reyes was already working full time with other migrant farm workers in the fields outside Tacoma, Washington. One day, a bookmobile arrived and brought her new worlds —and hope.


Stardust

 
 

(Aldo Sotelo Lázaro, Mexico, live action, 2017, 14 min, Spanish with English subtitles)

A boy helps his father collect garbage, but in the trash, he searches for a bigger idea of his place in the cosmos.


Danaé

 
 

(Julio Cabrera Cabrera, US [Puerto Rico], live action, 2018, 5 min, English) World premiere!

A young artist from Montréal decides to devote her life to making murals with children all over the world.


Girl on a Mission

 
 

(Sharona Buijert, The Netherlands, live action, 2018, 16 min, Romanian with English subtitles) Seattle premiere!

Will Miruna be able to balance her home life with achieving her dream of becoming a police officer?

Trailer >


The Monsoonshow

 
 

(Annelies Kruk & Anneke de Lind van Wijngaarden, The Netherlands, live action, 2018, 16 min, Hindi with English subtitles)

Kunai, age 14, is completely blind, but in his opinion, it is not a problem because he is bursting with talent. His grandma is convinced as well; he can, for example, name all the capitals in the world and blow away everyone with his raspy singing voice.

Trailer >


199 Little Heroes: Diego from Guatemala

 
 

(Sigrid Klausmann, Germany, live action, 2018, 11 min, Ixil with English subtitles) North American premiere!

Diego’s generation is the first in 25 years with access to education in the remote Maya village, and now, he dreams of being a teacher, in spite of hard challenges he still faces.


Iron Hands

 
 

(Johnson Cheng, US & China, live action, 2017, 11 min, Mandarin with English subtitles) Seattle premiere!

As a 12-year-old girl prepares for her final test trying out for the traditionally all-boys Chinese youth Olympic weightlifting team, she makes an unlikely connection with the gym’s reclusive groundskeeper.

Trailer >

 


 

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Ordinary to Extraordinary (Shorts Program)

Saturday, February 2 – 1:30pm

Ages 11+

These evocative animated and live-action films for older kids show how easy it is to tear the fabric between what is real and what could be real, if we only imagined it. See how an artist brings her paintings to life, how a big bad wolf is not so bad, how a girl can turn into a horse, how all things in nature are truly connected, how time can stand still when you realize a grandmother and mother’s love, and how to step inside the mind of another person to change it.

79 min.

Content advisory: Horse’s Stone is about a girl with a terminal illness, with an ending that is magical. Beyond Horizons can be a bit spooky, like an episode of the old Twilight Zone TV series. Auuuna which has overtones of a folk tale, might seem a bit scary to the most sensitive viewers. Tweet-Tweet is a somewhat solemn but magical film about the long life of the filmmaker’s grandmother.

** Filmmaker Tatiana Skorlupkina (The Dachshund in the Picture Frame) in attendance! *

 

 


Short Films in this Program:

Auuuna

 
 

(Lina Šuková, Slovakia, animation, 2018, 8 min, in English)

In a new take on Red Riding Hood a girl makes peace with the power and mystery of nature, and finds the big bad wolf is not bad at all.


The Dachshund in a Picture Frame

 
 

(Tatiana Skorlupkina, Russia, animation & live action, 2018, 9 min, nonverbal) West Coast premiere!

A painter has a special talent to bring her paintings to life. But what she does for love cannot also be done for money.

Trailer >


Beware of the Sad Man

 
 

(Benny Goldman, Australia, animation, 4 min, nonverbal)

A happy-go-lucky guy tries to cheer someone up, until he realizes that words won’t make the difference that is needed.

Trailer >


Horse’s Stone

 
 

(Cynthia Fernández Trejo, Mexico, live action, 2017, 20 min, Spanish with English subtitles)

Matilde, who is very sick, searches for the stone that allows her fulfill her dream of becoming a horse.


The Little Fish and the Crocodile

 
 

(Stefanie Plattner, Germany & Republic of Congo, live action, 2018, 15 min, Lingala with English subtitles) US premiere!

A fable from the rainforest in the Odzala National Park in the Republic of Congo, told by the children of the Sanza Mobimba Kindergarten.


Beyond Horizons

 
 

(Stefan Wink, UK, live action, 2018, 13 min, English) Seattle premiere!

Alex feels she’s too old to spend time with her mom, so she dashes off on her own to explore an intriguing shop. There, she discovers a miniature world with a strange secret, and also, how much she loves her mom.

Trailer >


Tweet-Tweet

 
 

(Zhanna Bekmambetova, Russia, animation, 2018, 11 min, nonverbal) Washington State premiere!

This is a fable about the power of a grandmother’s spirit and the journey of her life, as seen by a bird who represents her spirit.

Trailer >

 


 

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Ready to Roll: Future Filmmakers Showcase (Shorts Program)

Sunday, January 27 – 7:00pm

Ages 8+

Celebrate how youth, teen and young adult filmmakers in Seattle and around the world are honing their craft, expressing their creativity and dreaming the future! This program features joyous animation, narrative flights of fancy, thoughtful documentaries about important issues, and the award winner of the CFFS Plural+ Prize, given in partnership with PLURAL+ Youth Video Festival, a joint initiative of the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations and the International Organization for Migration.

71 min.

** Youth filmmakers in attendance and video greetings from Lebanese filmmaker Nour El Hoda Wahid! **

 

 

Short Films in this Program:

Cross Worlds

 

(Nour El Hoda Wahid, Lebanon &US, live action, 2018, 3 min, Arabic and English, with English subtitles)

A conversation about the experiences of a 23-year-old refugee girl from South Sudan and a 14-year-old refugee girl from Syria.
PLURAL+2018 Children’s Film Festival Seattle Award!


Heaven’s Tears

 
 

(Phoenix Maimiti Valentine, US, animated, 2017, 2 min, nonverbal) North American Premiere!

Join Wai, a happy little water droplet, on this odyssey of the water cycle that takes place in Hawai’i, past the farming fields of lo’i kalo to the moist clouds of the sky!


Inside Out and Back Again

 
 

(Aika Ishizuki, Vivienne Sackville, Jaydyn Nicholson, and Henry Bohon, with Abigail Levin, US, animated, 2018, 4 min, English)

Based on the novel Inside Out and Back Again by Thanhha Lai, this film retells the story of Ha, a 12 year old girl whose family flees Vietnam after the fall of Saigon and settles in Alabama. Created by 4th and 5th graders from Cedar Park Elementary in honor of Seattle Public Library’s Global Reading Challenge.


Weird Twins

 

(Thalia-Louise Philpott, US, live action, 2018, 6 min, English) World premiere! 

A principal’s worst nightmare comes true when a pair of trouble-making twins start terrorizing the school.


Don’t Let the Bedbugs Bite

 
 

(Rio & Rome Roulhac, US, live action, 2018, 6 min, English) World premiere!

One night, a young girl and her sister watch a scary movie that their dad picks out for them. Once in bed, her imagination takes over and their sleepover is invaded by creepy critters!


The Monster Under the Bed

 

(Zack Hansen, US, live action, 2018, 3 min, English) World premiere!

Two brothers attempt to help their sister with the monster under the bed.


The King of the Birds

 
 

(Chen Liuyi, China, animation, 2018, 5 min, English) World premiere!

Painted animation tells the story of Phoenix and Gulasity, two characters from traditional Chinese folklore. Gulasity is a hungry monster who never loses his appetite for the birds of the forest. But Phoenix, the king of the birds, leads his subjects to reclaim the forest.


How to Make a Hotdog

 
 

(Yang Siqi, China, animation, 2018, 2 min, English) World premiere!

A poor little hot dog tries to escape from a hungry piece of bread!


What Matters

 
 

(Schugar, Stict, Hafner and Dodds, US, Live Action, 2018, 2 min, English)

A group of youth discuss what really matters and reveal their ways of finding happiness in the world.


The Last Purple Tree

 
 

(Wright, Blossom, Hoover and Jensen, US, Live Action and Stop-Motion, 2018, 3 min, English)

The last purple tree communicates its purpose in our ecosystem to a group of youth and one axe wielding corporate representative.


Where Are We

 
 

(NWFF Camp Film, US, live action & animation, 2018, 3 min, English) World premiere!

In this handmade, animated adventure, a series of fantastical events begins with the purchase of a jar of pickles!


Citizen Minutes: A Conversation about Anxiety

 
 

(Mason Ross, Vanatcha Comesongri & Elle Vonada, US, live action, 2018, 4 min, English) World premiere!

Young people open up about their personal experiences of anxiety in this film made in a Northwest Film Forum summer filmmaking camp.


Spider-Man’s Christmas

 
 

(Kamilah Fleming, US, animation, 2018, 3 min, English) World premiere!

In this excerpt from a longer stop-motion animation, Spider-Man helps guide his Super-Hero friends through holiday traditions in order for them to understand the true meaning of Christmas.


Gates Motel

 
 

(Ainsley Cowan, Dylan Magdziarz & Patrick “Chuck” Borden, US, live action, 2018, 2 min, English) World premiere!

In this short film inspired by Alfred Hitchcock’s classic film Psycho, a young woman checks into the Gates Motel for the night but finds that she’s sharing her room with some uninvited guests.


My Life

 
 

(Emma Vanderburg, US, live action, 2018, 10 min, English) World premiere!

When a young man gets lost in the woods, he is rescued by a girl who lives alone, far from the village and other people.


Mr. Orange and Baby Snot

 
 

(Kana Hutchens, US, animated, 2017, 1 min, English) World Premiere!

Mr. Orange lives a lonely life but finds companionship one day in the strangest place.


Sweet Childhood

 
 

(Yi-Jia Lee, Bao-Ying Huang & Ying-Hsuan Lai, Taiwan, live action, 2018, 7 min, Mandarin with English subtitles) US premiere!

Yi-Jia’s grandfather has been a beekeeper for 40 years. Having been around bees since he was young, Yi-Jia knows bees well and is not scared of them. Now he is letting two classmates experience the joy and hard work involved in beekeeping.


Dragons of Maritten

 
 

(Yun-Chia Chang,Taiwan, animated, 2018, 10 min, Mandarin with English subtitles) US premiere!

Cambo is a brave and kind hunter. He sets out on a journey to search for the vanishing Dragons of Maritten to obtain a dragon core that will cure his brother’s illness. When Cambo is badly injured in his adventure, it is the legendary dragon that rescues him. Cambo now has a dilemma: How does he cure his brother without harming the dragons?

Content advisory: In Dragons of Maritten, in translation of a Chinese idiom, the subtitles contain a mild profanity (the phrase “piss off”) which is repeated on multiple occasions. In Mandarin, the phrase actually translates to “anger to death.”

 


 

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Adventure Straight Ahead (Shorts Program)

Sunday, January 27 – 11:30am
Sunday, February 3 – 11:30am

Ages 9+

Hold on tight during this program of animated and live-action adventure films that will take you to outer space and back. Meet a plant that must be saved, a pizza delivery girl who is jolted out of the boredom with her job, an astronaut adrift on a faraway planet, kids who patch up monsters, and a mother who will do anything to please her son on her birthday — even if she hates the present he has requested!

57 min.

Content advisory: In Earthy Encounters, kids give the middle finger to the film’s villains. The Good Mother is a humorous film about a Mexican family with strong negative opinions about the current US President.


 

Short Films in this Program:

Early Summer Impression

(Wang Chuhe, China, animation, 2018, 2 min, English) World premiere!

A young woman journeys to find a Rembrandt exhibition she is desperate to see. Can she find her way?


Post No Bills

(Robin Hays & Andy Poon, Canada, animation, 2017, 5 min, English)

Noodle Boy must face his fears in order to rescue Miss Fortune from the city’s clean up crew.

Trailer >


Galaxy Girl

(Richard Grover, US, animation, 2017, 4 min, nonverbal) Made in Seattle!

A pizza delivery girl is stuck in a dead-end job, but one day, she runs into a customer that will change her fate forever.

Trailer >


Jelly Fish

(Marcin Gizycki, US & Poland, live action, 2018, 6 min, English) World premiere!

A school trip turns wild when a giant cephalopod takes an unexpected star turn!


Burn Out

(Cécile Carre, France, animation, 2017, 4 min, English) Seattle premiere!

Stella, a space mechanician, is stranded on a deserted planet, but a little girl appears out of nowhere to show her the way to her next adventure.


Doctor of Monster

(Gustavo Teixeira, Brazil, live action, 2017, 11 min, Portuguese with English subtitles) Washington premiere!

A boy who has already chosen his future profession, will now have to face his fears to become a doctor of monsters.

Trailer >


Earthy Encounters

(Sam Johnson, UK, live-action, 2017, 25 minutes, English) Seattle premiere!

A teenager believes he can save his sick older brother with a plant he’s found at the back of a garden center, but a shadowy agency is out to destroy it first.

Trailer >


The Good Mother

(Sarah Clift, Mexico & UK, live action, 2016, 6 min, Spanish with English subtitles)

A Mexican mother embarks upon an epic, cross-country journey and gets her political beliefs thoroughly tested when her son requests a Donald Trump piñata for his birthday.

Trailer >


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Dance for Life (Shorts Program)

Saturday, January 26 – 5:00pm
Sunday, January 27 – 7:00pm

Ages 8+

Enjoy these short films that celebrate the magic of movement around the world! See how birds swarm in a beautiful symphony in the sky, marvel at a dancing Yeti that storms Paris, and join a blind man as he grooves to the deep vibrations of music. The program also spotlights two young people who turn the streets and playgrounds of Los Angeles into their dance floor, and gives an in-depth peek into the lives of two young dancers who are rising stars in the school of the Royal Danish Ballet.

We are excited to welcome Ulrik Birkkjaer, principal dancer with San Francisco Ballet, former Royal Danish Ballet, to introduce Dance For Life at 7 pm on Sunday, Jan. 27. Ulrik will tell us more about When I Dance, the film that anchors this program — the story of pre-teens Ella and Sylvester, two of the Royal Danish Ballet School’s rising stars. Join us for a soaring program!

72 min.

Content advisory: 199 Little Heroes: Nevo, Israel includes a very brief scene where two friends are discussing dead terrorists through the lens of their cultural biases.


 

Short Films in this Program:

Just Breathe

(Julie Bayer Salzman, US, live action, 2014, 4 min, English) Washington State premiere!

Kids and parents alike can learn from these elementary school students, who talk about anger, the brain, and how they use mindful breathing techniques to calm down.


Am I Paris?

(Yohann Ancele, France, live-action, 2 min, nonverbal) Seattle premiere!

A Yeti-like creature takes the City of Light by storm.


Step by Step

(Charline Arnoux, Mylène Gapp, Léa Rubinstayn, Florian Heilig & Mélissa Roux, France, animation, 2016, 5 min, nonverbal) North American premiere!

A young blind man dances through color fields that represent sound and brain waves.

Trailer >


Pooling

(Dawn Westlake, Spain & US, animation & live action, 2018, 4 min, nonverbal) World premiere!

A breakdancer breaks, thanks to movie magic, and then puts himself back together to swim and soar in midair.

Trailer >


#88

(Lilian Manansala, US, live action, 2017, 4 min, nonverbal) Seattle premiere!

Two friends with distinct personalities approach life differently; one is the calm, patient lake to the other’s swirling storm. Dance is the medium that brings them balance.


The Art of Flying

(Jan van Ijken, The Netherlands, live action, 2015, 2 min, nonverbal) Seattle premiere!

Witness magical “murmurations”: the mysterious and spectacular flights of the common starling.

Trailer >


199 Little Heroes: Nevo, Israel

(Sigrid Klausmann-Sittler, Germany, live action documentary, 2018, 15 min, Hebrew with English subtitles) North American premiere!

A boy in Israel loves ballet and finds friends and family who support him.


When I Dance

(Signe Roderik, Denmark, live action, 2018, 35 min, Danish with English subtitles) West Coast premiere!

Through the eyes of pre-teens Ella and Sylvester, two of the Royal Danish Ballet School’s rising stars, we get an inside look at the world of ballet from a child’s perspective.

Trailer >


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Force for Nature (Shorts Program)

Sunday, January 27 – 5:30pm

Ages 9+

These live-action and animation films, including documentaries and fables, tell stories about the beauty of the earth and its creatures, meant to instill in us all a stronger determination to save our beautiful blue planet and respect all the life and diversity it contains.

67 min.

Content advisory: In Land Without Evil, a boy is bitten in a non-graphic way by a snake, but instantly recovers. In Reboot, children must leave their pets behind when they leave Earth, but the pets do just fine without them!

 

 


 

Short Films in this Program:

Drops

 
 

(Karsten Kjærulf-Hoop & Sarah Joy Jungen, Denmark, animation, 2017, 7 min, nonverbal) Seattle premiere!

A small community of rain drops in the cycle of water, chasing the clouds to keep up with the rain. But the greatness of their existence is revealed when the sun comes out.

Trailer >


Reboot

 
 

(Ellen Osborne, animation, 2018, US, 3 min, nonverbal) Washington State premiere!

When the last humans board a spaceship to leave for Mars, the Earth breathes a sigh of relief and the boundless resilience of nature springs into action!

Trailer >


Beebox

 
 

(Cable Hardin, US, animation, 2018, 2 min, English) Seattle premiere!

The story of contemporary agriculture and a need for change, as told by a bee and its box.


Birdlime

 
 

(Evan DeRushie, Canada, animation, 2017, 11 min, nonverbal) Seattle premiere!

A birds-eye view of the exotic bird-trade industry.

Trailer >


The Art of Flying

 
 

(Jan van Ijken, The Netherlands, live action, 2015, 2 min, nonverbal) Seattle premiere!

Witness magical “murmurations”: the mysterious and spectacular flights of the common starling.

Trailer >


Engaging Conversation Leaders

 
 

(Andrea Love, US, animation, 2017, 5 min, English)

Meet leaders who are inspiring marine conservation and restoration in Puget Sound.


My Haggan Dream

 
 

(Laura Sams & Robert Sams, US, live action, 2016, 8 min, English) Seattle premiere!

On the island of Saipan, a young girl’s mysterious dream about a green sea turtle, leads her to investigate the sea turtles, which results in a birthday wish.

Trailer >


Du Iz Tak

 
 

(Galen Fott, US, animation, 2018, 11 min, gibberish) West Coast premiere!

Dive into a sprouting plant with insects to see a microscopic view of the unstoppable cycle of life.

Trailer >


Land Without Evil

 
 

(Katalin Egely, Hungary & Argentina, animation, 2017, 4 min, nonverbal, with unsubtitled song in Guarani) Seattle premiere!

Based on Guaraní mythology, this film asks, what if the real paradise is inside us and lies in the harmony and unity of everything alive?

Trailer >


The Little Fish and the Crocodile

 
 

(Stefanie Plattner, Germany & Republic of Congo, live action, 2018, 15 min, Lingala with English subtitles) US premiere!

A fable from the rainforest in the Odzala National Park in the Republic of Congo, told by the children of the Sanza Mobimba Kindergarten.

Trailer >

 


 

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Made in My Image (Shorts Program)

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Saturday, January 26 – 3:30pm

Age 8+

Here are stories of family bonds around the world, sometimes poignant and sometimes funny, showing the ever-shifting dance that brings us closer to the people who love us most.

75 min.

Content advisory: In To Remember Me By and Dear Henri young people find affirmative ways to hold onto the memories of family members who have died. The Rocket Ship deals very gently with the issue of a parent in emotional distress.

 


 

Short Films in this Program:

Jiffy

 
 

(Roberto Valle, Spain, animation, 2016, 1 min, Spanish with English subtitles) West Coast premiere!

Its 10 o’clock, dinner time in Spain. But the smallest member of the family is too busy running around to sit down at the table!


Dear Henri

 
 

(Matthew Sandager, US, live-action, 2017, 13 min, English)

Nine-year-old Henri recently lost her beloved namesake and pen pal, Grandpa Henry. She misses him deeply – but then she thinks of a way to continue their correspondence.

Trailer >


Aidan and Albert Sykes

 
 

(Richard O’Connor, US, 2017, animation, 3 min, English)

9-year-old Aidan Sykes, of Jackson, Mississippi, asks his father, Albert, a few important questions.


If You Fall

 
 

(Tisha Deb Pillai, Canada, animation, 2018, 6 min, English)

Lila, age 8, learns that she can ride a bike, and her parents can overcome their challenges too.

Trailer >


Threads

 

(Toril Kove, Canada, animation, 2017, 9 min, English)

In her latest animated short, Academy Award®-winning director Torill Kove explores the beauty and complexity of parental love, the bonds that we form over time, and the ways in which they stretch and shape us.

Trailer > 


The Websters: Hero Daddy

 
 

(Katarína Kerekesová, Slovakia/Poland, animation, 2017, 11 min, Slovak with English subtitles) US premiere!

Daddy, who is loved by is spider family, is no action hero, but he always saves the day.

Trailer > 


The Rocket Ship

 
 

(Taishon S. Black, US, live-action, 2018, 8 min, English, with some English sign language, subtitled) North American premiere!

A small girl sees her mother deal with sadness, and decides to create a special place where they can both be happy.


Do You See Me?

 
 

(Luz Rapoport, Argentina, live-action, 2017, 9 min, Spanish with English subtitles) North American premiere!

Lara and Lautaro are twins who would like their parents to pay more attention to them. They finally find a way to make it happen.


To Remember Me By

 
 

(Rahoul Daswani, India, live-action, 2018, 15 min, Hindi and English, with English subtitles) North American premiere!

A teenage boy sets out on a journey to salvage the truth of his family, jammed inside an old 8mm camera.

 


 

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No Bullies Allowed (Shorts Program)

Saturday, January 26 – 7:00pm
Sunday, January 27 – 1:30pm

Age 9+

These short films are all about fearless kids who learn to stand strong, breathe deep and fly high. Meet a boy who overcomes his fears, a classroom full of kids who practice the powers of meditation, a boy and girl who learn that their friendship is worth fighting for, a student whose teachers make unreasonable demands, and a kid who must gather the courage to leave a secret hideout where bullies have been banned.

66 min.

** Special guests! Filmmaker Enrique Delzer (Robbie’s Fears) and Giselle Geney (director) and Andrés Montaña (producer and sound director) of the film 3feet (Colombia) will be in attendance! **

CONTENT ADVISORY: Characters in the films in this program experience non-graphic physical and emotional bullying. The film Loser Leaves Town is about a boy who wears a Lucha libre mask and imagines himself, at times, to be in the ring as a large and imposing luchador (Mexican wrestler). He and another character engage in a physical but non-graphic fight in the film.

 


 

Short Films in this Program:

Just Breathe

 
 

(Julie Bayer Salzman, US, live action, 2014, 4 min, English) Washington State premiere!

Kids and parents alike can learn from these elementary school students, who talk about anger, the brain, and how they use mindful breathing techniques to calm down.


Robbie’s Fears

 
 

(Enrique Delzer, US, animation, 2018, 2 min, English) Seattle premiere! Filmmaker in attendance!

Robbie, a 12-year-old boy, overcomes the anxieties that keeps him awake at night, with the help of his mother.


Afloat

 
 

(Kristina Mileska, Canada, live action, 2018, 3 min, nonverbal)

Self-conscious of her homemade grape costume at a party, a girl decides to make a run for it and return home.

Trailer >


Shoot for the Moon

 
 

(Lauren Hoekstra, US, live action, 2017, 4 min, English)

A young girl chases her science dreams, believing in herself when it seems few others do.


Loser Leaves Town

 
 

(Mark Nickelsburg, US, live action, 2018, 12 min, English) Seattle premiere!

An 11-year-old luchador named José retreats into a fantasy world, but when he encounters a tough 12-year-old girl, he finds his sanctuary world being infiltrated by the real one.


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(Giselle Geney, Colombia, live action, 2018, 14 min, Spanish with English subtitles) North American premiere! Fimmakers in attendance!

An imaginative and tenacious 10-year old faces the most difficult task of his life: get to school with clean shoes.

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Bullies

 
 

(Daniel Bydlowski, US/Brazil, live action, 2018, 28 min, English) Seattle premiere!

A 10-year-old boy is afraid of bullies until he discovers a secret beneath his school that promises to keep him safe — if he’s willing to play by the rules.

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