Focus on Japan: Films from the KINEKO Film Festival (Shorts Program)

Sunday, January 27 – 1:00pm
Wednesday, January 30 – 3:00pm
Saturday, February 9 – 3:00pm
Ages 8+
* Presented in collaboration with KINEKO! E. Kou, Programming Director of KINEKO, will introduce the program *

Enter a magical realm where mysterious beings are half-mortal, half-god, patient animals are the guardians of boys and girls, and friendship is a force as magical as the wind. These animated, all-Japanese-language films are brought to Seattle through our festival’s friendship and cooperation with the creators of the KINEKO International Children’s Film Festival in Tokyo.

Para Picar: Historias Cortas en Español (Shorts Program)

Wednesday, January 30 – 1:30pm
Saturday, February 2 – 3:30pm
Ages 8+

These short animated and live-action films from Chile, Colombia, Cuba, Mexico, Spain and the US will introduce you to a world of boys and girls who aren’t afraid to take chances, reach out to new friends, and explore their worlds.

Estos cortometrajes animados y de acción en vivo de Chile, Colombia, Cuba, México, España y los EE. UU. te presentarán un mundo en lo que niños y niñas no temen correr riesgos, buscar nuevos amigos y explorar sus mundos.

Beyond the Rainbow (Shorts Program)

Saturday, February 2 – 5:30pm
Saturday, February  9 – 11:30am
Ages 7+

Enter a beautifully animated wonderland of timeless tales, fables and fantastic yarns. You’ll meet a kitten who masters the briny deep, creatures who live a world made of wool, two lemurs who take a voyage to the beyond, a jungle where animals and humans coexist in peace, a place in the woods where friendly monsters live, and a cyclist who keeps the world spinning round.

Seize the Day (Shorts Program)

Saturday, February 2 – 10:30am
Saturday, February 2 – 11:00am
Saturday, February 9 – 11:00am
Ages 5+

Some days seem made for saying “hip-hip-hooray,” but others times can bring more challenges and hills to climb. These animated films are filled with stories of breakthroughs and learning to appreciate how our friends and families can make the world go around in the most magical way.

Small but Mighty (Shorts Program)

Sunday, January 27 – 11:00am
Ages 2+

It’s around the world adventure time with vibrant characters who are out to laugh, sing, solve puzzles, eat tasty food and spread their wings and fly. Parents: feel free to whisper subtitles to your little ones during this storybook collection, or just sit back and enjoy the enjoy the music of other languages. The colorful stories here are simple to follow!

Tito and the Birds

Saturday, January 26 – 7:00pm
(Feature from Brazil, in Portuguese with Eng. subtitles)
Ages 12+
* Washington State premiere! *

This film, with a distinctive painterly style, follows the story of a shy 10-year-old boy named Tito who lives in a world where fear is crippling people, making them sick and transforming them. Tito realizes, based on his missing father’s past research, that there may be a way to use the local pigeon population and their songs to create a cure for the disease. As he tries to find a cure, he also begins the search for his father.

One Girl

Saturday, February 2 – 3:00pm
(Feature from United Kingdom, Romania, Finland & Italy, in Arabic, Romanian, Finnish, Juba Arabic & English, with Eng. subtitles)
Ages 10+
* North American premiere! Co-presented with Reel Grrls *

One Girl is a documentary that takes an intimate glimpse into one ordinary day in the lives of four girls from four different countries in the same meridian. The film allows us to see the lives of these girls from South Sudan, Romania, Palestine and Finland. With their innocence and spontaneity, children can show us our differences and similarities, portraying their inner beauty and sometimes their hard challenges. They teach us to be more sympathetic with “others” and give us a better understanding of our world.

Chuskit

Sunday, January 27 – 5:00pm
(Feature from India, in Ladakhi with Eng. subtitles)
Ages 9+
* Co-presented with Tasveer South Asian Film Festival *

To chase her dream of going to school, a feisty paraplegic girl rebels against the traditions of her family members and other elders in her remote Himalayan village. Her spirit and determination are infectious, but in a village that is paved only by rough stones, a school that can only be reached by a river crossing, and a family with little money, how can Chuskit’s dreams ever come true?