Family Days (CFFS 2018)

Sat, Jan 27, 2018 @ 3:30 PM
Sat, Feb 10, 2018 @ 11:30 AM

Ages 9+. 83 min.

We all need someone to watch over us, and in these films from seven very different countries, we meet kids, parents and siblings who teach each other important lessons about love, understanding and growing up.

Short Films in this Program:



US premiere! A little girl named Vida is sent away by her mother in order to survive World War II.

(Andrea Popovic, UK, animation, 2016, 5 min, Serbian with English subtitles)


A father and a son find love and cultural identity firmly squeezed into a Japanese riceball. Watch the trailer >

(Shingo Usami, Australia, live action, 2015, 10 min, English and Japanese with English subtitles)

Someone Good will Find You

Seattle premiere!  A well-intentioned Chinese immigrant father tries to teach his son, David, how to “make it” in America. But the lesson backfires when the boy learns another lesson altogether.

(Leelilia Strogov, USA, live action, 2016, 9 min, English)


A young girl in the Bronx finds escape from an unhappy family life through her graffiti art. Watch the trailer >

(Apollonia Thomaier, USA, animation, 2016, 4 min, nonverbal)

New Boy

Seattle premiere! Feeling lonely in a new school, young Mike becomes obsessed with buying a fancy toy the other kids are playing with together.

(Norman Tamkivi, UK, live action, 2017, 10 min, English)

Lost & Found

Charlie thinks he has a brilliant plan to help his grieving mother – but things don’t turn out as expected.

Watch the trailer >

(Liam O’Neill, Ireland, live action, 2016, 15 min, English)

Prickly Pear

A boy must trek across his island home to retrieve a rare, delicious fruit that can redeem his sister in the eyes of their beloved grandmother. Watch the trailer >

(Alex Camilleri, Malta/USA, live action, 2017, 12 min, English and Maltese with English subtitles)

Cloud Rider

North American premiere! Maximilian loves escaping into his imaginary world where he embarks on a journey to the moon. However, the adventure is being threatened by his overambitious mother. Watch the trailer >

(Manuela Rüegg, Switzerland, live action, 2016, 18 min, English and German with English subtitles)

Content advisory: “Riceballs” and “Lost and Found” have plots that deal with the death of a parent. In “Adija,” a girl witnesses her parents have a verbal fight. In “Vida,” there is a brief spooky scene in an orphanage. In “Prickly Pear,” there is some suspense and danger, and a mother makes her daughter stand in a corner.