Never Say Never (CFFS 2018)

Sat, Jan 27, 2018 @ 1:30 PM
Wed, Jan 31, 2018 @ 1:30 PM

Ages 10+. 81 min.

Filmmaker Halima Lucas (Amelia’s Closet) in attendance!

The kids in these narrative and documentary films won’t take no for an answer. You’ll meet a championship Hungarian swimmer and an American gymnast, a Kenyan city kid who raises chickens, a boy in Detroit who learns how art can help him heal, and two girls who refuse to be bullied. After meeting these kids, you’ll feel stronger, too!

Short Films in this Program:


Little Mouse

Seattle premiere! In 1986, in Budapest, future Olympic champion swimmer Krisztina Egerszegi is only 12.  Her opponents are stronger and bigger, but she is going to compete with them.

(Ervin B. Nagy, Hungary, animation, 2016, 7 min, Hungarian with English subtitles)

Dempsey the Diabetic Superhero

Meet Dempsey Foxson — a spunky, 10-year-old competitive gymnast who refuses to let her Type 1 Diabetes affect her dreams.

(Greyson Horst, Rocky Pajarito, Kendall Goldberg and Caroline Roffe, USA, live action, 2017, 14 min, English)

Scrap Dolls

Seattle premiere! On the east side of Detroit an 11-year-old boy, grieving over the loss of his best friend, encounters an artist who makes art out of abandoned objects.

(Aude Cuenod, USA, live action, 2016, 14 min, English)

Amelia’s Closet

Seattle premiere! When bullies at school torment 11-year-old Amelia, she retaliates by secretly stealing their belongings and hiding them in her closet. Watch the trailer >

(Halima Lucas, US, live action, 2016, 17 min, English)

Everybody Else is Taken

Meet Mika, a girl who refuses to let her gender define her place in one of the harshest environments on earth – the playground.

(Jessica Grace Smith, New Zealand, live action, 2017, 14 min, English)

Chicken for Kimaru

West Coast premiere! A boy who loves to learn, but has to pay to go to school, Kimaru decides to use the chicken he got from his aunt to earn money, because he loves to learn. Watch the trailer >

(Anne van Campenhout and Eriss Khajira, The Netherlands, live action, 2016, 15 min, English and Swahili with English subtitles)

Content advisory: “Amelia’s Closet” and “Everyone Else is Taken” are both stories about girls who face bullying.A boy in “Scrap Dolls” also faces bullying, while coming to grips with the death of his friend.