THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 27
7PM Film Program
5:30PM Happy Hour
SATURDAY, MARCH 7 – 11AM
Ages 6–8, and cat lovers of all ages
** Presented in partnership with NEKO Cat Cafe **
This feline-focused (and allergy-free!) animation program is filled with cuddly cats and their adorable antics. Kitties truly make the world go ‘round in this celebration of glorious stop-motion, painted, hand-drawn and CG animation from ten cat-loving countries.
Content advisory: “The Quintet of the Sunset,” a stop-motion film made with great humor and skill, tackles the subject of mortality in a tenderhearted way.
** Filmmaker María Teresa Salcedo Montero in attendance (Wild Lea)! Her presence is made possible by Proimagenes Colombia and Universidad Manuela Beltrán.**
5:30 Happy Hour:
Kids and families are invited to mingle and munch in the lobby leading up to the screening; we’ll be crafting our own cat puppets to play with and snacking on treats from our neighbors at Rhein Haus Restaurant.
Short Films in this Program:
Cat Lake City
(Antje Heyn, Germany, animation, 2019, 6:42 min, nonverbal) West Coast premiere!
Percy Cat is looking forward to a relaxing day in a cat’s vacation paradise. But the place turns out not to be exactly what he expected!
Hiro&Hana Favorite of a Sea Otter
(Ayako Kishi, Japan, animation, 2018, 5:07 min, nonverbal) Seattle premiere!
In a secret cottage nestled in a pretty garden, some caring kitties discover how to bring joy to a sad sea otter.
A Tiger with No Stripes
(Raul “Robin” Morales Reyes, Mexico & France, animation, 2018, 8:40 min, nonverbal) West Coast premiere!
A little tiger goes on a long journey in search of his stripes.
(Lev Makarov, Russia, animation, 2018, 4:21 min, in English) West Coast premiere!
Ride a rocket ship with a solar-system savvy astronaut who has lots of fun facts and plenty of cattitude!
The Night Fairytale
(Maria Stepanova, Russia, animation, 2019, 6 min, nonverbal) West Coast premiere!
In the life of a little cat, a miracle of love and light happens on a snowy New Year’s Eve.
The Quintet of the Sunset
(Jie Weng, China, animation, 2018, 7:33 min, Mandarin with English subtitles)
A splendid stop-motion celebration of endless love and connection between one human and her five very different fur-children.
(Sergei Kibus, Estonia, animation, 2018, 15 min, Estonian with English subtitles) West Coast premiere!
A sublime stop-motion story of a stray who finds a home and wins the hearts of those who share his life.
Cats Can’t Swim
(HaiLing Morgan, UK, animation, 2019, 5 min, nonverbal) West Coast premiere!
A cat with a crazy dream keeps trying to beat the odds.
(Keika Lee, USA, animation, 2019, 4:30 min, nonverbal) West Coast premiere!
Meet a kitty who is also a clever chameleon, willing to do whatever it takes to find a purr-fect forever home!
Komaneko – First Step
(Tsuneo Goda, Japan, animation, 2009, 5 min, nonverbal)
Meet a determined film cat who is determined to make a movie with her friends, in spite of a pesky fly that can’t stay out of the frame!
(María Teresa Salcedo Montero, Colombia, animation, 9 min, 2020, Spanish with English subtitles) World premiere! Director in attendance!
Can Lea, a floral cat with a wild spirit, find a home with sweet but cautious rag doll Ciro, and his friends?
¿Puede Lea, una gata con un espíritu salvaje, encontrar un hogar con Ciro, un dulce y cauteloso muñeco de trapo, y sus amigos?