Planet Wise (CFFS 2018)

Sun, Jan 28, 2018 @ 5:30 PM
Sun, Feb 4, 2018 @ 11:30 AM

Ages 8+. 66 min.

Animator William Jarcho (“Not One of Us”) and Julio Benito Cabrera (“Youth Challenge”) in attendance on January 28th!

It’s up to us all to save our home, Planet Earth. In this program, you’ll meet a reptile who has decided to go vegetarian, clay creatures who learn the hard way not to build walls, and some space explorers from the future, forced to live on Mars. You’ll also see a film that might change your mind about blowing up balloons for your next birthday party, and see a short history of the world, with an ending you’ll want to make sure doesn’t happen! The program concludes with a moving story about a boy from Nicaragua, who loves all plants, except sugarcane, because working in the sugarcane fields has made his father sick.

Short Films in this Program:


A Reptile Repents

World Premiere! Bruce the Alligator, a rocking reptile, sings a rock ballad about the virtues of vegetarianism.

(Rosie duPont, US, live action, 2017, 3 min, English)

Not One of Us

Seattle premiere! A child-like fable about the walls that get built in the name of greed, violence, and xenophobia.

(William Jarcho, US, animated, 2017, 9 min, Gibberish)

My Life on Mars

West Coast premiere!  Phil was born and raised on Mars, but his description of life on Mars can teach us important things about the way we live down on Earth

(Nolwenn Roberts, France, animated, 2017, 5 min, English)

When Balloons Fly

North American Premiere!  When you let a balloon free into the sky, it’s gone in a moment… but the effect it has on the seabirds who come across it may last a lifetime.

(Jilli Rose, Australia, animation, 2017, 4 min, English)

Big Booom

Seattle premiere! In just four minutes, this eco-friendly claymation tells the entire history of our planet with humor, action, and tragedy.

(Marat Narimanov, Russia, animation, 2016, 4 min, Non-verbal)


World premiere! Even in the hecticness and smog of the city, beauty and life can flourish.

(Walter Santucci, US, animation, 2017, 3 min, Non-verbal)


West Coast premiere! A grumpy, reclusive toad  who lives in the center of a little pond, must learn to get along with frogs, turtles, and happy water bugs when humans begin to encroach on their watery home. Watch the trailer >

(Dato Kiknavelidze, Georgia, animation, 2017, 13 min, nonverbal)

Juan and the Cloud

Seattle premiere! Juan is a child who doesn’t have any friends. La Nube is a cloud who doesn’t have any cloud friends. They find each other and become friends. Watch the trailer >

(Giovanni Maccelli, Spain, animation, 2014, 15 min, nonverbal)

Jesser and the Sugarcane

Seattle premiere! Working in the sugarcane fields is the only job available for most people in Jesser’s community. Jesser and friends, however, aspire to more and have bigger plans for the future.

Watch the trailer >

(Godelieve Eijsink, Netherlands, live action, 2017, 15 min, Spanish with English subtitles)

Youth Challenge

World Premiere! This film from Puerto Rico reminds all youth to look up from their phones, to see if there is a person near them who needs help. Every act of kindness makes the world a better place.

Watch the trailer >

(Julio Benito Cabrera, Puerto Rico, live action, 2017, 4 min, nonverbal with some Spanish intertitles)