Ready to Roll: Future Filmmakers Showcase (Shorts Program)

Sunday, January 27 – 7:00pm

Ages 8+

Celebrate how youth, teen and young adult filmmakers in Seattle and around the world are honing their craft, expressing their creativity and dreaming the future! This program features joyous animation, narrative flights of fancy, thoughtful documentaries about important issues, and the award winner of the CFFS Plural+ Prize, given in partnership with PLURAL+ Youth Video Festival, a joint initiative of the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations and the International Organization for Migration.

71 min.

** Youth filmmakers in attendance and video greetings from Lebanese filmmaker Nour El Hoda Wahid! **



Short Films in this Program:

Cross Worlds


(Nour El Hoda Wahid, Lebanon &US, live action, 2018, 3 min, Arabic and English, with English subtitles)

A conversation about the experiences of a 23-year-old refugee girl from South Sudan and a 14-year-old refugee girl from Syria.
PLURAL+2018 Children’s Film Festival Seattle Award!

Heaven’s Tears


(Phoenix Maimiti Valentine, US, animated, 2017, 2 min, nonverbal) North American Premiere!

Join Wai, a happy little water droplet, on this odyssey of the water cycle that takes place in Hawai’i, past the farming fields of lo’i kalo to the moist clouds of the sky!

Inside Out and Back Again


(Aika Ishizuki, Vivienne Sackville, Jaydyn Nicholson, and Henry Bohon, with Abigail Levin, US, animated, 2018, 4 min, English)

Based on the novel Inside Out and Back Again by Thanhha Lai, this film retells the story of Ha, a 12 year old girl whose family flees Vietnam after the fall of Saigon and settles in Alabama. Created by 4th and 5th graders from Cedar Park Elementary in honor of Seattle Public Library’s Global Reading Challenge.

Weird Twins


(Thalia-Louise Philpott, US, live action, 2018, 6 min, English) World premiere! 

A principal’s worst nightmare comes true when a pair of trouble-making twins start terrorizing the school.

Don’t Let the Bedbugs Bite


(Rio & Rome Roulhac, US, live action, 2018, 6 min, English) World premiere!

One night, a young girl and her sister watch a scary movie that their dad picks out for them. Once in bed, her imagination takes over and their sleepover is invaded by creepy critters!

The Monster Under the Bed


(Zack Hansen, US, live action, 2018, 3 min, English) World premiere!

Two brothers attempt to help their sister with the monster under the bed.

The King of the Birds


(Chen Liuyi, China, animation, 2018, 5 min, English) World premiere!

Painted animation tells the story of Phoenix and Gulasity, two characters from traditional Chinese folklore. Gulasity is a hungry monster who never loses his appetite for the birds of the forest. But Phoenix, the king of the birds, leads his subjects to reclaim the forest.

How to Make a Hotdog


(Yang Siqi, China, animation, 2018, 2 min, English) World premiere!

A poor little hot dog tries to escape from a hungry piece of bread!

What Matters


(Schugar, Stict, Hafner and Dodds, US, Live Action, 2018, 2 min, English)

A group of youth discuss what really matters and reveal their ways of finding happiness in the world.

The Last Purple Tree


(Wright, Blossom, Hoover and Jensen, US, Live Action and Stop-Motion, 2018, 3 min, English)

The last purple tree communicates its purpose in our ecosystem to a group of youth and one axe wielding corporate representative.

Where Are We


(NWFF Camp Film, US, live action & animation, 2018, 3 min, English) World premiere!

In this handmade, animated adventure, a series of fantastical events begins with the purchase of a jar of pickles!

Citizen Minutes: A Conversation about Anxiety


(Mason Ross, Vanatcha Comesongri & Elle Vonada, US, live action, 2018, 4 min, English) World premiere!

Young people open up about their personal experiences of anxiety in this film made in a Northwest Film Forum summer filmmaking camp.

Spider-Man’s Christmas


(Kamilah Fleming, US, animation, 2018, 3 min, English) World premiere!

In this excerpt from a longer stop-motion animation, Spider-Man helps guide his Super-Hero friends through holiday traditions in order for them to understand the true meaning of Christmas.

Gates Motel


(Ainsley Cowan, Dylan Magdziarz & Patrick “Chuck” Borden, US, live action, 2018, 2 min, English) World premiere!

In this short film inspired by Alfred Hitchcock’s classic film Psycho, a young woman checks into the Gates Motel for the night but finds that she’s sharing her room with some uninvited guests.

My Life


(Emma Vanderburg, US, live action, 2018, 10 min, English) World premiere!

When a young man gets lost in the woods, he is rescued by a girl who lives alone, far from the village and other people.

Mr. Orange and Baby Snot


(Kana Hutchens, US, animated, 2017, 1 min, English) World Premiere!

Mr. Orange lives a lonely life but finds companionship one day in the strangest place.

Sweet Childhood


(Yi-Jia Lee, Bao-Ying Huang & Ying-Hsuan Lai, Taiwan, live action, 2018, 7 min, Mandarin with English subtitles) US premiere!

Yi-Jia’s grandfather has been a beekeeper for 40 years. Having been around bees since he was young, Yi-Jia knows bees well and is not scared of them. Now he is letting two classmates experience the joy and hard work involved in beekeeping.

Dragons of Maritten


(Yun-Chia Chang,Taiwan, animated, 2018, 10 min, Mandarin with English subtitles) US premiere!

Cambo is a brave and kind hunter. He sets out on a journey to search for the vanishing Dragons of Maritten to obtain a dragon core that will cure his brother’s illness. When Cambo is badly injured in his adventure, it is the legendary dragon that rescues him. Cambo now has a dilemma: How does he cure his brother without harming the dragons?

Content advisory: In Dragons of Maritten, in translation of a Chinese idiom, the subtitles contain a mild profanity (the phrase “piss off”) which is repeated on multiple occasions. In Mandarin, the phrase actually translates to “anger to death.”



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