Valiente y Verdadero (Ages 6+ Spanish Language Short Film Program)

Sunday, March 1 – 1:00pm

Ages 6+

This all-Spanish language program is filled with Latin American children who are brave and true, lighting up the lives of everyone they meet. There are also two beautiful animated films from Puerto Rico and Colombia, which remind us to fly high and free in everything we do.

Esta programa, totalmente en Español, está lleno de niños que son valientes y verdaderos, quién iluminan las vidas de todas personas que conocen. También hay dos películas animadas muy hermosas de Puerto Rico y Colombia, que nos recuerdan que volar alto y libre en todo que hacemos.

72 min.

** Filmmaker Natalia Bernel, Producer Giselle Geney, and Director of Photography, Alejandro Coronado (“Ramón”); Filmmaker Jorge Alberto Vega Rivera, Producer Angela Maria Castro Revelo (“The Cubicbird”); Filmmaker Julio Cabrera, composer and musician Luis Sanz (“Pasivo”); María Teresa Salcedo Montero (“Wild Lea”) in attendance! **

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Caleidoscope (Ages 2+ Short Film Program)

Sunday, March 1 – 11:00am

Ages 2+

These animated films are bursting with colors, textures, music and life. You’ll run through a rainbow with a pack of dogs, swim with tadpoles, fly with a flock of bright birds, race through a forest with critters of all kinds and even see the colorful insides of a dinosaur’s belly! Along the way, there are gentle lessons about how to stay true to yourself and your friends and embrace the ways you are special and different.

69 min.

** Filmmaker Jorge Alberto Vega Rivera, Producer Angela Maria Castro Revelo (“The Cubicbird”) in attendance! **

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No Bullies Allowed (Shorts Program)

Saturday, January 26 – 7:00pm
Sunday, January 27 – 1:30pm

Age 9+

These short films are all about fearless kids who learn to stand strong, breathe deep and fly high. Meet a boy who overcomes his fears, a classroom full of kids who practice the powers of meditation, a boy and girl who learn that their friendship is worth fighting for, a student whose teachers make unreasonable demands, and a kid who must gather the courage to leave a secret hideout where bullies have been banned.

66 min.

** Special guests! Filmmaker Enrique Delzer (Robbie’s Fears) and Giselle Geney (director) and Andrés Montaña (producer and sound director) of the film 3feet (Colombia) will be in attendance! **

CONTENT ADVISORY: Characters in the films in this program experience non-graphic physical and emotional bullying. The film Loser Leaves Town is about a boy who wears a Lucha libre mask and imagines himself, at times, to be in the ring as a large and imposing luchador (Mexican wrestler). He and another character engage in a physical but non-graphic fight in the film.

 


 

Short Films in this Program:

Just Breathe

 
 

(Julie Bayer Salzman, US, live action, 2014, 4 min, English) Washington State premiere!

Kids and parents alike can learn from these elementary school students, who talk about anger, the brain, and how they use mindful breathing techniques to calm down.


Robbie’s Fears

 
 

(Enrique Delzer, US, animation, 2018, 2 min, English) Seattle premiere! Filmmaker in attendance!

Robbie, a 12-year-old boy, overcomes the anxieties that keeps him awake at night, with the help of his mother.


Afloat

 
 

(Kristina Mileska, Canada, live action, 2018, 3 min, nonverbal)

Self-conscious of her homemade grape costume at a party, a girl decides to make a run for it and return home.

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Shoot for the Moon

 
 

(Lauren Hoekstra, US, live action, 2017, 4 min, English)

A young girl chases her science dreams, believing in herself when it seems few others do.


Loser Leaves Town

 
 

(Mark Nickelsburg, US, live action, 2018, 12 min, English) Seattle premiere!

An 11-year-old luchador named José retreats into a fantasy world, but when he encounters a tough 12-year-old girl, he finds his sanctuary world being infiltrated by the real one.


3feet

 
 

(Giselle Geney, Colombia, live action, 2018, 14 min, Spanish with English subtitles) North American premiere! Fimmakers in attendance!

An imaginative and tenacious 10-year old faces the most difficult task of his life: get to school with clean shoes.

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Bullies

 
 

(Daniel Bydlowski, US/Brazil, live action, 2018, 28 min, English) Seattle premiere!

A 10-year-old boy is afraid of bullies until he discovers a secret beneath his school that promises to keep him safe — if he’s willing to play by the rules.

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Para Picar: Historias Cortas en Español (Shorts Program)

Wednesday, January 30 – 1:30pm
Saturday, February 2 – 3:30pm

Ages 8+

These short animated and live-action films from Chile, Colombia, Cuba, Mexico, Spain and Puerto Rico will introduce you to a world of boys and girls who aren’t afraid to take chances and reach out to new friends.

Estos cortometrajes animados y de acción en vivo de Chile, Colombia, Cuba, México, España y los EE. UU. te presentarán un mundo en lo que niños y niñas no temen correr riesgos y buscar nuevos amigos.

59 min.

 

** Thanks to our community partner the Seattle Latino Film Festival for their support of this screening! **


 

Short Films in this Program:

Annie & Carola – My Best Friend

 
 

(Myriam Ballesteros, Spain, animation, 4 min, Spanish with English subtitles) North American premiere!

Carola decides to build a robot friend. But by accident, she ends up with Annie, a sparky and affectionate android who makes sure Carola has the craziest and most fun-filled birthday of her life.


Villa Clo

 
 

(Esteban Gomez, Chile, animation, 4 min, Spanish with English subtitles) North American premiere!

Two friends want to take a shortcut through a neglected alleyway — but they’ve heard stories there are monsters there. But one friend’s bravery is contagious.


Avocado

 
 

(Jasmine Castaneda, US & Puerto Rico, live action, 2016, 12 min, Spanish with English subtitles) West coast premiere!

Andrés sells avocados around the neighborhood to save up money for a gift for a girl. But during his journey he learns that life takes unexpected turns.

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3feet

 
 

(Giselle Geney, Colombia, live action, 2018, 14 min, Spanish with English subtitles) North American premiere! Giselle Geney (director) and Andrés Montaña (producer and sound design) will be in attendance!

Gonzalo is an imaginative and tenacious 10-year old facing the most difficult task of his life: get to school with clean shoes.

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Noel

 
 

(Kike Arroyo, Spain, live action, 2018, 12 min, Spanish with English subtitles) North American premiere!

Noel, who is about to have his 8th birthday, dresses up in an obscure costume in the hope of finding a kindred spirit.

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Fish

 
 

(Javier Quintas, Spain, live action, 2017, 9 min, Spanish with English subtitles) West coast premiere!

Dani and Martina worry that their mother isn’t getting enough to eat, so they find a way to bring her dinner every night.


Spelliasmous

 
 

(Ben Garfield, Cuba & UK, live action, 2017, 4 min, Spanish with English subtitles) North American premiere!

Three friends reveal what the Harry Potter stories mean to then, transforming their sleepy Cuban town into a world of wizards, witches and monsters.

 


 

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Hero Steps (CFFS 2018)

Saturday, Jan 27, 2018 @ 5 PM

(Henry Rincón, Colombia, live action, 2016, 97 min, in Spanish with English subtitles)
For ages 9+

Co-presented with Seattle Latino Film Festival! West Coast premiere!

This feature debut from Colombian writer-director Henry Rincón centers on Eduardo, a ten-year-old boy who has more than his share of harrowing challenges: he is poor, a victim of Colombia’s armed conflict, and is missing a leg. Yet, with the help of his music teacher and some valiant friends, Eduardo is determined to follow through with his passion: to form a team with other disabled children, that will participate in a children’s soccer tournament.

Content advisory: boys fighting, mild bullying, a frank description of a life-changing injury, and a coach instructs his young players to cheat.


 

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Lila’s Book (CFFS 2018)

Sunday, Jan 28,2018 @ 1 PM

(Marcela Rincón, Colombia & Uruguay, animation, 2017. 76 min, Spanish with English subtitles)
For ages 7+

Co-presented with Seattle Latino Film Festival! West Coast Premiere!

Lila, a character in a children’s story book, suddenly falls out of her paper world and ends up trapped in a place she doesn’t belong. And so begins this great adventure, where Lila discovers that the only person who can save her is Ramon, her best friend. But first, she must convince him to start reading again, and believing in fantasy!

Content advisory: Some content in this animated film may be too intense for especially sensitive young children.  Scenes include the death of the (very mildly depicted) mother of one of the characters, which explains the motivation and conflict of the character. Scary birds chase characters multiple times, and music is dramatically menacing at these times. A character who is a villain works in a grim factory where memories are destroyed.


 

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