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.

Trailer >


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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