Icing on the Cake (Ages 2+ Short Film Program)

Saturday, February 29 – 11:00
On-Site at Northwest Film Forum
(1515 12th Ave., Seattle, WA 98122)

Sunday, March 8 – 3:00pm
Off-Site at Rainier Arts Center
(3515 S Alaska St., Seattle, WA 98118)

Ages 2+

These gentle, colorful animated films — filled with curious animals and adventurous kids — are all about singing, growing up, flying high and celebrating the magic of life, in all its lovely rainbow colors.

74 min.

** On Sunday, March 8, join Children’s Film Festival Seattle off-site at Rainier Arts Center (3515 S. Alaska St.) for a full day of colorful Closing Day festivities! **

** The March 8th screening will be sliding scale: $5-$15. Those who can afford to pay at higher price point are encouraged to do so, to create more accessibility for those who might not. **

Celebrating the festival’s globally-minded programs in one of Seattle’s most diverse neighborhoods, the morning will kick off with your choice of “Om Nom Nom” or “Lift-off” – two programs that combine breakfast and a film screening – and then continue throughout the day with films for all ages, intergenerational hands-on workshops, and an awards ceremony!

Finally, the entire festival closes out with a live performance by youth from the School of Spectrum Dance Theater, who will choreograph a routine exclusively in response to the evening’s feature film, Moving Stories! Moving Stories follows youth from around the world to showcase the transformative power and universal language of dance.


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Force for Nature (Shorts Program)

Sunday, January 27 – 5:30pm

Ages 9+

These live-action and animation films, including documentaries and fables, tell stories about the beauty of the earth and its creatures, meant to instill in us all a stronger determination to save our beautiful blue planet and respect all the life and diversity it contains.

67 min.

Content advisory: In Land Without Evil, a boy is bitten in a non-graphic way by a snake, but instantly recovers. In Reboot, children must leave their pets behind when they leave Earth, but the pets do just fine without them!

 

 


 

Short Films in this Program:

Drops

 
 

(Karsten Kjærulf-Hoop & Sarah Joy Jungen, Denmark, animation, 2017, 7 min, nonverbal) Seattle premiere!

A small community of rain drops in the cycle of water, chasing the clouds to keep up with the rain. But the greatness of their existence is revealed when the sun comes out.

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Reboot

 
 

(Ellen Osborne, animation, 2018, US, 3 min, nonverbal) Washington State premiere!

When the last humans board a spaceship to leave for Mars, the Earth breathes a sigh of relief and the boundless resilience of nature springs into action!

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Beebox

 
 

(Cable Hardin, US, animation, 2018, 2 min, English) Seattle premiere!

The story of contemporary agriculture and a need for change, as told by a bee and its box.


Birdlime

 
 

(Evan DeRushie, Canada, animation, 2017, 11 min, nonverbal) Seattle premiere!

A birds-eye view of the exotic bird-trade industry.

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The Art of Flying

 
 

(Jan van Ijken, The Netherlands, live action, 2015, 2 min, nonverbal) Seattle premiere!

Witness magical “murmurations”: the mysterious and spectacular flights of the common starling.

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Engaging Conversation Leaders

 
 

(Andrea Love, US, animation, 2017, 5 min, English)

Meet leaders who are inspiring marine conservation and restoration in Puget Sound.


My Haggan Dream

 
 

(Laura Sams & Robert Sams, US, live action, 2016, 8 min, English) Seattle premiere!

On the island of Saipan, a young girl’s mysterious dream about a green sea turtle, leads her to investigate the sea turtles, which results in a birthday wish.

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Du Iz Tak

 
 

(Galen Fott, US, animation, 2018, 11 min, gibberish) West Coast premiere!

Dive into a sprouting plant with insects to see a microscopic view of the unstoppable cycle of life.

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Land Without Evil

 
 

(Katalin Egely, Hungary & Argentina, animation, 2017, 4 min, nonverbal, with unsubtitled song in Guarani) Seattle premiere!

Based on Guaraní mythology, this film asks, what if the real paradise is inside us and lies in the harmony and unity of everything alive?

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The Little Fish and the Crocodile

 
 

(Stefanie Plattner, Germany & Republic of Congo, live action, 2018, 15 min, Lingala with English subtitles) US premiere!

A fable from the rainforest in the Odzala National Park in the Republic of Congo, told by the children of the Sanza Mobimba Kindergarten.

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Beyond the Rainbow (Shorts Program)

Saturday, February 2 – 5:30pm
Saturday, February 16 – 11:30am

(Feb. 9 screening has been rescheduled to Feb. 16 due to inclement weather)

Ages 7+

Enter a beautifully animated wonderland of timeless tales, fables and fantastic yarns. You’ll meet a kitten who masters the briny deep, creatures who live a world made of wool, two lemurs who take a voyage to the beyond, a jungle where animals and humans coexist in peace, a place in the woods where friendly monsters live, and a cyclist who keeps the world spinning round.

Content advisory: Fairy tales and fables sometimes explore fears and dangers, but all these films have happy endings! In Land Without Evil, a boy bleeds very briefly in a non-graphic way after being bitten by a non-graphic snake, then quickly heals completely. In Dark, Dark Woods, monsters seem a little scary for a few seconds but really, they are friendly. In The Theory of Sunset, the figure of Death makes an appearance in a non-frightening way. In Two Balloons, friends have an adventure that seems fraught with danger at times. Pepita and Max has content involving Christian mythology.

71 min.

 


 

Short Films in this Program:

Woolworld

(Joanna Polak, Poland, animation, 2018, 10 min, English) Washington State premiere!

Mr. Wooly likes is a world made of wool, and he is the only person who knows how to keep the place from unraveling. He is, however, old and tired and he wants his life to change. Unfortunately… his wish gets granted.

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Out Fishing

(Uzi Geffenblad, Sweden, animation, 2018, 9 min, nonverbal) North American premiere!

A kitten is hungry, and can’t catch anything tasty when she goes out fishing. But in a moment of illumination, she finds a creative solution, and a helper.


Pepita & Max: An Alpine Blessing for Monsieur Raf

(Rahel Ilona Eisenring & Stephanie Knöbl, Switzerland, animation, 6 min, Swiss German with English subtitles) West Coast premiere!

When little Max loses his giraffe Monsier Raf, his smart cousin Pepita knows just how to help him with a marvelous alpine blessing, an ancient Swiss tradition.


Two Balloons

(Mark C. Smith, US, animation, 2017, 9 min, nonverbal)

Two travelers have an adventurous journey to a place crossed by stars and clouds where love is at the beginning of everything.

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Land Without Evil

(Katalin Egely, Hungary & Argentina, animation, 2017, 4 min, nonverbal, with unsubtitled song in Guarani) Seattle premiere!

Based on Guaraní mythology, this film asks, what if the real paradise is inside us and lies in the harmony and unity of everything alive?

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Little Red Riding Hood

(Martina Holcová, Czech Republic, animation, 2017, 4 min, English) North American premiere!

It’s a brave new world: Little Red and Grandma aren’t afraid of the wolf at all.

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Dark, Dark Woods

(Emile Gignoux, Denmark, animation, 2017, 6 min, nonverbal)

Fed up by an endless routine of duties and lessons, princess Maria escapes to the dark, dark woods full of friendly monsters.


The Theory of Sunset

(Roman Sokolov, Russia, animation, 2017, 9 min, nonverbal) Seattle premiere!

Deep in the night, a dedicated cyclist traverses the wintry forest. The challenge: make sure the new day gets off to a fresh and timely start.

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Perfectly Naughty Kids

(Tatiana Kiseleva, Russia, animation, 2018, 14 min, Russian with English subtitles) North American premiere!

A mischievous gnome helps save horribly obedient children from excessive mannerliness.

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Small but Mighty (Shorts Program)

Sunday, January 27 – 11:00am

Ages 2+

It’s around the world adventure time with vibrant characters who are out to laugh, sing, solve puzzles, eat tasty food and spread their wings and fly. Parents: feel free to whisper subtitles to your little ones during this storybook collection, or just sit back and enjoy the enjoy the music of other languages. The colorful stories here are simple to follow!

59 min.

 


 

Short Films in this Program:

Big Block Singsong: Duck

 
 

(Warren Brown, Canada, animation, 2017, 2 min, English)

Stand back — it’s a quack attack!


Lemon & Elderflower

 
 

(Ilenia Cotardo, UK, animation, 2017, 3 min, nonverbal) Seattle premiere!

Two little hummingbird siblings have tiny wings, but they still find a way to fly!

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Goldie

(Emily Brundige, US, animation, 2019, 5 min, English) World premiere!

Goldie is a very big girl, but she discovers that her size has its wonderful advantages.


Spring Bear Song

 
 

(Csaba Gellár, Hungary, animation, 2017, 2 min, Hungarian with English subtitles) North American premiere!

In the springtime, a sleepy bear wakes up to the sunshine of springtime.

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Flamingo

 
 

(Julia Ocker, Germany, animation, 2018, 4 min, nonverbal) US premiere!

A feisty little piggy decides to join two beautiful flamingos for a fancy tea party.


Trunky

 
 

(Ekaterina Filippova, Russia, animation, 2017, 7 min, Russian with English subtitles) US premiere!

An little elephant discovers his very long trunk is beautiful and helpful!

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The Papernauts

 
 

(Alvaro Ceppi, Chile, animation, 2017, 5 min, nonverbal) US premiere!

Three magical beings keep all the stories in the library inside the books!


The Hungry Little Wolf

 
 

(Arnaud Demuynck, France & Belgium, animation, 2017, 9 min, French with English subtitles) West Coast premiere!

A little wolf learns that he need help from his dad when he goes looking for a meal!


Fluffy Hour: PuiPui & MuuMuu “Always Together”

 
 

(Hiroyuki Mizoguchi, Japan, animation, 2018, 5 min, nonverbal) North American premiere!

Two fluffy fairies live in the fluffy woods. What will they do today?


Pingu in the City, Episode 5

 
 

(Naomi Iwata, Japan, animation, 2017, 7 min, nonverbal) West Coast premiere!

Little Pingu, a famous penguin, has moved to the city in this new Japanese series.


The Bird Wedding

 
 

(Jana Geisler, Germany, animation, 2017, 7 min, German with English subtitles) West Coast premiere!

A famous German folk song comes to life in this animated film about a wedding.

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Sloth

 
 

(Julia Ocker, Germany, animation, 2018, 4 min, nonverbal) Seattle premiere!

A sloth wants an ice cream cone, but first, he needs a nap.

 


 

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Feathery and Furry Fun (Shorts Program)

Saturday, January 26 – 11:00am
Wednesday, January 30 – 10:30am

Ages 2+

Meet a menagerie full of new friends in this all-animated program, filled with creatures great and small. This program is filled with roly-poly adventures, vibrant colors, yummy treats and happy endings!

50 min.

 

Short Films in this Program:

Sheep

(Julia Ocker, Germany, animation, 2018, 4 min, nonverbal) North American premiere!

A little lamb hops from one adventure to the next. The flock would never take those chances!


Like an Elephant in a China Shop

(Louise Chevrier, Luka Fischer, Rodolphe Groshens, Marie Guillon, Estelle Martinez, Benoit Paillard & Lisa Rasasombat, France, animation, 2017, 5 min, nonverbal) Seattle premiere!

A shopkeeper becomes extremely nervous when an elephant shows up at his door.


The Box

(Eliott Belrose, Carole Favier, Loïcia Lagillier, Aloïs Mathé, Juliette Perrey & Joran Rivet, France, animation, 2017, 7 min, nonverbal) Seattle premiere!

An old man winds up taming a mouse, instead of trapping it.


Mogu and Perol

(Tsuneo Goda, Japan, animation, 2018, 9 min, Japanese with English subtitles)

Two forest creatures love to eat breakfast, lunch and dinner together. When they have a disagreement, it’s food that brings them back together again!


Funny Fish

(Krishna Chandran A. Nair, France & Switzerland, animation, 2017, 6 min, English) Seattle premiere!

In the middle of the ocean, a school of fish comes to the rescue of a funny red fish floating on the surface of the water.


Kippkopp in the Grass

(Szilvia Fabók & Tama Mikori, Hungary, animation, 2017, 7 min, Hungarian with English subtitles) North American premiere!

Kippkopp, a chestnut child, is walking in the meadow, looking for a playmate. Can he convince a ladybug to be his friend?

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Coco’s Day

(Tatiana Moshkova, Russia, animation, 2017, 4 min, Russian with English subtitles) Seattle premiere!

Meet Coco, a little crocodile who hides from blizzards, explores underwater worlds and even turns into Godzilla – and all inside her own house!


Blueberry Hunt

(Alexandra Hetmerová Májová & Kateřina Karhánková, Czech Republic, animation, 2017, 6 min, English with French subtitles) US premiere!

Two hungry bears who set out to pick berries in the forest after they get a craving for blueberry dumplings.


Fly

(Julia Ocker, Germany, animation, 2018, 4 min, nonverbal) North American premiere!

Three frogs are fighting over a tasty fly. But there is something the fly can teach them.


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