Opening Night: The Cat’s Meow (Ages 6+ Short Film Program)

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 27
7PM Film Program
5:30PM Happy Hour

SATURDAY, MARCH 7 – 11AM

Ages 6–8, and cat lovers of all ages

** Presented in partnership with NEKO Cat Cafe **

This feline-focused (and allergy-free!) animation program is filled with cuddly cats and their adorable antics. Kitties truly make the world go ‘round in this celebration of glorious stop-motion, painted, hand-drawn and CG animation from ten cat-loving countries.

67 min.

Content advisory: The Quintet of the Sunset,” a stop-motion film made with great humor and skill, tackles the subject of mortality in a tenderhearted way.

** Filmmaker María Teresa Salcedo Montero in attendance (Wild Lea)! Her presence is made possible by Proimagenes Colombia and Universidad Manuela Beltrán.**


5:30 Happy Hour:

Kids and families are invited to mingle and munch in the lobby leading up to the screening; we’ll be crafting our own cat puppets to play with and snacking on treats from our neighbors at Rhein Haus Restaurant.

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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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Ordinary to Extraordinary (Shorts Program)

Saturday, February 2 – 1:30pm

Ages 11+

These evocative animated and live-action films for older kids show how easy it is to tear the fabric between what is real and what could be real, if we only imagined it. See how an artist brings her paintings to life, how a big bad wolf is not so bad, how a girl can turn into a horse, how all things in nature are truly connected, how time can stand still when you realize a grandmother and mother’s love, and how to step inside the mind of another person to change it.

79 min.

Content advisory: Horse’s Stone is about a girl with a terminal illness, with an ending that is magical. Beyond Horizons can be a bit spooky, like an episode of the old Twilight Zone TV series. Auuuna which has overtones of a folk tale, might seem a bit scary to the most sensitive viewers. Tweet-Tweet is a somewhat solemn but magical film about the long life of the filmmaker’s grandmother.

** Filmmaker Tatiana Skorlupkina (The Dachshund in the Picture Frame) in attendance! *

 

 


Short Films in this Program:

Auuuna

 
 

(Lina Šuková, Slovakia, animation, 2018, 8 min, in English)

In a new take on Red Riding Hood a girl makes peace with the power and mystery of nature, and finds the big bad wolf is not bad at all.


The Dachshund in a Picture Frame

 
 

(Tatiana Skorlupkina, Russia, animation & live action, 2018, 9 min, nonverbal) West Coast premiere!

A painter has a special talent to bring her paintings to life. But what she does for love cannot also be done for money.

Trailer >


Beware of the Sad Man

 
 

(Benny Goldman, Australia, animation, 4 min, nonverbal)

A happy-go-lucky guy tries to cheer someone up, until he realizes that words won’t make the difference that is needed.

Trailer >


Horse’s Stone

 
 

(Cynthia Fernández Trejo, Mexico, live action, 2017, 20 min, Spanish with English subtitles)

Matilde, who is very sick, searches for the stone that allows her fulfill her dream of becoming a horse.


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.


Beyond Horizons

 
 

(Stefan Wink, UK, live action, 2018, 13 min, English) Seattle premiere!

Alex feels she’s too old to spend time with her mom, so she dashes off on her own to explore an intriguing shop. There, she discovers a miniature world with a strange secret, and also, how much she loves her mom.

Trailer >


Tweet-Tweet

 
 

(Zhanna Bekmambetova, Russia, animation, 2018, 11 min, nonverbal) Washington State premiere!

This is a fable about the power of a grandmother’s spirit and the journey of her life, as seen by a bird who represents her spirit.

Trailer >

 


 

Don’t want to miss a single thing? Can’t blame you! Consider a Festival Pass —

Adventure Straight Ahead (Shorts Program)

Sunday, January 27 – 11:30am
Sunday, February 3 – 11:30am

Ages 9+

Hold on tight during this program of animated and live-action adventure films that will take you to outer space and back. Meet a plant that must be saved, a pizza delivery girl who is jolted out of the boredom with her job, an astronaut adrift on a faraway planet, kids who patch up monsters, and a mother who will do anything to please her son on her birthday — even if she hates the present he has requested!

57 min.

Content advisory: In Earthy Encounters, kids give the middle finger to the film’s villains. The Good Mother is a humorous film about a Mexican family with strong negative opinions about the current US President.


 

Short Films in this Program:

Early Summer Impression

(Wang Chuhe, China, animation, 2018, 2 min, English) World premiere!

A young woman journeys to find a Rembrandt exhibition she is desperate to see. Can she find her way?


Post No Bills

(Robin Hays & Andy Poon, Canada, animation, 2017, 5 min, English)

Noodle Boy must face his fears in order to rescue Miss Fortune from the city’s clean up crew.

Trailer >


Galaxy Girl

(Richard Grover, US, animation, 2017, 4 min, nonverbal) Made in Seattle!

A pizza delivery girl is stuck in a dead-end job, but one day, she runs into a customer that will change her fate forever.

Trailer >


Jelly Fish

(Marcin Gizycki, US & Poland, live action, 2018, 6 min, English) World premiere!

A school trip turns wild when a giant cephalopod takes an unexpected star turn!


Burn Out

(Cécile Carre, France, animation, 2017, 4 min, English) Seattle premiere!

Stella, a space mechanician, is stranded on a deserted planet, but a little girl appears out of nowhere to show her the way to her next adventure.


Doctor of Monster

(Gustavo Teixeira, Brazil, live action, 2017, 11 min, Portuguese with English subtitles) Washington premiere!

A boy who has already chosen his future profession, will now have to face his fears to become a doctor of monsters.

Trailer >


Earthy Encounters

(Sam Johnson, UK, live-action, 2017, 25 minutes, English) Seattle premiere!

A teenager believes he can save his sick older brother with a plant he’s found at the back of a garden center, but a shadowy agency is out to destroy it first.

Trailer >


The Good Mother

(Sarah Clift, Mexico & UK, live action, 2016, 6 min, Spanish with English subtitles)

A Mexican mother embarks upon an epic, cross-country journey and gets her political beliefs thoroughly tested when her son requests a Donald Trump piñata for his birthday.

Trailer >


Don’t want to miss a single thing? Can’t blame you! Consider a Festival Pass —

High Flyers (CFFS 2018)

Sat, Jan 27, 2018 @ 11 AM
Sat, Feb 10, 2018 @ 11 AM

Ages 2+. 70 min.

Spread your wings and soar through the air! In these sweet and funny films, you’ll meet a brave baby owl, take an around-the-world trip with a lost little dolly, and accompany a feisty little girl when she decides to move to the zoo. This program is filled with roly-poly adventures, vibrant colors, and happy endings!

 

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Short Films in this Program:

Big Block Singsong Turkey Turkey
US Premiere! A determined turkey belts out an anthem about believing in yourself.
(Warren Brown, Canada, animation, 2017, 2 min, English)

The Little Bird and the Caterpillar
West Coast premiere! A little bird has plenty of peace and quiet high up in its tree, at least until a uninvited guest shows up! Watch the trailer >
(Lena von Döhren, Switzerland, animation, 2017, 4 min, nonverbal)

The Pocket Man
Seattle premiere! A little man lives in an old suitcase, until one day he finds a better spot — inside the pocket of a new friend! Watch the trailer >
(Ana Chubinidze, France/Switzerland/Georgia, animation 2016, 7 min, nonverbal)

Odd One Out
International premiere! A baby penguin travels to a new dimension to find others like himself.
(Foong Jean Lee, UK, animation, 2017, 2:25 min, nonverbal)

In Flight
West Coast premiere! A little gnome from the forest and a magpie both like the same shiny object.
(Britanny Lefevre, France, animation, 2016, 3 min, nonverbal)

Patchwork Dog
US premiere! Patchwork Dog has a problem: he has fleas! Will the Patchwork Pals find a way to help him?
(Angela Steffen, Germany, animation, 2017, 4 min, English)

Mr. Night Has a Day Off
When Mr. Night comes along, he paints the town in dark colors!
(Ignas Meilunas, Lithuania, animation, 2016, 2 min, nonverbal)

I Want to Live in the Zoo
North American premiere! Sasha doesn’t like the rules at home, so she decides to move to the zoo.
(Evgenia Golubeva, Russia, animation, 2017, 6 min, English)

The Pits
Seattle premiere! In the big wide world, what can you do to find a friend who really fits you?
(Mike Hayhurst, USA, live action, 2016, 3:11 min, nonverbal)

 

George and Paul: Sleepwalking
US premiere! Two best friends have a wild night when one of them begins to sleepwalk.
(Joost van den Bosch and Erik Verkerk, The Netherlands, animation, 2017, 5 min, Dutch with English subtitles)

A Hole
A little girl, delighted and intrigued by a hole, offers it all kinds of presents and treats.
(Maribel Suárez, Mexico, animation, 2016, 4 min, nonverbal)

The Reflection in Me
Seattle premiere! A girl glances in a mirror, and sees a friend peering back at her.
(Marc Colagiovanni, USA, animation, 2017, 3:43 min, English)

Koniguri-Kun: Music Box
North American premiere! Konigiri-kun eats a super-sour pickled plum to wake himself up, and then grabs his music box to show to his friends.
(Mari Miyazawa, Japan, animation, 2017, 5 min, nonverbal)

Fluffy Hour: PuiPui & MuuMuu
North American premiere! PuiPui and MuuMuu are fluffy fairies who live in the fluffy forest, where everything is fluffy, even the flowers and trees.
(Mizoguchi Hiroyuki, Japan, animation, 2017, 5 min, nonverbal)

Koyaa: Flying Workbook
US premiere! Koyaa needs a smart idea to catch up with his flying notebook!
(Kolja Saksida, Slovenia and Croatia, animation, 2017, 3 min, nonverbal)

Ant
World premiere! A line of ants learns to march to a different, and much more fun, drummer.
(Julia Ocker, Germany, animation, 2017, 3:36 min, nonverbal)

Doll’s Letters
North American premiere! When a little girl’s doll goes missing, a kindly postman invents an incredible story.
(Natalia Grofpel, Russia, animation, 2016, 6:40 min, nonverbal)

Treasure (CFFS 2018)

Saturday, Feb 10, 2018 @ 1 PM

(María Novaro, Mexico, live action, 2017, 95 min, in Spanish with English subtitles)
For ages 8+

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

Seven-year-old Dylan, who has just moved to the Pacific coastal village of Barra de Potosí in Mexico, believes he can talk his new friends into finding a lost treasure left in a cave, 400 years ago, by British privateer Sir Francis Drake. Soon, a group of children embark on an enchanting voyage that ends with a discovery far more precious than a lost pirate’s treasure trove. An intimate glimpse into the lives of children living in a natural paradise, this film mixes documentary and narrative footage to capture the deep imagination and spirit of childhood.

Content advisory:  Mild scenes of danger might worry the most sensitive young viewers.


 

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