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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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 >

 


 

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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.

Trailer >


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.

Trailer >


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?

Trailer >


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.

Trailer >


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.

Trailer >


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.

Trailer >

 


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Seize the Day (Shorts Program)

Saturday, February 2 – 10:30am
Saturday, February 2 – 11:00am
Saturday, February 16 – 11:00am

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

Ages 5+

Some days seem made for saying “hip-hip-hooray,” but others times can bring more challenges and hills to climb. These animated films are filled with stories of breakthroughs and learning to appreciate how our friends and families can make the world go around in the most magical way.

68 min.


 

Short Films in this Program:

Cycle

(Sophie Olga de Jong & Sytske Kok, The Netherlands, animation, 2018, 2 min, nonverbal) North American premiere!

As a small girl’s grandfather teaches her how to ride a bike, she discovers that real adventures begin where the road ends.


Honesty

(JC Little, Canada, animation, 2017, 2 min, nonverbal) Seattle premiere!

Somebody gets themselves in a pickle when they steal some flowers to woo a new friend.

Trailer >


6:1

(Sergei Ryabov, Russia, animation, 2018, 3 min, Russian, with English subtitles) Seattle premiere!

An inseparable girl and cat are on a long journey, playing checkers. The girl keeps winning, until the cat gets a lucky break.


My Granny

(Giselle Pérez, Guatemala & Canada, animation, 2018, 2 min, nonverbal) US premiere!

Tasty family fun happens when a little girl and her grandmother try to make a typical Guatemalan dish.


Little Twinkle Smile

(Ivana Guljasevic Kuman, Croatia, animation, 2018, 5 min, nonverbal) US premiere!

A sweet witch spends a month perfecting her cackle to show off to all her monster friends.


Belly Flop

(Jeremy Collins, South Africa, animation, 2018, 5 min, nonverbal) Seattle premiere!

Persistence pays off when a brave girl who is learning to dive is unperturbed when another swimmer steals the spotlight.


Bango Vassil

(Milen Vitanov & Vera Trajanova, Germany & Bulgaria, animation, 2016, 9 min, Bulgarian with English subtitles) West Coast premiere!

Two kids overcome prejudice on an unexpected New Year’s Eve journey on the shoulders of a giant.


Detective Avery Ebsen

(Michael Farnon, UK, animation, 2018, 4 min, English) US premiere!

A young detective, specializing in the recovery of lost toys, doesn’t always have the best of luck in bringing lost treasures back to their owners. But she knows what she does makes a difference.


If You Fall

(Tisha Deb Pillai, Canada, animation, 2018, 6 min, English)

Lila, age 8, learns that she can ride a bike, and her parents can overcome their challenges too.

Trailer >


Robot and the Whale

(Jonas Forsman, Sweden, animation, 6 min, nonverbal) Seattle premiere!

Two robots can do anything except get wet. So how will they save a beautiful whale?


Pigtail and Mr. Sleeplessness

(Edmunds Janson, Latvia, animation, 2017, 25 min, English) Seattle premiere!

To win back her parents’ attention, a 6-year-old girl and her imaginary friend come up with a clever plan to send her baby brother and grandma to the moon.

Trailer >


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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!

Trailer >


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.

Trailer >


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!

Trailer >


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.

Trailer >


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?

Trailer >


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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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)